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1967 Camper Restore

1967 Mobile Scout Camper Restore

Glampers are the newest craze. Glampers are vintage campers with glamorous renovations.   On August 11, 2015, I purchased a 1967 Mobile Scout to restore and hope to have her ready to show in April.  I named her “Gypsy Queen”and spent hours on Pinterest researching decorative ideas.  While I found many great ideas, I realized I was going to do something different.  You will be able to follow the restoring process here.

How it all began…

I shared a Glamper post on Facebook where a couple of high school friends and I were commenting.  Tim chimed in, “I have a 1967 Mobile Scout for sale.” I made arrangements to look at it.  She was in great shape and had been stored inside most of her life.  Everything was in working order except her taillights and the step which are both easy repairs.  Arrangements were made and “Gypsy Queen” was purchased and transported to my home on August 11, 2015 where she was parked until the home owners association sent a letter to move her.

 

Christi & Gypsy Queen on August 11, 2015 after purchased and transported home.

 

 

Before with camouflage puzzle curtains

I spent the weekend cleaning her and testing everything.  On October 3, 2015, Bart & I removed all hardware and primed for painting.  On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, she was transported to the storage unit about a block away.

Paint color was chosen and painting has begun, but due to time constraints and temperatures, painting has not been completed.

Three attempts at half marathon #21 in 2014!

Three attempts at half marathon #21 in 2014!

 

Texas has smoldering hot summers and I had several races scheduled during the summer months, but never thought it would take three attempts at half marathon #21 in 2014.  I thought it would be a good idea to check as many off the list as possible while I was off from work. I knew when fall arrived, I would be busy with work and football (I am super excited to have a freshman playing high school … big deal in Texas… need I say anymore).  2014 has been an unusual year as far as weather in Texas with snow storms and cool days in the summer.  To be honest, it has been nice.

June was great.  I ran a couple of races in nice weather and rescheduled one to take a camping trip with friends. The camping trip was a cabin in Broken Bow, OK and we had a fabulous time.

Great time with friends!

Great time with friends!

July came around and I rescheduled another race to take Austin (my youngest son) and his friends to a video game convention in Austin, TX. They had a great time and I had some wiggle room in my race schedule.

Video Game Convention

Video Game Convention

First attempt at #21 – July 13 was the day for El Scorcho 25K and I was excited about it.  I did not know how to prepare for the race.  It was 5K loops around the Trinity River in Fort Worth at midnight.  It was a hot day in July with a beautiful super moon.  One 5K loop was completed when my stomach started to rumble and a bad trip to the portapotty sent me home.  I have always finished races and not finishing was devastating to me, but I did not see any other option.

Super Moon

Fun night race!

Fun night race!

Second attempt at #21- July 19 Orange Leaf Half Marathon in New Braunfels, TX

I was nervous about a race in southern Texas in July, but I love New Braunfels and it started at 6:30am.  I figured I could survive and I would make it into a vacation for me and the boys.  We drove to Austin to stay with a friend and would get up early, drive one hour to New Braunfels for the race, and then float the river.  Well, I overslept! Again, I was devastated that I had paid for a race, traveled for the race, and missed it due to oversleeping. We did have fun floating the river, kayaking, and at Schlitterbahn Water Park.

Boys and I at water park.

Boys and I at water park.

Boys and I floating the river.

San Marcos River

Three attempts at half marathon #21 in 2014!

Third time is a charm… not to mention it was local.  My commute was just across town! It began and ended on the football field my boys had played and Austin would play many games over the next four years… ADDED BONUS  finishing on the 50 yard line.

Wildfire Half Marathon

Denton, Texas

July 26, 2014

High Temperature of 98 degrees

I arrived at the stadium, picked up my packet, and was ready to conquer #21! I could do this 13.1 miles of rolling hills on blacktop in smoldering heat… pancakes awaited me on the other side.  I was relieved to see a friend at the start line and we ran the first few miles together before drifting apart.  The next couple of miles were long as I questioned my sanity. About 5 mile, I met up with a couple of guys who we finished the race together.  One was running his first half marathon.  He swore he would never run another one and I encouraged him to run another one in better weather.  The other had run over 50 half marathons and multiple fulls plus he was a cancer survivor.  He was encouraging with interesting stories which made the next 8 miles pass by a little easier.

