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Boston & Cape Cod (Part 1)

After many many flight delays I made it to Massachusetts!

Once I got to Boston we stopped at Five Horses for a drink and I have to go back! The cornbread was amazing and I’ve been thinking about it for at least a week now. We stopped at Lindsey’s to say hi and see  her apartment before we picked up Chinese food and wine for the night. We watched Ali Wong’s Netflix special and fell asleep.

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I woke up in Wakefield on Wednesday and I was able to do a 7-mile run there before Molly and I got breakfast and I headed back to Sandwich. I got to watch my brothers play soccer on Cape, it felt nice to be in weather that was a little more bearable.

On Thursday ran 5 miles as soon as I woke up and then drove to Scituate to hang out with my people. We stopped at Lucky Finn for coffee and walked around the harbor. I didn’t stay too long because I wanted to see Matt and Lauren when they got to the house!

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Vivian picked up some new records for her collection 🙂

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And I stopped by to meet the McCartneys new puppy Lola!

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For dinner we decided to do a pizza tour of Sandwich. We got one pizza from Two Brothers, one from Meetinghouse, and another from Graziella’s. We did a taste test and I’m pretty sure Two Brothers won! Although we did get different flavors from each pizza place so some might say we had two many independent variables…

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Friday started off with a low 3 mile run and then Peter and I went to the beach nice and early. Everyone else showed up a few hours later, which was good because when we first got there it was really cloudy/foggy! The sun burned it off pretty quickly though.

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We got sandwiches and chips from Lamberts 🙂

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The long beach day made me SO tired, it felt amazing to take a cold shower and put on dry clothes. Matt, Lauren, and I watched The Office until we heard people starting to grill downstairs. Hooray for my dad wanting to grill 24/7!!

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We played about a million rounds of Codenames before going to bed. Lauren and I woke up bright and early and ran 6.2 miles before going to Nantucket 🙂 I wish I could do all my long runs with her, it would be so much easier!

We lucked out with the weather because all week it had been calling for rain and thunderstorms all day, but it held off until we were leaving at night.

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We bought stuff to make sandwich from Stop and Shop and then headed to Cisco Brewery. It was packed! We didn’t really end up getting to sit down but we were talking the whole time anyways.

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We got an early dinner after the brewery and then walked around the docks.

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We stopped for ice cream at the Juicery before we left on the 8pm ferry. I had been looking forward to this day for a while, I was sad it was over!

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My original plan was to have Molly and Julia visit me on Cape on Sunday but I was so tired from Nantucket (and every other day) that we rescheduled and I pretty much read for the entirety of the day after my run. I finished all the books I brought for the trip!

I met molly for coffee in the afternoon and that was the highlight of my day 🙂

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On Monday I had more energy so I was able to actually do more than just sit on the couch. I had given my mom a couch to 5k plan during the end of the school year so we ran the 4th of July 5k route on our own. It was so fun and she really impressed me!

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Later on Molly, Julia, and I met up in Boston instead before my flight in the morning.

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We went to Committee for dinner and shared about 4 plates. It was a best food, best atmosphere, best people kind of situation.

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Julia and I both ordered the frosé, and I ended up making it homemade for the 4th of July too because it was so good! Mine didn’t look as pretty though.

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Then we went to (the Sky Lounge I think?) for a drink before I went back to Scituate before my early flight. I’m definitely glad I have one more trip back this summer so that I can see all of my people again, and next time Ian will be there too!

 

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Once I got back I was pretty lazy for the next two days. We didn’t do too much on the 4th of July, most people we were with had work the next day so it was pretty low-key. We did grill, play with kittens, and stop for coffee though!

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Friends, Runs, Beer, Food, and Delayed Flights

I’m currently waiting at the airport to fly to New York and then to Boston, we sat on the plane for 45 minutes until they decided that the wait would be too long in the small airplane so they loaded us all back out into the airport until the skies in New York have cleared up. But that gives me time to write about my week so I guess it isn’t so bad! I’ll probably finish my current book by the time I arrive in Massachusetts today.

