April 6th, 2010

Good News, and Suggestions (Please)

I have a few bits of good news to report.

First,  I completed my third half marathon this past Saturday.  I signed up to participate in the Lincoln Memorial Half Marathon in Springfield this year.  In the past year, I have been trying to turn myself into a runner.  I would not call myself a runner, yet, but I'm getting there.

I completed Saturday's half marathon in 2 hours and 43 minutes!  The last half marathon I completed in September, was done in about 3 hours and 6 minutes.  My very first half marathon last April, I did in 3 hours 10 minutes.  That's an improvement of 27 minutes in a year!  My goal for Saturday was to complete the race in under 3 hours.  Well, I feel I blew that goal right out of the water! 

The only problem with that time is this:  next time, I'll have to set my goal even faster, and I don't know how much faster I can go!  Oh well, I'll just keep working at it.  Maybe one of these days I can beat my sister, who completed her very first half marathon on Saturday in about 2 hours and 23 minutes (YAY Steph!!).

Second, my friend and I booked our hotel and flights for the SCBWI LA conference this summer!!  Once registration opens up at the end of this month, we're in!  We are so excited.  This will be the first SCBWI LA conference for both of us.  We are going in with different goals, but we will have a great time together!  I can't wait!

Finally, I am really excited to be hosting Bunco this Friday for the first time.  And I am planning my food and drink (and maybe prizes - this is where I need your help) around this really fabulous drink and meal I had at the Brazilian Steakhouse in DC.  I'm making Caipirinha's for the Bunco gals, which is the national drink of Brazil.  And I have a couple of ideas of some food/ appetizers I want to make.  I was just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for food I need to make or prizes that I can give away that might go along with this Brazilian theme.  

Thank you in advance for your help! 

Have a great day, hopefully it is as sunny where you are as it is here today!