Monday, April 27, 2015

{Team Castro Racing} Weekend Roundup!

You know it's racing season when every weekend we seem to be running from here to there ... literally. Like, my legs are just about to fall off, but then again, that's why I run, right? Because I can. Because I have legs. And life. And air in my lungs.
But still, ouch.

On Saturday, John & my big bro headed off early to Tulsa for the inaugural Golden Driller Marathon.  My brother is especially lured into inaugural races, and with this one being right here in the state, it seemed like a no-brainer. 
(For me, Queen of roadside oddities, the fact that the medals had one of them on it was beyond fabulous). It was a little warm to run a marathon, but it was better than the ice storm of Cowtown!

The start/finish
 This race was done on trails, so there weren't any street closings and such, which is pretty cool!
Course Map
Kurt coming in for the finish!

Kurt's medal is there, it's just spun itself sideways :/

 In the end, they did AWESOME! Hubby even made a new PR (personal record) time in under 4 hours AND took third place in his age division! 
Earning him this Golden Driller mug.

While the men were off in Tulsa, the remaining members of Team Castro were gearing up for the Super Hero 5k!

"Batman doesn't smile", he says.

TCR is ready to go!
 We met our running pals there, Batgirl & Supergirl!

Evan blew us all away - the three adults and three kids on our team that he left behind in the dust never saw him again until the finish!

He had run the whole 5k in under 30 minutes! 
AND ran each of us in as we made our way to the finish.

These two may or may not have just walked and chatted the whole time...

Evan Batman took first place in the elementary school age division!

and we finished up with an award for best costumes! 

The weekly yoga class we do has been really helping with our hip abductor - related running issues. Emma's runner's knee didn't bother her (of course, there was wasn't a whole lotta running going on, but...), and I was able to run the whole 5k with minimal ITband pain. Don't get me wrong, it was still hurting, but it didn't cause enough tension to give the telltale ITband straight-leg-of-death stride, which is AMAZING, and I can't wait to tell her this week!

The icing on the weekend running cake was the annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. I find it hard believe that it's been 20 years since the OKC Bombing. It doesn't seem that long ago.

This year, we did the relay, so that hubby can officially say that he's run every event in the Run to Remember, from the kid's marathon all the way up to the full. Relay teams are made of 5, which is good because with the 4 of us and our always present Uncle K, who is basically a TCR member anyway, we fit right in! 

The legs were divided up into two 10k's - Kurt & Emma, two 5k's - Evan & Me, and one 12k - John. 
This was Emma's very first 10k, so she was going to run us in to the finish!

After dropping Uncle K off at the start chute, we waited for him to race by at the start.

After we saw Flash off, Superman & Batman boarded the relay shuttle to leg 2, where Evan would run the timer through the most famous part of the race - Gorilla Hill. 

The crowd LOVED seeing a tiny Batman running through the course. We watched some of the GoPro footage last night and it was FABULOUS! They ate it UP. 
Gorilla Hill was just MADE for Evan to run through. 
Once he got to the third leg of the race, he transferred the timing chip over to Superman, who had escorted him, along with Flash, all through his leg of the course. 

and a butt slap to tell him he was good to go!
 Flash & Batman rode the shuttle back just in time for me to load my shuttle to leg 4 and hand Robin over to the two tired runners. Luckily, we parked in a GREAT spot RIGHT by the shuttle station, so they got to sit in the car with the heater on full blast until it was time to meet me at the end of my leg of the race.
UNfortunately, John ran so fast that I barely made it off the shuttle and they were calling my number, so i forgot to call them to let them know I had started my run!
Half way through, I remembered, but it was still too late. By the time we made it to the exchange point, we had a good 10-15 minutes of time to wait while the shuttle made it's way with the rest of the team in tow. (Which actually worked out well since Superman needed a bathroom break anyway).

Once they arrived, the transfer was made and Robin was off on the last leg of the race, and her very first official 10k! (Escorted by Superman)

Flash, Batman & I headed back on the sweaty/pee smelling shuttle to meet them at the finish line.

Here they come!!

We all got to cross the finish line together, as a team, and it was the BEST finish EVER!

Afterwards, we collected our Carl's Jr burgers and devoured them!
(We totally failed on getting to the free pancake breakfast that morning, so we were STARVING!)

Afterwards, we headed up to the memorial itself to relax in the memorial grounds. 

The kids got to go see the Survivor Tree, and hear its story. 

While the guys rested their legs from back-to-back races. 

It's always nice inside the memorial grounds. It's quiet and still, even with everything going on just outside the walls. And it's even more beautiful on the day of the race because the remembrance chairs and the fence outside are covered in medals, bibs, flowers, and notes dedicated to the memory of the 168 that died that day. 

Happy weekend, everyone!

(Want more? Additional photos/videos will be on our Castro Team Racing facebook page!)
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Castro Cassarole

Let's just throw together a bunch of randomness and call it good!!
yaaaayyyy! woo hooooooo!
(I know, right? You probably already left...)

