I ran on the beach this past long weekend and it was a perfect reminder of the kind of running I like to do - spontaneous (I was running right before a date with Jon and cutting the clock pretty close) and in a beautiful setting. Baker Beach is my favorite.
When I was little I used to dream of living in a town that was on the water and I got my wish! I don't take it for granted or forget how lucky I am to see this. It was a beautiful day and the fisherwomen and fishermen were lining the beach!
It's amazing how much more relaxing it is to go to a beach without a young child who is constantly trying to defy the waves!
I've never been one to run with a mantra (usually it's something like oh GOD I really have to pee!) but if I did I could see it being "run this mile, run this mile, run this mile" to remind me that I need to stay present during the run. Right now I'm running without a training plan which is honestly outside of my comfort zone, but I think a healthy way for me to approach running right now. I was starting to go from one training plan to the next and not doing much running solely for enjoyment, so I decided to get back to what brought me joy in running to begin with and that's running trails, hitting the beach, sprinting when I get a surprise strip of empty sidewalk, entering races because they sound like fun instead of finding one to fit the next goal. I love running like this! It's how I got interested in the sport to begin with because I never ran as part of an organized team.
Thousands of shades of green and blue!
I paused to smell the air and get as close to the water as possible without getting wet. I didn't stop my Garmin and it felt great :)
I think I bit off a little more elevation than I could chew with this particular run which felt like a lot more UP than DOWN! My good friend who used to live here and now lives in Costa Rica once did the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. Can you imagine jumping off a boat, swimming through the Bay's freezing waters and brutal currents, riding the city's hills, and then doing a running portion which includes 300 SAND STEPS!!! My friend is a total beast (in a good way) and also a loving mom. She inspires me!
This is how I feel about 300 sand steps!
I love how Jon and I can coordinate feeding the kids in a completely seamless fashion via text. He'll text me when they leave a location with their ETA and I have the food literally moving to the table as they walk up the steps (and press the doorbell ~ 43 times to let me know they've arrived). Grab your milk! Grab your chips! Grab your dog! Grab your apple! Then maybe it gets me 20 minutes of uninterrupted time...
We're still getting the occasional rain in the Bay Area which I don't mind because Croc's raincoat looks ridiculously adorable.
I've lived in the SF area almost 20 years and I still feel like a kid when I see movies being filmed here! I don't know what this one was but it was at Mel's Diner. That's a popular place to film because of the old fashioned decor. I'm really tight with people in the movie industry (sarcasm)!
There are three truths I know to be true:
1.) The second I sit down with a hot plate of food for me to eat, my kids will ask me to get them something.
2.) Whenever it rains in San Francisco, the driving exponentially worsens.
3.) Within hours of canceling our bank cards thinking they are lost/stolen, we find them again. This one turned up in the dryer nice and curly!
Amazon packages of any kind are a big hit among the kids! The new toilet seat was a big hit. It has the "quiet close" feature which makes me happy.
These cozy socks are absolutely ridiculous!! Hahahaha. They are SO big and fluffy that it's like someone took a blanket and wrapped it around my feet. These socks were brought to me by the same amazing people who brought me the purple cozy robe you've seem me wearing in every other photo!
Sometimes the retro vibe in this city is just too much... I love the PINK.
Because my employer gives us all kinds of amenities at work and meetings are almost always onsite, we rarely leave the building. That means whenever anyone actually DOES leave the building, we all swarm to them asking for this or that. My colleague announced she was leaving the building for Walgreens so we were doing a text deep dive in the foot aisle! I needed to make some new shoes more comfortable... She gets me. Hahaha!
I try not to get all political or religious on this blog because you probably get enough of that in real life and on Twitter. But as an aside, I grew up in a Catholic school education (though I wouldn't classify myself as a practicing Catholic now) and I remember the story they taught us about the fishes and the loaves and how they kept reproducing to feed all the people who were hungry. Well sometimes I use that parable to describe articles of the kids clothes. There are certain items (like this Burton jacket) that we bought like 2 years ago and it still somehow fits him like a glove (and has since we bought it!). It's like the coat provides for him no matter how big he gets. I mean I realize there was no Spiderman glove in the bible but you know what I'm getting at :)
There's toooootally nothing wrong with Croc having access to a power drill while I'm sleeping.
This is hilarious and totally how the mind of a kid works.
Throwback to that time in Tahoe when we realized both Jon and The Dude forgot their winter coats. Each went into different closets to get a spare jacket from the rental house. One was too big. One was too small. Our genius family didn't connect the dots that they should just switch until way too late into our night out :)
Another throwback to that other trip to Tahoe where we borrowed or used hand me downs for every article of winter wear and it showed!!! I love how I'm using Croc's hood as a leash to ensure he doesn't run into the road (something he was doing often at that time!).
Just playing some soft jams on the ukulele.
Tell me how your new year is going so far. Did you set a resolution for yourself?
Have you ever been on a movie set? Which one?
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