Sunday, September 5, 2010


Yesterday was an important day for me.  Yesterday I did somethings that not too long ago I would have considered unattainable.  Yesterday I ran a full marathon!  That's 26.2 miles people!

When I first started running I couldn't run 1/10 of a mile without stopping to catch my breath.  I was so seriously out of shape it was pathetic.  So I would run a little farther the next time and eventually I could run a 5K (3.2 miles), which to me was pretty great.  Then I decided I was going to run farther, so I did.  I've been training for a while, but I didn't want to start something I couldn't finish so I waited until I felt ready.

The Marathon was held in Marquette, Michigan.  Wow it's a gorgeous course, the weather however, was not gorgeous.  It was cold and rainy with 20-30 MPH winds.  Luckily, much of the course has trees and buildings to block the wind.

My whole family was there through the cold and rain to support me.  They helped me immensely.  Here is the best part:

My Son, Dylan, wanted to run with me for a little while.  Right before he ran with me I wasn't sure I could keep going, but he helped me through.

Here I am crossing the finish line with a time of 5 hours 15 seconds.

Now I wasn't the fastest, by far.  But that's not at all what it was about for me.  I wanted to prove to myself that I can go above and beyond anything I ever thought possible and guess what?  I did!

A huge thank you to my family for supporting me through it all:  My amazing husband and both of my boys, My Sister, My Dad, My Mom who was sick, My in-laws whom I adore.  Thank you again.

Now if you made it through that I have a pretty card to show you.  It's for Courtney Baker's sketch challenge over at Practicing Creativity.

I chose Courtney's sketch, which looks like this:

and this is my card. 

This one uses a bunch of different sets from PCD.  Sentiment is from the whole cycle, clouds are from you're dandy and the balloons are from look up.  I love the subtle vintage feel of this one, it's so different from what I've been doing lately.  It needed some glitter on the balloons and clouds so that's exactly what it got, hehe.

Oh and I FINALLY jumped on the Nestability bandwagon, and now I know what I waited so long...  They're fantastic and now I want to buy them all!!!  yikes my wallet hurts already!

I sure do appreciate you stopping by, especially if you made it through all of my ramblings today!

Stamps:  Look Up, The Whole Cycle, and You're Dandy (PCD)
Papers:  Vintage Cream CS (PTI), Patterned  Papers (October Afternoon)
Ink:  Noir (Palette), Aqua Mist, Simply Chartreuse, Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Other:  Buttons (PTI), Twine (PTI), Labels 1 die (Spellbinders), Ripe Avocado Grosgrain ribbon (PTI), Glitter (Prisma)


  1. I think this card sums up where you are emotionally after your journey to the finish line yesterday and not just the 5 hours ...... the whole journey that got you to the starting line. Good for you ...... and you should be very proud of yourself!!! Your card is beautiful ..... I love the 3 buttons being the same palette that you used on the card!!! Fantastic and GOOD FOR YOU!!!!

  2. Ok, your story brought tears to my eyes! That is so very awesome. Serious congratulations on doing the marathon. That is so very cool. I hope to one day do that.

    Your card is so pretty. I love the brown paper at the top and yeah, the Nesties are pretty cool indeed!

  3. Congrats girl! And this card is just GORGEOUS! No seriously, I LOVE it! Thanks for playing along with us!

  4. Well I LOVE your card Jackie, but I'm even more impressed with your tenacity! I can't even imagine being in good enough shape to run a marathon. I know you put A LOT of hard work into being able to do this! CONGRATULATIONS :)

  5. First of all, congrats. I'd be lucky if I could successfully run to the end of my driveway!

    I love this card, especially what you did with the inks on your nestability! Very pretty.... What an inspiration. That is something I would like to try.

  6. This is so inspiring to me! I can barely run for a minute, but now I think I want to give running a try! Thanks so much for sharing your story!

    Love this card! I agree that Nesties are addicting.... ;)

  7. A HUGE congratulations to you!! Way to go on your marathon! That is fantastic!!

    I love your card too. Very cute! Really like those glittery clouds!

  8. Congrats Jackie! What a great story! The pics with your little one are so cute!

    And the card is adorable! Nesties are alot of fun aren't they? :)

  9. Woo hoo! Congrats on your marathon! I love the card you made, too!

  10. Oh Jackie, your post made me cry. I'm so proud of you and feel like I could give you a giant hug. You GO girl!
    I've been feeling down about something I'm attempting to do and your post inspired me to keep trying because I only fail if I quit. Thank you.

    OH and your card is LOVELY!

  11. Congratulations Jackie! What a wonderful accomplishment! So awesome! Love your card too!

  12. Wow, a marathon? Congratulations! Love your card, the use of the nestie and the shading. So calming.

  13. Congrats on your awesome run...what an accomplishment! Such an adorable card, too.

  14. Those glittery clouds and balloons are fabulous! CONGRATS on running your marathon!! What an accomplishment!

  15. Wow, love this card! Really like the vintage-y feel to it!!


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