The Time Has Come


A picture from the top of Galeries Lafayette during one of our recent Paris exploration days.

It was bound to happen sooner or later. Jeremy and I were hoping it would be later rather than sooner, but our return tickets home have been purchased. We are officially returning to the U.S. on Monday, September 15, four weeks from today. Judging by how fast the past few weeks and months have gone by, I know it will be here in the blink of an eye. Our big finale will be our Ireland trip, including my half marathon in Dingle on September 6th followed by a week in Dublin.

I'm definitely going to miss this.

I’m definitely going to miss this. I was too excited about it to make sure the picture wasn’t blurry apparently.

When we were planning this trip, we were optimistically thinking we could make it a whole year before returning, or at least until Christmas, but when we come back it will have been just shy of six months. Which is still a long time! It’s time for us to reenter reality and get jobs and settle down somewhere. I’m trying not to think about how much I’m going to miss Europe, and instead just enjoying the time we have left, and thinking about things I am looking forward to in the U.S., like:

– Being close to family and friends, and seeing my nephew walk for the first time

– Mexican food

– Having more than five items of clothing to wear

– Finding a running club

– Getting serious about training, and choosing my first full marathon to register for

– Being back in time for the Cancer Center 10K and the Santa Barbara International Half Marathon, both of which are in my hometown and I’ve run them before

– Getting back into strength training

– Hiking

– These shoes that I bought myself as a consolation for returning home (I got them on The Clymb – this is my personal referral link and if you sign up with it you get a $10 credit, and I get one too if you make a purchase over $25 – and with some credits I had, they only cost me $37! They are originally over $200):


Mizuno Wave Prophecy 3

I know there’s a lot more, but that’s all I can think of right now. We’ll be flying back to Georgia, spending about a week there visiting family and friends, then driving back to Santa Barbara, hopefully making a stop at the Grand Canyon on the way.

I’ll have to do a roundup of all the things I’ll miss about Europe, but it seems like it would be too long of a list. All I know is that we will definitely be back in the hopefully not-too-distant future because there are a million places I still want to visit that we didn’t get to this time around!

On another note, I’m totally late to the game but I looked up myself on Athlinks.com and was so surprised to see two 5Ks that I ran in Georgia years ago that I kind of forgot about and had no idea what my time was. It was during my period of running while I was in college where I was pretty serious about it, but had no clue about technique or training or finding the right shoes or paces or wearing technical clothing, etc… But the races were in 2005 and 2006, which shows me that I took a whopping SIX YEARS off of running before my next race in 2012, and I’m happy to report I’ve been running consistently since 2012. My times for the races were 30:23 and 30:22. At least I’m a little faster now!

I also found this hilarious picture of me and my friend Patrick after the 5K in 2006, during which I was absolutely miserable and hot and it was really hard.


Cool outfit.

Here’s to making the most of the next four weeks!

Run Because You Can

Last week, a girl, Mallory Rae Dies, here in town was hit by a drunk driver while she was crossing the street with some friends around 1am. The driver sped off, and after witnesses tried to convince him to return to the accident, he sped off again and crashed into a palm tree. Mallory was in the hospital for five days and there was some hope she would make it. She was taken off life support Wednesday and passed away shortly after (the driver of the car was charged with murder, among other things, and is in jail). I didn’t know her personally, but we had many mutual friends, including my bootcamp instructor. It is such a sad situation, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it all week. And on Thursday, my bootcamp instructor posted something on Facebook that really stuck with me:

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I thought about this my entire run on Thursday and just kept speeding up until I was sprinting as fast as I could, and it really felt so good. Sometimes my runs are really tough and I just keep thinking, why are my legs so heavy, why do I feel like this when I’ve been training, I feel like I’m taking steps back… but it’s really important to keep in mind that I am thankful that I can even run, and it could have been any one of us hit by that drunk driver and it could all be over. I’m reminded often why Jeremy and I have decided to drop everything and travel around the world.

In other news, while I was sprinting, a guy with his dog started sprinting too and we raced each other for easily a half-mile, and then when I slowed down I looked over at him to give him a thumbs up, and he definitely pretended like he didn’t notice we were racing and ignored me… great.

I ran the Elings Terrain Festival 5k yesterday, and it was really fun. The course is really tough, there are all sorts of different kinds of terrain to run on, including a huge hill made of sand, steep muddy trails, stairs, etc. I finished in 30:50, which I was happy with considering it was a trail race. After all, that used to be my normal 5k time.


All of the racers for the inaugural year of the Elings Terrain Festival, which benefits the cross country teams at the local high schools here. Everybody is waving to the droid with the camera:

All of the racers for the inaugural year of the Elings Terrain Festival, which benefits the cross country teams at the local high schools here. Everybody is waving to the droid with the camera:

We are in the future.

We are in the future.