It's been quite awhile. It's been over nine months, in fact. (No, I did not conceive and/or birth a child. I just didn't blog.)
In those nine months, I have been very busy. Here's what happened:
In March, I ran the Get Lucky 7K with MS, a family friend from years ago. Fun fact: she used to be my babysitter! Now we live in the same city again, which is super awesome. I am looking forward to running with her more once we're both healthier (more on that later).
Also in March, SH and I drove down to New Orleans (!!!) and headed on a cruise to Mexico. We hit up Cozumel and Progreso. I love the ocean so much.
In April, I worked out -- a lot.
|Straight-up Beast Mode.|
|I have no idea.|
In May, I ran -- a lot. And I looked super buff doing it.
|Even though sometimes I literally wanted to vomit. I was running fast, y'all!|
In June, I ran the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon (the 13.1 version of Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota). I went up there with my assistant principal and her friend, and we had so much fun together -- and stayed in an old brothel! I kicked major ass at this race, PRing by nearly 20 minutes. After, though, I was a hurting unit. But it was so worth it.
I also started working at the gym. I loved it so much that I told them I wanted to spend even more time there. And they let me!
Also in June, my sister came to visit me, and we helped the Twin Cities kick off Pride with the Beer Dabbler. We had so much fun, and I think we're hoping to make it an annual event. (I'm not sure my sister knows this yet, though.)
For the Fourth of July, I celebrated with Jay, one of my very first Minnesota friends.
|How cool is this photo?!|
Also in August, I ran Ragnar, a 200+ mile relay race. I accidentally signed up for this after an afternoon of being on a pedal pub. While I was super nervous and knew virtually no one, it turned out to be one of my all-time favorite experiences.
|Team Never Trust a Fartlek|
Also in August, I went to Omaha/Lincoln, Nebraska, for my sister-in-law's sister's wedding. (Confusing, right? We're all pretty much family.) It was so great seeing my whole fam.
|Me and my bro -- digging the aviators. I don't think we've looked this much alike since we were way younger.|
|Posing in front of the Chicago River, noting how many people were hating on us for being the prettiest people on the planet.|
|Stuffing our faces with the best pizza imaginable.|
|Look at me I'm Sandra D.|
|Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson (I didn't know that was her last name until just now).|
A week ago, my best Minnesota friend and I flew to Atlanta to present at the National Council for Teachers of English Annual Convention. We had such a wonderful trip to an amazing city, and we kicked so much ass at our presentation.
And just a few days ago, I hosted Thanksgiving. My mom and dad, my aunt and cousin, and my boo and his daughter all joined me. It was such a beautiful day with some of my favorite people in the whole wide world.