Sunday, January 20, 2013

How Ya Been?

It's been months since I last posted.  I needed a break.  Blogging had lost its fun for me. I'd sit around and read blog after blog, looking at how happy people were with their friends and family, while admiring all the trendy clothing and accessories.  After a while I started feeling like crud.  I felt like my life was boring in comparison.  I was so busy sitting around getting a peek at what everyone else was doing, that I wasn't t focusing on myself and all the good things that were going on in my life.  I started to feel lonely and bad about myself.  Crazy right?!  So, I stopped spending my days reading the internet and went out and lived my life!

A "whole lot" has been going on since I last posted.  My last post was about completing my first ever triathlon.  What an amazing experience that was.  (You can read about it here.)  I was so high on life after the race.  I felt like I could do anything.  I'm happy to write that I went on to complete a 2nd triathlon at the end of September in Wilmington, NC.   The race rocked, minus the 1500 meter swim.  I'm not a strong swimmer and 1500 m is a long distance to swim.  Especially when swimming in salt water.  My throat was burning so badly.  Blech! But I biked hard and ran like a champ.  Here are my official times:

1500 meter swim: 33:24 (not good!)
transition one:         1:44
12 mile bike:         38:41
transition two:         2:18
5K (3.1 miles):      26:13 (my fastest 5k ever!  I felt like I was moving so slow too.)

I finished in 1:42:18.

Besides two triathlons over the summer, I also ran my 2nd 1/2 marathon.  I ran my first 1/2 in NYC last March.  (You can read about that race here.)  My 2nd 1/2 was in Dallas, Texas.  I have a dear friend that lives in Dallas so I stayed the weekend at her home.  It was wonderful seeing Megan and spending time with her son Liam.  I had Liam in my class last year up until they moved in February.

                                               Megan and I used to teach together.

The race was great!  I ran a 9:06 pace and finished in 1:59:24. I shed a little over 15 minutes off my time from my 1st race.

             Post race pic.  It was realllllly cold race day.  Here I am rocking no makeup! 

The day after the race wasn't so great.  Unfortunately, due to over training, with a combination of new running shoes (I went from a neutral shoe to a stability one) and crappy stretching habits, I bruised my left knee cap.  Holy moly was it painful too.  I saw the doctor when I got home to Raleigh.  I couldn't bend my knee without horrible pain.  The doctor told me I could run again at the end of the week and gave me a steroid shot (super painful), some anti-inflammatory meds, and a couple stretches to do at home.  Yeahhhhh, the shot and meds did nothing, and it was a good 3 1/2 weeks before I could walk down the steps without pain in my knee.  After another trip to the Ortho I'm now in physical therapy. BUT, if all goes well, my physical therapist told me it's possible that I can run the Tar Heel 10 Miler at the end of April.  I realllllllly want to run this race.  I haven't run since the 1/2 back in October and I miss it horribly.  Fingers crossed!!

Last October I blogged about my friend and then roommate, Yasmeen (Yazz) asking me to be in her wedding.  (Here's the post about that.)  Yazz tied the knot with Eddie on 10/12/12.  Here are a couple pictures from the wedding:

 left to right: Valerie, Jessica, Kim, Yazz, Celeste, Sarah, and me :)


Besides triathlons, 1/2 marathons, and a wedding, I also met someone.  This is Oliver:

He and I have been dating for about 5 months now.  Things are going more than well.  I couldn't be happier!  We have lots of fun adventures together and are the biggest goofballs.  One adventure was going to Philadelphia and visiting with his aunt and uncle.  I LOVE Philly and cannot wait to go back!  We're also in the process of planning a trip for our 30th birthdays.  He and I just are 13 days apart.  Not ready to share where we're going though!  ;)  I can't believe I'm actually excited about turning 30. ha!

I was able to spend New Year's with my sister, Dominique again this year.  Last year's adventure can be read about right here.  She flew back to Raleigh with me for a week. (We were in WV for Christmas with our parents.)  It was so great having her here too.  We added Oliver and our friend, Anna to the New Years festivities this year and had dinner in downtown Raleigh at Five Star Restaurant (awesome Asian restaurant) and then watched the acorn drop at midnight.  We got all dressed up and bought cheesy 2013 hats and glasses.

Dom and I 

Oliver and I striking a pose before heading out to dinner.  

I also took Dominique to work with me for 1/2 a day.  My students were super excited to meet her.  They know all about her and had lots of questions to ask her about living in Alaska, specifically living in a dry cabin. (no indoor plumming -and yes this is a normal way for students to live.)   You can learn more about dry cabins HERE.  I was sad when it was time for her to go.  I'm hoping to keep the tradition of of spending New Year's together going.

Well that's it for now, blogger friends.  I'm glad to able to share a little about what's been going on with y'all.  I hope you've enjoyed and don't forget to keep checking in for new updates.  :)