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I am a farmer's wife,runner and a mother of two boys. I help my husband with our farming business. I did my first marathon in October 2010 and loved every minute of it. I'm now looking to do my 4th marathon in Little Rock, AR

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Skater Socks Review/Giveaway

Most of the people that know me, know I love my knee high socks this time of year.  I love to match them to what ever I'm wearing, whether that be workout clothes or casual clothes.    Skater Socks sent me a couple of pairs of socks and a  pair of arm warmers to try. 

The early morning temps here have been great for running in my knee high socks and arm warmers.

                                              A little bit about SKATER SOCKS

In May of 2003 Ivan Smith started Skater Socks with the vision of having the sickest line of striped tube socks on the market.
Skater Socks is currently a family run business.
All products are manufactured right here in the USA, just like they were back in the day.
Skater Socks is your ORIGINAL source for the sickest line of Tubes on the planet


   I've taken these socks on many runs since I've received them.  They are very comfortable and I didn't have any blistering or irritation to my feet.  Back in my earlier days when I would wear tube socks the elastic at the top of the sock would get all stretched out and keep falling down, so I would just end up throwing them away.   Not Skater Socks they stayed put and didn't get all stretched out after so many times of wearing them. These socks have been washed  a lot and  they still feel just as comfortable and soft as the first day I put them on.

Theses are the 22 inch tube socks

Skater Socks has a wide variety of tube socks, anywhere from infant/baby to adult tube socks.











These are the 19 inch tube socks and arm warmers/leg warmers

Solid Red Arm Warmer Solid red Leg Warmer

I also received a pair of arm warmers. They  couldn't of come at a better  time. just  when  the weather is still a  little  chilly in the mornings. The weather here  is perfect for wearing arm warmers. It's not quite warm enough to gp  sleeveless, but yet to warm for a long sleeves. These arm warmers were great. I loved that they had some stretch to them, it made for a very comfortable fit.  These arm warmers can be used as leg warmers as well.  They come in a variety of colors.
They are made of 60% Acrylic, 20% Spandex and 20% Nylon. 

I want to thank Skater Socks for offering not only one of my followers, but 4 of my followers a chance to win their own  pair of Skater Socks.

                                                         Skater Socks Giveaway

     Separate comments for each entry.

MANDATORY : Go to Skater Socks and let me know which ones you would like if you win.

1Mandatory- Become a follower of my blog, if not already.
 1- entry
2) Like Skater Socks on Facebook and let them know the -
Pink Hat Runner sent you. 1- entry

3) Follow me on  Twitter- . 1- entry

4) Follow me on Facebook. 1- entry

5) Share giveaway via Facebook, Twitter, blog. 1- entry

                                                                                US residents only
                                              The winners will be chosen by random.org  
                                                                    on 6/10

Disclaimer-The Federal Trade Commission mandates that I let you know that Skater Socks provided me with the products free of charge. However, the opinion expressed is solely my own.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

My youngest boy's Graduation Party

The last couple of weeks have been so busy. I've been trying to get ready for my youngest boy graduation party. Most of the people that know me, know I hate giving parties. Giving a party is very  stressf for me. I tend to get obsessed with making sure everything is perfect.   Trying to get this  Graduation Party planned and ready was a tad bit stressful.   I wish I could be like some people and say" It is what it is" but that is not me. Everything has to be perfect.

We've had the party in our  3 car garage, so that meant alot of cleaning for me.  My garage hasn't been that clean since our oldest boy graduated three years ago.  I had to haul everything out and take it over to the shed out by the barn yard.   Than I had to wipe all the walls down and garage doors of course.  I told my hubby after wiping all the walls down that I just might have to  start wearing  his carpal tunnel wrist bands that  he wear at night, because after this I'm sure I will end up with carpal tunnel syndrome.

On Wednesday, my mother-in - law came over and we got all the tables and chairs set up.  Than we put up all the decorations, school pictures, awards and scholarships to display.  It came together really well.  On Thursday I had to get the lawn mowed and all the weed eating done. My yard is not small by any means.   

  Friday consisted of  pulling weeds out of flower beds, mulching trees and cleaning my house. It made for one heck of a week. We haven't even had the party yet and I'm exhausted. 

Parker actually graduates on  Sunday the 20th.  I wanted to have Parker's  party a week early, so we would be done and stress free when graduation day came.  It also lets us enjoy the other graduation parties on graduation weekend.  Here a few pictures of Parker's Graduation Party.


Parker and his girlfriend Mackenzie

Harrison my oldest boy playing a game with his cousin

My parents and me

My niece, brother, me and my sister in law

It was pretty cool in the morning, but by 4:00 it was perfect. The sun was out and the wind was down, compared to what the wind has been here lately. We  had  perfect weather for Parker's Graduation Party.  

