My sister Katie and I are heading to Nashville this weekend for the St. Jude Country Music Half Marathon and I am pumped! Katie lives in San Diego and we’ve always wanted to do a destination race together so you can imagine how happy I am that it’s about to happen. We’ve both been following the same training plan over the past 3 months and it has been such a blast to have a running buddy even if we weren’t physically together. I may have cursed her a few times on long snowy runs in March when she would send me pictures of the perpetual California sunshine but it definitely has been fun training on opposite sides of the country. She would send me pictures of the Pacific Ocean and I would send her pictures the New York City skyline- our running scenery could not be more opposite! I’m even more excited to run the race with her this weekend since she is THE ONE that got me into running in the first place. Hopefully these destination races are a tradition we can keep up with for many years to come!
I did my final taper run this morning, an easy cool 2 miles along the river. Now it’s game time!
3 months of training complete and I cannot wait to check out a new city! See you in Nashville!
I started my running journey 3 years ago when I ran my first 5k. It was a Halloween themed race and I was so excited about it. I somehow even convinced the guy I recently started dating to join me! I woke up early that Sunday morning to pouring rain but was still so determined to run the race. I don’t know whether it was me wanting to impress this guy or just not being awake enough to realize what I was getting myself into but I put on my raincoat and running gear and headed to the starting line. The rain got worse as the morning went on and by the time we picked up our bibs we were frozen and drenched. I’m glad we decided to forgo costumes because the poor man soaking wet in the chicken costume did not look fun. Soon the rain turned into a full-blown nor’easter hail and all but the gun went off and we were running. It was the worst race conditions I’ve ever experienced to this day HOWEVER the feeling I got when I crossed the finish line was unlike anything I’ve ever felt before and despite the horrible weather I was hooked! I loved the feeling of accomplishment and pushing myself further than my comfort level. I immediately went home, took a hot shower and signed up for another race. *Fun fact: that guy I recently started dating and convinced to run 3.2 miles with me in the middle of a hail storm is now my husband. Talk about timing is everything! 🙂
(Excuse the poor quality but this was Jon and I before the race)
Traveling on the other hand was ingrained in me during childhood. My parents have always loved to travel. They took my older sister to Munich (Oktoberfest nonetheless!) when she was 2 and when I was 6 we did a month-long trip around Europe. They never had the fear of traveling with kids, taking us on long plane rides or exposing us to things at a young age, and for that I am forever grateful. So a big shout out to my parents for the early onset of wanderlust! I haven’t traveled to nearly as many places as I hope to but I am well on my way and looking forward to documenting all of my future journeys.
That brings us here, my blog. Naturally, a passion for running and a passion for traveling are the perfect marriage. My absolute favorite thing to do when I’m in a new place is go for a run. From getting completely lost in Regents Park in London to finishing off a river run in Philly with a climb up the Rocky steps, running truly is the best form of sightseeing. I can’t promise that I will be a traveling roadshow; there are things like family, work and just plain life that take priority over seeing the world and running races every weekend BUT I can promise that this blog will be a little of everything 🙂
I’m sure you can guess where this is going so here they are: running, traveling and most of all my awesome little family. My husband Jon is my #1 fan and our newest (& cutest) family member is Finley, a 4 month old yellow lab. I’ve wanted to start this blog for such a long time but just couldn’t get around to sitting down and actually starting sooo ready, set, GO!
I follow a few bloggers with similar interests and love reading their posts each day. I love the dialogue and fan base they’ve produced through sharing their experiences. These fellow runners and travel enthusiasts motivate me with their stories and I feel like they’re some of my closest friends even though we have never met :). Needless to say they’ve inspired me to hop on the bandwagon and start my own blog. I’m really looking forward to this journey with you… Thanks for reading!