Friday, March 28, 2008

RUNNING... a marathon?

There was an article in the New York Times today about experiencing a runner's high, and it caught my eye because I have been training for a marathon this winter. No, not Boston, I am actually running in the Toledo, Ohio marathon in TWO WEEKS!!!

It has been quite the challenging winter of training!! After never having run more than 7 miles (once in my life!), my friend Dianne and I committed to running this April! There have been MANY moments of wanting to do anything BUT run, but overall it has been a great experience, and I am actually looking forward to running TWENTY SIX MILES!! I'll let you know how it goes.

For now, check out the article below to gain a sense of what I have been feeling the past few months. WISH ME LUCK!!

THE runner’s high: Every athlete has heard of it, most seem to believe in it and many say they have experienced it. But for years scientists have reserved judgment because no rigorous test confirmed its existence.
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Exercise Test: Truth or Myth? (March 27, 2008)
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"Nothing quite compares to how I feel when I finish a run: everything becomes possible, I feel great exuberance and joy, and completely and totally energized. "

Jennifer, Halifax Nova Scotia

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Yes, some people reported that they felt so good when they exercised that it was as if they had taken mood-altering drugs. But was that feeling real or just a delusion? And even if it was real, what was the feeling supposed to be, and what caused it?

Some who said they had experienced a runner’s high said it was uncommon. They might feel relaxed or at peace after exercising, but only occasionally did they feel euphoric. Was the calmness itself a runner’s high?

Often, those who said they experienced an intense euphoria reported that it came after an endurance event...

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Off season shooting

Ashley ( came over yesterday to brush up on some lighting techniques, and used Sean and I as models.

Here are just a few of her awesome creations:

It looks like an ad for our couch! This girl is gooooooooood. Get her while you can, she is booking up FAST this year :)

Babysitting FUN!

Last weekend Sean and I babysat for our friends. Jake, Tyler, and Emma were the most fun children to be around - FULL of energy and just all around childtastic!

Here are a few images from our weekend:

ah.... bath time.

remember saturday morning cartoons?

this was a big day for jake because saturday was the debut of the new spiderman cartoon.

we all had to dress up in honor of the new show.

i challenge you to find a child sweeter than this little one.