Last Day At Home: Blissful

Yesterday was my last day at home and it was so incredibly bitter sweet.  I had the most amazing day hanging out with my family and catching up with so many old friends.

We started the day meeting my grandma for lunch/brunch.  I didn’t have breakfast before and I have to start my day with breakfast food no matter what so I got a delicious baked oatmeal with fresh strawberries and milk and a side of scrapple (a home town favorite; you don’t want to know what is in it, I promise).

IMG_1692Post meal we decided to share a few desserts and I got this ridiculously decadent chocolate caramel tart.  I didn’t even make it half way through the thing, it was so rich.

IMG_1693Once we made it home from lunch we headed right out on our big bike ride.  The trail that I always ran on from my home to Rehoboth Beach was made into a loop so you don’t have to go out and back.  It is brand new and was one of my only things I knew I really wanted to do while I was home.  The ride was somewhere between 18 and 19 miles and it was amazing.

My little brother at the start

My little brother at the start

Mom, showing off

Mom, showing off

Lady walking her Macaw?!

Lady walking her Macaw?!

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The very first beach I ever lifeguarded on!

The very first beach I ever life guarded on!

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One of the old bunkers that used to be part of the military base, now our state park.

One of the old bunkers that used to be part of the military base, now our state park.

Watch Tower

Watch Tower

Back through Lewes at the end

Back through Lewes at the end

My favorite road!

My favorite road!

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Mom's first selfie!

Mom’s first selfie!

After our bike ride I went out for my tempo run.  I thought I was going to crash and burn after such a long ride but I ended up doing great; my best tempo run yet actually!  I must have been perfectly warmed up.

I race home, showered and we headed out for half price sandwich night at Arenas with my family where I had the California Club Dude (turkey, tomato, avocado, jack cheese and sprouts).

IMG_1725And if that wasn’t enough I finished up the night by going to meet my friend Ryan first at the Dogfish Head restaurant for a drink and to catch up and then out to the Starboard to see Laura Lea.  Man It took me back to the amazing summers on the beach patrol.  Not much has changed.  The faces are different (though many of the same) but the energy and excitement hasn’t been altered one bit!

Laura Lea

Laura Lea

New band member, he was so great!  We approve!

New band member, he was so great! We approve!

Super blurry picture of Ry and I!

Super blurry picture of Ry and I! (and Jordan photo bombing)

To say I paid for it today having 3 hours of sleep after that jam packed day and having to travel super early is an understatement but I had the most amazing day.  I wish I could just do it all over again a few more times.

But now I am back in Charleston, baking late into the night to get ready to leave on one quick little final adventure before starting working.  You’ll be hearing from me from yet another state tomorrow!!  Man all this fun is making me tired!

Bad Leaver

I have never been good at leaving places whether it is for a week, a month, a year it doesn’t matter.  Even when I would come home for Christmas for a week I would get choked up pulling out of the drive way in Charleston.  So whatever part of my brain decided that moving away for 4 months (2 of those months without Casey and Scarlett) it officially broken.

Don’t get me wrong, it is good to be home but no matter where I am going the leaving is always the worst.  I will go through this whole thing again leaving Philadelphia to go to Atlanta; it is just my nature.  But as a friend told me yesterday, if it was easy to leave that would mean wherever I was leaving didn’t mean that much to me.  So I can say with confidence my home in Charleston and all of my friend there mean the world to me!

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Now that I am home I am enjoying running my old roads (5 miler today in the beautiful weather) eating at some of my favorite places ever.  I am having a wonderful time hanging out with my mom doing ordinary things and just hanging around in the house I grew up in.

Last night when I got in I was also able to surprise my brother for his 15th birthday.  My mom and I had planned it so that they would go to dinner and I would just walk in and sit down with them.  He was shocked, it was pretty priceless and I was glad I got to make it there for his day.

So while I try to enjoy all the time I have here and the experiences I am having, in the back of my head I have the count down to return to Charleston already clicking…55 days and counting!

Trip Home in Pictures

So first off, I am sorry for being the worst blogger ever.  Those few days at home were an absolute whirlwind.

Many of my food endeavors will be captured in my WIAW this week so I will skip the redundancy there.

Post 20 mile run, we went to Surf Bagel for breakfast (my absolute favorite) and then I took Casey around downtown Rehoboth, went shopping, had a beer at a local bar/restaurant (Arena’s).  We headed home mid afternoon and went to pick crabs!

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I have missed this so much.  I love a good southern oyster roast, but nothing beats picking crabs.  This was Casey’s first crab picking adventure and of course my mom and I competed to teach him the ‘best technique’.  What ended up happening though was that my dad was the best and he learned by watching him rather than listening to either of us blabber on.  (Mine is clearly the best, it was just too sophisticated for a beginner!)  Just kidding!

