Well, large life announcement on the way.... we're expecting TWINS! I found out just after camp that I was pregnant and got an appointment scheduled with my doctor. When I went in for that first ultrasound (what I thought was around 7 weeks) actually turned about to be 9 weeks AND there was more than one baby. Ironically the tech asked me if there were twins in my family and at first I said no forgetting about my aunts ;p So guess I got that gene... haha!
We waited until we passed the 12 week mark, had all the genetic tests done, and made sure everything was viable before sharing the news with our families. It has been a whirlwind for sure since then! Everyone is excited! I have to say I wasn't sure how I would feel about pregnancy but so far minus about 2 weeks of morning sickness it has been fine. I'm absolutely terrified that I'm growing two babies but at least this way I only have to do this one time. We only ever thought about a family of four... so bam instant family! I'm hoping to continue being active for as long as my body allows. And hopefully completing at least one race with them!
Cullowhee, NC - August 21, 2017
We were close enough to the total eclipse zone that we had to drive down to experience it. Jon's family had staked out a good area, with bathrooms, etc. that we could stay at while the eclipse took place. We were over in Cullowhee (where Western is located) about 30mins from Waynesville. We got there early and got a spot under a pavilion and next to bathrooms. We were in a nice park and took turns walking laps between snacks. :) Finally it was time- we had special glasses so we could watch the eclipse begin. Once it hit totality we were able to remove those and it was crazy how quiet and dark it got for two minutes. I've never experienced anything like it- it was SO COOL. I'm glad we made the journey as it's something I'll never forget.
I took a few photos, not that the Iphone can really capture what it was like but it gives you an idea. A can't miss experience for sure!
Middleburg, VA - July 28-31, 2017
Last year I went to Southern Bird Camp in NC and made some great friends, had a wonderful time, and became a much better runner. This year I'm going in coming off injury, up to the DC area, and looking forward to spending time with old and new friends.
Let's just say there were highs and lows about this year's camp. I was super excited to reunite with a lot of the ladies I've met at the NC camp as well as through Instagram and up in the DC area. However the housing arrangements were spread so far apart and most of the activities took place up at the main area so it made for some difficultly AND not feeling particularly welcome. (which made me sad considering everything Oiselle stands for and everything I've gotten out of it so far).
Anyway, recapping from the beginning. I arrived on Friday in misty rain looking forward to catching up with friends and meeting new ones. I had convinced Wynsor to join the team this past spring and she got a last minute spot into camp! She arrived almost the same time I did. We ended up being in the same cabin and decided to share a bunk bed set. There was an optional first run on the first day that I opted out of. I figured coming off my injury and knowing I'd be running every other day at camp it might be best not to try the first day in the misty rain on slippery rocks. Brooklyn, MaryEllen and Amy arrived and they were staying down in the cabins as well. We all headed up for happy hour at the main lodge, followed by tasty dinner. The evening closed out with a welcome and talk from Haute Volee Becki Spellman. She talked about her story, how she came to run with Oiselle, and offered advice to us novice runners. We were supposed to close out with a bonfire but the weather was nasty so we headed back to our cabin to hang out and head to sleep.
Day 2 started with a quick breakfast at the main house, and then we climbed into cars to head to the W&OD trail in neighboring Leesburg. I ran 5 miles with Casey (a DMV bird from the Eastern Shore of Maryland) who was happy to go my slow pace. We all ran our own mileage and so had grouped up the night before based on our plan. Afterwards we headed to a breakfast place to fill up because we were all starving!! Then it was back for a late lunch at the lodge, showers and we decided to visit one of the local wineries as pool time was cancelled due to rain/cool temps. :( We were back in time for a core session with Becki and then it was time for Twilight Polo. I had never experienced this before but it was a literal polo match. We had yummy bbq and delicious wine while watching the horses. It was fun!
Day 3 it was finally sunny!! We opted for a short run on the grounds as we didn't want to drive again over to the big traill. Talk about gravelly! Then we got to experience how to do a real warmup with Erika Pierce. I had met Erika at Southern Bird Camp the year prior. She's a kick ass masters runner and SUPER nice. Then it was time for lunch! Of course we decided to visit another brewery/winery for the afternoon and then got a little pool time in. That evening was full of a trunk show (new Fall/Winter Oiselle) and a gear swap. We grabbed some snacks and headed back to our cabin to hang out before heading to bed.
