Why hello there!

Is it really almost July?! This is insane. It seems like just yesterday I was celebrating my BQ and now it’s time for fireworks. 2013 is literally going by in a blink. Let’s get caught up, shall we?


My big man graduated Kindergarten. I was so glad that I got to volunteer during his last week of school!


Mini me moved out of the “little kid class” and will officially start Pre-K this fall. So we had a girls day at Disney to celebrate. Bring on the cotton candy…and coffee…


California Adventure earned my love ever since they opened Starbucks.

My FIL came for a visit! It was so good to have him here. We hadn’t seen him since Mama Kay passed so it was NEEDED.


This is my first summer home with the kids. Man, it is so much fun! I am bummed that I missed out getting to do this when they were babies, but I feel so lucky that I am getting to do it now. Focusing on the moment and enjoying it.


I started training with my brother who will be running his first marathon at Long Beach in October. He has finished 2 half marathons but since then has lost more than 80lbs! YES 80!


Isn’t that incredible? We will be getting into double digits this weekend and I’m sure he is REALLY looking forward to me yapping his ears off for hours on end. What?? Good convo makes time fly.


This was the view during a sunrise run this week. Stunning. This is one of the many reasons I love BCOD runs. So quiet and so beautiful.


I’ve gotten back to including strength training in my weekly routine. While I never totally cut it out I did have to scale back during marathon training due to time constraints. It feels so good to feel strong again. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you know I love to hashtag #dowork. What you put into it is what you will get out. Keep a log.When things aren’t going the way you want them to look back at your training and see where you need to adjust.

I am running a 15k on the 4th of July (one of my favorite races) and then will have a month off until the Giant Half. Pretty excited for that race. I am bringing the eye black back. Oh yes, it’s happening.


What are your plans for the 4th? Anyone else running?

– I will definitely be sporting the Red, While and Blue!

Ahhh one last thing before I take off.  I want to leave you with this quote from my pastor. It really hit home for me and as we head into the second half of the year I want to encourage you all take a moment to reflect. Remember what’s important- it will make each day a whole lot easier 🙂

“It’s not about what you have, it’s about what you DO with what you have…What you do with a little is what you will do with a lot…but don’t get so focused on the future that you miss out on the moment” – pastor Matthew Schlesinger


7 thoughts on “Why hello there!

    1. Awww thanks Renee. As I was typing yesterday I had so much to say and it was just getting jumbled. Hopefully my thoughts will come together so I can get back to regular chats with you all 🙂 I’m starting a new job soon so writing is my outlet!

  1. I’m happy to see a post from you! Love following your training 🙂

    Your brother is doing awesome! How fun that you get to run together!

    1. Hi hi hi my friend!! You have been so supportive during the past few years. I am so thankful for you 🙂

      He is doing great!! I have some funny pics of him exhausted from last week because I had him running fast at the end. Big sis torture!! ahahahah

  2. Love your blog! Thank you for you great honest posts. I follow from Australia. Can you point me in the right direction for strength training to complement running???

    1. Hi Maryanne 🙂 I’d love to discuss strength training! I haven’t done a post on that in a while so I will work on that for Monday. That’s a great way for us to start our week. Hope all is well in Aus! I have a friend that moved there for work and he is still getting used to winter during our summer 🙂

  3. I love that quote from your pastor, something that I needed to be reminded of.
    I bet it is awesome to train with your brother, I wish mine was closer so we could run together:(
    I just found your blog a few months ago and I have loved reading, you are super inspiring!


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