The heat was smoldering upon my shoulders, the road kill accented the pathway often leaving you guessing what the creature may have been before it was road  kill. There were plenty of water stops and my fingers swelled like small sausage links due to dehydration taking over my body. I could feel the blisters below my toenails and knew I would lose the toenails in the following days.  The last mile was spent walking more than running finishing with a 2:55 finish which I will take since it was Three attempts at half marathon #21 in 2014! I ran into the stadium and across the finish line.  It was a honor to have Stacey cheering for me at the stadium.  Spectators always add value and love to the course; especially, when they are there for you.  I love when friends and family take time from their schedules to support my goal.  Non-runners don’t understand the love of torture and it fills my love tank when they are there cheering for me. I picked up my medal and a bottle of water before heading to Old West Cafe for PANCAKES!!  YES… pancakes always make a half marathon better.

Three attempts at half marathon #21 in 2014!

Three attempts at half marathon #21 in 2014!

Finishing half marathon #21 in 2014!

I have completed 21 half marathons since January 11, 2014.  Running the 13.1 miles has not been the biggest challenge in this goal compared to the discipline and commitment.  Is it a mid-life crisis or is it a personal desire to be better??

Challenges of 40 Half Marathons in 2014

  • Running the 13.1 miles is a mental challenge moving one foot before the other 70,000 steps
  • Committing the time
  • The cost of the race and supplies
  • Scheduling and strategizing the race dates and times
  • Weather issues- rain, heat, cold
  • Lonely – several of the races, I have been by myself
  • Sore muscles
  • Loss of toe nails

It has been worth all of the challenges, to have the victory of completing a huge goal and meeting so many amazing people along the way! I know I will reflect over my lifetime the goal of 40 half marathons in 2014!

 

 

Half Marathon #19 Wounded Warrior

Half Marathon #19 Wounded Warrior

Half Marathon #19 Wounded Warrior

Half Marathon #19 Wounded Warrior

 

Half Marathon #19 Wounded Warrior honored fallen American soldiers. It was located in Irving, TX on June 8, 2014 and Half Marathon #19 Wounded Warrior of 40 in 2014.  It was my first race of the summer, school had just dismissed a couple days prior and summer school started the following day. The 5am alarm on Sunday morning is always the time I consider myself insane for a goal of 40 half marathons in one calendar year.  I drove in early that morning because I had heard the construction could cause congestion and delays plus I needed to pick up my packet.  I made it in perfect time, missing the traffic, and I was able to pick up packet, drop off shirt in car, and make it to the start line.  I made it to the start line; only for the race to be delayed due to traffic.

While waiting for the race to begin, I met a new friend.  Her name is Monica and she is active military.  The Wounded Warrior is a fund raiser for wounded soldiers and it was a honor seeing family and friends running for those they love who had been wounded serving our country.  The race was delayed about 20 minutes allowing the rain storm to move in perfect synchronization of race start. The drizzle was enough to keep runners cool as they were on their journey of a 10K or half marathon.

The course was out and back with a few hills.  I felt great along the course considering a little bit of a slosh with the rain.  I had not checked the weather; so, the rain was a surprise leaving me unprepared.  Honestly, I do need to pack the emergency run bag with a hat and poncho.  My time was 2:31 which is the best time I have had in a few races.  I was happy and I knew I had friends and family at the finish line which always makes my day.  Dano stood in the rain waiting for me from mile 6 to 13.1.  My mom and sister arrived after I crossed the finish line.  After the race, we met another friend for lunch.

