Sunday, January 29, 2012

ING Miami Marathon

Update: Want to see photos from the race? Go to and enter the last name "Vannier" or "McClintock" the event is the ING Miami Marathon. Dave said he took some photos on his IPod too, so when I get those I will post them as well!

One down, 11 to go! Dave and Andrew completed the ING Miami Marathon this morning! They arrived in Miami last night, went to the expo and picked up their packets and admired the view of the ocean from their 36th floor hotel room. :)
The race started at 6:15am this morning. I signed up earlier in the week to receive text alerts, so I set my phone to vibrate last night so I wouldn't be woken up from the first message. But I didn't get any messages at all! Dave hadn't set up any other tracking for me to follow, but luckily Andrew had his results posted to his facebook page. I knew Dave would be running pretty close to Andrew's times, so at least I had some idea how Dave would be doing.
Dave ended up finishing about 20 minutes after Andrew. Dave said the course was great and the fans were awesome in a few of the locations. Having people cheering you on while you are running is a huge boost for those guys, even if they don't know who is cheering for them. That is one thing Dave really likes about the Rock and Roll Marathons, all the bands set up playing music, it gives him something else to think about and see other than just running with no entertainment.
Dave said he felt good after the race too. I think he was a little worried before the race as to how he would do. He had a "long" week at the PGA show, so he didn't get any training in. We were in Iowa the week before and Dave did get a few runs in, one when it was about 10 degrees outside!

Here are the details from the ING Miami Marathon. There were 3943 finishers (2580 male/1363 female) according to

Here are Dave's stats: 
Chip time 4:27:02
Overall 1811
SexPl 1332
DivPl 214

Here are Andrew's stats:
Chip time: 4:07:32
Overall 1177
SexPl 909
Div Pl 160

Way to go guys!!

The next race is Myrtle Beach on February 18th. Stay tuned for updates!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Rest in peace Grandpa

We have been back in Iowa since Thursday. My grandpa Dallas Jurgens passed away last Wednesday. This is one of my favorite photos of my grandparents taken at their farm in Iowa. I love my Grandma's dress. My Grandpa was so mad at her for spending $30 on the dress! That became the story of the $30 dress in our family. Rest in peace, Grandpa, we love and miss you.


Monday, January 16, 2012

Countdown to Miami

The ING Miami Marathon is only 13 days away! Dave had a 22 mile run on Saturday and felt really good afterwords. Usually when I talk to him after a long run he sounds tired and beat up, but when I talked to him on Saturday he was in a great mood after his run. He averaged 9:20 minute miles for the 22 miles, which he was pretty happy with. How is he tracking that you might ask? He was gifted a Nike GPS watch for Christmas that he loves, which tracks his runs. He can download the runs to the computer and then the software will track the run for him, show his route, show his times, he can log the weather, and much more.
He has also been working on his core exercises in addition to running 40 plus miles a week.
I am more excited for the Myrtle Beach Marathon since we are renting a house on the beach with Andrew and Nina (and all our kids). Hopefully the weather is nice and we can enjoy the beach  and Andrew and Dave have good running weather. :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Abrams Falls

All last week Dylan said he wanted to go to the mountains and go hiking. So on Saturday after Dave's morning run we packed up the car and headed to Abrams Falls in Cades Cove. The forecast was for a chance of rain, but we were hopeful that we would be ok. Unfortunately right as we pulled up to the trail head at Abrams Falls the sky opened up and it started to rain. We decided to wait for a little bit to see if the rain would pass. We sat in the car, had some lunch, Dylan played with his cars in the back seat. After about 20 minutes the rain stopped and Dave and Dylan headed out to see what condition the trail was in. Luckily it was in good shape so we headed out with my camera and a juice box for Dylan. We planned on just hiking for a little while, it's a 5 mile round trip to the falls and we figured Dylan would start to get tired pretty early so we would head back after a little while. Well, we should have known better, we went all the way to the falls and back! Dylan was such a champ, he hiked most of the way except for maybe 20 minutes where we carried him. We should have been better prepared with water and snacks, when we made it back to the car we were all hungry and thirsty. For some reason I didn't see this sign and we headed out, maybe I would have grabbed our bottle of water :)


We started off by throwing rocks in the stream at the trail head...

 Even though it was cloudy it was a great day for taking pictures, the steam/fog from the rain made for excellent photos! DSC_0027
 As you can see the trail is rocky and full of tree roots, Dylan loved it, that was part of the fun for him, walking on EVERY rock and tree root he saw. DSC_0035

 A smokey day in the Smokies DSC_0043

 Someone was not happy about getting his photo taken... DSC_0048
 The bridges were fun to cross too... DSC_0057
Jumping off stumps also made the hike more fun! DSC_0073
Juice break at the falls... DSC_0077
 Finally, Abrams Falls! DSC_0103
Dylan loves hiking! DSC_0110


It's been forever since I've posted anything and I am sure you all have been checking my blog daily for updates and wondering where I've been :) Honestly, I just haven't felt like writing much lately, or making the effort to put photos up. Now I am trying to get back into the groove.

So, what has been happening lately?

Well...I started a new job last Friday!! I have been looking for a new job for a while now and finally found a great fit. I am working at Argo Turboserve (ATC) in their Nuclear division in Oak Ridge. It's a shorter commute which is wonderful, although my day is now starting at 7:30am instead of 8:30am. I have quite a lot to learn, but the core part of the job is all stuff I've done before, planning trade shows, creating flyers, website updates, assisting sales staff. Everyone has been super nice and I am learning a ton about the new industry.