Sunday, September 14, 2014


Our wedding day was absolutely spectacular.

I can't even begin to put into words just how perfect everything was, so for now, I'll just leave you with this.

I'm sure I'll have much more to say after our honeymoon! 

Tonight, we take off for Paris for a few days. Then, we'll head to Athens for another few days before sailing for the Greek Isles.

It's going to be amazing!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wedding Week!

It's here! It's finally here!

My mom got in yesterday afternoon with my dress and we're just finishing everything up. It's been an easy week, just a lot of running around!

My dad, plus all six of my siblings and The Pilot's family all get in tomorrow and then the weekend will kick off!

I'm so excited! I don't know if I'm more excited to get married or to see all of our friends and family coming from 19 different states and 2 countries! It's going to be incredible!

I had grand, glorious plans of scheduling a bunch of posts for the time we're away on our honeymoon, but that just hasn't happened! I'm hoping to touch base again before Saturday if things slow down a little bit, we'll see!

I also had grand, glorious plans of running 14 miles today, but my knee was giving me some trouble on Sunday during my 11 mile run after Peyton made a bolt on Saturday night and pulled me into a metal pole giving me a bruise the size (and shape!) of Texas on my knee. The bruise is going down and the pain has gone down, so I'm get in some kind of run before the wedding!

Today, on deck...finishing the last of the cookies I baked for the hotel welcome bags (yup, I went there), dropping off the hotel welcome bags, getting a pedicure, and relaxing.

Hope you're all having a great week!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Love/Don't Love

1.Our wedding is less than 10 days away! Love.
2. I've been saying for weeks that I want to get everything for the wedding done this week and we still aren't quite done. Given the uncertainty in my job situation, I took about two weeks off from even thinking about the wedding, so we're a little behind. Don't Love.
3. Our wedding is less than 10 days away. (Yes, I know I already said that) I still can't believe that it still feels far away, but I'm so excited! Love.
4. Our apartment is exploding with wedding stuff. This is probably the cleanest corner of our living room. Don't Love.

5. I started reading Unbroken by Laura Hillebrand. It's so so good. Love.

6. Before everything went up in the air with my job, I took a few days off to relax. It was cloudy and/or raining all of those days. Now that I have two weeks off, the forecast is cloudy for the forseeable future. I want to get more pool time in! Don't Love.
7. Marathon training is going. That's about all I can say. My 10 miler this past weekend just wore me out, and my last two runs haven't been great either. Today is a rest day and I'm tackling 11 or 12 tomorrow instead of this weekend, so that I can get in another long run next week before the wedding. I'm hoping I'm just having an off week. We'll see. Love/Don't Love.

So, there you have it!
I'm looking for book recommendations for our honeymoon! Got any?
Are you training for a fall race?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Mine was fun and very productive. Although, I did a 10 mile run in the brutal DC heat we had on Sunday that put me out of commission for most of Sunday and Monday. I haven't done a run that tough in a really long fact, I think it might have been the hardest run I've ever done.

Now that I'm recovered though, it's time to get back at it and get stuff done. This week is all about deep cleaning our apartment and organizing all of our wedding stuff so that it's good to go next week.

The good thing is, I'm off until after the wedding, so I can really just relax leading up to and after our big day. This is all part of where my blogging silence came in to play.

About two weeks ago, I found out that the organization I worked for was undergoing some significant changes and my department was being eliminated. When I found out that I had less than two weeks left at my job...three weeks before our wedding, just about everything (wedding planning, marathon training, blogging, etc.) took a backseat.

I'm happy to say that on Thursday, I officially accepted an offer, one that I think I'll love just as much as I loved my last one, and one that I think will be very, very good for me, professionally.

Deep down, I knew that this would turn out to be a blessing in disguise, and it has, but those two weeks were so, so trying. I won't start my new job until after the wedding, which is really exciting. As much as I feel like I now have all the time in the world, I really only have about two weeks. I plan to take that time to finish everything up and just enjoy DC before we tie the knot!

So, there you have it. I've got a lot of really good things coming my way and it's going to be an awesome ride.

As for today though, I've got a friend in town and I'm going to go play tourist!

Until next time!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Marathon Training: Week 1

After spending the summer deliberating on whether I wanted to run a fall marathon, and then deciding which race would be best for me given my timeline (injury recovery + training time + wedding), I finally decided on a race.

I'm planning to run the Rehoboth Beach Marathon on December 6th.

I'm not planning to register for it though until after my wedding, when my mileage has picked up a bit and I'm confident that my knee can handle a full marathon training cycle.

Last week, was Week 1 of my 16 week plan. I normally start my training plans with a solid base of 25 miles and five days a week of running. Since I wasn't quite there yet, I'm working on cutting one run a week short so I can get in the 5 runs per week and just keeping my weekly mileage at a place where I can comfortably build up.

Rehoboth Beach Marathon Training: Week 1
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 3 miles
Wednesday: 4 miles
Thursday: 3 miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 2 miles easy
Sunday: 9 miles

Total Mileage Last Week: 21
Missed Workouts: 0
Trouble Spots: My knee wasn't hurting on Sunday, but it didn't feel great. 3 miles from home, I decided to turn around so that I would be closer to home if I needed to stop, but I was able to finish strong.
Cross Training Workouts: None
Strength Training Workouts: I'm doing a 30 Day Arm Challenge right now...but that isn't really doing anything for my running.
Planned Mileage this Week: 25 miles
Goals for this Week: Start cross training.
Current Annoyances: It bothered me that my knee didn't feel 100% on Sunday.
Things to Keep in Mind: You're doing it right, take it easy.

Week 1 done. 15 weeks to go.