//The bean hut + Garden
The beans have made their way into their new bed, and will *hopefully* start the ascent up the frame. But, with the Oklahoma storms we've been having....ugh.

Our cauliflower. The only one so far that has actually produced fruit.

//Trampoline Tricks + Backyard Bliss

//National Sibling Day

My sister flew in for a few days to visit. My niece is growing happily inside that belly, and i cannot WAIT to meet her!

Eat @ Joes
 Later on, we met up with the baby brother for some sibling shenanigans. I'm lusting after these chairs. They're supposed to be outdoor chairs, but knowing me, I'd have them inside in no time!

My sister didn't embrace the asian.

//Color Run: SHINE

We didn't plan on doing this race again, but once they released the fact that the 2015 tour was a SHINE one (meaning GLITTER!!), there was just no way that Em or I could NOT go. I mean, glitter, rainbows, racing, and family time!? Yes, please.

We couldn't find the other two members of our team that morning, and their phones were in the car, so we just crossed our fingers we'd catch them in the race - they were the ones wearing white, right?

As luck would have it, we actually DID find them! And all was well. 

On the home stretch, the skies opened and lightning + thunder came down with rain and rain and rain.
We finished up quick and ran for cover. The after-party is always the best part, but being struck by lightning wasn't on our list of maybe to dos, so off we went!
(and made it just in time for my sister's baby shower!)

//Greens Harvest

The first broccoli harvest was taking place in the Castro Gardens! Can you even believe it?! We're growing FOOD, people!! FOOD!!

They grabbed some lettuce for salads in their lunches the next day, too. 

Emma eats her broccoli raw, Evan & I eat them steamed. John doesn't really like it either way, ha!
I'm always curious, though. How do you like yours?


After a full fall + winter of being syringe fed, I am trying to teach Buckbeak to hunt her own food, in hopes that one day, she will be able to rehabilitate to the wilderness and live on her own. 
It's been hard. 
She can catch them, but it takes awhile.
She can bite them, but forgot how to gradually swallow whole.
It's going to be a long summer for this little one, but we'll be here cheering her on. 

//Cutest Picture in Life

//The scare crow pug.

//Shopping Trip!

A day shopping with the sister and kids, without makeup because for some reason I've been doing that a lot lately. 
(alzeimers, obviously)

//A visit

From the most cutest beautifullest little snake EVER! 
Woulda kept her if I could.

//Family Yoga

3/4 of us have 3 different running issues that all stem from weak hip reflexors. So when my yoga lady told me yoga would help, I grabbed the other 2 non-yogis and dragged them out. 
Here they are, iphoning and LEGOing before class starts.

They're hard core. 

We dropped sports and activities for this. Why? Because it's worth it.
Even moreso now that the other two are doing it with us.
Family, friends, health, and God's green earth.
Pretty much all our prayers in one place. 


//Last Call

The last middle school dance was last friday, and the traditional pre-dance dinner at El Vaquero was in full effect. And it grows each time, which makes it okay that this was the last - one more and we're taking two vehicles!

This crew.
Silly, willy nillies.


Our pond was calling us the other day.
Just tugging on our souls.
So off we went with poles and tackle and crossed fingers.

My dad always knew what times of day the fish bit. He always reminded me, and I've failed miserably to pass that on. My poor kids have no idea when fish bite the most, what color lure goes best with this sky and this water, and Evan is already six and has no clue how to tie a fishing knot!

But, we'll get there. 
Hey, at least they're casting?

I caught the one and only fish that afternoon.
A little bass. 

The one that got away...

I was teaching Evan how to take a fish off the hook and hold it properly. He wanted to hold it like a bear, full fish grip. Love that kid. 

//The Annual Checklist

It is done. It is on the fridge, and there are two more "additions" hanging in the kids' rooms of special things that they want to do this summer, not necessarily as a family. 
And they're ADORABLE.
I'll have to snap a pic of them. 

Do you make these? 
We always have a couple we don't get to. A few we do a zillion times. And a page of additional things they scribble on in the tiny blank spaces all summer long.
They change every year. 
But we love them. 


Grandad + Grandar have a berry farm. So far, it's only been on paper and a few wild berries here and there, but it's officially berry planting season and the farm has been readied!

We went out for the day. Emma spray painted posts for the covers, Grandad + John installed the posts. I was cutting holes in the groudcover and planting baby bushes, and Evan was driving his 4wheeler around gathering things from the cabin and relaying messages between us all. 

Only 800 bushes will go in this year, 4 different kinds, and each year more will go in.
This was the first row. 

Once Emma had finished her spraying, she and Evan explored the acreage that we never go to.
I got this photo right as the thunder started.

I heard the 4W start up somewhere in the distance and speed its way to the van.
John + I lifted it in just as the rain and hail began pouring down. Ouch!

In the next days following, Grandad + Grandar got the rest of them planted.
Next summer, we'll be swimming in the finest, freshest berries in Oklahoma!

//Furry ones

A pugalicious face.

And a kitty with a tiny heart in her eye. 

Happy April!

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