Day 4 started with a prediction run... that yours truly won!! I predicted my time within 15 seconds. Boom. Mic Drop. Then a last breakfast with everyone, lots of hugs and photos and it was time to get back on the road. Love my Oiselle friends. Can't wait for the 2018 camp!
RUN: 0 miles
SPIN: 21.29 miles
2.5 hrs of Core
30mins of Buns
2 hrs of Yoga
A big old goose egg for running this month. I started physical therapy to fix my hip issue and am taking it REALLY easy right now. Lots of strength training and core while completing all the PT exercises each week.
I had to defer my June half as well as miss the Biltmore Classic race. So frustrating but glad to be healing and working toward a solution with my therapist.
Looking forward to hopefully starting back next month so I can make the deferred race as well as be able to run some at Bird Camp!!
Charlottesville, VA - June 9-11, 2017
A weekend getaway with the college besties and their hubbies.
Caitlin's parents live in Charlottesville these days and opened up their home to us for the weekend. We were the first to arrive as C-ville isn't too far for us! They we nice enough to let us bring Loki along as well. All the other girls arrived shortly after and we ate a quick lunch before jumping in the pool for the afternoon. SO NICE. We even got Loki on the floats but in general he hated the pool and ran back and forth barking at everyone in terror.
That evening we drove up the mountain for a beautiful sunset with snacks and wine. The view was great and it was nice to catch up over a few glasses. Plus we got to ride in the back of a truck back and forth! We closed out the night with a late dinner and some cornhole. Great first evening!!
Jon and I got up early to get in a short run (which was quite hilly!). Of course Loki came along and he wanted to run ahead with Jon- I had to wrangle him to keep him back with me. ;p Then a light breakfast and showers before the gang piled into cars to visit Blue Mountain Brewery for lunch. The had a 10 sampler that I just had to try of all their tasty beverages and I had a delicious wrap for lunch. It was pretty hot out there but thankfully we got a nice spot under the canopy to enjoy our lunches.
Our next stop was over to King Family Vineyards where we hung out under the awning and sampled some of their whites and Crose. We finally got a table after stalking a group and really enjoyed our afternoon together. Then we headed back to the Lyttle's for an evening of croquet! I LOVE that they have a croquet court set up in their front yard. It's SO FUN to play! :) We then got to watch a beautiful sunset to close out the day. LOVE!!
Our final day kicked off with another run/walk before we packed up our cars to head to Monticello. We were walking from the grounds over to this cute restaurant spot for lunch. It was SO HOT out there and poor Loki managed to hike almost the whole way before Jon had to carry him at the end. Lunch was super yummy and ended in ice cream. Then we all said our goodbyes and it was back on the road to B-burg.
Great weekend catching up with some of my favorite ladies (and their hubbies!)
After a tumultuous semester at VT this past spring, I began looking for other jobs. I felt under appreciated, under paid, and treated like dirt and so needed a change. The only positive part about my current position was that it allowed me to assist Jon in marketing efforts for his ensemble (which to be perfectly honest wasn't even part of my job but the marketing manager was so bad at hers that I was covering it).
So while I did feel bad about taking that extra support away from him, he just wanted me to be happy at work. Enter Fleet Feet Sports Roanoke. Now for a long time I had played with the idea of working at a running store. I am passionate about fitness and running and since I have yet to live in a place (since DC) where I can actually use my background and get paid for it - now seemed as good as any time to take a career shift and do something I enjoyed.
I originally interviewed with them in March but due to my time constraints (finishing the semester with VT) and their finding some great part-time hires they couldn't take me on. Then in April just after my big races (and big injury) they asked me to come back in to talk once more. I was happy to be given a second chance!
I met with both owners and the store manager and felt great about the final interview. I was hopeful that this would be my turn. A few days later I got the call that they were definitely interested in me and would be ok with my timeline of starting at the end of May. FINALLY! Some good news.
It's been just over a week so far but I haven't been happier at a job. I realize switching to retail and crazy hours seems insane to some but having zero stress and talking with people about the things I love is the best thing I could have done for me.
Here's to new beginnings!
Asheville, NC - May 19-21, 2017
What was supposed to be a fun race weekend with the Oiselle ladies actually turned into a fun getaway weekend with no running to be had. HA.
As previously mentioned I was having hip issues and had started PT but wasn't going to be up to running the Biltmore Classic. I had originally registered for the 15K and then downgraded to the 5K planning to walk the three miles on race day.