First thing Friday, I took Casey to the cafe (Cafe Azafran) in downtown Lewes where I worked for part of high school.  I got my absolute favorite, baked oatmeal with steamed skim milk and Black Magic coffee.  It was so hot and I was sweating bullets the whole time but it was perfect.

Baked Oatmeal

Baked Oatmeal

The afternoon held a trip to the beach with my friend Megan where Casey and I realized we have become southern babies about the cold northern water, CHILLY!  After walking the beach and seeing all my old friends from the beach patrol (man I miss those days), we went home for a barbecue my mom put together so we could see all the family.  I swear she made enough food for 50 people, there were about 15!

Mom, grandma and me!

Mom, grandma and me!

Case and I

Case and I

Mom, Mommom, Poppop and I

Mom, Mommom, Poppop and I

Pretty donuts from a new local bakery.  The lemon cake she got was to die for and all the specialty chocolate ones were amazing too!!  Thank god I don't live there any more!

Pretty donuts from a new local bakery. The lemon cake she got was to die for and all the specialty chocolate ones were amazing too!! Thank god I don’t live there any more!

 

After stuffing my face for a few hours, a few friends of ours that used to live in Charleston but now live in Maryland made the trip over and we met a friend of mine from college out in Rehoboth.  We started off at the token Rehoboth bar, the Purple Parrot.  I think the boys were a bit flustered but we had a great time.  Then we took the Jolly trolley over to Dewey and went to the Starboard for a few Orange Crushes (my summer favorite).  I was able to see so many people I knew, I honestly felt like a minor celebrity.

The girls

The girls

Much love from Ryan

Much love from Ryan

He is 6'7", nothing like making a short girl shorter

He is 6’7″, nothing like making a short girl shorter

Saturday morning brought an early morning run, a hair cut and a last breakfast with my mom where my little brother has his first job!!  I can’t believe he is old enough!!!!  Then we hit the road to head north for the wedding.

The wedding was incredible.  The venue was awesome, it was an old theater.  We came into a receiving area, then went up to a room for the ceremony, then went to the balcony area for a cocktail hour where you could over look where the reception was going to be and then we headed down to the main theater area for dinner and dancing and surprise band LAURA LEA!!  This is a band we used to go see every Wednesday at the Starboard for as long as I can remember so getting to see them and being with all the people that mean the most to me made the trip 100% worth it; absolute cherry on top of a truly unbelievable trip.

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View from the cocktail hour

View from the cocktail hour

Beautiful tables

Beautiful tables

LAURALEA!!

LAURALEA!!

Case and I

Case and I

The Groom and I, man do I miss this guy!!

The Groom and I, man do I miss this guy!!

With the bride and Lauren!!

With the bride and Lauren!!

Gorgeous dress!

Gorgeous dress!

Sunday morning was back to reality and the dreaded trip back.  It didn’t go very smoothly but I luckily felt pretty great considering the circumstances.

If you made it through this whole thing, my mind is blown!!  Today’s return to reality (and speed work) was not welcomed, hopefully tomorrow with set me back in a better routine!

What is your favorite part of going home?  Do you get to visit home often (if you do, I am sooooo jealous!)?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bad Running JuJu

This morning I had an easy 5 miler to get in which is usually no sweat but I was really concerned what this blister was going to do.  With a ten miler tomorrow and a 20 the next day, I was thinking today was make or break.  So I wrapped my foot up and set off.

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The wrap worked perfectly.  It was a little bit sensitive walking around the house but felt great on the run, can’t ask for better than that.

So things were going great and at about mile 2 I noticed my arm band felt kind of funny so I looked at it and one of the straps was looking pretty loose.  At 2.5 KABLAM, the darn thing fell right off my arm and practically disintegrated!

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That end on the left that is kinda yellowish are the remnants of the glue that was supposed to be holding it to the other side of the strap.  This is especially unfortunate since I have a 2o miler coming up.  I will probably use my waist band strap thing until I can get in touch with LifeProof about the arm band warranty.  I have only had this band since September so not exactly “life proof” only lasting 10 months.

I tried to call them today and sat on hold for 20 minutes before giving up and then send an e-mail warranty inquiry.  Hopefully they will respond favorably because this thing was not cheap (like $50) to fall apart like that.  I will let you all know how it ends up!

In other news, I have been so busy lately I haven’t even mentioned I am going home tomorrow for a wedding this weekend.  I am so excited.  I get to see my family, I can do my 20 mile run on my old trails and roads and relive my good old days and eat great northern food and see old friends.  The wedding at the end will be the grand finale!  I am beyond excited.

Just have to get through: clinic tonight, pack, 10 mile run in the am, 2 classes a board meeting then ON THE ROAD!!