Sunday, January 25, 2015

Race recap!

It's been awfully quiet here, and even more quiet in my sewing room. These last few weeks have been entirely consumed with preparations for the big race!

Yes, I finally ran my first ever (and maybe last ever) half marathon last weekend - The Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon!  I definitely didn't keep up on my Fitness Friday posts, which were supposed to help me stay accountable for training, and well, let's just say there wasn't much training to report. 

The one really wonderful thing about runDisney races is that they're relatively walker friendly. You still have to keep a vigorous pace, especially if you're only walking, but everyone is just having so much fun along the way! 

Being a first time half marathoner, I was in the verrrrry back of the pack to start off.  The first several miles of the race actually went through both theme parks, which makes the run SO MUCH FUN. 

Running through the Magic Kingdom while the sun is rising is, well, magical. There were characters sprinkles all throughout the park, but (much like when I was a kid) I shied away from stopping and didn't bother to get my picture taken with any of them. Besides, I was too busy taking this in: 

The other really sweet aspect of the run through the park is actually the run behind the park. You get to see some pretty amazing behind the scenes stuff, that a Disneyphile like me just loves. 

The last 9 miles of the run were on the streets of Anaheim and Garden Grove. It's definitely not as fun as the run through the parks, but there were lots of people on the sidelines cheering, and even some local marching bands out and about to help spur us weary runners Ali f! 

I will admit, though, somewhere around mile 9, I started to feel it. The wall. The bonk. Blahhhhh. 

My running friends swear that you forget all about this when you cross the finish line. I'm not so sure about that, but I do have to say, getting the sweet medal at the end allllllmost makes it worth it. 

A week later, I'm still recovering (something is funky with either my sciatic nerve or my Achilles, and I have no idea which). I'd go back to Disneyland for another race in a heartbeat - but I think I'll stick to just a 5k or 10k. 

For now, I'm just glad to be done with feeling guilty about not training, and I'm planning to get my butt back in the sewing studio ASAP! 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The forgotten finish.....

I was so excited to finish up this Halloween wallhanging, that I completely forgot to post the finished product!

It's just a simple Swoon block, but with the Halloween theme, I thought that some cobweb quilting would be the perfect touch!

Plus, there's a little friendly spider hanging out up there!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Nearly there!

The Grand Illusion Mystery by Bonnie Hunter is moving right along!  With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I got way behind, but thanks to a few days off after Christmas, I'm nearly caught up.

While binge watching Parks and Rec, I managed to finish clue one:

Then moved onto clue four, since it uses some of the units from clue one:

Then knocked out clue five, which was quick and easy:

And then started making progress on clues two and three.  They're all cut, and I've got about 20 of the 120 units for clue three done, and am slowly plowing through those diamond units for clue two.

I love this stage of a mystery - you're starting to imagine how some of the units could come together, and feeling like real progress is being made!  My piles of yardage are getting smaller and smaller, so the end is getting close now!

And just for fun, the last mystery quilt I made (Easy Street), keeping my sweet Murphy all snug and warm last night! :)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Zero guilt.

Christmas is finally over, and I'm feeling a big sigh of relief.  I'm also looking forward to the freedom that a few days off and a soon-to-come new year bring.

Since I have a few days off, I'm definitely looking forward to spending some time in my sewing room, tackling a handful of projects that have been on my mind.  I've been planning for this sewing time for weeks, and I'm so glad it's here.

Monday, December 1, 2014

It's Mystery Time!

One of my favorite things about this time of year is embarking on Bonnie Hunter's new mystery!  It's so much fun to wake up on Black Friday, and eagerly check the web to see what the kick off step is going to be!

This year, I did just that, and grabbed my fabric to get going. I joined in a Google Hangout with the Twilters, and got to cutting.  It also happened to be the day that my university was playing out big rivalry football game, so I took a bit of a break to scream at the TV, then went back to reassess my work. 

Look at all those strips!  Wait. Look at ALL those strips. That's a lot of strips. CRAP. I cut twice as many strips as I needed for this step!!!!