Friday, April 9, 2010

Lookie...Lookie...What I Got!!!

Well, today is me and my husband's 5 year anniversary!  On this day 5 years ago, I was getting ready to walk down the aisle and marry the man of my dreams!  It was such a wonderful day...similar to the weather today...Sunny, nice breeze with a calmness!  I LOVED my wedding and truly wish we could do it all over again.  It is such a wonderful memory that I will cherish forever!
Well, last night when I got home from work, I had orginially thought I would go to the gym for Body Pump and then get in a quick 3 mile run afterwards.  When I walked in the house, there was a huge gift bag sitting on the kitchen table...and my husband looked at me and said, "Open It"!
Well, it wasn't our anniversary yet, and I wasn't expecting to do gifts right then, but he just seemed sooo super excited!  Of course, my son was whining for me to pick him up, and so of course, I had to see him for a couple of minutes...but my husband kept saying..."Open it, open it...I am super excited for you to open it!"  This was probably the most excited I had seen my husband about a gift he was giving me...so of course, I was curious...I.had.no.idea what it was???
So, after I was able to set my son down for more than 2 seconds I proceeded to open the gift bag, and down at the bottom of the bag was this......

Look how freakin AWESOME this is!!!  It was my Garmin watch!!!  The watch that I have talked about for months and months...that I was going to use money from a contest I am in at work to buy (which wasn't going to be until sometime in May)  I was soooo shocked and soooo happy!  Plus, I thought it was sooo cool that my husband was sooo excited to give me a gift that had to do with my new passion....running!  It made me realize, he really does understand!!! 
He told me he wanted to give it to me early, so I could play around with it and have it all ready to use by my first half marathon this Sunday.  How cool...My first half marathon will be ran with my new Garmin watch!

So, needless to say I decided to skip the gym and just do my 3 mile run outside (I was hoping while wearing my new watch)...but, I had to charge it for a full 3 hrs before using it for the first time, so I wasn't able to do that...but I could at least try it on and oooo and aaaa about it!
My husband explained how he didn't know which one to get me etc, but he really liked this one and thought it would be perfect for what I needed it for....and of course, IT IS PERFECT!  I can't wait to use this baby for the first time this Sunday!

So, on to my run....after I put my son to bed and kissed my husband a few more times, I decided to head out for my quick run.  I hadn't ran all week, so I needed to get it in before the race on Sunday...plus I wanted to try out my new Champion running skirt that I got at, of all places Target, since I might wear it on race day. (I do really, really, really want a running skirt from the cutie pie twins at runningskirt.com) but this running skirt was at Target for only $16.99 and I have never run in a running skirt, so before I fork over to much $$$ I wanted to try one out to see if I liked it.  Here is a pic of the skirt:

So, I headed out, wearing my new RoadId(of course) and my old Polar watch(tear, tear...for having to leave my new Garmin watch at home), but at least my Polar watch could calculate my final time.  It was a nice cool evening, and there were plenty of people still out mowing and tending to their yards etc.  The first 1.5 miles was a little rough while I warmed up, but after that I felt OK.  I should have drank some water before I started, because my mouth was super dry and I kept getting gunk in my throat, plus I hadn't eaten since lunch, and it was 7:30ish or so.
As I was running, I was thinking about my upcoming half...I started to freak out a little...could I really do this???  I mean, here I am only running 3 miles, and they seemed kind of hard tonight...but 13!?!?  How am I going to get through it...I started to get all nervous!  I told myself to settle down...that I was just going to be going out to run a nice long "training" run, or as Kerrie at mom vs marathon stated, out to do my "victory" lap!  This did settle me down some, but I do know that on race day, I am going to be N.E.R.V.O.U.S!!!
I finished the 3 miles in 26.50 per my old watch...wonder what I can do with my newbie!!! :)
As for the review on the running skirt...It was FABULOUS!  I think it is a top contender in my outfit for Sunday....

