Wednesday, September 25, 2013

It Takes a Village

3 years ago today, I married this guy:

Twu wuv right there.

We've had a lot of adventures together:
Climbing in the Gunks
Canoeing in Maine
Looking cute in the woods
Got a furry family 
Road tripped to Newfoundland
And a few more.

Then, we got married:

God it was a great wedding. I have absolutely nothing I would change about it.

The best part, though, was the family.
Can you tell we're related? 
Finally getting to dance to their first dance song at a wedding
First time all the siblings were in one place in over 12 years!
Sometimes family chooses you
Beautiful mommas!
Daddy daughter walk
Everyone says it takes a village to raise a kid. I'm sure that's true (though I don't intend to find out anytime soon), but no one really mentions the fact that the same village helps raise a marriage.

The last year and a half (living apart) has been pretty rough. With the love and support of family and friends rooting us on from the sidelines though, even the worst days have been tolerable. It seems like there's always someone there to send the perfectly timed text of encouragement or the well-placed card of support. Since day one, it's felt like we've been walking the Boston Marathon together, complete with crowds cheering us on.

Anyway. All that to say, thank you. To every person who's wished us well and hoped for our happiness, thank you. I really can't express enough how much it means to know that we have so many people rooting us on. It's so much easier to stay in love when you're so completely surrounded by it.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Another weekend, another race

The Coal Creek Crossing 10 miler was a pretty solid race. Small, local (seriously, I ran back to my house to drop off my t shirt before hitting the start line), and great logo design.

The course was more dirt than I thought it'd be, which I think impacted my time a bit. My foot was also letting me know that 10 miles was maybe more than I should be doing right now, but I still managed to PR at this distance by around 6 minutes (compared to Garden of the Gods 10 miler). Still a few seconds shy of breaking 1:30 for 10 miles...argh. And I'm sure this coming weekend I'll be a few seconds shy of breaking 2 hours in the last half I'm signed up for (right now).

I know I've been terrible about blogging lately. That will likely continue, since the semester is starting to heat up (and it's only day 2...weeow).

I'm pretty stoked to be teaching a couple of Tabata cycling classes for the #fitsocial conference in a few weeks though. I'm thinking about coming up with a hashtag for my classes, so folks can tweet/instagram between Tabata rounds...any ideas? #pedalfaster? #strugglecycle? #fortheloveofgodwhydidicometothisclassagain?