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Rachel and Molly visited from Wednesday until Friday this week and we packed so much in. I felt bad because on the first day I thought it would be fun to walk the mile on the beach to the Pier for lunch. We were all dripping in sweat by the time we sat down at the restaurant.. We had Ian pick us up when he got out of work so we didn’t have to endure that on the way back.

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Later on we went to 80/20 burger bar for dinner and then O’Connors Brewing Company for trivia after. The trivia was way too hard! Who has ever heard of bird’s nest soup and its ingredients??

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After sleeping in on Thursday we went to into the Freemason neighborhood to get coffee and walk around- I love that whole area. While I had friends visit I took the two days off from running, sometimes I forget its okay to not run sometimes! As much as I love it, the small breaks do help.

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Afterwards we stopped back at our apartment, grabbed beach stuff, and headed to the Virginia Beach waterfront with some sandwiches from Taste.

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It was hot and WINDY, so sitting on the beach wasn’t the most relaxing thing in the world since sand was whipping at us the whole time. We stuck it out for a while before deciding to go get a drink before heading back instead.

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We got back just in time before the thunderstorms hit and then we headed to show Molly and Rachel downtown and Grain. Ian and I shared a flight before our meals came.

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We stayed there for a good while, and when the weather got sunny and clear again we decided to go on the ferry to Portsmouth to meet Ian’s coworkers at Legends Brewing. They had the best Purple Pale Ale that tasted like vanilla! And obviously Molly and Rachel had to pretend they were in the Titanic.

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Friday was the last day they were visiting so we did Fort Monroe first thing.

I always have to get a coffee from Firehouse Coffee!

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We went to Colley Avenue for lunch (we were so hungry by 1pm!) and I finally got to try out the Green Onion. I still dream about this meal.

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Finally we went to the Chrysler Museum before we needed to take them to the airport. I was sad they had to leave!!

I was so tired on Saturday so we didn’t really do too much. I went to Fort Monroe to run 6 miles when I got up and then sat on the couch for most of the day. We caught up on a lot of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Later in the day we went for a tea and a coffee before swimming!

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Ian made plans on Sunday to do a driving tour of Yorktown, Williamsburg, and Jamestown. I got up early to run a quick three miles before we left – It was so much fun, I can’t believe we hadn’t done it before! Walking around Yorktown was my favorite part.

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Going random places and exploring with Ian is one of my favorite things to do on the weekend. I’m happy he is always down to go find a new coffee shop and count that as an adventure!

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We got back home around 1 and I was able to finish The Hate U Give at the beach. Ian came at the end to go swimming again! It’s so nice not having to drive anywhere to swim.

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Yesterday I ran another 6 miles early so that I could beat the heat. Then I started Where’d You Go Bernadette. I’m only half way through so far but I can already tell that this will one of my all time favorite books. Some of the book is written in a normal fashion, but most of it is told through emails, newspaper clippings, headlines, brochures, and letters. It’s one of those books I’m trying not to too read too fast because I want to make it last!

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I started packing before Ian got back from work because he had got us tickets to a Norfolk Tides game! It was 50 cents night (hot dogs, drinks, and popcorn were all $0.50). For $4 we got so. much. food.

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We stayed late enough that waking up this morning was harder than it should have been, but it was definitely worth it! I can’t wait to get in some Cape Cod runs this week 🙂

If I ever get there that is..

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The Past Three Months

I’m so excited that I finally will have time to write on the blog! The last couple of weeks of school have felt crazy with SOLs, giving high school exams, and trying to get my classroom in order for summer. I cannot believe that the last day of school has come and gone! We celebrated by going to Grain with out friends, we haven’t been there since Ian’s parents visited in April.

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We’ve done a lot in the past three months so I think its safe to say that I won’t remember everything we did, but I am going to try my best by looking through the pictures on my phone.

One of my favorite things recently is how early the sun has been coming up. Right now the sunrise is at 5:45 which is ideal for running before school. By the time I’m running at 6:15 its nice and bright outside and I don’t need to be running in the dark for the beginning of my run. I also have been able to see the sunrise almost every day if I don’t wake up too late!

