Well, it’s been quite some time since my last post, but…

Nicole's here!
Nicole’s here!

I want to give a recap of the last few weeks, because they’ve been soooo amazing!

1.) I went to Vegas/SoCal with my cousins, aunt, and mom and had a ton of fun.  I will be doing a full recap in an up coming post.  I’ll start you off with a picture of the most amazing bloody mary you could ever find:

It was build your own!!!!!

I just can’t say no to a delicious bloody mary!!

2.) I’ve been hard at my training and I completed my second half marathon (the Kirkland Mother’s Day Marathon) last Sunday.  Having it on Mother’s Day was adorable, seeing moms running with kids and/or dads+kids meeting mom at the finish line was sweet–Dave said, “I’m sorry babe I won’t be meeting you at the end, I’ll be running it with you.” 🙂 We completed the half in 2:19, which is 5 minutes faster than my time when I was 23, WOO HOO!  The best part about the whole thing was that after I was done I thought to myself, “I wanna do that again…..but faster!”  So that’s just what we’re going to do (and maybe a full marathon too).  We’ve already signed up for Seattle Rock n’ Roll half (June 21st) and I’m eager to see how hard I can push myself.

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I love a good finisher’s medal 🙂  The only thing about this particular race that bummed me out (similar to race for the roses in Portland), was that even after I signed up for a women’s sm shirt they didn’t have my size.  I feel like when you pay an $85 sign up fee, you should get your shirt in the correct size.  Otherwise the course was lovely and the run was nice/easy-gotta love training.

3.) I felt like working out the DAY AFTER my half marathon!  This is really important to share because I’m so proud that my body is eager for this kind of activity 🙂 So I grabbed a kettlebell and did a really great workout.

4.) Dave and I tried acro-yoga on Tuesday and it was very fun!!  It’s definitely more difficult than you’d think, we’ll be back to the class I’m sure, hopefully one day we can do it out on the water:

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5.) I made the most  awesome inside out peanut butter cups!  I have almost perfected the recipe, well suffice to say I perfected it and then burnt some of the peanut butter.  So once I make it without burning it, I’ll post the recipe!

6.) I decided to get my belly button pierced once again.  This was my reward (I know, I guess my definition of reward is different than most peoples) to myself for feeling good about my abs.  Nothing like a little bling to motivate some ab workouts!!

7.) I completed the fastest run I have ever done (in my LIFE).  No where to go from here but up, or down, if you’re thinking about race time.

Splits don't lie!
Splits don’t lie!

8.) Last but definitely not least, my blog has a new look AND a new name.  The name was inspired by my all time favorite book, “The Art of Racing in the Rain.”  The author is from Seattle and it’s a book from the perspective of a dog — how could this dog lover say no.  It will make you laugh, cry, and want to play with/squeeze your pooch 🙂  Check it out!  Also, I changed the ‘racing in the rain’ to ‘running in the rain,’ since it’s kind of what you need to learn to do living in Seattle.

Well, I’ve missed the blogosphere, I promise not to be gone that long again!

Be well.

 

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