In a month I am running another half marathon! Because I've already done one, I am not as nervous as my first one and I am doing a lot better training for this one. I have some friends that like to run that I get to go on runs with, which helps keep me motivated. I hope to average about a 9 minute mile throughout the race which will heavily improve the time in which I finish this race in comparison to my first race. People always ask me if I would ever want to do a full marathon and while I think I could work up to it, I don't think it's something for me. Running is brutal on your body, which I am learning personally as my ankle gets sore and stiff every time I run, and I don't know that it's something I absolutely love doing the way some of my friends do. When I start a run, I am thinking about when it'll be over. I am proud of myself when I've completed it but the heavy breathing, sweating, and sometimes seeing stars because I am so winded is not the most fun. For me it's a great way to keep in shape and get outside. Maybe one day I'll get the full marathon bug, but for now I am just going to relish in the fact that I two working legs that allow me to do 13.1 miles.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Another Valentines Day has come and gone...
Some people hate the holiday, they believe it's just an excuse for card and flower companies to make a killing off of people's emotions. Other people love the holiday and the idea that you get one more day to appreciate and value the people you love. I've always been in the middle about the day, when I was single I didn't feel slighted or upset that no one was buying me a gift and now with having a partner we usually treat it just like any other day. Last year we were doing a weight loss challenge and the loser had to pay for dinner on V-day at one of our favorite restaurants in San Luis. This year we actually didn't celebrate on the day, RSlo was taking a class all day so we went to dinner the Thursday before and then hung out with several of our good friends. I ended up spending Valentines at a winery with one of my friends Kristy, we tasted some awesome wines, ate lunch outside overlooking vineyards and overall had a lovely time. That evening when RSlo was done with his class we went to a bbq joint and shared a Valentines day dinner of tri tip and burgers. We ended the evening watching the movie Paper Heart, which was a cute movie about love that we both enjoyed. This has probably been my favorite Valentines day, there was no build up, no need for grandiose shows of affection, just spending time with people are important to me and taking a moment to experience a beautiful day, and making the most of my quality time.
So RSlo wanted to go camping for his birthday. I myself have never been big on the outdoors but since I have been with him I have been more open to doing activities outside because I know he really enjoys it. We've been kayaking, rock climbing, and camping once before, so I thought why not do it again?
We took off work on a Friday and packed up stuff up and made our way to a camp site about 30 minutes outside of where we live called Montana de Oro. I'd been there once before to walk around on the beach area and hadn't even realized that people camped there. Upon getting there we decided to take a hike and experience the area. The week before it had rained non stop for 7 days so it was amazing that we got a beautiful day to which we could explore the area.
Hiking that afternoon was incredible. I sometimes take for granted that I live in an amazingly beautiful place. That Friday the waves were huge and we would just watch them crash on the rocks or fold out further. The sound of the waves was also so soothing. We passed lots of hikers along the way who were also enamoured with the beautiful day and the amazing trail. RSlo had his fancy camera so we got to take some sweet shots. Once we got back from our hike we set up camp and then walked back to the beach to catch the sunsight which was breathtaking. It was nice to be in place where it was ok not to talk as much because you wanted to be present and take in all of the nature surrounding you. Here are some shots of our hike:
When we returned from our sunset excursion, it was time to make dinner! We decided to go with tin foil dinners, we had sweet potatoes, peppers, sausage, onions, all together and cooked into deliciousness. I helped cut up the veggies and then I sat by the fire and stayed toasty. I got him a camping Dutch oven for his bday so he was excited to use it for the first time to make cobbler. The cobbler was a bit crispier that he wanted since he was still getting the hang of using the coals and getting the oven work enough to cook up the cobbler. But he was excited to get to use it. Once we made dinner and spent some quality time around the fire, we packed up all of our stuff so that he racoons wouldn't get to it and got into our tent just in time for the rain to start. The tent was waterproof but it was cool to hear the rain fall on the tent. Our sleeping bags kept us nice and warm and in the morning we woke up and got started on a nice breakfast. We lounged for a bit and then packed up and went home. All and all it was a fun camping experience and a great way to celebrate a birthday!
Check out my cool head light!
Started the fire by himself
Time for sleeps