Shamrock weekend is upon us! We are looking forward to the 8k & Final Mile on Saturday and 1/2 marathon on Sunday. The weather forecast looks absolutely lovely for running – high of 68 degrees both days! Our training for this weekend started back in December. I convinced Sara we should PR at the 1/2 this year and found what I thought would be a successful training plan. Unfortunately, it was a little ambitious for my left knee. About 2 weeks into our official training I developed a chronic case of “runner’s knee”. Needless to say, that slowed us down. We scrapped the plan and came up with our new plan of “just having fun”. (Side note: I have the best running partner ever… she slowed down with me during my recovery when she easily could have ditched me for a PR!)
In the spirit of “fun” we thought it best to have a t-shirt made for the occasion…
We made our way to the expo this afternoon and accumulated a plethora of t-shirts.
2 – 8k t-shirts (Julia & her husband)
2 – Team Hoyt t-shirts (Sara & Julia)
1 -”Final Mile” t-shirt (Sara’s son)
3 – 1/2 marathon t-shirts (Sara, Julia & her husband)
Rumor has it that we will receive a “finishers hoodie” after the the 1/2 marathon on Sunday!! That will bring our quilt worthy t-shirt potential up to 13 in just one weekend! I think we have a HALF quilt just in one weekend. What a lucky weekend!
13.1 miles + 13 quilt worthy t-shirts = Half Marathon + Half Quilt
Love it! Good luck to everyone running!
We’ve got a huge weekend coming up with the Shamrock Sportsfest. In Virginia Beach, it’s become the start to the summer season…sort of. There are a series of races at the oceanfront, beginning with an 8k Saturday morning, followed closely by a race called the Final Mile. For the past few months, elementary school kids from all over the region have been running in P.E., and their distance has been adding up…to 25.2 miles. On Saturday, they will run the final mile of their marathon distance! W.T. Cooke is our local school, and I have a kindergartener running on Saturday. Here’s the cute shirt he’ll wear:
He’ll also get a shirt for running the race. Here’s last year’s shirt:
So yes, it won’t be long before I’ll be making my 6 year old a quilt!
As you may have noticed, we’re trying to get into spring cleaning. One of the reasons we got excited about making t-shirt quilts was the chance to help people declutter and simplify. We understand it can be hard to motivate and a little daunting. As Julia mentioned yesterday, starting small is one way to go – just taking care of things that you can do in a minute. Well, here’s a twist on starting small: get the kids in on the action.
They thought it was fun! One vacuuming, the other dusting. No, that picture is not from the 60′s, it’s modern day. But it sadly seems reminiscent of older days. Unfortunately, the kids were excited to help out because of the novelty of it: I don’t require it of them enough. As soon as it becomes expected, it won’t be so fun because they really don’t care whether the house is clean. Making it a game is one way to keep it novel. And then, there’s always dessert. Any suggestions are welcome!