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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.

loveletters rbb

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…


Festive AND chevron – How Pinteresting!

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


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.


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.


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…


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?

Hiking, friends, and a long run

9 Sep

Monday Meditation is postponed this week in order to bring you a recap of an exceptionally wonderful weekend while I’m still feeling refreshed from it!

Ever have one of those weekends where you just smile the whole time and go to bed Sunday feeling truly fulfilled and grateful? Well, that was this past weekend for me. Total bliss from start to finish.

The hubs and I drove a little south for a visit with a couple of friends that I went to grad school with. We started off with a hike at Minnewaska State Park in Kerhonkson, New York.  The weather was sunny and gorgeous and these trails are well maintained and beautiful.


I would love to go for a nice long run here!

There are many lookouts on the different trails, so we got to see some incredible views.


Mount Millbrook

It was so, so good to spend quality time with friends we don’t get to see very often.


These two are getting married next May!

Mark really enjoyed getting some nature shots with his new camera lens.


Look at that view!

As we took in the view, I enjoyed this delicious energy bar from Bearded Brothers.


That’s some serious yum right there.

We took a “shortcut” on a footpath to cut back over to the lake, which was a more natural terrain.


Into the woods

We ended our 6.17 mile hike at beautiful Lake Minnewaska.


Lake Minnewaska

The rest of our short stay was spent catching up, talking, eating, playing, and laughing. So much laughter! It is always a great feeling when you see friends you haven’t seen in a long time and the reconnection is instant and natural.

When we got home Sunday afternoon, I was determined to go on that 10 mile run I had planned on. Still feeling really positive from such a great weekend, I didn’t hesitate to lace up, map my route, and head out the door.


Beautiful run

Those 10 miles came easier than I thought they would! The run was smooth going, except for a headwind at mile 9.

Splits: 9:02, 8:56, 8:57, 8:53, 9:02, 8:45, 8:41, 8:40, 8:51 (headwind), 8:31. Avg pace: 8:50

I much prefer doing my long runs in the morning, but I didn’t mind this time around. I guess that’s what happens when you run with a full heart. 🙂

Question: Did anyone else visit friends, hike, or get a long run in this weekend?