Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bart's Big 33rd Birthday Bash

Bart's birthday weekend began on a trip to Logan, UT with Christy and Brandon Cummings with anticipation of running the 13.1 mile Top of Utah Half Marathon the following day on Bart's actual birthday, August 23rd. (He agreed to it, with very little coercion. He thought it would be a great way to stay in shape, maybe lose a little more weight.)

So 5am birthday morning, Bart and I get ready for the race. Brandon dropped Christy, Bart and me off at 6am at the designated shuttle pick-up location. We stood together in preparation for the run, then as soon as the mob thinned out Bart took off. Christy and I ran together. Each aid station we grabbed water/gatorade and orange slices. Between mile 9 and 10 I decided to venture out on my own. I floored the accelerator and zoomed. I really felt good about the last 3.5 miles, I pushed myself more than I normally do for that whole distance. Towards the end I felt a familiar pain on the outside of my right knee. I got a little worried. (I had problems with this spot during the marathon training 2 years ago, I ended up getting a cortizone shot so I could finish the training and run the race.) I kept praying that Heavenly Father would help my knee last so I could finish this goal that I had set. He answered my prayer, nothing snapped (like I thought it might) and I finished in 2:08:50. Bart had finished at 2:05 and Christy came in at 2:16. Bart said the first 7 miles he felt great, but he probably pushed himself too much the first half so he didn't have as much to offer the last half. However, he really did do a great job!

I was glad Bart was willing to run. I have enjoyed running for the last few years and it was fun to have the same running goal, to run a half marathon. We didn't stop to walk, not even Bart, whcih was a huge accomplishment, the longest distance he had run before the race was 6 miles. Most training runs he had stopped to walk some part of it so it really was a great accomplishment for him. We went back to the motel, showered, grabbed lunch at Fire-House Grill where Bart got free dessert for his birthday and so kindly shared with me, then headed to Provo. Bart was feeling sore and in quite a bit of pain. Both knees and his hip were bothering him. Bart and I were both grateful Brandon was driving, we napped on the ride. Loyal and Tonia, Bart's parents, had the girls overnight at their house in Scipio. They met us in Provo in the afternoon as they were heading to Salt Lake. We ate dinner with the girls at Outback Steakhouse (Bart's choice) and once again enjoyed a free birthday dessert. Bart was pretty sore and ready to come home (rather than really have a big bash) so we made one shopping stop and headed home.

Sunday afternoon we had a birthday lunch with birthday singing and cake eating...check out all the candles!

Happy Birthday to Bart! I am thankful to be "twain" with him. He makes me look like a great spouse because he is so great. He is my best friend. I appreciate him listening to me and helping me. He always knows the right thing to say to me when I am feeling bad about something. He sure makes me laugh. He makes life fun. He is a great cook, dinners are always yummy, I am amazed at how well he multi-tasks! He is a great dad. I still have a whole lot to learn from him. I am thankful he is mine for eternity! Bart, I love you!

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