Wednesday, June 4, 2014

I run...

Happy National Running Day, friends!! It's a beautiful, hot and humid day in Houston today, so in order to really take advantage of this run happy holiday, I had to get up and at 'em before the sun came up. Thank goodness for wonderful friends who held me accountable for a 5:30 hill sprint workout :)

I'm linking up with Cori today (and a whole bunch of other happy runners!) to do a bit of reflecting in honor of today's holiday. Some of you guys may be thinking "That's stupid. National Running Day isn't a holiday." And that's ok. Everyone's entitled to have their own opinions and feelings about running. But for me, running has changed my life in so many ways. I'm grateful for the opportunity to run everyday (alright, almost everyday), but when everyone- runners, joggers, yoggers, walkers, crawlers- is making a chance to get out there on this one special day, well that just makes me feel amazing to be a part of something so big!

I run for these guys. Max was my very first running partner 5 years ago and he'll always be the best. He runs at just the right pace, stays right by my side, and is the epitome of loyalty. I'm so thankful for the times that I can take him out with me. Lady...well, she goes a little too fast for me, she darts all over the road, tries to chase every car, bus, and squirrel within a 50 yard radius... but she's a good girl, too.

I run for so many reasons. I can't get enough of that post-tough-run euphoria. There's something about that utterly-exhausted, got-nothing-left, can't-feel-my-legs, can't-take-another-step feeling that makes me feel absolutely rejuvenated! On the other hand, I love those times where running seems to come easily enough that I can enjoy the scenery around me. I've been lucky enough to run in some pretty fantastic places (some of those places I will return to in a couple of weeks- photos to follow). Once I started running, I found that I noticed and appreciated so much more along these familiar roads and paths than I ever had before. Who knew I loved wildflowers and ducks so much?!

Lots of times I'm not feeling the run. I'm. Just. Not. But afterwards?! It's almost as though someone had been spiking my gatorade along the way. I feel alive. I feel like my senses have been heightened. I feel like I can take on the day. I have more patience, more compassion, more tolerance, more energy! Always? No. But more often than not.


And of course, probably one of the main reasons...

Because, have you SEEN the calorie count on the back of Ben and Jerry's?! Me neither. But I'm sure it's not pretty...

So. Why do you run?

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Dropping the ball...

The past few months have been cray so that whole "return to blogging" thing really turned out to be a flash in the pan. Fail. In about a week, I'll head back up to New England to lifeguard on beautiful Cape Cod for my tenth (what?!) summer. It's the greatest job I could have ever fallen into, with some fantastic perks that go beyond getting paid something comparable to my teacher salary to work out and sit on a beautiful beach That said, now that I'm no longer 21, single, and a New Hampshire resident, it also gets a little bit harder every year to leave home. I've never been great at keeping up with the blog during the summer (or let's face it- in general) so this is going to be the year that I really try to make an effort to keep it going!

So before I leave and start filling this thing full of pictures of amazing scenery, friends, beers, and Bananagrams/Scrabble/Settlers of Catan game boards, here's a pictorial recap of some highlights from the last few months.

Baby Jolie is born! Now Donnie and I can get our baby fix, and then send her home after a few hours. Perfect.

Lady discovers both her reflection and the fish in our pond. It was love at (delayed) first sight.


Completion of my 3rd 70.3. Despite being sick as a dog, this one by far felt the best. And bonus- Jessica and I both PR'd! 

In addition to discovering her love for fish, Lady also discovered her love for jazz music. I put on a Miles Davis record, and she sat in front of the record player staring at it the whole time it was on. (Except of course to come get me when it was time to flip the album over.) Girlfriend's got mad taste.


Donnie and I took a trip to Austin for my dirty 30. Here are some highlights from that.

I. Can't. Get. Enough. Vinyl.

We stayed at this cute hotel that was labeled retro-chic- it did not disappoint. Lonestar Court was cute cute cute!

True. Effing. Story. Billy Gibbons was at the hotel bar drinking wine when Donnie and I went in for a happy hour cocktail. Turns out, he's the nicest guy ever. (Fun fact- HE'S the one who wanted to take a selfie. Mr. Gibbons, you're a true gentleman.)

Donnie and I "hiked" up to the alleged tallest point in Austin. It was gorgeous, and overlooked Lake Travis and the fabulous mansions right on the water. Someday I'm going to get paid enough to buy one of those houses.

 There were some really awesome looking trees that I just couldn't get enough of..

My dirty 30- Donnie's sweet family came and planted these flowers in my yard the night before my birthday! They're so fun I may or may not have a few that I planted in my actual flower beds :)
I wanted to take the pups for a good walk before we went out to dinner. It was a beautiful day!

Yup. Here it is.

May 17 I was lucky enough to get to volunteer at Ironman Texas. I'll be damned if I'm not going to sign up for IMTX2016! (Especially since they're moving it to April, making the heat and humidity hopefully a little more bearable.) Congratulations to all you badass participants! 

Girlfriend killed it. I'd love to be able to finish an Ironman when it's still daylight!

Happy tears when this one crossed the finish line!

Misty and I doing Ironman Texas the RIGHT way. It is, of course, so important to stay hydrated.

Happy summer, friends!