Monday, October 1, 2018

Trying New Things

This past year has been a year of change. We moved from a huge running community to an area that does not have the biking and running trails as our previous location. I left my huge Moms Run This Town group of over 1,000 to a small group of 100 or so. But when we arrived in the South something happened. I met women that were involved in Triathlons. There were a couple of ladies that were training for full Ironman's. I had never met women involved in this before. I watched them train and ran their long runs with them and then I was able to watch them crush their goals by hours! All of a sudden I was inspired to try something different. I had been so used to just running and have run multiple marathons over the last 18 years. I have tried to qualify for Boston but keep missing it by a few minutes. This was a different challenge for me. I had to learn to swim distance and bike over 20 miles. I signed up for my first Half IronMan in December and got to work. It was hard but I had the best support team possible.  My friends taught me how to swim and bike.  They pushed me to keep trying and do things that I did not think I was capable of doing. I biked my first Century and swam in the lake without fear.  My husband would run whenever I asked or bike with me so I wouldn't have to be alone. My friends spoke words of encouragement to me and gave me confidence to keep moving forward and finish the training. Then they came with me to the race. They went with me to packet pickup, they helped me set up my transition area, helped calm my nerves and gave me advice on hydration and fuel. They cheered me on during the run and I was able to see them 4 times on the course. It was the best day! I finished way under what I thought I would. I am so glad that I listened to that small whisper that told me to try something different and new. The voice that told me that I was capable of something that I thought I could not do!  I am so thankful for God, that gave me strength when I thought I was weak! I have loved being a skirtsports ambassador this year as well.
First 50 mile bike ride with my cheerleader Heather.
Loving running with my hubby and our dog Max.
My friend, Andrea taught me so much about racing and how to prepare.
My bike that got me through hundreds of miles!
One of my many early morning swims! I tried to swim twice a week.
My love! Our date was going on a 3 hour ride and then running a mile afterwards to help me get used to running in the heat.
My first Sprint Triathlon this summer.
104 mile bike ride!
After the race. This was the best day!
My cheerleaders!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Ode to Skirt Sport

I had never heard of Skirt Sports before, until 6 years ago. I took my older sister shopping for her birthday and she fell in love with the Lotta Breeze Capri. It looked darling on her and I bought it for her that day!  She wore it all the time. She wore it for errands, working out and lounging. She loved how it fit and how cute it looked. After all the raving about this skirt sport company I looked into it. She was right. The Lotta Breeze Capri was amazing. I now own 3 of these Capri's and multiple skirts, shorts and shirts from Skirt Sports. Sometimes older sisters know best. 2 years ago this beautiful sister of mine passed away from Brain Cancer. One of the items that I have in my closet is the first Skirt Sport Capri that I bought it. I wear it often and remember all the wonderful things about her.

My Sister

I love Running

I love running. When I first started 17 years ago, 3 miles was so difficult. I could never imagine doing more then that. I had a sweet friend that would run with me in the evenings after my baby was in bed. She kept encouraging me and I fell in love with the sport. I did my first half marathon and realized that this was a sport I could do! 15 full marathons later and 22 half marathons and I still love it.
At first I ran to lose the baby weight and then got my husband into the sport. We would go on running dates when our kids were little. We would take turns pushing the big double stroller and just talk and talk and talk. It was wonderful! You can talk about a lot of things during a 3 hour run.
I ran when I was happy and I ran when I was sad. Running played a huge roll in helping me find my joy again after my sister and Dad passed away from cancer 2 years ago.
Over the years my goals have changed. At first I did marathons to just finish. Then I trained harder and did them for time. The one thing that has stayed consistent over the years is how much I enjoy a long run. I love the challenge of pushing myself and working towards a goal that I have set.
2018 is a year of change for me. I decided to try some new things this year and signed up for my first Half IM in Augusta September 23, 2018. I am so excited to work towards a new goal.


Friday, February 2, 2018

20 Year Anniversary Trip

I can't believe it has been 20 years since we said our vows. So much life has happened over the past years. We joined the military, had 2 children and have moved 9 times. I am so thankful for our life together. It has not always been easy (moving every year for 3 years with teens is seriously rough)! We decided to save up and go on a big trip for our 20 Year to Jamaica. What a wonderful 7 day vacation for just us! It was relaxing and carefree! So nice to have a week of just us. Looking forward to a really big trip for our 25 year Anniversary.

Anniversary Dinner on the beach!

Biking down the Blue Mountains

French Restaurant on property

My love

After our Run.
We spent a lot of time relaxing at the beach and enjoying the sunshine.

All ready for the Italian Restaurant!

Sitting on our veranda drinking coffee was a highlight of our morning.

Every day Mark was able to Scuba Dive. He loved it!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Third Move in 3 Years

We have moved again. It was a quick 10 months for us in Alabama and then we headed for another adventure. We moved back to Va. We thought this was where we would come after Marks schooling last year but it is the military and so nothing is for certain on how long or where you are going.

I am ready to put down some roots for the next couple of years. We have the kids in good schools and they seem to be enjoying it for the most part. We are busy. Busier then we have ever been before. Jonathan is in marching band and it requires lots of practices, games and competitions. The good news is that he loves it! The bad news is that our weekends are gone and most evenings too. I am so thankful that I get to be apart of the driving and watching my kids excel in there activities.

Anna is doing Cross County and really enjoying that as well. It is less of a time commitment and only has two meets and two practices a week. I am getting to help coach her age group and it is so much fun.
Hopefully I can be better about sharing recipes, photos and our family adventures.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Fall in Alabama

It has been a quick 3 months since our move to Alabama. We are really enjoying living in the South. I was a little worried when we first moved here and I discovered what humidity was like. YIKES! Since the temps have cooled and weather has changed, I am really liking it here. We are stationed with good friends from Montana so it has been so nice getting to spend time with there sweet family. I miss our friends from previous bases but have jumped in and gotten involved with the ACSC spouse's group. It is so much fun! I have been scrap booking, taken cooking classes at Williams Sonoma, learned some international dishes, helped with some outings and have even met some friends to run with. I am so thankful for this year with my family and the adventures we are getting to partake in. I am not saying it has been easy moving with a teen and almost 12 year old but am so glad we have this year as a family. Mark is home and not deployed! He has a great schedule and we are getting to run together, bike and he even bought a canoe to take the kids fishing. We are looking forward to Thanksgiving and good friends coming to visit!

We made this soup for our cooking class and it was so tasty!


Saturday, February 23, 2013


This has been a year of changes for our family. We left Ohio after 4 wonderful years and moved to a small town outside of DC. Mark started a new job, we found a church, the kids got involved in school activities, the kids got a puppy and we all started making friends. Then we found out some news. We are moving again! This SUMMER! To say the least we were shocked. Moving, again, so soon? I am so glad that we have complete trust in our God! For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (NIV Jeremiah 29:11) So the Friesen family is headed to Alabama this summer for 10 months. Mark has the opportunity to go become a student again! Not sure we will have lots of visitors at our new home but it is still always open to all of you. DC has been great and we have had lots of friends and family come see us so far.

Trying New Things

This past year has been a year of change. We moved from a huge running community to an area that does not have the biking and running trails...