I don't know that anyone has been reading my blog for the 12 years I've been writing one, but safe to say life has changed a bit since I first started writing. It has mostly transitioned into more about running and less about life. However, sometimes those life things are way more interesting than my running.... like my sister is engaged!
any weirdo that just likes to read about running, feel free to skip to
the end where I have diligently included my running stats.
When you grow up with a sister relatively close in age (she's 3 years younger than me), it's like having a built in best friend all the time.
though we were lucky that there were other girls in our neighborhood to
play with, we spent many, many, many hours playing Barbies, Cabbage
Patch Dolls, "flower shop" (sorry mom), riding bikes, playing in the
teen years separated us a bit, but by college, we started to appreciate
each other a bit more. She studied abroad for a semester in France and
my now-husband Adam and I met her for a 10 day tour of France, England,
Belgium, and the Netherlands. We lucked out and got some fabulous
snowy pictures of pictures in Paris:
summer after she graduated, I started to get really worried that she
was going to find a job somewhere far away from Atlanta. I had big
dreams that our kids would grown up knowing their cousins and we'd have a
fun little lake house to bring our families to on weekends and
holidays. We took a trip with mom across America that summer of 2007,
stopping in New Orleans:
And eventually making our way to the Grand Canyon:
was (one of) many fantastic adventures we've been lucky to share and I
couldn't imagine seeing her for only a few brief periods each year.
Fortunately, she found a job in Atlanta! Yippee!
fall, I got engaged and over the course of the next year, she performed
all the maid of honor duties without any bellyaching. She diligently
kept notes of all the gifts at all the showers:
was the person I spent the night with at a hotel room on the eve of my
wedding day. We giggled like we were kids again and if I had any
nerves, they were long forgotten by the all the fun we were having.
have continued to share our love of travel together and even continued
our brother in the fun too! The 3 of us took mom to Alaska for her 60th
birthday a few years ago.
Taking a pit stop at Safeco Field in Seattle before the boarding the cruise ship:
past 2 years, we've taken Caribbean cruises together along with a small
group of friends. We share a love of mojitos and striking up
conversation with strangers:
the best part about a sister is that hanging out means that we can just
be ourselves. There is no pretense, no obligations, and I know that we
are there for each other no matter what. I'm not sure we've grown up
too much over the years:
But I do know that we always have a good time!
oh yeah, that guy she's engaged to? He's pretty awesome as well. I've
truly never been happier for her--I think this is the flood of emotion
my parents felt when I told them I was getting married?? He definitely
makes her happy and is sweet without being sappy.
will be going wedding dress shopping in the couple of weeks and I just
cannot wait to see what my favorite shopping partner happens to choose
as 'the dress'. Because I'm sure there will be some pretty terrible
duds in the mix which I'm already laughing about now....
Congrats Tasha and Tim!!!
And if you just care about the running, I'll throw you a bone::
6 miles last Monday and 10 on Wednesday, I just did 4 milers on
Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. It had been awhile since I'd had a
5-a-day week, but it was very manageable. The 4 milers take just over
30 minutes so it's easy to squeeze that in after work and not feel too
beat down when I get home.
was short and sweet with all my splits under 8:00mm. I was exhausted
from an extra long and sweaty day at work, but somehow I pulled out a
good run. 7:59, 7:56, 7:56, 7:17
went okay. I had a significant amount of foot pain all day and eased
into my run. Running made the pain go away briefly, but I knew
something wasn't quite right. 8:06, 8:15, 8:15, 7:52
was strange. I had a princess shift at work (4.5 hours, yippee!) and
went running at 4pm. In July. In Georgia. It actually wasn't too bad
with the shade cover from the Greenway, but it was still hot. I tend to
have Garmin issues when I'm sweating all over the place and I ran
4.2-4.3 miles, but Garmin logged me at exactly 4. So I am pretty sure
that the average and splits are a little off.... but my splits were
8:19, 8:58, 7:49, 7:46
I started out feeling as though I had cement blocks taped to my legs.
For about 2 miles, I was doing the short-step shuffle and telling myself
to just not look at my Garmin because it wasn't about speed in the 91*
real feel. Once I got to the turnaround point at 3.85 miles, I looked
and was shocked that I was close to 8:00mm! I took water at 4.65 miles
and peeked and stayed away from looking at my pace until the last 2
miles. I pushed it at the end, but somehow, I was feeling really,
really good and strong. 8:10, 8:03, 7:55, 7:57, 7:55, 7:44, 7:43, 7:30.
Okay August, I'm ready for you!!!