Monday, January 25, 2010

The Happy Post

Like the rest of you, I was tagged by my cousin Sarah to share with you all the 10 things that make me happy.  I could go on for days with the all the things that bring a smile to my face or give me that happy warm, fuzzy feeling we all love.  But I'll stick with 8 so not to bore you, too much :)

This guy right here!  Best running sherpa/partner/BFF a girl could ask for :)

My pooch and baby girl, Lilly - she melts me :)

New running shoes (or any new running gear)
These are my new trail shoes to be tested this Saturday!

My family :) (you knew it was coming)

Remembering this day - my BQ! 

I am a sucker for their accessibility - there is one on every corner where I live.
I love that first sip of coffee in the morning, and I enjoy a zillion more through out the day.  I think my record for most trips to a Starbucks in one day is 5! (Yes, very bad, but tax season brings out the worst in me!)

 I don't have a picture of this, it's more of a feeling.  I love the feeling of finishing a run.  It doesn't matter how crappy I feel when I head out the door, when I come back I am always a new person.  I love that feeling of finishing a race; of finishing a long hard run.  Nothing can describe it until you do it yourself, and it's what I seek every time I lace up my shoes.

I had a fantastic weekend of celebrating my birthday along with my SIL, Bro, Hubbs and some good friends all while wine tasting in Napa!  We rented a limo (had the same driver from NY's eve) and spent the day tasting at our favorite wineries.  I did manage to get two small runs in between Friday and Sunday.  I was going to do a long run on Sunday but lots of wine + a big dinner + staying up way too late = no long run!  We had a blast on Saturday, maybe a little too much,  and I can't share too many of the pics :)  Let's just say, no one will ever be able to run for public office! 

My friend Sarah and I in the limo -I think this was after the 3rd, or maybe it was the 4th winery :-)
I can upload more pics tomorrow, my SIL has the majority of them and the weather and scenery was just beautiful.  We are so spoiled to live so close to Napa!

I did manage to get in six miles with my hubbs and nephew while they rode their bikes next to me on Sunday.  My two favorite guys :)
6 miles  48:03  8:00/mi.  I had a major upset tummy when we headed out, but it was good to sweat some of the night before out of me :)  Plus, running along with my nephew was a blast!

I am going to head home from work today and tackle that long run.  I am exhausted but I need to make up the miles. (on a side note, already told the hubbs that the only thing I can make for dinner tonight is cereal, so if he wants something else he better plan accordingly!)  I want to hit 14-16 and I know that I will definitely ending up finishing in the dark.  I had a so-so running week, but every run was just off.  I think it was the combination of the weather and the busy time at work coming back. 

I have a trail race this Saturday I am very excited about.  This is a piece of the email the race director sent out to all the runners this weekend, "The 10K and Half Marathon courses will be the most "challenging" -- in other words, those runners will have plenty of opportunities to submerge their feet in mud and puddles and/or take multiple unplanned mud baths. "  Unplanned mud baths - should be a good time!

Have a wonderful Monday and Happy Running peeps!


Sarah said...

WOOHOO embrace the mud baths!! The entire reason I did Muddy Buddy last year was to crawl through the mud and get dirty! Something very liberating about it. Can't wait to hear all about your trail run!

Glad you had such a fun drunkie weekend! I can't believe you still got runs in, you are HARDCORE for sure! Hope this week is a better one for you.

Teamarcia said...

Sounds like an awesome birthday weekend! Love the happy pics! I'd imagine the mud will be detoxifying...

Jill said...

Hey girlie, I've missed you! You are always on the go, go GO!!! I love living vicariously through all your adventures, you make me feel like I was there with ya! I'm on another antibiotic for my lovely sinuses but going to try to get my training back together, too! Your race this weekend sounds like a blast - no time to worry about, just pure fun!
Hugs to you!!!!!!

Heather said...

Those nike trail running shoes are awesome - makes me want to run on a trail just so I can buy some! Sounds like you had a fun weekend. :)

Jamoosh said...

Mudbaths? Sounds like the perfect time to take up barefoot running!

B.o.B. said...

Yeah, ok so Lilly freakin' melts me too. She's adorable! Love the list. Starbucks? Yes please!

Thanks for the kind words and I am sorry you lost your FIL. My hugs to you and your family and you're right, life's too short... :)

Tara said...

Oh a trail race? How fun! I really want to get signed up for some of those. Try to stay away from those "mud baths" though. Although it's hard on trails.

I love your little pooch. Such a sweatheart.

How do you like your new trail shoes? I need a new pair.

Staci Dombroski said...

Great pictures! I want to try a trail race!!

Morgan said...

Love the 10 things that make you happy! :) Thanks for sharing! I especially love bike pacers on a run, they totally make the time pass by!

Your trail run sounds like a blast! I am sooooooooo jealous!!!

Also, I wish I could run with you sometime too! If only I were looking to relocate West but alas my sights are set more... North. ;)

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

You are so busy. I wonder how you even fit running in!

It's it awesome to have biking sherpa's with you!

Love the shoes!

Enjoy the mud! My mud is now re-frozen! Yucky 20 degree temps!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

new shoes...ahhhhh so wonderful.

sounds like a super weekend!!

ajh said...

Love your list of 10. I totally agree with the feeling of finishing a race or a run. There is nothing like it. I love Starbucks too but am not near one very often which is probably a good thing! I get way more than just a cup of coffee when I go!

Tricia said...

Good luck on your race!

Jenn said...

You're weekend sounded just a little too fun! I've never had trail running shoes and in the summer I do at least half of my running on trails. I think I'm due and those are mighty cute shoes!! Hope the long run went well! So anxious to hear how the trail race goes! I would love to do one some time! Have a great week!!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

I figured out why your Blogs were showing up in my reader... I never hit Follow.. Umm insert blushed face.. I am now a reader.. Funny Aron is doing a muddy trail race this weekend too.

Love this list! Glad you had such a nice birthday.