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It was a quiet, mainly solo weekend because Mikey was out in BC for the last WW2H screening of 2011 with the BC Cancer Agency. Normally I fight what I call FOMO (or “fear of missing out”) when it comes to social events that I’m not a part of, but this weekend I embraced it and was glad Mikey could go. Plus, a little separation every now and then is good – it reminds us of why we love each other and how much we appreciate spending time together! To be honest, we spend a lot of time together – definitely more than most of the couples we know. For us, it works! When we first got married Mikey worked with YD Adventures and I worked in a small coffee stand (ever been to Washington? They’re EVERYwhere – love it!), lived in a small trailer, and skinned up the driveway to our car every morning and skied down to our home every night. We spent so much time together in that first year of marriage skiing, hunkering down for the winter, and enjoying being newlyweds, partially because it was the off-season for YD Adventures and my job was slow, and also because five months into our marriage he was diagnosed with cancer.
A day skiing when we both had dreads; our trailer in the background with friends Jeremy & Lynda (who just had a little baby!).
Thus began LOTS of time together as we moved back to Calgary, Alberta as I looked for work (and consequently became a personal trainer) and as we adjusted to life in and out of chemo treatments. So we’re very used to being around each other all day (he works from home two days a week) and really work better together than apart. So a little break is good on a few levels…but man, it’s good to have him back!
It was so fun to participate in this event and look forward to getting something as well as picking out gifts for someone else!
I couldn’t wait to slip those socks on and try them out! Of course I ate a chunk of the chocolate right away – isn’t it beautiful? #fancy Thanks so much, friend!
Besides opening up fun gifts, how else did I spend my weekend, you ask? Well let me tell you: I was in my robe a lot. Now part of it is because there was a LOT of snow this weekend and it was a great excuse to hunker down, but this is a pretty accurate portrayal of my mornings:
Pre-run, new sock excitement!
Oh so long ago, I had dreamt about a trip to Vegas to run the Rock N’Roll Marathon or Half-Marathon which took place today. After following so many runners on their blogs and twitter who were out there, I decided to do my own half. With my GU chomps (peach! delicious!) in my back pocket and suited up for the cold, I headed outside during a break in the snowy weekend with one goal in mind: go long (and go slow!). My pace was steady and I felt great, although at times I wished I had some music or a sermon to listen to (I love hearing quality thoughts when I’m running, and a long run is the perfect time for me when I’m not worried about pace) – sadly, my iPod has been dead for a while. But I’m generally a sans-music runner and enjoyed the quiet afternoon on the trails.
I took 2 energy gummies at 1 hr 10 minutes in (somewhere over 7 miles) and they went down easy. I don’t run with water (I know I should, but my body’s not accustomed to it and I don’t have a water bottle or Camelbak – no water fountains where I run either), but I think they might have stayed down better if I had some – I got thirsty not too long afterward. But overall I felt strong and was having a great time! Long runs (especially anything over 8 miles) at times make me feel a bit guilty unless I get up early and don’t affect anyone else’s schedule, so running while Mikey was gone was perfect. I felt no pressure and found myself smiling several times.
I got home with some knee pain (throwing my old, old shoes away finally! I think I’m used to running “barefoot” and “regular” shoes hurt now) but was happy 2:27 later. And guess what? 15.65 miles. I felt great! What a fun, unplanned Saturday event for me.
One reason I think I really like long runs is because they make me feel so accomplished. And for someone who is not working much (canvassing door-to-door doesn’t seem to be the most successful!), that feeling of accomplishment is a valuable one. Plus, the rest of the day just feels better because of it! I know those runs don’t do as much for my body, but throwing in a long run every now and then proves that I can still do it and allows me time to think, to pray, to be alone, and makes me feel proud. Good to keep in the workout rotation.
Other beautiful things happened this weekend like:
Meeting our friends Elisa and Ryan’s new baby boy, Bryce (man is he a great baby! So cute and they are doing awesome!) and visiting with good friends,
Crawling slowly home in the car in a driving, blinding snowstorm,
Going to church in the morning and being reminded of the incredible prophesies in Isaiah before Jesus came and being refreshed and renewed in the Hope that He brings,
and picking up Mikey from the airport (he picked up on the fact that I left my big puffy coat in the car so I would look cuter – yep! Nailed it)!
From the airport we connected with some friends and I certainly have some fun videos of another type of dance at our friends Roger and Heather’s house for Heather’s birthday! Once I get them up and edited (not the best at the videos!), you can see the fun Wii “Just Dance” action. Happy late birthday and anniversary, Heather and Rog! We had such a blast with you guys and your mum and Shawna last night.
Other highlights of the weekend included (more bullet points):
A solo trip to the Farmer’s Market (love walking around there!),
A great talk with my mom – she’s the only one I call – somehow I’m a phone person only when talking to her,
Some wine and catching up on Modern Family with Mikey last night.
It’s a pretty pleasant day out and I had a great morning session with a client and loved getting breakfast and lunch ready for Mikey (who’s out at work after a weekend of work!). I’m off to get my workout on. But before you go, tell me:
Busy weekend? Chill weekend? Productive weekend? Solo or lots-o-people weekend? I’d love to hear about it!
Live well & be well friends,