Tuesday, October 21, 2014

i ran a mile! woop woop!

so my last post was pretty... pessimistic. thanks to those that pointed out that optimism and positivity can actually go a long way in the healing process! ;) 

last night, i took moose girl out for a walk/run. we did about a mile and a half with intervals and i was feeling pretty good. after taking moose home, i decided to go out and try for a mile on my own. it was a perfect fall day; crisp, cool air with gorgeous fall colors on the trees. i had my new oiselle wazelle black long sleeve (which is the perfect black long sleeve, by the way - so sleek and slimming) and it just felt like a good time to try for a run.

i felt pretty good a half mile out, but a little cautious that the pain might come back as soon as i tried to pick up the speed a notch. i gradually got faster until the last quarter mile when i realized i had picked up the pace quite a bit. not having any pain, or any twerks on a longer stride, i decided to sprint as best i could the last tenth of a mile. 

it was no where near my fastest sprint, or fastest mile, but for that last stretch, i finally felt like i could push my body to perform, to achieve. it felt hard. but it felt awesome.

it's moments like this i have to remember on those days when everything seems hopeless and impossible. i might not be able to do much right now, but that little bit of something i could do made my day!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

afraid to run

there's an old saying that when you plan, God laughs. i totally believe it. in my mind,  i had planned this year to be an epic year of 5k training and racing success. i was going to break my pr's and i was going to win races and it was going to be awesome.

and then the year actually played out, and since june of this year, i have been sidelined with an undiagnosed back injury that has lingered way too long. what we originally thought might have been the cause, a 5mm difference between leg lengths, doesn't seem to be the answer anymore. the pain is now closer to my spine versus to my hips, where i felt lot of the pain radiating earlier in the summer. but it's not just running that is hard, if not impossible right now. just about any physical activity can cause pain; elliptical, too much walking, squats, golf... all the things i would do to stay fit and active make me worry and make me afraid of making the injury worse. this is not a feeling or a state of being that i am used to.

and it has my morale extremely low. it makes it very hard to work on staying active or maintaining a base level of fitness. and of course, it's led to weight gain that i'm not happy with (especially when i'm about to start wedding dress shopping). 

i have a follow up appointment at the end of next month and i'm guessing i'll just continue to take it day by day until then. but man, starting with my weird foot injury last september, i have been struggling to run and injured for over a full year now. it's frustrating beyond belief and makes me afraid that i'll never be able to run again.

Monday, September 22, 2014

a pure michigan engagement

The story of our engagement is written from my perspective. For something slightly less colorful (or maybe more colorful, who knows!), please ask Brandon. ;)

The Homestead, in Glen Arbor has been our "special place" in Michigan since the beginning of our relationship. I first convinced Brandon to go there in September 2010. I wanted to show him a fun and relaxing weekend away in all the splendor that Northern Michigan has to offer. You might say we really fell hard for that part of the state during that trip (and fell for each other, too!)

Fast forward to September 2014, four years later. Brandon got me a trip back to The Homestead for my birthday. We had to wait nearly 7 months for September to come around, but I was looking forward to it with every passing moment. We had our road trip planned, our must see's laid out and we were ready to head back to Glen Arbor!

After a beautiful trail run that Saturday morning, and a lovely spa facial for myself, we headed out to Sleeping Bear Dunes in the early afternoon. Our first stop was the world famous dune climb where we would get yet another good workout in that day all for the sake of beautiful scenery. We made it past about three large hills of dunes, maybe a good half mile, before I had had enough. Plus, we got to a point where we had an incredible view of the dunes overlooking Lake Michigan. It was simply gorgeous.

This is gorgeous, right?

A few groups of other dune climbers had made it to the same point as us and Brandon graciously took their picture for them. The other folks lingered for awhile and I decided it was time to head back to the car. The weather didn't look too promising and there was no way I was walking any further than I had to in the sand!

Thinking quick on his feet, Brandon asked me to take one more selfie. I obliged, even though I was having a pretty rough hair day. Once the photo was captured, Brandon said he had "one more request." He then got down on his knee and asked me to marry him. Like a cat, I reacted fast. I promptly swooped my arms around his neck in a big hug (after first swiping the ring from his hands) and replied with, "of course!"

We hugged for awhile in excitement and then Brandon asked me what my answer was. He must have been too caught up in the moment (or in his nerves) to have heard my reply. I could have really pulled a joke on him here, but luckily for him, I didn't.

We're engaged!
The ring was my grandmother's

We're thrilled to be engaged and looking forward to celebrating our relationship with our family and friends (and if you have any wedding planning advice, we'll take that, too!).