Two years ago if you had asked me what I was doing for National Running Day, I would have assumed you were joking or asked you if there really is such a thing. Of course there is!! And now, I would answer by saying, I’m running, of course!
The reasons I run are really endless. I never thought I’d be that person that is ready to head out the door in the morning before the sun is even up to get a couple miles in. I have also met some wonderful people, both in real life and through blogs, because of running. I am thankful to be able to run.
I run for stress relief. I run to get in shape. I run to feel better. I run because I love food. I run for beer. I run because it’s cheaper than therapy. I run because I can. I run because it makes me feel strong. I run because it makes me proud.
I was going to run this afternoon, but the rain chances are very high. So, I already went for my run this morning. It was hot and humid but it felt great. 2 miles before my day starts.
Are you running today? If you are, be sure to visit runningday.org to claim your badge, find a meet-up near you, and to share your love of running.
Tell me… Why do you run?
We had more fun yesterday, with dinner at a family favorite, The Ozona Pig, which my niece calls The Pig. It was great evening, we sat outside at dinner and enjoyed the breeze, the food, and ice cold beer. I love family dinners, and this week has been extra special with my Aunt Darlene here.
After our delicious meal, we headed north a few minutes to our beloved Crystal Beach. It was cloudy and overcast when we arrived but the sun kept peeking out of the clouds during sunset. Autumn and I had a fun time playing in the water (chilly!), finding shells and rocks, and running along the sand. Autumn always makes me laugh… She fell in the water at one point and then took off running towards the steps yelling “Um, I have a problem!!!”. That kid cracks me up.
Our evening ended perfectly with a trip to Cold Stone for ice cream. I haven’t had Cold Stone in quite awhile and it was GOOD!! Hubby and I shared a Cake n’ Shake milkshake. Oh heavenly sweetness in a cup. Cutie pie Autumn had a cotton candy milkshake that was almost as big as she was!
Do you have a family favorite restaurant that you go to? What do you do for fun when you have family in town?
Happy Valentine’s Day, honey! I am a lucky girl to have you. Thank you for always being there for me, loving me, taking care of me, supporting me in all I do, and loving me with all your heart. I love you oodles and oodles!!!
If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen this status update last night….
The reason behind that? Not only did hubby bring home flowers and gifts for me, but he also bought flowers for my mom. Hubby and my mom have always been close so this comes as no surprise, but my goodness it’s sweet…
The sweet gifts hubby got me…. Beautiful pink roses, a bottle of wine, and beautiful card, and a gift card for a 60-minute massage at my favorite massage studio in Tampa. And I love that he can never wait to give me a gift. Too cute.
And these are the pretty flowers he bought my mom… Seriously. Sweetest man ever. He also blogged about it today, you can read it here.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Did you receive a Valentine today? Does your significant other every give you your gifts early?
Two years! It has been two years since I first started blogging. My goodness… I have talked about so much on here –losing my dad, weight loss, running, infertility, books, fun times, bad times, races, injuries, hubby, family, friends, our crazy dogs, and more. When I started this blog, it was all for me to have an outlet to write. I have always loved to write, and coming off the loss of my dad, I thought it would be a great place to just let it all out. I have always been much better at writing my thoughts and feelings than verbalizing them. My beloved blog that I love so much, has turned into a daily scrapbook of my life. Especially this past year, with so many fun and exciting things that happened, and I documented it all right here. It’s as much for me as it is my family across the country and whoever else is interested in what I have to say.
Reading blogs a few years ago and finding so much inspiration in other’s stories is another reason I wanted to do my own blog. There is something very inviting and inspirational in someone sharing their struggles through whatever journey they are going through, whether it’s weight loss or illness or infertility. I wanted to be able to try and inspire people they way other’s have inspired me.
My blog also helps to keep me accountable. It’s a great place to keep track of my goals, share my victories, or to ‘fess up when things don’t go the way I wanted them to.
I thought about listing my favorite posts in honor of the two years, but since I did a similar post the beginning of the year, I didn’t want to repeat myself. So, what better way for me to express my gratitude for the last two years than to vlog about it. To say that I was nervous doing this is an understatement. I am so critical of myself, but like everything else on this blog, I am just putting myself out there. Here goes!
Thank you all for being a part of this and for continuing to read. I look forward to another year of blogging and getting to know more of you!
What do you enjoy most about my blog? Is there anything different you’d like me to talk about or to share?
This past Saturday was my birthday and it was such a great day! Not only did I run the inaugural Best Damn Race 5K with hubby, but I got to spend the afternoon celebrating at one of my favorite places, Johns Pass in Madeira Beach.
We had dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and after getting over the shock that they no longer have the Shrimpin’ Dippin’ Broth (WHAT?!?!?), I decided to have the Shrimp New Orleans and it was delicious. The service was not good, however, thank goodness the food made up for it… After dinner, we all had ice cream at Kilwin’s. I had the salted caramel ice cream on a waffle cone. YUM! I let myself enjoy whatever I wanted on Saturday and while it was really good as I was eating it, I didn’t feel so great afterwards – I . Was. Stuffed. But, it was still fun! Here’s the fun in photos….
Thank you to hubby, my mom, Nick, Jenna, Autumn, Jenni, Bea, and Gene for coming out for my birthday. I love spending time with my family!
On Sunday, hubby and I went for a great walk on the Dunedin Causeway. I knew that it was approximately 5 miles all the way over the causeway to the entrance of Honeymoon Island and then back and that’s what we did, and then some. We ended up walking a 10K, 6.22 miles! It was so pretty out, the weather was gorgeous. We even saw dolphins!
After our walk, we went grocery shopping which was probably insane since everyone and their brother was there getting ready for the Super Bowl. We stocked up for the week and then when we got home, I made a delicious post-walk lunch. I made a wrap on a low-carb whole wheat tortilla – Boar’s Head Prosciutto, broccoli slaw, sliced tomatoes, Trader Joe’s White Bean & Basil hummus, and pepper. I had some tortilla chips and sweet onion salsa with it, and an ice cold bottle of Yuengling Light. Great lunch after a great walk!
We skipped the whole Super Bowl thing, and watched other TV including the Puppy Bowl in Animal Planet. Cuteness overload!
Do you have a special place you like to spend your birthday? Any traditions?