Thursday, July 11, 2013

Let's Play Catch Up

Hi again!  I can't believe that I haven't blogged since March... MARCH... can you believe it?  4 months with no blogging.  I've gone MIA before in the past and I've always stated that for me, blogging tends to stop when life happens.  I always come back to it because I love blogging and expressing my thoughts and feelings through text.  Sometimes, I tend to have trouble with speaking what's in my mind and having it be expressed the way I mean it to - does anyone else have that happen?  The past few months have been hectic and happy.... and the next few months I'm sure will be as well... so what better way to document them than on my blog.

Now, to explain what I've been up to over the past few months, here are some of the highlights courtesy of Instagram :)

I completed my first 5K in the beginning of May!!!!  I've run other 5K's before but they've usually been a combination of walking/running due to my IT band syndrome (read more on that here).  I focused on foam rolling and stretching in the weeks before this race and gradually increased my runs over the course of a few months.  Crossing the finish line after running the whole race was huge for me - all of the months of doubt of whether or not I would ever be able to run 3.1 miles vanished and I literally felt unstoppable.  It took hard work, doubt and the constant threat of failure but I did it... not only that, but I ran the race in under 30:50.... the fastest that I've ever run.

In June, I celebrated the wedding of two of my college friends, Katie and Chandler, in Toledo.  The wedding was beautiful and I had so much fun catching up with my college friends and their parents :)  Weddings are so full of love and joy that I always enjoy them.

For the 4th of July weekend, I spent most of it relaxing at home with my other half.  It was rainy here in Cincinnati... we spent the 4th of July watching Despicable Me 2, playing video games at Gameworks and concluded the night with dinner at PF Changs.  On Saturday, we went to the mausoleum where my grandpa is buried - he passed away a little over 4.5 years ago and I've never been brave enough to go alone.  It was so precious to me to share in that moment together and I'm so very lucky to have someone that is so supportive in my life.  Sometimes, I can't think about the fact that they will never meet one another in this life and it simply breaks my heart.  I'm grateful that God brought both of them into my life, even if they had to be at different times.  I'm so grateful for the relationship that I had with my grandpa and I've come to understand that when someone passes into the next life, the love you feel for them never does go away.  

Tonight, I'm relaxing on the couch with iced green tea, sushi and The Bachelorette.  As crazy as it may seem, sometimes you just need to relax and watch something mindless.  I realize that not everyone is wired that way, but I've come to realize that if I don't force my brain to take a break, I'm not as well equipped to handle the stresses of everyday life.  My top pick at this point for Des is Chris - he's so open with his feelings with her and that's refreshing!

Now, it's July and hopefully if all goes according to plan, you'll be seeing a lot more of me! The rest of the summer should also be filled with adventure.  My other half and I are making a trip to San Francisco in early August.... neither one of us have ever been to California!  I'm looking forward to quality time together away from the stresses of everyday life... and to exploring a completely new city together.

What have you been up to this summer?