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Alright, I think I have finally pulled myself out of the depression that comes from admitting injury and dropping out of a race, so I’m back. I’ve also finally accepted that ignoring the pain in my hip for over a month hasn’t helped it get any better, so I’m actually calling a doctor today. Womp, womp. If my first broken bone ends up being my hip, at age (almost) 29 you can expect an endless amount of old age jokes. In order to avoid the sulking that would have come with staying in DC for the weekend while the race was going on, I got the hell out-of-town and headed to a place that always makes me happy.

hburgGood old Harrisonburg, Va, home of JMU. It was a great decision, because there’s nothing more I enjoy than outdoor day drinking even if we were pretending it was about 15 degrees warmer than it actually was. There was a variety of drinking games played and lots of cornhole. (Sidenote: if you need some awesome cornhole bags, my friend makes these  and you can get them in your team/school’s colors, also pictured above). I also discovered the gloriousness that is the Moscow Mule that weekend, and have declared them my drink of the summer. Now if someone wants to buy me some copper mugs to drink out of… I’d be ok with that.

This past weekend I hit up DC Beerfest at Nationals Park with a group of my friends, pictures above under my Instagram feed, and it was a perfect day for it. As is usually par for the course with day drinking in the sun and heat, I was home and in bed at 11 pm. Don’t mind me and my broken hip, I’m just busy being old.

That’s about all I have to say today. Ok, bye.

 

xoxo

 

Oh, we met on the Internet

Way back in the day, when it was 2009 and I was still in my early 20s, I started this blog because I was pretty damn bored living at home, and it seemed like fun. No one read for a while, but then I started getting comments, and Amy was one of the first to comment. Maybe even the first? Who can remember that far back. Anyway, it was an instant soul-mate connection and I’ve since been to Chicago three times to play, she’s come to DC, we’ve been each other’s wedding dates, and traveled to Boston together. Prior to our first IRL meeting, my then boyfriend was convinced she was a serial killer, and I’m really glad she turned out not to be… even if our story of how we met is “prison pen pals”.

I had the most fabulous time in Chicago over the weekend, despite the cold I think March is an awesome time to go because no one does St. Patty’s like Chicago. Sorry, Boston I’ve never been for your festivities but I think I’m still partial to Chi-town. Yes I’m aware the actual holiday isn’t until Monday, but the city was getting itself ready anyway. My flight arrived at noon on Friday, and Amy and I had grand plans to tackle a lake-front run together. However, I am old and brittle and after running 4 miles on Tuesday evening and 5.5 on Wednesday I was feeling a somewhat scary pain in my hip that hurt to stand, walk, and move. The run was put on hold in favor of window shopping on Michigan Ave, and we still managed to squeeze in about 9,000 steps in a few hours.

Eventually we decided it was a socially acceptable hour to have a cocktail, so up to the top of the Hancock Building we went for a $15 glass of wine with complimentary views of the city.

Since this winter has been absolute frigid, the Great Lakes are like 90% ice-covered and flying into the city over Lake Michigan looked like you were actually about to touch down in Antarctica somewhere. After our drink, we headed back to our hotel for the night (the Hyatt off Michigan Ave) where we drank more wine and got ready for dinner. I had one request food wise while in Chicago and it was deep dish. Now, I’m traditionally a New York style pizza girl, but man I do love some deep dish every once in a while.

because pizza that pretty deserves a photograph

I ate three pieces, because I am disgusting and have no self-control, but it was worth the stomach ache I had after. Predictably we were both ready for non-restricting pants and our comfy beds after this, and after traveling all morning plus the time change I had no complaints about calling it a somewhat early night.

Amy and I both early risers, so we were up and ready to go on Saturday laughably early. Like we were at Millennium Park at 9 am early. Fine by me, beat the crowds and got some fun pictures in. You should try dragging your suitcase through the city as it’s snowing, it adds some resistance training to your walk.

Chicago River

Our weekend of un-healthy living continued with a pre- St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl which involved a lot of $3 Miller Lites and fried appetizers (I’m on a serious detox right now, lol jk I had wine last night). It was a perfect weekend, and if anything just not long enough. I can’t wait to go back when it’s warm and drag Amy on the architecture tour with me.

sister wives ❤

Oh, and I arrived home in DC to sunny skies and 55 degree temperatures. Madison was kind enough to pick me up from the airport.

Workouts this week? Three miles on Monday to test out my achy hip, felt a little off still but no pain so fingers crossed it was just a strained muscle. Elliptical and core work yesterday, interval run tonight.

…crickets…

Oh, hey. This is awkward. I really meant to tell you things were over instead of just disappearing for 7 months, but I  just needed some time for me. It wasn’t you, it was me, I swear. I’m back though, for now, so do you think we can be friends? Maybe with benefits?

So last I left you, it was June, and life is prettttttty much the same since then. I’ve mostly come back here, because I’m once again training for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in April, and I want a place to keep track of it all. I’m old, and I’ll forget if I don’t write it down. If any of you have a better memory than me, you’ll recall I ran it back in 2011 right after moving to Virginia. Let’s see if I can catch you up in bullet point form. The Cliffs Notes, if you will.

  • We got a dog. She’s the best, and also the worst, but mostly the best. About 2 months after Madison arrived in our lives, my littlest fur ball love went into kidney failure and couldn’t pull out of it. I was so, so, so thankful to have a furry puppy to cuddle (and cry) with. RIP Pumpkin face.
  • Summer and fall were a blur of bachelorette parties and weddings. Literally. I went to 4 weddings in a 5 week period of time. It was awesome, and exhausting.
  • Probably the most interesting thing in my life was when I almost lost my right leg back in October, not kidding. I took a routine fall during my social sports football game and wound up with a flesh-eating bacterial infection. If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw some of the gross pictures I posted, and you probably yelled at me for them. I went through 3 rounds of antibiotics, was on crutches, and have a gnarly scar that takes up about half of my shin. I’d post some pictures, because now that I’ve gotten to keep my leg I find it fascinating, but a lot of you found it realllllly gross. So instead I’ll just link to some. You’ve been warned.
  • I took a couple trips to JMU, once in October for a football game and once two weeks ago for some basketball. That place never fails to make me happy, even when I’m hopped up on pain killers and hobbling around on crutches.

  • As previously mentioned, I’m signed up for a 10 mile race and in the beginning of training. So my legs are sore, a lot.
  • I play words with friends a lot. I might even win a game some day, but that only seems likely if I make a rule that we can only play dirty words or something. You would think someone with a journalism degree would be better at that damn game, but nope.

That’s really about it. Life is good, really good, and I’m happy. I’m going to try to attempt to keep this place less crazy, because well I’m less crazy (at the moment). I don’t know, we’ll see how this goes!

What’s new with you all?!

I probably already know, because I’m still creeping around reading blogs.