  It's been an  amazing journey  watching my two boys grow up into young men.  When I look at them, I see that all my hard work has paid off though the years.   Raising kids is not  an easy job at times.   I constantly worried about how they would turn out. You see so many kids now days going in the wrong direction.


Do you have someone graduating this year?

How are you handling your childs graduation?

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The hay is in the Barn / Trust Your Training

My running partner emailed me this article, this morning. Being a  farmer's wife, I loved how they compared "The hay is in the barn" to "Trusting  Your Training. What an awesome comparison.  It's just what I needed to read.  I've got a 20 miler this Saturday.   I know for me,  sometimes I tend to doubt myself, when it comes to running a marathon.  Come on running 26.2 miles is not a easy task.  

Trust Your Training
There is an old farm saying that goes, “The hay is in the barn.” What this refers to is that there is a time when a farmer cuts his hay, bales it up, drives it into the barnyard, and stacks it in the barn. When this is done it is a huge sigh of relief. You know the animals will be fed for the winter.
The same applies to your race day. Your “hay” is in the barn. You have done all the training up to this point and have earned the right to celebrate your skills on this important day. Don’t try to sneak in any more training or try something different at the last minute. Trust that your body and mind are ready to compete and enjoy the race.

So everybody running this weekend "TRUST YOUR TRAINING"

                                        "The hay is in the Barn"


Wednesday, May 2, 2012


Got up before the alarm went off, that is pretty normal for me.   We're hoping to get there early so we could get  a good  parking spot.  Boy did we ever  get a good parking spot.  We ended up parking right next to the finish line. Sweet.  Tree,Rachele,Nickle and I all met at the Kum & Go, so that we could follow each other in to the Drake area.  Once we got to parking lot and parked, we  walked over to check out the starting line and than high tailed it back to the car to get warmed up again.  Tree and I decided to wear our jackets. We were being pansies, but Rachele decided to tough it out in the cold. She went with shorts and  a trash bag over her to keep her warm till the start of the race.  I just couldn't go that route. 

Me,Tree and shorts runner Rachele
I do,however think Rachele was the smarter one, because by  2-3 miles into the race we were pulling off our jackets and tying them around our waist.   At the starting line we told Rachele to run her own race, because she can run faster than us, we didn't want to slow her down. So she took off and we never saw her till  the end. 

The first 3 miles we were keeping a good pace for us. Tree even saw one of her high school teachers on the street cheering the  runner on. I couldn't believe that Tree  recognized her after so many years.  We had a lot of fun hollering and  yelling at people on the side of the street. We high five the little ones, they loved it just as  much as we did.  By mile 6, I could  tell my energy was  getting low, so we stopped  and grab a water and I tore  the top off my gel.  I had picked up a Strawberry Stinger gel to try.  I put a little in my mouth and I instantly spit it back out. It tasted awful to me. That's some nasty stuff. Won't be buying that kind again.  I only took one gel so I was all out. We start running again and I told Tree that the Stinger gel was awful. She said she had a Power Bar gel if I wanted it I did, but I had to get to the next water stop to take it. I can't take gels without water.  At  the 7 mile marker their was a water stop, so I stopped and downed the gel and water and than got to running again.  I was amazed at how much better I felt as soon as I took that gel. I was feeling really tired, before I took it. Believe it or not, mile 8 was one of my faster miles, with a pace of 9.35.

Loved running with Tree again

We're having so much fun

By mile 10, I feel like I'm wearing down, but that didn't stop us for having a good time. We love the feedback from the spectators. When we hit mile 11, I thought that had to be one of the longest miles so far  and we still had 2.1 miles left.  At mile 11 my stomach was feeling like I either had to take a dump or fart.  I was afraid to try and fart for fear I might shit my pants.  Those gas pains hurt like crap.  I'm not going to lie those last two miles seem tough to me.  When I saw that finish line, I just  took off running  as fast as  my legs would carry me. 

Finish line in site. SEE YOU LATER


YAHOO! We did it. Me, Tree, Jay and Rachele

Jay is the guy that runs the weight classes, that I've been going to M,W,F evening.  I've loved adding  more weight training into my fitness routine. 

My twin sister Nickle is my biggest fan. She is my picture taker and my biggest cheerleader at the races.  It wouldn't be the same without her at a race.

Nickle and Penny

Penny Frey
bib number: 165
age: 49
gender: F
location: Earlham, IA
overall place: 1232 out of 1363
division place: 42 out of 49
gender place: 596 out of 691
time: 2:19:10
pace: 10:38
10k: 1:04:00
                                                          Who is your biggest fan?


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