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A Perfect 10

Monday (12/19):


Tuesday (12/20):

8 Miles General Aerobic (Treadmill, 1:06:24, 8:18 Pace)

Wednesday (12/21):

5 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 43:10, 8:38 Pace)

Thursday (12/22):

12 Miles Med-Long (Treadmill, 1:43:38, 8:39 Pace)

Friday (12/23):

5 Miles Hills (Treadmill, 2%-5% Incline, 44:44, 8:57 Pace)

Saturday (12/24):


Sunday (12/25):

16 Miles Long (Treadmill, 2:16:09, 8:31 Pace)

Monday (12/26):

9 Miles General Aerobic (Treadmill, 1:14:54, 8:20 Pace)

Total “Weekly” Miles: 55

Tuesday (12/27):

11 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1:35:22, 8:41 Pace)

Wednesday (12/28):

13.1 Miles Med-Long (Treadmill, 1:51:25, 8:31 Pace)

I hope all of you had a Merry Christmas and regardless of whatever you celebrate this time of the season that you got to relax and enjoy some time with those that you love.

Rob and I have been non-stop with work, home projects and spending time with our friends and families. Because of that I shifted my workouts so that I could swap my rest day scheduled Monday with my workout scheduled for Christmas Eve. Therefore my weekly workout spanned Monday the 19th to Monday the 26th.

I want to share that Rob got me some very sweet gifts, he always has great taste so I never have to give him a list or hints.

The Louis Vuitton Multicolor Cosmetic Case that matches my Multicolor Speedy.

Boston Marathon charm in sterling silver. I actually bought this and wore it all the time, including races. It was a heavy charm for racing, but I loved that with racing it would hit me around the collarbone area every now and then and I felt like it was my reminder mid race when I would feel it hit me lightly that I’ve done Boston and I could manage the race I was currently in with no problem. Well I finished a race this year to find that the charm had come off and was never to be found. 😦 I was so sad, but Rob was able to replace it for me. 🙂 Now I just won’t wear it racing so I don’t risk losing it again.

And we are making plans for our next plane build. Originally I had said that we were going to build a Hatz, but we have since had a change of heart. Instead we will be building an RV-10. We loved the RV-7 build and will be familiar with what we will be in store for us. Plus the RV-10 will be a four seat plane and have amenities like air conditioning and heated seats.

This is Rob Hickman’s RV-10

Since we already have our vintage 1945 J-3 Cub we won’t be rushing to complete this project like we did the RV-7. The RV-7 was a four year project that required Rob to work almost every night and weekend. For this RV-10 build we plan to still keep traveling and racing and have this project progress at a pace that doesn’t interfere with other stuff. It will likely take 5-8 years to finish, but it will be such a great reward when it’s complete.

You can watch all of the progress of the build on our new website and also review our RV-7 build at


Out and Back

Ugh…I wrote this post out once already and it looks like only the pics saved and not the post. I hate when the technology gods eat my post.

So here it goes, attempt #2.
It was a busy Labor Day weekend for us. The weekend included a long run of 21 miles with Rob. We did an out and back from our house, meaning we ran through town on our trail until we hit 10.5 miles and then turned around for home. Time flew by as we chatted about running, cycling, travel, airplane and house projects.

Before we got to our chores we did squeeze in some fun shopping which included this sweet Louis Vuitton. I felt like pretty woman as they served us champaign and personalized my purchase. Definitely a fun little Saturday!

Sunday we got our new pedals installed.

A blurry picture of the cleat.

Speed Plays are very easy to clip in and out of it seems. I dunno, I have no other comparison. I had one foot on the curb in front of our house and practiced getting the feel. Then Rob and I went for a mini-ride and practiced slowing down and clipping in and out. So far, no falling clipped in. We will keep practicing with small routes.

Monday we spent the day polishing the plane. I updated he Flights Page with a few pics too. We will have news in the airplane dept to share soon! Hope you all had a relaxing Lanor Day!



As of tomorrow (Friday) I am in a new running age group. It is my birthday and I’m happy to have had another year of adventure!

Rob let me have my presents early. LV checkbook cover and iPhone4 cover. I love them!!!

