Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Crossing the Finish Line

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned a few times in the past few months on the blog that I’ve gotten back into running. I’ve had an on again, off again relationship with running since high school cross country and track. Fortunately, both Brian and I have been running pretty steadily since March.

Unfortunately, that’s another reason the blog has suffered. Instead of coming home and writing blog posts, I get home and go for a run. By the time I get back and shower, make dinner, etc, there just isn’t time left. Looks like I need to focus on balancing my hobbies!

Regardless, running has been an amazing addition to my life. Once I got past the first three or so hellish weeks while my body and mind adjusted to the new demands I was putting on them, running became my release. So much so that I foolishly let Brian talk me into signing up for a half marathon, which is {scarily} later this week. 

As if training for the half wasn’t enough, my crazy husband also sent me a text while I was at work last Thursday morning asking if I wanted to sign up for a local 10K race, which just happened to be two days later. 

“Sure!” I said. “Why not?”

Photo by Brian Powers

In all honesty, I’m really glad we decided to run this race, even if it was totally last minute. I haven’t raced in a looooong time, so this gave me a chance to get used to the feeling again. As a solo runner, it can be hard to adjust to running in a group again, not to mention all of the emotions that strike on the starting and finishing lines of a race. The 10K provided a pretty good warm up for the half next weekend.

Photo by Brian Powers
Plus, both Brian and I did really well! My goal was to finish in one hour or under - my chip time was exactly 1:00:59! I was within my goal by one second! Brian wanted to finish in 45 minutes and he was well within his goal too!

Photo by Brian Powers

A few friends of ours ran the race as well - it was so much fun to be able to warm up pre-race and celebrate post race with them! One of the couples will be running the half next weekend as well, so hopefully we’ll have repeat celebrations at the finish line.

Photo by Hank Campbell

Running, I think, has also brought Brian and I closer together. Not that we’ve really struggled with being close, but with everything going on in our professional lives, it can be a challenge to spend time together. Running has given us a medium to share thoughts, struggles, successes, everything. And although I’d love to be fast enough to keep up with him during a race, nothing helps me get through the last leg of a run than seeing him waiting for me at the finish line. Cue the cheesy “awes.”

Photo by Clinton Lewis

Here’s to hoping the half this weekend is as successful as last weekend’s 10K! We also have a 5K next weekend and another 5K on Thanksgiving morning - we’re going to be racking up quite a few miles this fall!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

California Dreaming

Well, life has happened again. Between work and life, I’ve vanished other than Photo Fridays. I truly am working on figuring out how to post regularly, but in the meantime I wanted to share some photos with you.

Brian and I recently had the opportunity and honor to travel to San Francisco to shoot wedding of some pretty amazing people we are lucky to call friends. Since we were already across the country, we took a few extra days and made our way down to just north of San Diego to visit my brother, Jeff. We hadn’t seen him in over two years (since our wedding) so it was really nice to get some quality time in with him. Plus, as you can see from the photos below, the surroundings weren’t too shabby either. 

Nearly a week in paradise was exactly what we needed to reset, relax, and reflect. I’ve come back to Kentucky with an adjusted set of priorities and a refreshed determination to change certain aspects of life. All of which I’ll hopefully be able to share with you soon. Until then, enjoy a bit of paradise!

We had a day to explore San Fran before the wedding, part of which we spent running across the Golden Gate Bridge!
Awesome succulents by the Golden Gate Bridge.

The wedding was beautiful and full of personality, complete with Best Dog, Warner!
Brian practicing surf pop-ups on the beach when we got down to San Diego. He rode a few waves!
The tide was mesmerizing!
It doesn't get much better than tacos on the beach!
Ok, fine, it does. Tacos on the beach at sunset!
If you ever get a chance, visit Torrey Pines - the views are incredible!
I can't help myself... these sunsets make it too easy.
Yet more fish tacos, this time from my brother's favorite taco shop.
Heading home... goodbye Pacific!

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