Jon and I drove down from Blacksburg that morning- with him planning to drop me off in Asheville to meet up with Brooklyn, MaryEllen, and Amy for the weekend. He was heading on to his parents and would pick me up on Sunday after the race. We met up downtown, wandered a few shops and then ate some yummy lunch at Tupelo Honey Cafe. We decided to venture down to Wicked Weed for a quick beer before heading up to MaryEllen's cabin outside of Weaverville. And fun story when we got there- her keys didn't work to open the door!! It looked like a very nice cabin from the outside- haha. Luckily for us the official race hotel had a few slots left so we were able to get a room for two nights that her mom paid for since she didn't have the right key to get into the house. Doubletree even felt bad for us and gave us a complimentary cheese and fruit plate since we were homeless until they took us in! What a day! We crossed the street from the hotel to grab dinner at Texas roadhouse before calling it a night.
Day 2 dawned much better as we opted for a hike along the mountain to sea trail, before grabbing our race packets back at the hotel. Then we took quick showers and decided to do a little uber and brewery hoping that evening. Our first planned stop was to New Belgium but then it turned out that Tour de Fat was there and we didn't want to pay the cover to get inside. I got some local suggestions from Jon's Dad- starting with the Wedge across the street. We walked over the river and down to the brewery (boy was it hot out!!) before settling under some fans, in the shade, with a couple of pitchers of beer. RELAXATION YES.
Then we ubered over to Salvage Station as our second stop, another round of beers and some exciting scenery/music. This place was huge!! After that we decided to grab food just down the road at White Duck Taco. SO FREAKING GOOD. I ate two amazing tacos, took a quick break with some water before it was time to head to our next location: Burial Brewing. Our final stop of the night as we were supposed to be at the race the next day (oops). We had another round before throwing up the white flags and uber-ing back to our hotel. More snacking (thanks to our grocery run prior to realizing we were locked out of the cabin) and I took some flat runner photos before we passed out asleep.
The next morning we woke up for the race and it was monsooning outside. Like thunder, lightning, downpour the whole nine yards. We though for sure the race would be cancelled but they claimed it was going to pass and still be on so we finally got dressed and headed out the door. We got to the start line- where it was still pouring and decided to hard pass on this one. I wasn't really looking forward to walking the 5K alone and they weren't interested in running the 15K in rain and mud. We headed back to the hotel, took quick showers, opted for breakfast at Biscuithead (also amazingly delicious) and then Jon picked me up and I said goodbye.
So while not the weekend we expected by any means, we had a blast anyway!! These Oiselle ladies are some of my favorites- glad the NC team brought us together :)
Wimberly, TX - May 4-8, 2017
Reuniting with the grad school ladies for a weekend of relaxation and fun!
On Thursday morning I flew out early from ROA to head to Dallas. Most of us were arriving in Dallas and Campbell was nicely driving all of us around. :) I was the first pickup out at DFW before we grabbed Cara at the Love Field airport. Wynsor was coming in a little later so we ran by Campbell's house (got to see Q and meet Pippa!) before grabbing her at the airport too. Then it was time for the first of many Mexican meals!! Lunch time marg? Yes please.
We were headed to Waco for the evening to cut the drive in half from Dallas. Which meant we were stopping off at Magnolia Market (home of the Fixer Upper folks). Being as I don't have cable I don't watch a lot of HDTV but apparently this place is a mecca to home design. They have a fun store where you can buy home decor as well as an outdoor area where they show movies at night. It was cute but apparently not as exciting as everyone thought it was going to be. I was helpful in finding us a local brewery (Bare Arms) to stop at after this :). We did a sampler and hung out there for a bit before wandering just across the parking area to get BBQ (when in TX yes?!) And then called it a night back at our hotel.
Wynsor, Cara and I got up early the next morning to get a little working out in before we got on the road again. Just yoga for me since the hip was still not the best. And then for breakfast we got breakfast tacos!!!! from Torchy's. DELICIOUS. I would eat breakfast tacos every day I think if I lived in TX. SO GOOD. Then it was on the road to Wimberly. Campbell had found us a cute house to stay in for the weekend that had river access so we could float :) Once we arrived we had about an hour until Eliz got there- just enough time to decorate and get ready for the impromptu shower we were throwing her after finding out about Baby Frels a few days earlier. She reacted just how we thought she would once she arrived- excitement followed by tears. :) Presents, games and cake ensued. Then we decided to check out our river access and headed across the street for the views. Dinner and games took over our evening with a final spot at the firepit outside- a great first day in Wimberly!