Rob and I both have to work Friday, but we were able to get away to Chicago for the day today and enjoy the city. It was absolutely beautiful outside; sunny, mild and clear. We watched the Cubs, but they lost to the Braves 8-3. Still a great time to sit back and relax and take in some of the best of Chicago life.

I had my first gluten free beer, Red Ridge, and it was yummy! I’m not a big beer person, but it just goes with a baseball game.

We cut out of the game early since we had to head back home to work the next day. On our walk down Clark we ran into a restaurant we saw on the TV show Man vs. Food, Lucky’s Sandwich Shop. Not a gluten free establishment by any means, but it was a once in a lifetime situation. Rob and I split the smoked turkey sandwich. They are known for putting the slaw and fries in the sandwich. It was an original food experience, but I won’t have a desire for another since I’m not used to eating fries, slaw or bread. My stomach wasn’t feeling good as soon as we left. Nothing against them, it’s just how my tummy is. Back on the gluten free wagon.

Afterward, we drove along Lakeshore. Rob trying to drive while I take a bunch of pictures from my phone.

At a stop light.

When we got home Rob made me a gluten free birthday cake. It was very good!

This is my first age group change since becoming a runner. I am ready to embrace the next age group chapter.

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She’s On Fire

So much to catch up on in the blog. I’m traveling for work which means missing Rob a ridiculous amount, running in gym hotel as often as possible, attending a conference, attending events, working online in between things, getting in some new restaurants and a bit of shopping.

So here are some of the highlights from this week.

I had some great classes at the conference.

It’s the whole point of the trip and I do have to say I learned some new things and feel energized to get back to my work efforts.

I got in workouts at the MGM Grand gym.

MGM Grand has a Cardio Room that is not a part of the SPA gym. It’s included in the hotel package that came with the conference reservation, so I didn’t have to spend any money each day to work out. I could have went out on the strip for some miles in the AM, but I didn’t have anyone to go with and I think it would have been only worth it to have someone to run with early AM before classes, so I stuck to the treadmill. Some days I was able to get in a run in the morning and evening. One challenge is Vegas gyms typically don’t open until 6am. And most close around 6pm-8pm. That makes it very challenging to get in workouts around other events like classes. It’s like people in Vegas hotels don’t want to workout early or late, I can’t see why not. 😉 Actually it caught me off guard because I was at least expecting the gyms to be available via hotel swipe 24/7, like most places in other cities. It seems like security cameras to keep an eye on things and a card swipe would make it handy for people to choose their hours to workout that fit their schedule.

Me and Jo after I got registered for the conference. The weather wasn’t good Sunday, but I had to work on a report anyways so I was stuck inside most of the afternoon anyways.

I rode the NY NY roller coaster.

After dinner with our friends Jo and Larry and their friend Dave, Jo and I took a ride on the NY NY roller coaster. It was a blast and you get a unique look at the strip and the Statue of Liberty from the coaster. I love that Jo is up for adventure anytime. Even when we were all dressed up she suggested we go.

Us at Broadway Burger Bar in NY NY.

I had the steak salad.

I got to see the Palms and Ghostbar.

We had a work event at Little Buddha which included some delish passed appetizers.

Afterward we went up to check out the amazing view from Ghostbar. It was perfect because it was a Monday night so there was really no one there but event people so it was super chill.

If you haven’t been to Ghostbar, definitely check it out. It’s a great view of the city.

I got caught up with people I haven’t seen at work in ages.

Our company is huge and that means that when you move on to other work assignments you can go a long time without seeing previous teammates. It was nice to get to have breakfast, lunch and dinners with co-workers and catch up on what they have been up to. Our friends Bob and Larry are into SCUBA diving. Rob and I have Advanced and Technical Certifications that we would need to get renewed, but we’ve dove in Jamaica and Turks and Caicos. Getting to hear about their trips all over the world make me itchy to get back out (into warm water dives of course).

One of our lunch meet ups was at Red, White and Blue at Mandalay Bay. I had the lobster cobb salad, with no bacon and no dressing.

We also ate at Wicked Spoon in the Cosmopolitan. I’m not a fan of buffets, but this one was so exceptional that it’s worth trying. The food is little bites of some amazing chef crafted dishes that I can’t do justice writing about.  I got a couple pictures in the Cosmopolitan on the way to the restaurant.

Crystals drip down three floors, surrounding a bar and lounge area.

