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Getting Wings

This week has been CRAZY busy! I know I say that often, but it really is true. Wednesday we took off of work for the afternoon to take care of some very important flying business. We sold our 1945 Piper J-3 Cub to a wonderful family that has a farm and is so happy to have it. Us the day they signed the papers.

Rob flew our J-3 down to a friend’s farm for pick up by the new owners. They are thrilled to have it and we are happy that it will bring them so much joy.

We get asked why we sold it, heck why did we even sell the first plane we built? And the answer is to make room for new adventures. We love the challenge of new things and we love how much flying has added to our lives. We have kicked around what would be our next plane purchase or plane build and we have settled on building an RV-10. It’s a four seat of the RV-7 we built, plus we can add extras like air conditioning! And with this build we will take our time and not try to squeeze building it in less than 4 years like the last one, that took almost every night and weekend to pull off.

A beautiful example of an RV-10, built and owned by Rob Hickman.

We probably won’t buy the first kit until we have completed our basement finishing project, but I will post as soon as we get started. We will have a website dedicated to the build, just like we had with the RV-7.

To watch our RV-10 build and the build history of our RV-7 check out:


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


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Sunday (9/25):

17 Miles Long (‘Hood, 2:19:52, 8:14 Pace)

Monday (9/26):

7.2 Miles Bike (Trainer, 30:00, 14.4 mph)

Tuesday (9/27):

7.9 Miles Bike (Trainer, 35:00, 13.54 mph)

8 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1:06:34, 8:20 Pace)

Wednesday (9/28):

6.8 Miles Bike (Trainer, 30:04, 13.57 mph)

Yoga 50 Mins

Thursday (9/29):


Friday (9/30):

4 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 31:06, 7:47 Pace)

Yoga 50 Mins

Saturday (10/1):
15.25 Miles Bike (Spin Class, 49:00, 18.67 mph)

8 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1:05:51, 8:14 Pace)

Sunday (10/2):
13.1 Miles Long (‘Hood, 1:39:09, 7:35 Pace)
15.2 Miles Bike (Spin class, 52:47, 17.28 mph)

Monday (10/3):

Tuesday (10/4):

7 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 57:22, 8:14 Pace)

Last Thursday after work Rob and I went to a Mat Kearney concert at a small venue near University of Illinois. Mat sounded amazing, even more so in person. It was a great concert, but Rob and I quickly noticed that we were the minority in the age category. A couple blurry pictures from my phone.

Over the weekend I made fish tacos with tilapia. I cooked the fish with a little olive oil, lime juice, paprika, chili power, onion powder, cumin and garlic salt for 15 minutes @ 425 degrees. After cooking I served it with corn tortillas, fresh salsa and guacamole.

I also made up my version of Spanish Rice in my new rice cooker. I used Trader Joe’s brown rice medley and cooked it to the rice cooker instructions. Then in a separate pot I warmed a can of diced tomatoes and black beans, both drained and added the same spices that I put on the fish. I’m going to take the left over rice mix and add mexican cheese, stuff red peppers and bake in the oven for another meal. 🙂

Monday was a rest day so Rob and I took the Cub out for a flight. It was a gorgeous day!



Saturday I had an excellent spin class, got in a light couple miles running, got a quick shower and then headed to the salon. Afterward Rob took me for my first flight in our J-3 Cub. This would be my first Cub flight. Rob had training in a Cub so this was business as usual for him. This was also my first time flying tandem, meaning sitting front to back instead of side by side.

While Rob prepared the plane I screwed around taking pictures.

This was just a quick flight to our friend’s farm to land on his airstrip and head back. We had issues with our radio, which means we need to address it. It wasn’t a comfortable flight with loud static in our headsets. Here is a picture of one of our companies buildings as we headed out.

What’s crazy is you can fly the Cub with the door and window open so the whole side of the plane is open. Rob says it’s like flying a Jeep. 🙂 I will get a pic of this next time.


Cubby Bear

We have big news in the airplane department!!

We have sold our RV-7 that we built ourselves and we are now the proud owners of a 1945 J-3 Cub. Rob learned to fly tailwheel in a Cub and has always wanted to have one. It will be a new set of adventures flying in a vintage plane.

We are also starting our next build project, a Hatz Classic with a radial engine. I will post a website for the build when we get going on the project. I will also get more pictures added to the flights page too.

Example photo of a Hatz Classic with a radial engine.

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It’s been a crazy hectic week, but we are managing to throw some fun into the mix. I’ll post workouts and such later. Just a couple pictures from our flying adventures. I’ll be updating the nutrition page with some gluten-free favorites too.

Out and about, no where in particular.

Flying to Indianapolis to go shopping.

Heading back.


A New Way


Wednesday (6/8):

6 Tempo (Treadmill, 2 Warm Up 2 @ LT 2 Cool Down, 49:07, 8:12 Pace)

Thursday (6/9):


Friday (6/10):

6 General Aerobic (Const Trail, 48:16, 8:03 Pace)

Saturday (6/11):

6 Easy (‘Hood, 52:21, 8:44 Pace)

Sunday (6/12):

0.91 Warm Up (8:41, 9:33 Pace)

4 Mile Race (Peoria Chiefs, 27:49, 6:58 Pace, 1st Female Overall)

0.63 Cool Down (5:33, 8:49 Pace)

Monday (6/13):


Tuesday (6/14):

5.15 Tempo (Treadmill, 2 Warm Up 3 @ LT .15 Cool Down, Tummy troubles cut cool down short)

Wednesday (6/15):

6.4 Easy (‘Hood, 56:11, 8:47 Pace)

Sunday after the race we headed over to dinner with Drew’s family. They are so sweet and made us feel right at home. Rob and Drew’s dad went for a flight in his Archer.