 

Half Marathon #19 Wounded Warrior

Half Marathon #19 Wounded Warrior Mom, Salena, Christi (me), and Dano

with my mom and sister

Half Marathon #19 Wounded Warrior

Half Marathon #19 Wounded Warrior is in the blog as a nice race for the various reasons:

  • Honors Soldiers
  • Friends and Family at the finish line
  • Awesome after party with pancakes
  • Vendor fair day before (I did not attend)
  • Nice course
  • Tech Shirt
  • Great Medal

Diva Dash Half Marathon

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Galveston, Texas 15 0f 40 in 2014

Diva Dash Half Marathon

 

A month has gone by since this race and I have not been able to bring myself to blog about it. It was by far my worst time, but time has nothing to do with the essence here. What happened at the end of the Diva Dash Half Marathon has scared my mind and broken my heart.

Garrett and I woke up early and headed to Houston to pick up Danielle before headed to Galveston.  We chose to commuted between Houston and Galveston; so, Danielle could be a part of the weekend.

The highlight of the trip was the time I had with a lifelong friend Leila (terrible part is we did not take a picture together).  I loved the time we had together. She has been sick for a couple of years and had convinced me to do the 10 day detox diet with her which I did.  The detox changed my life and helped me to find some inner health problems of my own. I will share in another post. We enjoyed lunch, shopping on the strand, and the Diva Dash Half Marathon Expo.

I spent the remainder of the evening reading about the detox diet and watching meaningless television in the hotel.  We woke up early, picked up Danielle, and headed to Galveston.  They let me out close to the start line.  I found the port-a-potties and my way to the start line. It took me about 3 miles to find my mojo which is unusual and I still don’t think I ever found it by my time in this race.  It was humid and hot outside. The course had a couple of small hills and ran along the seawall.  The scenery was amazing running along the beach and seeing the winners pass you on their way back. The second person on the return was a 12 year old runner which was inspiring to see. 20140520-222946-80986649.jpg

At mile 13, they adorned you with a boa and a crown to cross the finish line which was a nice bonus, but always the Diva Dash Half Marathon’s key attractions.  At the finish line, you had the choice of champagne or Ginger Ale which I love both.  I chose the champagne.

As I approached the finish line, the officials directed us to the left.  On the right, the emergency response team was performing CPR on a young lady.  I knew the outcome wasn’t good when they carried her away and there was not any response from the CPR.  My heart aches as I write this.  She was there on her bachlorette party and was to be married in two short weeks after the race.  She had run many marathons and had a heart condition un-diagnosed heart condition.  I will forever be shaken by the Diva Dash Half Marathon. Read more about Kaytie Joyner here.  God bless her family and fiance. 20140520-222951-80991816.jpg

Diva Dash Half Marathon was race 15 of 40 in 2014 in Galveston, TX.  It was a woman’s race which I loved the support and encouragement of other women along the race. I loved running along the beach.  The heat and humidity was tough and my time was bad.  The finish line story leaves me with a broken heart for Kaytie’s family and friends.

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Texas Wine Series Half Marathon

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AGGIE Land Special!

 

 

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Post Race Picture

Texas Wine Series Half Marathon was held at the Messina Hof Winery in Bryan, TX and probably one of my favorite races.  Texas Wine Series Half Marathon was the first of the series and has a few small details to work out, but overall it was fabulous.

Abby and I ran the Women Rock the day before and met Misty in DeSoto for the car ride to College Station.  As we were waiting for Misty, I discovered I had not booked the hotel which took me into a small panic.  We were able to reserve a room at the same Marriott, but had to pay a little more. We were okay with that and just happy to have a room.  We arrived in College Station and picked up our packets at the wine store in the historic downtown area of College Station and preceded to the hotel for showers.  (Abby & I had not showered from the Women Rock Half Marathon earlier that morning.)

We checked into the hotel, showered, and headed out for eating and sight seeing. We found a great barbecue place called C&J Barbecue.  I had ribs and brisket and enjoyed every last bite.  Abby and I needed a few maintenance items (blister bandaids and Clif Shots) which meant a visit to the local CVS and Academy Sports and Outdoors.

