It was pouring rain and Andrew’s ankle was bugging him (he woke up to it hurting from the massage the day before?) so I ran on the treadmill while he biked next to me. Eight miles done while way too close to the treadmill. Anyone else run as close to the bar on the treadmill as possible? I don’t know why but I’ve always done that… maybe it is because of my phobia of falling off the back of the treadmill.
It sure feels strange to finish a run and not have crazy kiddos and/or a dog climbing all over me while I stretch ha. By the end of the run it probably looked like I had gone out running in the rain but no, it was due to the extremely hot gym:)
After our run we were off for the day and our first stop was to Monica’s house.
She had lunch all ready for us. We have been friends for years and years now and one of these days I will convince her to do a race in Utah with me.
I think her blog was one of the very first blogs that I ever read. I hadn’t even heard of blogging or really knew what it was before that and I was instantly addicted to checking in with her daily. Good times.
Andrew and I then drove over to Newport to try out Sidecar Donuts. A bunch of you recommended this place to us and I will forever trust any of your recommendations from this point forward. Andrew and I chose a few to try and voted the huckleberry and cinnamon crunch to be the very best. They almost tasted like a mix of donut/cake/muffin/anything else that tastes good.
We will be back to this donut shop anytime we are in the area from this point forward. THANK YOU!
Oh, and we tried the hot chocolate and that was a very good decision.
Our next stop was for dinner at Slapfish (another amazing recommendation from you guys) and the ultimate fish taco was everything. I’m just going to have you guys plan my travel itinerary from now on.
We took a walk on the beach and then down the Newport Pier afterwards.
It was a complete ghost town because of the weather.
We are getting in as many movies as possible while we are here (aka doing the things we can without kids;) and saw the Arrival and it was AMAZING! I always fall asleep for a few minutes during a movie but this one I stayed awake for the entire time! It’s a record for me;) Seriously, go see it if you haven’t already.
Brooke has been very busy with all of her art work.
And this picture of her that her grandma sent of Brooke acting out the nativity scene melted my heart.
LOVE LOVE LOVE your amazing accomplishments! If you want to be featured with your running accomplishment then send it on in to firstname.lastname@example.org
Erin!!! “You shared my 24 weeks pregnant sub-40 minutes five mile race over the summer. I now have a beautiful 2.5 month baby girl and just ran my first postpartum race, the Mount Juliet TN Holiday Half. (Go big or go home, right?!) I ran my first postpartum mile six weeks before this race, and did 2-3 short stroller runs a week, plus snuck in one 6 and one 8-miler (both ‘unaccompanied’) before the race. I went in with no expectations and goal of finishing. That was it! Well, I accomplished that goal AND managed to cross the finish line in 1:50! Not a PR, but I definitely surprised myself for 11 weeks postpartum, I’m excited to see my speed and endurance improve as I get stronger (and sleep more)! The best part was seeing my baby girl waiting with my sister at the finish line!”
Deb!!! “On Sunday, I joined my running friends and about a thousand other runners dressed in Santa costumes for the first (and hopefully annual) Jingle Bell Jog 5k in Northern Virginia. My friends and I had so much fun and together we won four awards- 1st place overall female, 1st place overall masters female (me), and two age group wins. I had a really great race and pulled off a 7:47 pace which I’m very happy with at 59 years old. I’m convinced that running is keeping me young!”
Julianne!!! “This is a little late, but my AMAZING friend Savannah ran her first half marathon on Thanksgiving Day! She has only been running for a little over a year, and I am so so proud of how far she has come! I used to write her short little run/walk workouts on a sticky note, and now she is out running 13.1 miles like it is no big deal! She is always so positive and encouraging, and I just love the joy she gets out of running. She is a rock star in so many ways and such a light in the lives of so many:) She never gives up and never lets me give up on myself. Truly a friend to cherish (and a great runner to boot!).”
Meghan!!! “I’d like to share not necessarily a running accomplishment but a running commitment. I’ve run 4 marathons but have give up on the distance until I decided to sign up to run the 2017 Chicago Marathon in effort to raise funds for the Van Andel Institute for Parkinson’s and cancer research. I had never heard of Parkinson’s disease until my dad was diagnosed when he was 40. For the next ten years he struggled with the symptoms; involuntary shaking and jerking, difficulty sleeping, a blank facial expression, difficulty thinking, soft voice, and loss of fine motor skills, while doctor’s tried unsuccessfully to adjust his medication and reduce his symptoms. My dad had to give up running, a successful career, and his freedom to drive himself where he needed to go. Running out of options in 2011 he underwent a six hour operation for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)— a set of thing wire electrodes sunk deep into his brain to carry a regulating electrical signal to his misbehaving neurons. Through DBS, medications and extensive physical therapy he has been able to delay or reduce some of these symptoms. I’ll be running in honor of him and to hopefully raise awareness and funding to someday find a cure for Parkinson’s. Thanks to a generous endowment from Jay and Betty Van Andel, every dollar of every donation goes directly to the cause. Research is expensive and government funding of scientific research is at a historic low. It currently takes more than 10 years and a billion dollars to bring a new drug or treatment from the laboratory bench to a patient’s bedside. We need to help to make this process go faster. You can donate to my campaign directly HERE!”
Do you remember what the very first blog that you read was?
What are your holiday plans this weekend?
When was your last treadmill run?
How long does it take you to fall asleep? Anyone else fall asleep during a movie easily?
-It used to take me a lot longer but now it takes me approximately 2 minutes. Andrew gets very jealous because it takes him forever!