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One Year.

In 2012, California, endurance, Fitness, Half Marathon, Life, Marathon, Moving, Running, San Diego on October 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Stepping away from fitness for a minute…

I’ve been in San Diego a year now. Man, how time flies! In 7 short years, we’ve lived in three states. North Carolina, Virginia, and now California. Virginia/D.C. is where our daughter was born and will always be “home” I think for us. But San Diego is a close, close second. It’s hard thinking about moving. Crossing fingers, that won’t be for a long time!

I’ve never been good at building relationships, because all good things come to an “end” a.k.a we move a lot. We’ve said “see you laters” to a lot of amazing co-workers and friends. It’s bittersweet, the Navy provides a great lifestyle, but so much is temporary.

I was skeptical of San Diego and California in general. But this is an amazing career opportunity for my husband and I just knew this was where we were supposed to be.

I have to say, San Diego has been amazing so far. Mostly, because of the people I’ve built relationships with. I’ve met some incredible people, people who have welcomed me and never once made me feel like an outsider. I found an amazing running/triathlete group who trained me through my first full marathon. The connection you make through endurance running is one like no other. They are just as crazy as you are, people who just want to live their life to the fullest.

A small portion of our group.

We do so much more than run. We give back to our running community through volunteer work and time. It’s been such a fullfilling year, just because of these incredible people.

Getting ready to rock 13.1.

1st race here in San Diego!

It’s been a great running year for me.

San Diego & AFC half marathon.

San Diego ‘Rock & Roll’ full marathon.

ACT! for Autism 10k – 44:58 time. Placing 1st in my age group and 3rd overall female.

My first duathlon, placing 3rd in my age group!

Finishing out the year with Ragnar Relay and just signed up for Carlsbad Marathon the end of January. 26.2 here I come (again)!

I did a 10 mile training run this morning. Finished with an 8:30 pace, very happy with that. It’s the pace I’m shooting for during Ragnar. 

My Reebok #getafterit t-shirt.

Wore this new shirt during my run, it held up nicely. You can buy one here. It’s not a true technical running t-shirt, but it held up nicely and I love the message on the back. Reminding me to ‘Get After It’.

 

SeaWorld

In California, San Diego, Vacation on October 2, 2012 at 5:16 am

On my parents last day here, we decided to visit SeaWorld. It’s one of my favorite things to do here in San Diego. I love to take everybody there, it’s a great park. Remember my running friend, Danielle? She works for SW and was able to give us the behind-the-scenes tour (this is twice she has done this for me). I have to say, she is amazing and I owe her BIG time! I apologize for the pictures, they were taken from my iPhone, so not the greatest.

Entrance

Playing with star fish!

I talked mom in to picking one up.

Sophie checking them out.

Behind the scenes…the dolphins are SO curious and playful.

I LOVE them!!

Checking us out.

Pretty girls!

Showing off for us.

Rescued sea turtles who are being monitored before being released.

He was huge!

First time up in the needle.

San Diego in the distance. Marine layer (fog) was rolling in.

Group shot.

More behind the scenes, petting sharks!

Sophie was scared of the sharks and wouldn’t pet them.

Peek-a-boo Sophie.

Waiting on Shamu!!!

“Shampoo” as Sophie calls them.

Such amazing animals.

I also took them down to Sunset Cliffs. Because you can’t visit San Diego and NOT see a sunset here.

Capped off our day with a drive down to Sunset Cliffs.

Gorgeous.