Work priorities are still filling my plate the most, but I’m also trying to focus on my lifestyle change to gluten-free. It will take a bit more planning, but luckily the changes so far don’t seem super dramatic. It’s just figuring out a new way to make recipes at home. I’m trying to look at it as a discovery of new grains and foods to try. I will be updating my nutrition page with my favorite gluten-free finds. 🙂

Here is what I made for dinner the other night. I used polenta sliced and heated in a pan with olive oil. Then I layered the slices with fresh basil from our garden and topped it with a little herb olive oil and had gluten-free pasta sauce on the side. I also had a gluten-free “wheat tasting” baguette that was super yummy for dipping.

Rob’s version had basil herb cheese in between the layers. I’m still staying lactose free until my stomach is better. I may try a little when I’m feeling better to see if it’s something I can have moderately.

It was delish! The only thing I would change is I would use a little less olive oil next time, the polenta didn’t need very much.  Polenta is very versatile and it says that it can be used in dishes that call for pasta or grains. If you have any great polenta or gluten-free recipes, please share! I’m sure restaurant choices will be a bit trickier. I’ve started mapping out some gluten-free menus. If you have a fave place give me a shout! Thanks! 😀


Spit Shine


Monday (5/23):

Bike 8.6 Miles Interval (30:00, 17.2 mph, P2, L5)

Tuesday (5/24):

5.2 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 48:36, 9:21 Pace)

As you can imagine keeping an airplane is not a cheap expense on the ‘ol pocketbook. It’s a serious choice to build a plane and try to manage the expenses of maintaining it, let alone fly it. Gas prices for AV Gas are crazy high, $6.50/gal, up from $4/gal when we were complete with the build in 2008. Insurance, hangar space, it all adds up. It’s something we have looked at as a long term part of our lives, even if we don’t get the time (or the fact that it’s costly) to fly as often as we would like. It’s those moments were we get up even for a small flight that remind us that it’s very much a part of who we are. The plane is something we created together and I hope that we can keep maintaining it for many years to come, even if it means only short flights for the next couple of years. The smile it brings on those clear, crisp days happen regardless of the location we are going. So it was just one of those times where we re-evaluated our situation, is this something we want to continue to invest in at this time, and luckily we are planning to keep the plane in our lives. With that, we got to cleaning the plane for an upcoming polish. Next will be finishing the paint job. The projects never end and that’s a good thing!

Also, Monday was Coco’s birthday! She’s a 6 year old and growing up too fast! We gave her special treats, a toy and lots of kisses. She came out to the hanger with us to supervise. 🙂

Today after work I went for an easy run around the neighborhood and ran into my neighbor as she was on her recovery run as well. So we spent a few miles together and caught up on how our latest race adventures. Too bad for her that meant listening to all of my tummy issues with running, but that’s something a fellow runner can understand. Hopefully next time, I will have a better report from my next set of races. 🙂




Sunday (5/15):
26.2 Race (Chicagoland Spring Marathon, 3:42:52, 8:30 Pace, terrible stomach – two bathroom stops)

Monday (5/16):

Tuesday (5/17):
57 Mins P90X – X Stretch

Wednesday (5/18):
4.74 Miles Easy (Live Well Be Well, SF Lake, 44:32, 9:24 Pace)

Thursday (5/19):

Friday (5/20):
6.2 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 51:37, 8:20 Pace)
50 Mins Yoga

Saturday (5/21):
12.5 Mile Bike Easy (45:00, 16.67 mph)

Sunday (5/22):
5.21 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 48:42, 9:21 Pace)

This week was more restful and so needed. Wednesday afternoon was our work wellness run around the pond. I got to run with our friend Jessica and we caught up since we rarely hang out. That night Rob, Amanda, Chris, Abby and Grant went and saw Bridesmaids, it is freaking hilarious!! It was one of those movies where you half cover your eyes because they take it too far and then laugh so hard your stomach hurts, it was great! Thursday Rob and I went out of town to do some shopping. Friday was crazy busy including a 6 mile run in the neighborhood, went to Yoga with Rob, then to the salon for me and finally we went for a quick flight for a transponder check for the airplane.

Saturday was all about plants and getting house work done. That morning we took Coco to the local Farmer’s Market and she enjoyed all of the attention that people gave her. We got some veggies and coffee and then I got to work on landscaping and potting my own vegetables! This is a first for me, trying to keep actual vegetables alive so we will see how this goes. I’m starting very small. I have cherry and roma tomatoes, sweet basil and cilantro.

Sunday was more house cleaning and doing some work from home. Rob and I went for a casual run around the neighborhood at the end of the day. It was such a nice weekend altogether!

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Saturday (5/7):

2.19 Mile Easy (Warm Up for Race, Lake Bloomington, 20:25, 9:20 Pace)

12K Race (Lake Bloomington, 54:01, 7:15 Pace, 5th Female Overall, 2nd Age Group)

1.75 Miles Easy (Cool Down, Lake Bloomington, 16:12, 9:16 Pace)

Sunday (5/8):

15 Miles Long (‘Hood, 2:00:52, 8:04 Pace)

Today is Mother’s Day so Rob and I got in our long runs before we went for a flight to each of our families.

We got Rob an app for the iPad that has flight maps, in-flight GPS of our location, and all sorts of pilot-y stuff. 🙂

Almost back home.

Happy Mother’s Day to all women out there!! Whether you have 20 kids or just a pug and cat (like myself). All women mother the world by being a positive role model and nurturing others. I hope you all had a great day!!