On the Beach and In the Kitchen

Hello! I hope everyone is getting in the holiday spirit and spending time with family.

Last weekend, I had a wonderful opportunity to go to Florida with my family. It was a great trip, and the weather was perfect, 70’s with sunshine! We did lots of swimming, walking on the beach, bike riding, and driving golf carts. I was very thankful to run outside in shorts and a t-shirt. I can’t wait to go back soon!

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Turkey Talk

On Sunday, I ran a pre-Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5k. I was planning to run the race just for fun, so it was a totally different feel lining up at the start with no expectations or race strategy. I have to admit it was hard to put a bib number on without giving 100%. I ended up running well and felt really great the whole race. I was pleased with my performance since I had only run a handful of easy runs that week, and the previous two weeks were rest post-marathon. I also won an 18 pound turkey in the raffle, so we were excited about that!

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R&R: The Past Two Weeks

The past two weeks since the marathon have been all about rest. My coach prescribed two whole weeks of recovery before starting to run again. Two weeks seems like forever at first, but it honestly flew by very quickly. It has been a great time to catch up on to-do lists and explore activities we don’t always have time for. There have been lots of long dog walks, thinking about the future, cooking new meals, and painting. We went to a paint and sip class, which was really fun.

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Running Reflections

When you are striving to run at your highest level, running can be extremely rewarding yet hard and fatiguing. Depending on how you perform, running can make you feel on top of the world or disappointed and discouraged. A run can leave you with an extra pep in your step, or it can make you sore and achy for days.

I am lucky to have the opportunity to run and work towards my goals. Whether I am tired or energized, running is a choice I make and a road I have decided to follow. No one pushes me or cares about my training, results, or paces as much as I do. The pressure, dedication, and expectations are all created from within me. I get to pick my own goals, sign up for the races that excite me, and ultimately run however my heart desires.  

I am a runner, but I am also so much more than that. Even though running gives me tremendous enjoyment and fills a huge part of my life, I know I can be happy and create a new path when my approach towards running changes. When I do not have the competitive drive to race anymore, there will always be easy runs. When I can no longer run, there will always be swimming, dog walks, arts & crafts, and family. I can choose my journey and view my successes based on my own desires and needs.

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Whistler Family Vacation

This past week I had an amazing family vacation to Whistler, BC. Whistler is about 1.5 hours north of Vancouver, BC, and part of the 2010 Winter Olympics were held there. Despite a population of only 12,000, Whistler is home to one of the biggest ski resorts in North America and has over 2 million visitors every year. This is no surprise after discovering the pristine location and absolutely incredible scenery and views. There is an extensive trail system throughout the town that is really well maintained and perfect for exploring.

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Hidden in the Garden

Our garden continues to grow and I discover new vegetables popping up everyday. It is so rewarding to grow and eat your own food. When you buy something from the grocery store or get a meal at a restaurant, you never know exactly who handled the food you purchased or the environments it passed through to get to your plate. When food comes from right outside your backdoor, you know everything the food has been through from seed to your kitchen counter. 

We have been eating lots of zucchini, kale, basil (pesto!), and parsley. The cucumbers, green beans, carrots, and tomatoes are almost ready. We will have potatoes and green peppers in a few weeks too.

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