Band-Aid Advanced Healing Blister, Cushions

Best product for Runners!

 

 

My favorite race fuel! It taste like vanilla pudding.

Misty took us on a tour of Texas A&M University her alma mater! She was in heaven as she explained the Aggie Traditions and showed us around campus. We saw the bonfire memorial, Kyle Stadium, and the “Aggie ring” monument.  Texas A&M University is a nice campus and Bryan/ College Station was a great place to visit.

We settled into our hotel beds to rest for the race.  We woke up, got dressed, and headed to the race site.  It was a beautiful morning with the perfect weather. Messina Hof winery was not too far and sat off of the road. We parked in the pasture and walked up to the start line.  Racers were participating in a group stretch activity or in line for the portapotties ( a pre-race ritual for many). We lined up at the start line (in the pasture) and ran out to the country road.  The course was out and back along the country road.  It was beautifully outlined with a few wildflowers and several trees creating a delightful, quaint stroll through the countryside.  It was peaceful and pleasant without any concerns of the hustle and bustle of the city.  I enjoy the scenery in the city too which I see more often in races than I do the country.

Texas Wine Series Half Marathon

Mile 1

My legs were hurting. This was my 4th half marathon in 9 days, but I knew I would make it.  It was too beautiful to give up and I had come too far.

Mile 2

I had paced myself with a couple of ladies named Kristy and JL, who were doing intervals.  I asked them, if they minded if I joined them.  We ran 4 or 5 minutes and walked 1 minute.  The 1 minute seemed like 30 seconds, but this was working for me.  My legs were not hurting too bad and we were moving forward to our goal of 13.1 at the finish line. It was JL’s first half marathon and she did great! It was Kristy’s 2nd half marathon and she also has a blog. They are both training for their first full in Edinburgh… I am JEALOUS!!

Mile 3

We caught up with an old friend Eyvonne Carter and she ran with us until about mile 11 which is where we all found our own way to the finish line.

Mile 4 through 11

Hills were strategically placed throughout the course making it a little more challenging than the race on Saturday (day before).  The company and intervals made this race fun and I was enjoying hearing each of the ladies personal running journeys.

Abby and Misty both passed me along the way.  Abby had a PR and this was her 3rd half marathon in 9 days! I am so proud of her!!

Mile 12 to the finish line

I decided to pick up the pace, stop the intervals, and move along to the finish line. As I turned into the pasture where the finish line awaited, Misty and Abby were there to cheer for me.  It is always nice to have someone along the course to cheer for you.

Post Race Festivities

BEST EVER!!! It was gorgeous!! The grounds of the winery were adorned with tables covered in white cloth. The pasta was catered by Olive Garden, tacos from a local restuarant, and muffins from La Madeline. The best part was the wine glass and wine from Messina Hof winery while music played in the background.  We were able to sample wines, enjoy the music and beautiful weather, and converse about the race.

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Texas Wine Series Half Marathon at Messina Hof Winery in College Station has to be one of my favorite races.  The tranquil course was beautiful while challenging. The medal was an awesome wine bottle with an actual wine opener attached.  At packet pick-up we received a maroon tech shirt and draw string backpack with “Texas Wine Series” printed on it. The race was well organized and could benefit from more water stops and portapotties. Overall, this was an incredible race and well worth the money.

 

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Gusher Half Marathon

Gusher Half Marathon

Gusher Half Marathon

Gusher Half Marathon

Gusher Half Marathon in Beaumont, Texas was race number 9 in my goal of 40 and on my 40th birthday!! It was a great trip and race!! On Friday, March 7, Mom and I left for Beaumont after school and arrived  at the hotel about midnight after picking up the rental car, Lisa, and Cortney.

