Some of my favorite pictures from our trip to England

It’s about a month overdue, but I have a few moments and want to share some of my favorite memories from our trip to England.

This is my favorite picture of Colin during our time in Bath.  This was right before we took a boat ride along the river.

And this is my favorite picture of me outside of the Royal Crescent.

This is my favorite picture of the view from Warwick Hall, the estate in Cumbria where we stayed for a few wonderful days.

This is my favorite picture of a leaping sheep that Colin took during our walk by Vindolanda.

This is me looking at the ruins of an ancient Roman fort at Vindolanda.

This is my favorite picture of Colin climbing over a stone fence on our walk to Hadrian’s Wall.This is the picture I took of Hadrian’s Wall.

This is my favorite picture that Colin took of nature during our walk in the Lake Districts.

This is Colin climbing a fell as I wait above.

This is the view from the top of the fell.

The end! 

See you later NYC, I’m going to England!

Family (at Maccaren Park)

Macaroons in the park (at Williamsburg/McCarren Park Farmer’s Market)

Wearing a vintage dress from the 1960s plus red lipstick calls for a #selfie

This is a picture of Colin and myself as we crossed the finish line at the North Face Endurance Challenge.  This past weekend we covered 6.2 miles of mud and flooded streams up Bear Mountain and it was very challenging and very fun!
This was my first trail race and it was completely different from what I’m used to.  I’ve covered miles upon miles of city streets, bridges, parks, but I have never run up a mountain.  You can’t really think about pacing and breathing when you are running in such tough terrain.  I was more concerned about rocks and branches and water and not falling, even though I did eventually wipe out.  
We did the race with some good friends and it was a really wonderful event.  It was organized, the other runners were polite on the course, and the weather was perfect.  All in all a really good run even though my pace was the slowest it’s ever been! 
I hope to do many trail races in the future however this will be my last race for some time as I’m taking a break from training and “competing” for at least a year.  In the meantime I plan on doing short runs and weights at a slower, enjoyable pace and will be using my workouts to de-stress and feel good.  

This is a picture of Colin and myself as we crossed the finish line at the North Face Endurance Challenge.  This past weekend we covered 6.2 miles of mud and flooded streams up Bear Mountain and it was very challenging and very fun!

This was my first trail race and it was completely different from what I’m used to.  I’ve covered miles upon miles of city streets, bridges, parks, but I have never run up a mountain.  You can’t really think about pacing and breathing when you are running in such tough terrain.  I was more concerned about rocks and branches and water and not falling, even though I did eventually wipe out.  

We did the race with some good friends and it was a really wonderful event.  It was organized, the other runners were polite on the course, and the weather was perfect.  All in all a really good run even though my pace was the slowest it’s ever been! 

I hope to do many trail races in the future however this will be my last race for some time as I’m taking a break from training and “competing” for at least a year.  In the meantime I plan on doing short runs and weights at a slower, enjoyable pace and will be using my workouts to de-stress and feel good.  

New Blue Shoes

In an attempt to be more positive in life I’m sharing a picture of my new shoes.  

A few weeks ago my older sister visited and, with my little sister, treated ourselves to a day of shopping and I got these blue shoes.  Even though it was pouring rain it was really nice to be together.  I’m not embarrassed to say that my sisters are my best friends.  I try to talk to them both a couple times a week, and one day I hope we will all live in the same city.  

We didn’t always get along.  It took moving away and growing up for us to find common ground.  But now we really enjoy each others company and it’s always very fun when we’re all together. 

Now that we’re older and bigger life changes are taking place, it’s even  more important to have them in my life and I’m very thankful for them.

So I wear these new blue shoes in honor of happy thoughts and sisters! 

design-is-fine:

John Craig, illustration for The Smashing Pumpkins, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, 1995. Virgin. Looks like vintage but it ain’t.
design-is-fine:

John Craig, illustration for The Smashing Pumpkins, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, 1995. Virgin. Looks like vintage but it ain’t.
design-is-fine:

John Craig, illustration for The Smashing Pumpkins, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, 1995. Virgin. Looks like vintage but it ain’t.
design-is-fine:

John Craig, illustration for The Smashing Pumpkins, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, 1995. Virgin. Looks like vintage but it ain’t.
design-is-fine:

John Craig, illustration for The Smashing Pumpkins, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, 1995. Virgin. Looks like vintage but it ain’t.

design-is-fine:

John Craig, illustration for The Smashing Pumpkins, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, 1995. Virgin. Looks like vintage but it ain’t.

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Hello, is this thing on?

I haven’t updated this blog in a year and I think it’s about time I started up again.  I have some big life changes coming up and it would be neat to keep a record of it somewhere.  

Here’s a quick recap of this past year:

- I got domestically partnered!  My guy and I went to City Hall one day in November, signed some paperwork, paid a small fee, and sealed it with a kiss.  Hooray!

- ran the NYC Marathon.  I had a really great race and because of good training and steady pacing, I was able to really enjoy myself this year!

- I competed in a Ragnar Race.  My team and I covered about 200 miles in Cape Cod.  Running a Ragnar Race was harder for me than a marathon, but I really enjoyed meeting new people and seeing new sites.  Running alone at night with only a headlamp to guide my way was something I will never forget.  And the toilets.  

- Did a bunch of traveling.  

- saw my older sister get married!

- worked hard and saw a bunch of big projects come to fruition with stellar reviews (including this big one

So for the few of you who read this (hello Mom and Dad) I hope you’re excited that I’m back!  

runningbeautiful:

onwardsanddownwards:

searchingforbliss:

A preview of my workout routine next year haha

I have four cats! Perfect workout for me :-)

poor Sheldon. He doesn’t know what he’s in for. runningbeautiful:

onwardsanddownwards:

searchingforbliss:

A preview of my workout routine next year haha

I have four cats! Perfect workout for me :-)

poor Sheldon. He doesn’t know what he’s in for. runningbeautiful:

onwardsanddownwards:

searchingforbliss:

A preview of my workout routine next year haha

I have four cats! Perfect workout for me :-)

poor Sheldon. He doesn’t know what he’s in for. runningbeautiful:

onwardsanddownwards:

searchingforbliss:

A preview of my workout routine next year haha

I have four cats! Perfect workout for me :-)

poor Sheldon. He doesn’t know what he’s in for.

runningbeautiful:

onwardsanddownwards:

searchingforbliss:

A preview of my workout routine next year haha

I have four cats! Perfect workout for me :-)

poor Sheldon. He doesn’t know what he’s in for.

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