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We went to the zoo on a cloudy Sunday (in May? I can’t remember). It was great because the place was empty! It felt like there were only two or three other groups there and a lot of the animals were out. I think the giraffes were my favorite!

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In May I realized that I hadn’t read many books in 2018 and had read one in 2019 so far, and I wanted to change that. It has taken a conscious effort to get myself reading again but since then I have already read six. I have read:

Two Little Girls in Blue

Marley and Me – I had only seen the movie but never read the book, so many tears!

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A Spark of Light – Julia recommended this book to me and it was the craziest timing because almost right when I started reading it the news about Alabama and Georgia abortion laws was coming out. This book is about a shooting at a women’s reproductive health services clinic. One of the reasons I liked it so much is because it does the timeline backwards rather than forward.

The Favorite Sister – I liked this book but it the characters were very, very corny! It is about a murder that takes place on the set of a reality TV show.

All the Light We Cannot See 

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Usually by the time Friday comes I am so tired and we watch a show all night but since the weather has been so nice we have been trying to actually do something after work on Fridays. It’s been fun trying a different brewery those days because it feels like there are millions around us!

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For Memorial Day weekend Ian and I drove to D.C. on Saturday early in the morning, stayed the night, and left around noon on Sunday. Ian’s friend from Lehigh just moved there so we got to hang out with him! We didn’t really go with any plans so we just walked around and explored for the day. We did get a tour of the capital building which I had never done before and we walked around to see the monuments.

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Our upstairs neighbor visits his sister in D.C. pretty often so he recommended that we get dinner at Bar Deco. I didn’t take a picture of my meal, but look at Ian’s burger! I can’t remember what the bun was, but I remember it tasted like french toast or something, it was amazing.

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Before leaving D.C. we stopped to get an iced coffee and then went to the Udvar Hazy museum.

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Skittles from Antonio Brown’s house for the drive home!

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The next weekend Ian was gone but I ended up running a 5k on Saturday morning. I ended up coming in 3rd over all for women, which is a first for me! Even though it was a pretty small race, it still felt cool.

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Last weekend was Harborfest in the downtown. On Saturday we went with our friends to check it out before I chaperoned the 8th grade dance – there were so many food trucks and tall ships. We also saw the hot dog eating competition on Sunday. It was a 10 minute contest and the winner ate 47 hot dogs, I felt queasy after watching that..

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Basically after Memorial Day Weekend I was focused on making it to the end of the school year. I can’t wait for more slow mornings like these this summer. At the end of the month I’ll head to Cape Cod for the first of two times this vacation! 🙂

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St. Patrick’s Day Weekend, Visitors, and Charlotte

I started to write this post after St. Patrick’s Day but never finished it and didn’t post it. Since then we’ve done what feels like a lot so hopefully this won’t be too long! I don’t want to forget anything.

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Sometimes four day work weeks feel longer than regular work weeks, and that was definitely last week for me. I was so tired on Friday that I got into bed right after school, ate dinner, and then went back to bed. I felt way more rested when I woke up on Saturday!

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It was so nice out last week that we finally got to play tennis after not playing for a few months. I was REALLY rusty so I’m excited to start playing a lot more often.

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Saturday morning was so pretty-  It was sunny and about 50 degrees. I went out for a 4-mile run early before we started to get ready for the parade. It was fun to run around the neighborhood right before because I could watch people set up their floats.

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When I got back from my run I made coffee and watched Netflix for a little while before getting ready. The parade was enormous, it was a 1.5 mile long route and every inch on either side of the street was packed with people, dogs, chairs, food, drinks, and green everywhere. I didn’t know it would be so huge because normally Ocean View is kind of a quiet place! I think we watched for about 2 and a half hours before we went back to the house.

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When we got back we ordered Dominoes, played Kan Jam, and hung out in the back yard until every one wanted to take a nap (mostly me).

Ian and I have a long list of restaurants we want to try, so last night we decided to check one off the list! We went to Longboards on East Beach. The sunset was so perfect!