Gusher Half Marathon  starting line was on the campus of Lamar University.  We arrived early to pick up our packets and prepare for the race.  I love the energy that surrounds the race and today was no different.  The energy was high, the runners were excited, and the weather was perfect. The National Anthem was sung beautifully and a minister led the prayer.  It was the perfect runner’s prayer.  The minister understood runners with his prayer of time and personal records. The countdown began and we were off.  I had my first mile in 9:30 and came around to see Mom on the bridge taking pictures. At mile 2, I had to stop at “Johnnie on the spot” for a potty break which scared me. Anytime a runner has to stop for the bathroom, there is a fear of the time lost or the alternative… UGH! The great part about this race was several “Johnnie on the spots” and no long lines along course.  Miles 9 and 10 seemed to be filled with hills and a head wind to push through. At mile 10, my music stopped and while turning it back on, I saw an encouraging message from a friend telling me, “happy birthday and that International Women’s Day is perfect as a day to celebrate me.”  I continued the race feeling great and pushed through to have a PR for the year with an 18 minute improvement over the last race. The volunteers were amazing with plenty of water stations throughout the race.  There were ’80s and Hawaiian themed water stations and one with singing volunteers. The technical shirt and medal were great too! When I came across the finish line, mom and Cortney were waiting for me.  Mom caught it on video and the announcer mentioned my goal of 40  half marathons this year and that it was my birthday! Mom enjoyed the race environment and was entertained with watching people cross the finish line.

Gusher Half Marathon

After the race, we visited the vendors and had a beer before heading back to the hotel. When we arrived at the hotel, we decided we were hungry and we were going to go to a fast food place real quick.  We are in our sweaty clothes and mom was in her pajamas.  We end up at Floyd’s for great seafood looking quite shady.  The waiter was great even though he only knew Cortney existed at the table.  He brought me the best bread pudding ever, called the restaurant’s attention to sing “Happy Birthday” to me.  We went back to the hotel to rest before cleaning up and going to the hotel across the street’s restaurant bar. We met a man named Marcus from Germany who was with Elton John.  The bartender and other guests made my birthday special! We skipped back to our hotel as a conclusion to an ideal day! I feel so loved and appreciate mom, Lisa, and Cortney for a great birthday! Gusher Half Marathon was a great race and the people of Beaumont did a fabulous job.

 

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Cowtown Half Marathon

20140302-205245.jpgCowtown Half Marathon is in Fort Worth, TX and benefits The Cowtown C.A.L.F project providing local children with shoes. It warms my heart to know children are benefiting from my running habit. The volunteers are always friendly and the race is well organized.  The distances vary from 5K, 10K, half, full, and ultra.  You can chose to do a challenge consisting of 5K or 10K on Saturday and half, full, or ultra on Sunday.  The medals are spectacular and the expo is great too.  You receive a finishers shirt at the end and a shirt in your packet pick up.  As you finish the race, you enter the coliseum for water, fruit, ice cream, and warm chicken noodle soup which was an awesome post race treat that warmed the heart. I recommend this race to anyone and everyone. It is a great family event and Fort Worth is a great place!

Saturday, I went to the expo and was swept in by the energy of runners.  You could feel the excitement in the room plus I was on a mission to check out the other races repesented and register for future races at a discount.  I was able to register for Women Rock (March 29, 2014 in Grand Prairie, TX) and pick up my packet and I also registered for a new race that was going to be on the Lewisville Dam… SCORE… it was inexpensive and close to home. I also bought a cool Wonder Woman  cup from the Gypsy Runner.

After the expo, I went to my friend’s house to prepare for dinner when I realized I forgot my good running shoes.  I had already been having foot problems and knew it was time for new shoes. I had to decide do I run in my old worn out shoes that I had on or buy a new pair. Pearl Izumi is across the street from my friend’s house.  I walked across the street, was fitted and bought the shoes.  The young TCU student who fitted me was great and the shoes were my favorite color.  We will see how it goes running in new shoes … Sunday at the race. We went to Ol’ South Pancake House with friends for the German pancake.  I love the German pancake and will run a marathon to eat one any day. We had a great visit and headed back to Cindy’s to sleep. Saturday was a great day and I am excited about the Sunday’s race.

