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!!

Atlanta: Day One

We made it to Atlanta!!  Scar was a trooper as always on the trip, she is just the greatest puppy y’all!

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Once we got here however, Casey got a splitting migraine so our hopes of going to the park with the pup were out.  Instead, we trekked over the local grocery store, got him medicine and everything we needed to make a birthday dinner for my dear friend Allyson when she got home from work!!  Casey took a nap while I whipped up Chicken Pot Pie (Pi day you know!) and Paula Dean’s Ooey Gooey Cake.

Yum, Yum!

Yum, Yum!

I already want to be home so I can eat better, but its only a few days, I will be able to recover quickly when I get home!

Now we are getting our things together to head over to my other friends house, drop off the pupster and head into down town to go to….THE AQUARIUM!!  We are so excited.  Pictures to come!!

Birthdays and Packing

Today was my youngest brother’s 14th birthday.  What that means to me…I’M OLD!  We had a full day of eating so I had to make sure I got my run in even though the weather was horrible!

We went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast, which was delicious (but terrible for me I’m sure).  Then I had to visit the dentist to get a cleaning and filling.  I despise the dentist and have since I was about five.  One time my mom was so mad I didn’t get in the chair that she tried to scare me by leaving me there and driving around the block.  Because I am still going to the same dentist, I hear this story every time I go.  Nothing like small town charm.  Also, someone suggested to me to wear headphones during the filling so I didn’t have to hear the drill which made such a world of difference.  If you haven’t tried it, I’m telling you thats the way to go!

I came home and went straight for me run so I couldn’t think about it long enough to change my mind.  The run for today was 10 miles with 8 miles at marathon pace (8:12 hopefully).  It was COLD!  Like 30 degrees feels like 18 degrees cold.  The wind was like 30 mph.  Moral of this story: I did NOT want to go on this run.  But I put on every big of cold running gear I have and did it.  Other than the two miles that I had to go head first into the wind, it really wasn’t that bad.  My splits were even good…

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Mile 5 was straight into the wind the whole mile, but still not bad.  I am so glad I went too because we went to dinner at a great BBQ place here called Bethany Blues and I got ribs and Mac and cheese and creamed corn and enjoyed every second of it.  We didn’t do dessert at the restaurant because we had gone and gotten Ben’s favorite cake…Cracker Barrel Coco-Cola Cake.  It was soooooo good, but so rich.  I had the tiniest piece and it felt so decadent.

Ben turned 14!!

Ben turned 14!!

Happy birthday to my little brother!  Unfortunately, I planned to stay just through his birthday so Scarlett and I will be hitting the road again after I get my run in.  I am excited to get home and see Casey and get back to a routine but it always sucks leaving home, especially when I know it is probably going to be a year before I am back again.

Happy almost Friday everyone!

Home at Last!!

So after 9 and a half hours in the car yesterday, WE MADE IT!!

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She did sooooo great in the car…we only had to stop 3 times and she didn’t even pee at all in the car.  I was one happy mama.

Yesterday was luckily a rest day so when I got home I just hung out with the family for a few hours and then went and saw some of my wonderful friends from my beach patrol for a drink.

It is amazing how much I have done in the 26 hours since I got here.  It astounds me how early everyone here gets up to do things.  I am fully aware that I operated on this schedule not long ago but I am so out of it right now I am having a hard time adjusting.

Today I: went to see my little cousin’s christmas program, went to brunch with my grandma and mom, baked all of this (the stand up Kitchen Aid mixer is AMAZING)…

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…went for a 7 mile run, went to my little brothers swim meet and went to dinner with my family.  I am exhausted just recapping it all.  Every day I am home always feels like a sprint to the finish!

Today’s run was good but I can’t figure out how to slow myself down.  The run today was 7 miles with 5 miles at marathon pace.  Great, that is 8:12 miles.  Perfect, I can just settle right in to this thing.  WRONG.  My splits looked like this…

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If anyone has a good strategy to keep yourself at pace, especially early in runs please help a girl out…I am fine to run 7:45 miles if I am doing a ten miler or maybe a half but I need to figure out how to control my own pace for the marathon without a pacer!  I have my GPS watch that constantly monitors my pace but I don’t want to just stare at the thing the whole time.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Sometimes running just hurts

Through my run today, I was inspired to write a few different posts, so I decided I will just hit them all.

Running in Charleston is dangerous.  Thats all there is to it.  Even if you forget the fact that people don’t drive so great here (I have been hit by cars three times since I have lived here), the environment is just downright hazardous.  My cross country coach in high school spent a lot of time trying to get me to run with my head up, looking ahead of me.  It took about a whole season but it is something that has been instilled in me ever since.  However, this became obsolete upon moving here; you look up you eat it.  In my first week here, my roommate at the time took a spill, I have personally taken a spill and my current roommate Beth has also taken a spill.   Next time I am running I will snap a quick pick of the lovely sidewalks.

Then about half way into my nine mile run with 4×1 mile repeats I started to hurt.  I had to go up like 5 stairs in my second mile rep and on the third step my I had a shooting pain in my right knee.  I shook it off and kept going but just didn’t feel quite right.  I decided to just get my miles in and forget about the next two mile reps.  I still was “hurting” but decided it was probably more in my head that I didn’t feel like running any more (I hadn’t really wanted to go today from the beginning for some reason) and not that I was actually hurting.  I’m glad I pushed myself through and I did make me distance but my knees and hips are actually aching 8 hours later.

Right as I was about a half mile from my house, the song “My Body” by Young The Giant came on my Ipod.  The lyrics are, I quote…

“My Body tells me no, but I won’t quit, cause I want more…”

Sometimes I really think that my ipod is some how connected to my brain and knows exactly what I need to hear.  CRAZY!!

The rest of the day, Scarlett and I hit the dog park; it was so beautiful out.

She is getting sooooo big!!

She is getting sooooo big!!

Then I had to do lots of laundry and pack so we can head home tomorrow!  Its gonna be a long drive, especially since I will have to make extra stops with her but it will be worth it.  I have a few new recorded books to listen to, christmas music of course and theres always Pandora.  It will be worth it once I get there I know but I just wish someone would just go ahead and invent a teleportation machine already, I mean come on.

1 week till Christmas!!  Official Countdown is on!