The famous large shoes. I got pictures in a couple on the floor of Wicked Spoon.

Some other note worthy eats was Fleur in Mandalay Bay.

Tuna taco appetizer with serrano, cilantro, and avocado cream.

The halibut with braised leek, grilled scallion, and sweet corn.

I was able to get in a bit of shopping.

Oh yeah baby! I can’t go to Vegas and not hit up my favorite store, Louis Vuitton! I got this sweet purse. Perfect for the times when I need just my phone, wallet and lipgloss and that’s it.

I also picked up a new wallet for Rob, his first LV. 🙂

The event party included a concert with OK Go!, train and Pete Wentz DJing!!

The event party was held at the M Resort off the Las Vegas strip.

Ok Go!


Rob and I have always wanted to see train in concert so this was a real treat!

Pat extended “She’s on Fire” with a country rendition for part of the song.

Then he asked for ladies to join him on stage to finish out the song. About 30-40 women got on stage. I was one of the first and Pat hands me a shirt and says “quick put this on”. Turns out it’s a t-shirt that says “trainette”. He says normally he is only allowed 7 women or so on stage, but he goes with it and has us all shout where we are from at the same time.

Then he has us all dance for a bit to the song, I stayed near the back, no need to shake my money maker up there. Then he had us sing the rest of the song. Pat moved around the stage so much and my phone camera wouldn’t cooperate as I tried to get pictures. Pat holding out the microphone for us to sing.

My trainette t-shirt. The had was an event hat they gave out to attendees.

The band was very nice and Pat even announced to the crowd that they would be around hanging out after the show. During the show he even took people’s cameras and took pictures of himself with them.

After the show we made our way to Pete Wentz DJ Booth that was propped up on scaffolding high above the crowd. After his portion he only did a couple pictures before security escorted him away. I was able to get a picture and thank him for coming out.

I was happy to get to do some new things on this trip to Vegas. I hope next time to see the Bellagio fountain show. Three trips to Vegas and I’ve yet to see the show. Also, there are other restaurants I am excited to try. Rob and I hope to be back later this year so we will check off some more items on the Vegas list. 🙂


Run for the Roses


Friday (6/17):

12.9 Bike Interval (P2, L5, 45:00, 17.2 mph), Upper Body Weights

Saturday (6/18):

1.77 Easy (Warm up, 18:12, 10:17 Pace)

15K Race (Steamboat Classic, 1:10:21, 7:33 Pace, 18th Female Overall)

Sunday (6/19):

13.1 Med-Long (‘Hood, 1:51:13, 8:30 Pace)

Monday (6/20):

5 Easy (Recovery, Very Windy, 47:20, 9:28 Pace)

Tuesday (6/21):


Wednesday (6/22):

7.2 LT (Treadmill, 2 Warm Up, 3.25 LT, 2 Cool Down, 1:01:33, 8:30 Pace)

Thursday (6/23):


Friday (6/24):

4 Easy (Treadmill, 34:19, 8:35 Pace)

Saturday (6/25):

2.75 Fartlek (Const Trail, 18:14, 6:38 Pace)

1.94 Easy (Warm up, ISU, 18:14, 9:24 Pace)

3.13 Interval (Track, ISU, 6 x 200s w/200 Jog, 4 x 400s w/400 Jog, 27:30, 8:48 Pace)

2 Easy (Cool Down, ISU, 19:10, 9:35 Pace)

Ah where to begin….it was a long, but productive week. During the week Rob and I both happened to be dressed up at the same time and I got to grab a pic of the occasion.

Drew came to visit twice and we had a nice dinner out and another at home. I had tummy pains mid-week, I suspect I ate something with gluten and paid the price.

Friday after a long day we drove over to my girl Abby’s bday bash. I got in a bit of girl time, but knew I had to get home to run a few miles since I had inadvertently had two rest days with my roller coaster week. Plus the next morning (today) we had to be up early to volunteer at a 5K race. The race was for the McLean County AIDS Task Force to raise funds for their program. Rob and I had planned to do a track workout after volunteering for the race. When we arrived our ORRT store owner and team manager says “Christine you should race this one. Get in a workout and win while you are at it.” Umm…okay, except it’s starting to warm up and I’m in adidas warm up pants (that are a size too big) and my adidas Boston shoes, which are my heavier, easy run shoe. I didn’t have clothes for track since we were planning to run back home later. No matter, they all say “just do it” and I laugh at how silly this will be to race in this attire. I make Rob take my picture for evidence.