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I got the Jalapeño Popper Burger and it was amazing, Ian got the fish and chips 🙂

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I couldn’t get over the sunset! After dinner we watched some throwback episodes of Drake and Josh, and I fell asleep right at 11, it felt like a really long day.

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I started of Sunday with a 9 mile run. I like to get it done before 10 so that I feel like I still have the whole day to relax afterwards. Then Ian and I went mountain biking in Newport News. I was kind of nervous because I hadn’t mountain biked in a long time, but it turned out to be a really fun time.

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We waited out the traffic home by going for a walk at a conservation nearby 🙂 I like how Ian is always up to go for a walk even after we have done a lot of other things that day.

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We were excited for the weekend to come because Kylie and Jason were visiting! They didn’t arrive until late on Saturday, so late on Sunday morning we walked to the beach and then explored Fort Monroe before getting lunch and going to a cider house. It was such a nice day out – I hate it when visitors come and then it is rainy and cold.

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Afterwards we went to the grocery store and got stuff to make homemade pizzas. It was so fun hanging out all together, I wish Ian and I had the week off to spend more time with them. But they did stay until Wednesday morning so we went out to eat with them on Monday and Tuesday night too!

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On Tuesday night we went to Grain because it’s our favorite place to get drinks but we had never had the food. When it is warmer out you can eat outside and see the “city” part of Norfolk from above, but it was closed when we went.

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Having them visit during the week made Monday through Wednesday fly by! I was surprised it was already Thursday and I had to get a lot of work done for school before Spring vacation started on Friday.

We left on Friday after work to drive to Charlotte! Unfortunately about an hour and half into our drive something didn’t sound right with my car to Ian, so we turned around and drove all the way home to switch cars. This meant we didn’t end up getting to Charlotte until 3 am.  Ian was a trooper and drove the whole way while I made a bed in the back seat and slept for 4 hours out of the 5 hour car ride. It was better I slept than be awake and grumpy 🙂

Needless to say waking up 3 hours later at 6:30 to run 13.1 miles was NOT appealing. It was hard to pump myself up but I was able to get to the start line, put my headphones in, and see how it went. My stomach and my head both felt off.

Fun fact: this was the first race I ever used a porta potty that they set up on the race course! I’m not actually sure if that was a fun fact or just a fact, but there you go.

The race was beautiful and on a warm sunny day, which helped a lot. We ran on a rail trail through the woods near the prettiest houses I had ever seen. There was an enormous hill at the end which made me angry, but I guess I paid for this!

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The guy who was running in front of me for a while had the best shirt, I want one!

I was really happy and surprised to finish the race in 1:55:56. I made a big mistake of sitting down immediately because as I am writing this I can still barely move from soreness. I was proud of myself for having a rough night but still going to the race and running under 2 hours! I am way too stubborn for not doing the race or quitting early to even be an option. I think this is one of the hardest races I have done.

I am going to take a week completely off of running!

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We went back to the Airbnb to shower and get changed to go explore. Before we left I felt very nauseous and weak, turns out I was very dehydrated. Gingerale, gatorade, and water cured me shockingly fast and I was good to go. We actually ended up going to Ikea before the city because I had never been. I can’t wait until the one in Norfolk opens!

First stop in the city was to get a cold brew coffee. I know I had just been very dehydrated, but I really wanted one anyways!

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I love walking around a place I have never been before because you don’t know what will be around each corner. We found a park that ended up sitting in for a while, and we watched someone get proposed to!

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We walked around some more and found a place to get dinner. I can’t even remember what I ordered but I had a picture of it.

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I thought Charlotte was such a cool city! We both wish we had more time to stay. There are a lot of mountain bike trails so when we come back Ian is going to bring his bike.

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We fell asleep at 9 and woke up 12 hours later. I can’t believe how tired we were just from one late night on Friday 🙂

We got coffee and headed out!

 

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We ended up breaking up the drive home because we visited Anabel at Wake Forest! She showed us campus and got lunch together. It was really nice to see her, Ian’s cousins are the best.

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And now I have the week to myself! I am beyond excited to relax, I might get a pedicure today because of all the racing I have done and maybe get some Spring clothes too. Have a great Monday!!

