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Reflections

30 Dec

During my run the day after Christmas, I came upon this sunset and couldn’t help but reflect on the season. After a wonderful holiday with family, I find myself feeling incredibly grateful for the true gifts that make life so worthwhile – the kind that you don’t unwrap but get to carry in your heart always. Sunset 12_26The more I thought about the past year, the more my heart grew in gratitude. Of course, each year brings its personal challenges and 2013 was certainly no exception. However, those challenges pale in comparison to the abundant triumphs and blessings. From the everyday to the extraordinary, this year has been full of things to be thankful for.

2013 brought an anniversary to celebrate the first year of a marriage that continues to grow stronger day by day.

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The first of many, many happy years to come.

Multiple running goals set and surpassed, including 3 half marathons, many PR’s, and new race distances tackled.

3 Half Marathons this year!

3 Half Marathons this year!

An unforgettable trip to various cities in Italy.

So many incredible moments in Italy!

So many incredible moments in Italy!

And countless precious moments in between.

It's the little things...

It’s the little things.

It’s been a great year.

It's been a good year.

Looking forward to what else is in store!

As the sun sets on this year, I will take only what is important and necessary from the challenges I faced and leave the rest behind. I will treasure all that was wonderful in 2013 and continue to focus on gratitude and enjoying the present moment in the year to come.

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Fall is my favorite and a new PDR

3 Oct

Oh HEY! Has it really been nearly over two weeks since my last blog post?! (Yes, I started this post three days ago. Whoops.) Good thing my last post was about flexibility…

Anyway, I have had such a busy schedule of Fall funtivities, games with friends, meeting babies, visiting family, planning for the Italy trip, and running long that blogging has been pretty far from my mind. Well, I’ve definitely thought about blogging, but I always chose Real Life first. And I have no regrets about that. Here’s a brief glimpse into a couple of the things I’ve been doing and enjoying!

Seasonal decorations make me all giddy inside, so I made our house a little festive…

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Festive AND chevron – How Pinteresting!

On my list of favorite Fall things, cider donuts and hot mulled cider are toppers.

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Cider. Donut.

Fall also means craft fairs around these parts, and I spent the day with my mom perusing handmade goods and eating more cider donuts at a real cider mill.

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A day at the cider mill and craft fair

A couple of Saturdays ago, I convinced Mark to hop on his bike to join me for 14 miles early on a beautiful day. He obliged without complaint and took this photo of the trail with the colors of early autumn peaking in.

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Hints of Fall on a long, long run

That 14 miler was a great but tough run. We hosted a game night with friends the night before, so I was a little tired and dehydrated. To get through the tough spots, I took some cool running selfies.

When you run 14 miles, selfies are mandatory

When you run 14 miles, selfies are mandatory

One night last week, I gave Yasso 800s a try. Conclusion: Bart Yasso is my enemy/best friend for inventing this workout. I’m planning to do a second round before the week is completely over, so I’ll write up a specific recap of the whole experience after that.

Yasso 800s in the dark

Yasso 800s in the dark (the sun set on me)

This past Saturday I achieved a big (but secret) goal of mine. I challenged myself to go for a personal distance record of 15 miles this season. So, I woke up early and headed out on my own (I was a nice wifey and let Mark sleep in) for the longest run I have ever run.

The weather was crisp and foggy, perfect for a detour through a cemetery.

Fog is creepy

Fog is creepy

Despite the slight creepiness, I thoroughly enjoyed this run. There were plenty of smiling and encouraging people passing by, I could smell autumn in the cool air, and I felt energized and strong the whole way.

The longest run of all

The longest run of all

Before I knew it, my Garmin was telling me I hit 15 miles. Then, I decided I could go just a little farther…

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A new Personal Distance Record! (Avg pace was 8:44)

This will probably go down as one of my all-time favorite runs. I can’t describe the joy I felt once I stopped my watch and took in the reality that I had just run 15.5 miles. All at once. It’s a beautiful thing.

Question for you (if you’re still reading): What’s your PDR?

Another NYC adventure

2 Jul

My first thoughts today are dedicated to those dealing with devastating flooding in Central New York, not far from my home town. These past few days have been tremendously difficult for them and my heart goes out to each and everyone affected as they recover.

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In yesterday’s post, I revealed the location of our weekend adventure: New York City. That’s right, we traveled a few hours south to the city two weekends in a row. Better yet, we will be heading back in three weeks for Color Me Rad NYC! Looks like this season’s theme is Summer in the City.

The primary reason we took the trip was so Mark could participate in the Google Plus Photo Walk NYC event. One of his main interests (besides hanging out with me) is photography and he couldn’t pass up the chance to meet and shoot the city with professionals and amateurs alike.

I got in on the action a little bit with my iPhone and came out with a few decent shots. (I’m throwing in a few from Mark, too).

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On the Subway to the Photo Walk

We started the walk in Chinatown…

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Cameras ready!

Then headed over the Brooklyn Bridge…

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Looking at this now, I wish this was a picture of the two of us.

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Love locks on the Brooklyn Bridge

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Seriously loving this so much I had to post it again

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Behind the lens

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Looking toward Manhattan

We spent some time in the Dumbo district of Brooklyn, between the two bridges.

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Manhattan Bridge street view

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Manhattan Bridge on a hot Summer day

After stopping for refreshments (read: beer and wine) in Brooklyn, we made our way back across the Manhattan Bridge.

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Sun starting to set over Manhattan

It’s always great to pass by graffiti with positive messages.

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Truth.

Not to mention the beautiful effect that graffiti and street art can create when you look out across rooftops.

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View from Manhattan Bridge

With over 7 hours of walking, we ended up putting about 9 miles on our legs! Seeing NYC in a different way was totally worth it. This is definitely something I’d love to do again, whether it’s NYC or another location.

On Sunday, we took the opportunity to go to the Pride March with Mark’s brother, Bill. There we joined thousands of people in celebration and support of love and the LGBTQ community.

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There were so many inspiring people and colorful characters all around. Seriously, check out this headdress!

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Work it!

It was truly an honor to take part in Pride Fest and it is our hope that progress continues to be made in recognizing LGBTQ rights as human rights.

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Let there be love.

Another wonderful Summer weekend is behind us and we’re already looking forward to our next adventure!