The alarm goes off at 5am and my love/ hate relationship begins.  I love running and the pleasure that goes along with it, but I hate waking up early.  I dress and head out the door.  Since I stayed at Cindy’s, I was only ten minutes from the start line.  I park and walk over to the start to wait. I observe the runners surrounding me.  There are first timers, professionals, chivalry, small, large, and all races of runners.  It makes me happy to be surrounded by people with the same goals who are working to be healthy each day.  I know the half is the shortest distance today and there are people running a lot further than I am today.  While waiting, I meet a nice lady named Chris who lives in Allen and we chat about running and raising children… my two favorite subjects.  We run together for the first mile until I had to stop and tie my “new” shoes… oh no… how are these “new” shoes going to work… I am already tying them… this cannot be good.  The weather is perfect for race day.  I could not ask for better conditions in all aspects of this race… oh wait… the “new” shoes.  They were going to be the test.  I have always heard don’t run a long race in shoes that have not been broken in.

I am in coral 6 and the race has started. 15 minutes later, I am crossing the start line.  The race is crowded and my first mile was slow going. The volunteers and fans were great encouragement. The course was great until mile 9 where me met a huge hill on Main Street. Lululemon had the best signs and were giving out Hershey Kisses. Overall, the race was full of excitement and encouragement for all. I was disappointed with my time.  I finished with 2 hours 41 minutes which was my worst time since my first half years ago.  I was adorned with the fabulous spur medal, went through the food line, picked up my finisher shirt, and headed home.  When I got home, I went to bed and only woke to lead a short boot camp for my friend Dee. I went back home and back to bed as soon as I could.  I had a low grade temp and felt horrible with could have contributed to the slow time.

BTW, the new shoes were great! No blisters and no more pain in my arch. I love them and look forward to buying more Pearl Izumi running shoes.

Cowtown half marathon has to be in my top ten for several reasons.  One being it helps out local youth and two, it is close to home. Cowtown Half Marathon is #8 of 40 in 2014 as my goal to celebrate my 40 years of life!

Are you going to run Cowtown 2015?

 

Stonebridge Ranch Half Marathon

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Stonebridge Ranch Half Marathon  has race #7 of 40 in 2014.  I decided I would run 40 half marathons for my 40th year of life.  Since I decided on the goal, it has been my primary focus.  I have been scheduling, registering, planning, booking hotels and travel, and expediting my goal.  My social life is running and for the most part has been fine.  So, if you are planning a wedding or event you want me to attend, please review my race schedule. As far as recovery time each week, my body has been fine.  I have been more particularly about my sleep schedule though.  I know I have to keep my body healthy to complete this goal.  I have had some tendinitis in my right foot and have been trying to take it easy while wearing comfortable shoes to work.

Stonebridge Ranch Half Marathon has been the closest race to my home so far.  It was nice to have a race 45 minutes away and not have to get up too early.  Cortney messaged me through the Runner’s Corner about being running partners for the Stonebridge Ranch Half Marathon.  We met at the race and ran together to the end.  She would have had a much faster time, if she would have left me behind.  Cortney is a 24 year old with an amazing personality and zeal for life.  I felt like she was my new found niece by the time we finished.  I am excited that she will be running more races with me before she leaves for California to go to school.  She encouraged me and others on the course as well as the volunteers along the way. My time improved by 2 minutes which is great considering the hills on the course. She pushed me to run faster while telling everyone along the course that I was running 40 half marathons for my 40th birthday.

As we crossed the finish line, Gina Paul ( a lifelong friend) was there with flowers for me and making a video.  It meant the world to me that she woke up early and drove to McKinney to cheer for me. We posed for pictures, grabbed water, and departed.  Gina treated me to lunch at La Madeline.

Overall, Stonebridge Ranch Half Marathon was a great race.  It was close to home, well organized, and had friendly volunteers.  The tech shirt and medal were nice too.