getting back to running

In Love

They say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.

Not me, I knew what I was missing the whole time it was gone and it made me sad and grumpy and depressed. Finally, after almost a year of bullshit knee stuff, I finally feel like I’m a-okay.

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The other day I was so not into going to the gym. I just felt blah. I was fighting a cold, feeling burned out on the gym and wished that I could just crawl into bed and watch Netflix. But I decided to go for a run. I ran outside for the first time at my family reunion and it went really really well, so I thought I would try it again.

I walked to the track near the house and then started slowly running. My first thought was Oh my god, this soft track feels so NICE! What a difference from the treadmill at  the gym. I LOVE running outside. That’s where I want to run, not on some hamster wheel staring at a wall. I love the feel of fresh air, I love the sounds of the kids playing at the school, I love the feel of the track (much nicer than the treadmill or pavement) and had a GREAT RUN.

I was slow, yes. Couldn’t care less! I was running! I ran 1 mile around the track without walking and then walking half way around the track to rest, then did a walk/jog the rest of the way. I took it easy and didn’t push myself.

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It was nice running outside and it was nice being back at the spot where Michael proposed. It made me smile as I ran past the spot each time. I love that he decided to do it where we had our first kiss. Now we have somewhere that will always be there when we want to visit the site in the future. Anyways, back to the run.

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I happily walked back to the house, satisfied with my run. I listened to my body the rest of the night and it seemed okay. The next day I was just fine! No aches and pains, no twinges, didn’t feel tight. YAY!!!

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Dinner was gluten free spaghetti — Trader Joe’s brown rice noodles– with basil olive oil. I shredded fresh Parmesan cheese on top, minced fresh rosemary and basil from the garden and tomatoes, too. We finally have some ripe tomatoes. Dinner was delicious. The TJ gluten free spaghetti is great; I might even prefer it to regular spaghetti.

Besides running again, Trader Joe’s gluten free stuff, I’m also in love with Michael. Duh. Obviously! However, it definitely feels different being engaged as opposed to just dating. I feel a sense of calm and security. So far the planning is going pretty well, although we can’t really make any decisions until we get back from our vacation. Life is just too packed until September!

Despite that, I’m still forming a plan. I really like the idea of doing SIMPLE. Less fancy, more rustic, just simple. Like instead of a big, fancy (ie expensive) set of decorations, I just want something straightforward and uncomplicated.

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I have talked to a few caters. I think when we get back from our trip, we’ll test the food and make a decision. I also have plans with some of my bridesmaids to go dress shopping for their dresses in September. I’m hoping I can score big with Fall dresses and back-to-school sales!

Back to running. I really, really, really hope I can run on my vacation in LA! I just want to be able to run a few miles outside, maybe near the ocean, and savor that. I loved running along the beach in Kona when we went to Hawaii last year. One of my favorite memories! That’s about it for now.

What are you in love with lately? 

Weekend Wrap-up

Suzanne gave me a few complimentary exercises to supplement the programs she created for me as a thank you for referring some people to her. I am so excited that other people are using her services! I started doing the new exercises this Saturday and really enjoyed them. There were a lot of ab and glute exercises that only took my body weight to do. Two of my new favorites: Straight-leg Bridge and the shoulders-on ball glute bridge. I also enjoyed the plank with arm lift and THAT exercise was harder than it seems. My abs were sore for two days after that, which surprised me!

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I also RAN at the gym! I’m up to 1.15 mile of straight running at the pace I used to run at without stopping or walking! I was really excited about that and even more excited that my knees were okay the next day, too. I hope I am over the worst of this crap.

After the gym I met up with my friend Courtney for lunch at a food cart in Woodstock called El Gallo. It was a food cart in a small pod on 48th and Woodstock. Courtney got two steak tacos and I got the carnitas burrito. She said her tacos were fantastic and they looked like it. My burrito was pretty good but not the best I’ve ever had. I started to have some food envy and wished I’d gotten the tacos, too!

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It was such a nice day out and the perfect weather for hanging out outside. After lunch, Michael and I drove out to Edgefield to meet up with my cousin and her family who were there for a concert (The Flaming Lips). It was their son’s first concert. 🙂 I think he’s about 13 now.

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I always forget how cool Edgefield is. I need to go out there more often. There was the concert and a wedding going on at the same time when we were there. As you can imagine it was a madhouse! So my cousins went into the concert and Michael and I decided not to stick around and have drink because it was so busy. Instead we went home and finally watched “Taken.” I enjoyed the movie! Liam Neeson was awesome!

Sunday I went swimming and then spent a few hours in the yard pulling weeds, cutting down blackberry bushes and listening to podcasts (Stuff You Should Know and Stuff You Missed in History Class). I also got sidetracked and ended up picking a ton of blackberries.

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This is the second gallon tupperware I’ve filled with blackberries from my garden. They are so big, plump and juicy and some are the size of my thumb! I’m kinda glad that Michael didn’t spray the blackberries this year, even though they are taking over the  yard. Anyhoo, I got a lot done in the yard and filled the huge yard debris bin with weeds and blackberry bushes. It was hard work but I’m glad I got so much done.

Dinner on Sunday night was burgers and squash from the garden!

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I put some fancy cheese I got at New Seasons on the burger, it was an aged cheddar with mustard seeds in it. It was delicious but strong and a little bit went a long way. The squash is doing great this year.

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Dessert was vanilla bean ice cream topped with some of the blackberries I picked that day. The combination of vanilla and blackberry was outstanding. I am loving the blackberries I’ve picked this summer. As for the rest of our garden, still no tomatoes ready to pick.

How was your weekend?