I tie my pants as tight as I can and warn Rob that in a race I may lose them mid way. Luckily one of the other fast guys there to volunteer had an extra pair of shorts he could loan me, at least that meant I would fry in the sun.

This race was small, like 15 people small. Plus it’s in a park area that is not closed to the public. I wish more people would have come out, these smaller races are a great place for beginners to get in some racing experience without a ton of pressure. The big downside the course wasn’t marked at all. We all looked at the map before hand and tried to memorize the turns we would take. If you know this area you know there are many turn options so it wasn’t like there were street names to remember. It was more like, around the little pond on the outer loop, around the bigger pond, left at the porta potty type directions. And the course wasn’t even chalked or anyone standing at each turn, it would all be from memory. We found out quickly that when you are racing at a 5K pace, it all starts to look the same. This area is known for 5K course flubs because even when there are volunteers, they can get confused as to which way to direct traffic.

Okay so we take off and I assume lead for mile 1 and my watch beeps a 6:15, not too shabby in heavy arse shoes and random course turning. The guy behind me assumes the lead and I try to stay with him. Before mile 2 he juts to the right and makes a turn I’m 100% is wrong and I press forward. Where he turned he was out of sight and I’m just about to say “wrong way” when a friend behind me says, “we should have turned”. He’s trying to help me and I try to convince him it’s straight, not a right turn yet. And he insists to follow the leader, regardless. Bless his heart for trying to help, but I’m ticked at this point cause I’m certain which way to go and I want to do the course correctly. I’m not mad at our friend, I’m mad at myself for giving in when I knew better. I don’t know how to explain my brain’s logic when I’m in 5K race-mode. It’s just different so in that fraction of time I couldn’t debate the directions. 5K race brain for me feels a bit like being tipsy, my mind can’t process as fast as my body chooses the decision. Mile 2, 6:50, ugh logistics and talking mess it up. So the lead guy is further ahead because I’ve doubled back, there is no catching him and I’m chatting with my friend how I’m certain it will be short and then I try to get back to racing, but all I can think about is speculating how short we will all be. I lay off my pace and a young guy goes by me before we finish. 2.75 on my watch leaving me with a 6:38 avg pace. Since we are only 15 people most follow the group and run the course short. The race director suspected this may happen and places awards as we came in and tells us not to even worry about it. I take first female (3rd overall) and receive a nice trophy. I just wish it would have been the right distance. I’ve been in this situation before and I’m sure it won’t be the last time, so I just have to stop my pout-pants dance and get over it.

All of us runners.

This race has very nice food, lots of cold water and fruit, plus really great raffel prizes. I won a $50 gift certificate from a local florist!

I envision a large bouquet of roses and consider who to send them to or if they will look nice in our house. And then it hit me like a ton of bricks when we were at our track workout. I’m going to donate the gift certificate back to the organization to surprise one or two people that are either in the hospital, going through treatment or something serious and need flowers to brighten their day. That idea washed away the frustration I had with myself for not trusting my gut mid-race mode and put the focus back on to what was important. Running for the roses was all worth it.

Rob and I had a great track workout. We had the company of Mitch and some running friends out there too. Even with my mini-race I hit all of my track times spot on!

We had planned to fly out to Indiana for lunch and shopping, but the weather had other plans. Instead of letting it spoil our day we headed up to Chicago area for shopping up there instead. We got Rob some amazing new shave products and I got a special new purse, Louis Vuitton Artsy MM!! Ahhhhh swoon!!!! 🙂 Then we went to dinner at our favorite place in the area, Braxton’s. The food was outstanding as usual and the service was perfect, they always take such good care of us there.

Fuzzy picture at dinner.

Trying them out in the store is essential. Online the size can be deceiving. MM was the perfect size and I love the soft lining, 6 pockets, 1 zipper pocket, the key ring and D-ring detail, and braided handle. I love everything about this purse!

Outside the restaurant.

And one of it with its huge box and bag! Eeeeee! 😀

A very full and truly amazing day!