Friday, October 24, 2014

A Year and a Half

Can you believe this boy is Nursery age?  While Sam was taking a nap after running a marathon I took this little guy to the nearby park to do a tiny photo shoot.  I didn't really edit any of these though.  Maybe when I have time...

I'm so glad to be this guy's mama.  I wish only the best for him and hope that we can provide that for him.  Meanwhile, enjoy these pictures of my silly boy (he wouldn't take any formal pictures).

Ah, in his element.  He is getting really, really close to walking.  He'll take quite a few steps then decide he's faster and more secure crawling.  As long as he has the desire, right?  We pretty much have a toddler in our hands (throws tantrums like one, too).  Definitely time to watch what we do or say around him, haha.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Duke City Marathon 2014

I can't remember exactly when Sam decided to run a marathon, but he was getting into long distance running and thought it would be a great goal to have.  Every year Albuquerque hosts the Duke City Marathon and for his birthday Sam signed up!  His friend in his Medical School class signed up as well and they were going to run together.  School was getting busy, but Sam still would get up very early in the mornings so he would have time to do some long distance running.  It crept up!

He ran the marathon on the 19th (yesterday) and did great!  We invested in good shoes so he survived without any injuries (apart from not being able to walk normally). He completed it in 3 hours 57 minutes!!

Here are some before pictures I took:

 Sam and his friend (it was still dark out, sorry it's blurry!)
Super surprised how many people choose to run this marathon! 
This line extended way back.

Our Stake Conference was that day and Sam told me he would take it nice and slow.  So I decided I would have time to attend a little bit then head on over to the finish line and take awesome photos of him.  Well, I got a text saying "3 more miles!" earlier than I expected so I bolted to downtown.  Since there were so many people and roadblocks, I couldn't find a super close parking spot.  But I did my best and ran to the finish line.  Then I saw Sam turn the corner and run past me.  I couldn't even catch up to him and I didn't just run 26 miles like he did!  Sorry I didn't get epic photos of his finishing.  Oh well.  Here are some "after" pictures: 

 I made this sign for him and had him use his last strength
 to stand there and hold it so I could get a picture.

So positive!  Taking a little break while walking to the car.

Sam ran with his friend over half of the way, but decided to run on his own after mile 16.  He was able to keep going by saying "that person shouldn't be in front of me" and passed them.  He was able to talk about school and the church with his friend, then listen to some general conference (it was held on Sunday after all).  In the car he kept telling me "Why would anyone do this to themselves?" And I couldn't agree more.  At home Sam was getting some serious chills and had to hop into bed to take a long, nice nap.  I made a nice, carb-ilicious lunch after he was done feeling like throwing up.  He is now back to normal except for the extreme soreness.  Way to go on completing your first marathon, Sam!