Anyways, tonight my parents are watching Logan so we can go out to dinner and then out for drinks and some fun with friends...tomorrow is a hang out day for me, and then Sunday is the B-I-G DAY!!!  Race Day!  Wish me luck...full race report next week...plus, I will be able to have the breakdown by miles etc (per my lovely new watch)  Yea!!! 
Enjoy your weekend and all of your runs,
Stephanie

21 comments:

Staci Dombroski said...

Happy Anniversary!!! That is so awesome to get the watch :) I am the same way as your husband. I want people to open the present early because I get way too excited. Have a great weekend!

Jessica said...

Happy anniversary! I found your blog through Aneta @ Rambunctious Runner. That watch is awesome and you will rock Sunday with it! Good luck with your first 1/2. Mine is coming up on May 1st! Ahhh!

Lisa said...

Happy Anniversary and what an awesome gift. Good luck with your half this weekend. I Like the voctory lap reference you mentioned from Kerrie's blog. I need to remember that when I run my first half in the fall.

Jill said...

Wooohooo, what an awesome gift!! That's so exciting, you're going to just love it so much!! Happy anniversary to you and good luck with the half!

destination262 said...

What a thoughtful gift! I love love love my garmin!! You will love yours too! Happy Anniversary to you and your man!

Nicole Joy said...

So excited for you to do your first half! You're going to do great! And wow a Garmin!! Can't wait to get one. Looking forward to your race recap! YOU CAN DO IT!

Sunflower Kisses said...

I am superexcited reading about how excited your husband is about giving you the gift and how excited you are receiving the gift!
I love it how the significant others buy gifts that help fuel our passion for running.

Fashion Meets Food said...

Happy Anniversary! I am looking forward to your race recap! I have never run a race before and am thinking I really want to do a 5k.

Good luck!

xo

Lorian said...

Happy Anniversary! It is great that you were both so excited about your gift! So cool! You are going to love your Garmin...they are great!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

AWESOME gift!! Love it.. My Garmin is being WEIRd, I hope it does not die just before my Marathon.

GOOD GOOD luck this weekend!! High Five

Running Diva Mom said...

awesome hubby you have there! I hope you enjoy your new garmin! I still have a plain old stop watch and just start and stop it -- nothing fancy. I'm debating on getting one now -- gee thanks! You will do great at your half -- you will really surprise yourself with all that adrenaline you'll have. Good luck!

EricaH said...

Happy Anniversary and what a great gift. I have an annivesary coming up next month maybe I'll print out this post and give it to my husband as a little hint. :) Good luck on your 1/2 this weekend looking forward to the recap. :)

runninaround said...

so excited for you! You need to name it! And don't worry, we always sike ourselves out before races. Honestly, you will rock it. Race day adrenaline and the excitement of the whole thing is AWESOME! my first half was honestly like the best day of my life (hey I'm not married and don't have kids lol so I can say that). It was the most amazing feeling crossing that finish line. Cannot wait to hear all about it!

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

fun gift. very thoughtful of the hubby! and super happy 5 year anniversary. that's a good one;-) enjoy!!

KatDoesDiets said...

Yay! I have drooled over these watches for a while!

SueMac said...

I was just talking to someone about running skorts... and looking at the one from Target. Does it have the panties or the compression shorts underneath? I need the compression shorts for my legs rubbing together. Jealous of your Garmin, by the way!

Morgan said...

Awwwww love it! Your hubby gets major brownie points for that anniversary gift! Speaking of which, I hope you had a wonderful anniversary weekend! Can't wait to read how the Half went!!!

Melissa said...

Just now catching up with you...
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! Here's to many many more!

Melissa said...

I forgot to ask, did you get your Baja Bob's? I wanted to check and make sure it got there. :) Can't wait to see what you thought.

Sarah said...

Happy Anniversary! I had to follow you over after you said you also had your first half this weekend. Can't wait to read your update! :)

N.D. said...

That is such a sweet story! Happy anniversary!