We went and had bridals taken last night! I think they are kind of a Utah thing but we wanted to take them (we went up in the mountains and I wore my wedding dress and Andrew wore his suit) because we want the wedding day to be a little less stressful. We want a lot of pictures on the wedding day to be with the kiddos and just in case the weather is bad that day… now we have all of our bridals in a super cool location with just the two of us. The pictures are really important to me to have forever so now that we’ve got some incredible ones the wedding day will have one less thing to worry about;) Andrew loved the dress (and now I get to wear it again for him).
About half of the bobby pins that I took out afterwards. And red eyes because of allergies from being up in the mountains.
Just the little dude watching me get my hair done. My sister did my hair and makeup, she is really good at what she does.
Lindsey took us up to the Alpine Loop and it was so beautiful. Can’t wait to show you the pics!
And then we grabbed takeout at 9 pm. and I was up at 4 am this morning and I’m on my way to Portland!
I have to show you a few pics from the amazing bridal shower that Megan D put together for me. She is the best party planner ever (she really should start a business). It was beautiful and of course the best theme ever.
The apple fritter on top was the perfect detail.
She used frozen water bottles to keep the chocolate milk cold so you don’t have to use ice and have watered down chocolate milk (BRILLIANT).
She even made all of the cookies.
The best friends that mean the world to me:
Thanks Megan, you have always been way too good to me.
Time for Friday Favorites:
*Brooke rode her bike with me for my last mile on Thursday! We took it slow but it was so much fun and I can’t wait for this to be a normal occurrence for us.
*Favorite Running Songs:
Tunnels by Angels & Airwaves
*Paige gave me one of her beach blankets that I have wanted for quite some time… it will be perfect for the honeymoon in Mexico!
*And we loved this candy bar from Trader Joe’s!!!
Congrats everyone on your amazing accomplishments!!! You guys are amazing. Send in your running accomplishments to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be featured !! Thanks everyone, you inspire me and everyone reading!
Annelies!!! My name is Annelies and I live in Belgium. I would like to tell you about last Sunday when my friend (in the black and white hoody) and I ran the Brussels Urban Trial. An Urban Trail is a race which runs through a city and its landmark buildings such as city hall, museums, train stations, movie theaters… Since the race is meant as a way for people to discover and explore a city in a different style, there is no official time registration. The both of us ran watchless so I can’t tell you how long it took us to complete the 11k course. So what is the accomplishment? As you know, on March 22nd Brussels fell victim to several terrorist attacks. The entire country was shaken to its core by these acts and for weeks afterwards Brussels was on lockdown. We all lived in fear. On some days we still do. On Sunday however, we shook those fears and we ran. Almost three thousand of us ran through our capital and we enjoyed it, without hesitant, without doubts, without trepidation but with pride and joy. That is our accomplishment: we were knocked down but we got back up again.”
Jen!!! “Two weekends ago, I ran Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN. The forecast called for rain and overcast skies the week prior even up to the day prior. Come race morning, it was sunny, 70 degrees at the start, and 90% humidity. Not ideal for runners by any means. I had recently run a marathon four weeks before this one, and although I set a PR at that race, it wasn’t even close enough to obtaining my elusive BQ that I’ve been chasing for almost two years. I went into Grandma’s Marathon without putting the pressure on myself, and told myself and others that ‘it will be what it will be.’ Well, I guess I need to do that more often because I totally cut off 6 minutes from my previous PR down to 3:45. Now that BQ is within reach!! My hubby was out there cheering me on and texting me encouragement all throughout the race. The best was ice cold washcloths and ice at mile 22 and then giving him a big sweaty hug at the finish!! Now it is a little break and time to train for St. George.”
Rebekah!!! “On April 30th, I ran my very first marathon!! After 11 half marathons, I figured it was finally time to go for the big one. I trained for 18 weeks and it changed my life in ways I couldn’t imagine. My A goal was to get under 4 hours, but I never dreamed I could hold a sub 9 minute mile pace for 26 miles. Race day was wonderful, even though miles 9 and on were in the pouring rain. At mile 23, I saw my friend on the side of the road cheering me on and I simultaneously felt something pop in my right foot. The pain was intense, but she jogged with me in her flip-flops for a bit and with her encouragement, I continued on. I didn’t walk one step the entire race and when I crossed the finish line in 3:57:04, I cried tears of joy (and pain). It was the most incredible experience of my life. It turns out, I had a partial tendon tear in my foot. After 5 weeks in a boot, some physical therapy, and 8 weeks of no running at all, I am thing to get back out there (safely). It’s true what they say, miles change you. I’ll be forever grateful.”
What do you have going on this weekend?!