Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Paintball for a Cause!

Sorry I’m a bit delayed about getting this post up, but I wanted to at least include one picture. A few weeks ago, up in Hudson Wisconsin, I had my first paintball experience! I was the spokesperson for the “Hunt For The Cure” charity paintball game! This was my first experience with paintball, and boy was I really thrown into it! The Wild Bunch Paintball team and Splat Tag Paintball did an amazing job of putting this all together. It was an 8 hour “Big Game” with several 30 minute scenarios which led to finding the “cure” for Huntington’s Disease and winning the game.
I got sick of just standing around picking my nose, so the Wild Bunch boys suited me up in top of the line paintball gear, with a super fancy gun. After taking a few practice rounds, I went out in the field. Lucky for me, log rolling buddy Tyler Berard was also playing, so he acted as my coach/bodyguard. That sure didn’t stop me from getting shot though! The shot didn’t hurt anywhere near as much as I thought it would, just a really quick sting. Although the one on my neck wasn’t my best memory of the day! I played for a good four hours and had a blast!
At the end of the day I got to help pick raffle numbers for the door prizes, and thank everybody for their help in raising money for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. I also have a new appreciation for the sport of paintball!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

No Marathon For Us

Since our 18 mile run a few weeks ago, Ken has had some major I.T. band issues. He wasn't able to run more than 2 miles without major pain. We decided last Saturday to load him up with drugs, and do 20 miles no matter what. Despite his system being full of Advil, he could only make it about 3 miles before the I.T. band pain became unbearable. At the time, I figured I would just run the marathon by myself. I mean, we have been training for months, and running insane distances. Then I realized that this marathon is something we wanted to accomplish together. It would be no fun for me, and not fair to Ken if I ran this. Plus, there is a log rolling/boom running contest in Michigan the same weekend. I always have so much fun seeing my friends, and competing, that it will be worth missing the marathon. Plus... I'm in amazing shape! I'm running faster and longer than I ever have. So this training was definitely not a waste of time. Now we have to concentrate on getting Ken's leg better and plan another marathon. Hawaii? Disney? Who knows! Log rolling season... here I come!!!

Friday, May 12, 2006

Third Place!!!

Last night the weather was horrible. Mid 30’s, with rain and sleet. But it was time for the Meriter Nurses’ Run! I ran the 10K and felt pretty darn good. We did the arb loop, which goes right by our house. Ken wrote “Go Shana!” in tape on our window, and was there cheering with Frankie while I ran by.

I ended up placing 3rd in my age division… which was the toughest division! I think this marathon training is really making a difference!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Midwest Log Rolling Championships: Press Already!

Madison Magazine rates the top 8 things to do this summer. Check out #4 on the list!

This year's tournament will be a fundraiser for the Huntington's Disease Society of America. If you know of any businesses willing to donate funds or prizes, please let me know!