Many of you have asked where in the world I've been.

All I know is that after 7 plus years of blogging and a different lappy, which I don’t like, I seem to have lost my blogging fervor.

Someday, when you least expect it, I will post again.

For those of you still waiting I say thank you.

Meanwhile, I am rather prolific on twitter. Find me: @KeethaB
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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Sunday at the Flying Pig AKA Though None Go With Me

This will not be my typical SIMC post as it isn't coming from my city, nor the city that I am currently visiting, nor even from a city where I've ever spent much time.

BUT - - - it happened TODAY and it involved my youngest daughter so I'm claiming it for my SIMC post.
Our youngest daughter, Korie has been a feisty spunky little gal from the day of her birth.

When she was toddling I had a TIME keeping her from eating the dry cat food or pouring cake flour all over the floor.

Once she took it upon herself to walk across the top back of the couch and shouted out:  "Look what Ornery's doin'"   

A little over a year ago she and her hubby decided to run in a mini marathon.  At the finish line, hubby announced he was over that.  Korie was just charged up to run a full.  

So, she did - - - alone.  She trained and ran in the Indy Marathon all by her lonesome 'cause none would go with her.

At the end of that marathon she was ecstatic to have finished and very disappointed with her time.

Before the sweat had even dried off her brow she began planning how to train for her NEXT marathon and cut an hour off her time.

Enter the NEXT marathon - - -
Called the Flying Pig, and held TODAY in Cincy.

I walked into a lowly little ole Dollar General the other day and saw this flying piggy bank and KNEW it had Korie's name on it - for a memento of this race.

After all, her MIL (whom I love) thought of sending flowers, something which never even entered my mind - - - so I had some scrambling to do to catch up!!!

Flowers will die, but this flying piggy can hold her race medal FOREVA!!!

This morning - - - long before the sun dared to show his face - - - Korie was all lined up and ready for the starter's pistol.  (Do they even USE a starter's pistol at a marathon I wonder??)

She texted me that she was soooooo nervous 'cause Cincy is a very hilly city and she trained in flat ole Indy.
Just about the time the sun arose the racers lined up and were off on their 26 mile grueling run.
At the 5 mile mark Korie flew by so fast SIL Chris couldn't even capture her on digicam - - - so he snapped this sign for my blog post instead.

She flew past the Half Hog marker without even registering a bleep on radar.

So, SIL Chris positioned himself where she would run toward him at the 17 mile marker and was finally able to catch this image of her for posterity - - - she's the one checking her watch to see if she's bettering her time.

She was - - - but I'll get to that later.

Noticed the strained, "I'm working really hard" look on the runner in the background at 17 miles.

But not our Nae Nae!!! (endearing and short for Korie Renee)   She was all smiles every single time she sailed past hubby Chris.

What a girl.

How did she GET this hard driving yet always pleasant and uplifting personality I wonder???

Brings tears to her momma's eyes.
And after just 3 hours, 53 minutes, and 52 seconds she sailed right over the finish swine - - - nearly cutting the desired hour off her first marathon time of 4 hours and 45 minutes!!!
And here she is - - - looking as fresh as a cucumber and as rested as a momma bear just emerged from her hibernation den.

But I'm so worn out from following her progress (from my couch I might add) that I feel I really should take a nap.

SO PROUD OF OUR FEISTY LITTLE KORIE NAE.   She may be blond, but she's no Barbie Doll.

And many thanks to SIL Chris for keeping us in the loop with texts and pix.

I'm joining Unknown Mami
For Sundays in My City.

Today my city is Cincinnati, Ohio
And the Flying Pig Marathon
Please hurry over to Unknown Mami's to see
What's happening in other cities around blogland.

Photo Credits:
Start Swine and Finish Swine line photos from race tweets
Flying Piggy Bank photos by moi
All others by our wonderful SIL Chris


Linda @ A La Carte said...

Big Congrats to your girl! A marathon is no easy task! Love love love the flying pig!

hugs, Linda

Terra said...

The flying pig was a wonderful find and just right as a memento for the race. Congratulations to your lovely and strong daughter.

LV said...

You are very blessed having a daughter like this. I would never make one mile even if I trained. Takes dedication. She is a very pretty girl.

Buttercup said...

Love the pictures and the finish line swine made me laugh. Hurray for Korie! My goal is to walk a 3K, and I'm trying to get walking mileage in every day.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

That flying pig is a perfect gift for your marathon gal! (T#4's middle name is Renee, and we call her Nae Nae.)

Anonymous said...

All I have to say is wow!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I got tired just looking your pictures :)
I don't run but I love walking.
Have a good week ahead!

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

YAY! Korie! That's fantastic. I think I'll stick to the 5ks!

Lisa said...

Wow! She cute an hour off her time. Impressive!!! Woooo Hooo! she awesome and smiling the whole way. That's awesome.

Charlotte said...

Whew! I'm pooped just lokking at her running! Congratulations to her and anyone that can accomplish this feat!

Anita Johnson said...

I have NO desire to try to run a marathon but find those that do inspiring. Congratulations to Korie, and the flying piggy bank was better than flowers! Ha!

Erin said...

That is fantastic! What an accomplishment!

Cathy said...

Congrats to your daughter for a great race. That's only about 30 min. from where I live.

42N said...

Great story. Anyone that can run for more than 5 minutes get my vote for dedication. said...

She is SO gorgeous (she looks like her mom), in addition to being an inspiring runner. You did good, and so did she. Congratulations!


Ann in the UP said...

Well, I'm pretty sure where the good humor comes from, and she's quite an inspiration for her perseverance and drive. I'd be real proud of her if I were her Mom and Pop.

Thanks for that great post!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Way to go Korie Nae!

Powdered Toast Man said...

I thought there might be a pig roast at the end of the marathon, maybe some ribs.

podso said...

The flying pig is wonderful. Who does this girl take after? :-)

Keri said...

YOUR couch?!?!

Keetha said...

Oh, WOW! Color me impressed. I can't feature running 26.2 miles, much less smiling during the process!

No wonder you're so proud. :-)

Is this who you needed the cowbell for? Wasn't there something about a race where you ring cowbells to cheer on the runners? I don't *think* I dreamed that, although it's entirely possible I did.

nancygrayce said...! Cannot imagine running that far....oh, who am I kidding! I can't imagine running one mile!

Joanna Jenkins said...

THAT is very, VERY impressive. High Five to you Flying Pig Marathon Girl.

Vidya Sury said...

Way to go, Korie Nae! You've every right to be proud, Keetha! :-) She's amazing!