Saturday, June 18, 2011

It makes me sad

when I reread some of my old posts and see a picture of a shirt I really like(d), but realize I don't know what happened to it, but if I knew its whereabouts I'd surely wear it out tonight.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Some Pictures Make Me Laugh

Friday, April 22, 2011

Boston is for Lovers, I mean Runners

Last Monday, I ran the 115th Boston Marathon. It's hard to describe the experience, but it was amazing. Maybe I was a bit more awestruck than others because I have never done any large competitions. There were 27,000 runners, and the largest road race I've been in had about 7,000. I surprised myself with my time of 3:33.06, which was about a 6.5 minute pr (personal record for those non-runners). I had no goal going into the run, my goal had been to get there (you have to qualify to get to Boston), so I've pleased with my results except, why couldn't I have ran 7 seconds faster and got 3:32?!

It was just an all around brilliant experience. The crowd of runners and the crowd of supporters really made it feel like something big and special was happening, and not at all like everyone is bat-sh** crazy for running 26.2 miles. This was my 3rd marathon, and the second half entailed me shocking myself every mile when I continued to see my splits under 8:30. I usually die a terrible death for a few miles in the second half and was waiting for what would be my black period of the run, but it never came. Not that those last miles were simple, but I just kept trudging along and not fading too badly. Maybe I kept rolling off my continued surprise of how well I was doing, but I like to contribute a lot of that success to the crowd. It really did amaze me how from start to finish there were people non-stop cheering. And I started about 30 minutes behind the first wave of runners, so they were out there for hours supporting the runners. I think their cheers kept the negative thoughts from entering and lingering during the run. I focused on staying positive and relaxed.

(crowd at athlete village)

They say the course is hilly, and it is undulated with rolling hills, but anyone who runs in Arkansas would not think Boston is hilly. The uphills were fine, including the one referred to as Heartbreak Hill. The downhills are what tore me up. My quads are still recovering. Everyone warns not to go out too fast at the first with all the downhills, but I like to give myself a big cushion the first half, so in the last 5 miles I can say, "it's ok, you can run 10 minute miles now and still break 4 hours" (which is always a goal when I do a marathon). Overall, I'd call Boston a good course and one to easily pr on.

As far as the rest of the trip, Boston is a great vacation destination, especially if you like history. It's where our Revolution was planned out and our country was formed. Plus, they have amazing Italian food in the North End, including cannoli's that put you in an euphoric food coma. Also, Sam Adams beer runneth over. So, as long as your love of history and food is bigger than your hate of rude Northeasterners, you should put it on your destination list.

bus lines to get to starting line in Hopkinton, the line was longer than fit in this picture

Faye by a canon on the U.S.S. Constitution - the oldest commissioned warship afloat, "Old Ironsides"

Paul Revere's grave, the Boston Marathon is also ran on Patriot's Day

The Declaration of Independence was read from this balcony

Boston has built a Freedom Trail through the city where you can walk to all the historical sites, you can also have guides dressed up like Revolutionaries give you a tour. I walked/hobbled along it the day after the marathon and stopped at one of the old taverns called the Green Dragon, where the Boston Tea Party was planned. I had a beer and bowl of clam chowder there with a guy dressed like Paul Revere. I think it was the most patriotic moment of my life.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Virgin Islands are rad

Justin's brother got married on Magen's Bay Beach in St. Thomas this month. I've never been to the Caribbean, but I'm now focusing all my energy on plotting a way to own a summer home there. It was absolutely beautiful. We stayed at a house, or complex rather, that was once owned by an ambassador. Which, if you have a group of 24 people, is cheaper than staying in hotels there. Plus, there are a lot of food/booze money saving opportunities since the place had 2 full kitchens to prepare meals in. If (when) I return to the Virgin Islands, I will stay on St. John or the British Virgin Islands though. They are less civilized (and not in a rude manner) and cleaner in my opinion (St. Thomas is one of the busiest cruise ship ports in the world, some days getting in eight ships). One thing that surprised me was how hilly the islands actually are, (and all the free range chickens). And this translates into very winding, narrow roads, that make your heart stop at least twice in cab rides where you're certain you're about to have a head-on collision. You'll hear a lot of honking from the vehicles, but it's not NYC style mean spirited beeps. It's necessary "hey, I'm around the bend, don't hit me" warnings. I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking for the trip. Oh, and there were delicious mangoes, it was heavenly.
The bride and groom ran into the sea after their nuptials.
View from a hike we did on St. John, a very earned view as the hike was a steep mile up.
For those that know my fear of sharks, this is a very huge acheivement.
Iguana in a tree!
Dig our digs? This is a view from the upper veranda.
Oh, and we did a SEA LION SWIM!! It was more an expensive photo shoot with sea lions, but I loved it. This is Franco.
Panoramic view of Coki Beach.
We got an underwater digital camera (it was a Fuji and pretty inexpensive, and did a good job with the photos). This is my favorite fishy picture.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I'm not close to marriage b/c I'm not pregnant yet

Because apparently us Johnsons have babies before getting hitched. My sister and brother both had an adorable little nugget and then got engaged/married.
Here's my little nugget Vincent and my little bug Veda:

Friday, January 14, 2011

Best Holiday Photo to Date

We like to call this one "Sparkle Nip".

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! (21 - 14 days late)

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

I think this is neat and you should do it regardless of your political opinions

Let's Say Thanks