The next day we did a quick core routine with one of the videos I brought (can't stop working out just because I'm on vacay!) before homemade breakfast tacos (YUM) and then it was on the markets. We got to experience some of the most interesting flea market items while wandering the rows in the hot summer sun. We headed back for a quick lunch and some relaxing before our evening jaunt to Gruene. We found another tasty Mexican restaurant for dinner and then wandered around town. I found some hula hoops (yes please) and we visited the infamous dance hall. The show was much later that evening but that didn't stop us from having a little fun on the dance floor. Always a blast with these ladies.
The next day dawned with another quick core workout, breakfast tacos, and time for river tubing! So nice and relaxing and a great way to start our day. Then we opted to go for a drive to some local wineries- and found a brewery (Twisted X) on the way! First stop there, followed by Duchman Family Winery afterwards. A nice leisurely afternoon. Back at our little house an awesome sunset took place that evening so we wandered back down to the river to get some fun shots. Followed by dinner, games and fire pit s'mores.
Our final day in town I woke up to do some light stretching and clamshells and we opted to float one more time down the river before packing up, cleaning, and heading back to Dallas.
A wonderful weekend indeed. Can't wait to plan next year's vacay!
Radford, VA - April 29, 2017 | Time: 1:01:43
Well this race was not my race. As I mentioned in the last post, Krysten stuck with me through this race and was the only reason I got to the finish line!
Sally was also running the race so we took some team shots at the start before lining up for the race. This was the first time this course was being done so it was a pretty small crowd. I knew it wasn't going to be pretty but thought I'd give it a go. We powered up the first hill and I made it probably half a mile before bringing in walk game. From that moment on we decided just to enjoy being out there, walk up and run down the hills.
Radford is much hillier than originally thought but we got through it. I have to say it was pretty depressing to not be able to really run at all since I had two killer PRs the previous two weekends.
Thankfully Krysten grabbed brunch with me afterwards at Radford Coffee Company. A yummy burrito and a smoothie later I felt better but knew it was going to be awhile before I got to run again.
Oh well- off to PT and hopefully some solutions!!!
RUN: 85.40 miles
SPIN: 67.38 miles
1.5hrs of Arms
2hrs of Buns
3hrs of Core
1.5hrs of Legs
2.5hrs of Yoga
Welp. April gave me some high highs and also a big fat low. :/ I PR'd in both the 5K and 10 Miler in back to back weeks. I also injured my right hip and can't run at all currently.
I was continuing my training exactly as planned- things were going great! I felt good about my progress and really thought I was going to hit my goals. I came pretty close to my A goals both times but with the unfortunate consequence of hip injury. At the BAA5K I pushed it a little too hard at the end and as soon as I crossed the line I realized there was a problem. My hip was really really sore. At the hotel I tried to work it out, rolled and stretched and we walked around a decent amount that day. By the end it felt ok and I was able to go for my long run with Ethan on Sunday with no issue.
Moving into the next week I had a 5 miler scheduled that I took on the treadmill at an easy pace and had some tenderness but nothing bad. On Friday though I was trying to just run a quick 3 mile shakeout and I could barely run 2 miles. NOT GOOD. My big scary goal race was on Sunday and now injury strikes?!?! So frustrating. I iced, elevated, advil-ed all day and most of the weekend trying to rest, stretch and hope for the best. Going into Sunday's race I told myself to just relax out there, enjoy the cool temps and not kill myself. I could feel my hip twinge a little around the 3rd mile and there was constant tightness after that but again nothing unbearable. I finished the race with a new PR but not my original goal. Still incredibly happy since Friday's run had been so bad. But then I had to get in the car and drive for 4 hours.
This was my mistake. My entire body locked up during the drive and I could barely climb out of the car. :( I was so depressed. I had 3 more races on the calendar! One of which being the following Saturday. UGH. I decided to take the week off from running completely, focusing on spin, yoga and other strength workouts. Come Saturday (which a full recap is coming next) I showed up for the race not knowing if I'd be able to run. Thankfully Krysten stuck with me as I hobbled and ran/walked the entire race. One of my worst performances but at least I had good company. After that I knew I needed help and contacted my GP for a PT referral that I started today. Fingers crossed I'll get to the bottom of this and back on the trails for my last two spring races!!