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One City Half Marathon

It’s March! That means that I have two half marathons this month and I finished one of them today 🙂 On Friday Ian met me at my school and we drove to Newport News to pick up my race bib and shirt so that we didn’t need to drive all the way there on Saturday. There was no race day packet pick up so those were the only two options.

On Saturday I slept in and then did a 3 mile shake out run nice and slow. By the time it was 2:30 we figured we should probably go out and do something. Ian had been wanting to go to Air Power Park, so we drove to Hampton and walked around all the planes they had on display! Ian loved it.

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There was the outdoor part which we drive by all the time and an indoor part which we hadn’t been to see before. It was really fun!

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We went to American Brew for coffee before coming back to the apartment and making pasta for my race the next day!

I woke up at 5:00 and had a cup of coffee and some water, got dressed, and made sure everything was ready to go! I was so nervous because I wanted to beat 1:51. Ian drove me to the start and said goodbye and then would try to find a spot to see me before the finish.

Miles 1-6 felt faster than usual, but pretty good! I stuck with the two guys who were pacing for 1:45 hoping to just stick to them like glue for the whole race. I was doing pretty well and chatting with them but around 6.5 miles there was a hill that they sped up and I just lost them on. I kept them in my sights for the next 3 miles though.

Without the 1:45 group miles 7-9 were harder but I was still keeping the 1:45 group in sight and I had some good music to pump me up. I also saw Ian at mile 8.5 which was so nice because I wasn’t sure if he would be able to find a parking spot and all that! He really pumped me up to get to the finish. Right before I saw Ian I ran by the water stop (with music loud so I couldn’t hear the people) not realizing that they gave me a cup of beer 🙂 I was surprised because it didn’t taste like Gatorade but it surprisingly didn’t taste that bad while running a half marathon at 8am!

Miles 9-13 I dropped to an average of 8:25 miles but as long as I kept my legs moving I knew my time would be okay. I turned the corner to the finish and saw 1:46 on the clock! I crossed the line by 1:47 so I’m hoping that that my chip time will be a little faster. We shall see, but either way I beat my PR by about 5 minutes! I was so proud of myself because I am not good at letting myself be uncomfortable and pushing the pace, but this time I did it and held on. Usually I settle for a normal pace but I was really able to get out of my comfort zone today just knowing ahead of time that it would hurt more (but feel GREAT in the long run).

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After I saw Ian he took a picture under the Victory Arch! After the end of World War I, the arch was built to welcome home the troops at Hampton Roads- it’s really impressive in person. We saw my friends finish their races and then walked around the food trucks and ended up leaving pretty soon because I was so cold! It was only 42 degrees but after a hard race sometimes I feel shaky and cold.

My stomach hurt so bad for a few hours so we watched Netflix for a while until suddenly my hunger came back with a vengeance. We went to the Dirty Buffalo for wings, my favorite! It was so fun to sit with Ian and tell him every single detail of the race (I’m sure he loved that) over lots of food.

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Have a great Sunday, I’ll be getting ready for school today and looking forward to ice cream with cookies tonight!

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Snowless Winter

I don’t want to speak too soon, but I think this was my first winter ever not seeing snow (except for Christmas time in New England). But in Virginia, no snow. Today there was a warning of possible snow/rain mix in the early morning so I’m currently enjoying the first and probably only 2 hour delay for the school year. It’s also my day off from running so I thought I would take this free time to write a post which I’ve been wanting to do for a while!

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This past weekend Ian and I did pretty much nothing since it was so rainy, but on Sunday we finally got to go explore the USS Wisconsin. It’s an enormous battleship that we always walk by downtown. Since we just got our Virginia licenses and they were having a half-off deal for Norfolk residents, it was the perfect long weekend to finally see the museum! Before we went I fit in an 11-mile long run, so by the end of exploring the ship I was suddenly fading. We will definitely go back though!

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On Monday (Presidents Day) I ran 3 miles to shake out from my long run the day before. Then we went to Pourfavor coffee house because I had been wanting to try it so badly. It was a really cute coffee shop but the coffee I ordered was terrible! I also ordered an “old fashion macchiato” to try and be adventurous so that’s probably where I went wrong. Having to brace yourself before each sip was not fun but dang it I was going to get my $4 worth!

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I spent the rest of my Monday getting ready for school (which I had told myself to do on Saturday), watching Netflix, and going for a few walks.

Even though March is going to be a long month, I am running two half marathons! One is the first Sunday in March in Newport News, and the other one is the last Saturday in March in Charlotte, NC.  We are going to stay at an Airbnb and explore Charlotte for that weekend which I am so excited about. It’s my first weekend of April vacation so I wanted to do something fun before I hang out at home for that week. Hopefully we’ll have some visitors in the middle of the month too!

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Orientation, Fort Monroe, and a Visitor!

My view at the moment, I have found out that I love love love nitro cold brew coffee! It tastes like there is cream even though it is just black coffee. The best.

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Since we last talked I have been to a week and a half of new teacher orientation! It has been helpful and rather overwhelming (so much information!) but I feel as excited and nervous as ever. I think during these orientations they talk a lot about worst case scenarios, which can be alarming to imagine, but it is a good idea to be prepared for difficult situations. I feel ready to make a lot of mistakes but also have a few successes too 🙂 It will be a year full of learning.

One of the best things about this week was meeting my mentor at school. She is awesome and I can already tell how she will be a big support for me this year. She told me to go her to with any questions (even if I think they are dumb), if I need a good cry during the day, or if I need some words of encouragement. When I arrived at my school the first day she was already there and ready with a gift of notebooks, highlighters, pens, pencils, magnets, and an agenda book with the school calendar events already written on the dates 🙂 I felt really lucky and welcome. Next week I will meet the other Spanish teacher that is in our building part-time, and the Spanish teacher from last year! I’m really grateful for those meetings because they said they will bring their lesson plans and resources to help me out. I already know that this year will be so much work outside of school hours, but hopefully that will help a lot.

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Near my school is a beach park where I have gone running every day. I’ve said before that I don’t like running in the afternoon very much, but I’m going to have to get used to it. Luckily this park is perfect because they have changing rooms, bathrooms, water fountains, and tons of shade. 3 miles has been the name of the game lately, just enough to make me feel like I got a good workout but not so long that I get home really late. I have found that running with music at the end of the day is really great for helping me think over some of the things that happened and reflect on the day overall. I’m sure that when I am having tough days at school my runs will be even more essential!

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Today during my run I was thinking about this blog and realized that even though its called “ranting runner blog,” I barely talk about running anymore. I still run basically every day but its not as much as a focus for me right now. I’m not training for any race I and just running because I like the way I feel after and how it helps me think straight. At the moment I feel much more interested in weekend adventures with Ian and friends, meeting new people, and the scary adventure that is teaching! I think I am going to rename it soon, but I want to think of something good 🙂

Speaking of adventures, we went on a few last weekend!

Ian’s friend Danny stayed with us on Thursday and Friday night and it was so nice to hang out with him! We went on a boat tour of the naval base while Ian was at work on Friday and then went downtown at night.

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I had so much fun with them, I can’t wait to have more visitors 🙂

Soon after he left on Saturday it began to downpour, so we went to a cafe and that was our only outing for the day. Nice and relaxing!

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On Sunday Ian and I went to explore Fort Monroe and it was so much more interesting than I had thought it would be. In the morning I ran and Ian biked before we headed north over the bridge! We went to Firehouse Coffee to grab a cold drink before we walked around.

IMG_0533I learned that this was the most southern fort for the Union during the civil war, and we also go to see the prison cell where Jefferson Davis was held (the leader of the confederate army)! There were tons of houses where people lived on the fort and we were just imagining that if there were an apocalypse or something, this would be the safest place to be. All the houses were so beautiful.

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We ended up exploring the fort for 3 hours and I was starving! We always forget to eat breakfast on the weekends and end up eating a big late lunch and a small dinner. Reminds me of how Julia and I used to eat in Spain 🙂

Thank goodness its Friday so we can explore some more!!