Thursday, December 16, 2010

Chicago Cold and a Brand New Life!

I've been MIA from the blog scene this past week.  It's been a whirlwind of family, work and holiday busyness.  I went back to Chicago this past weekend to visit family.  I was able to make my rounds and see just about everybody.  Here's a recap in pictures:

We had a company holiday party at the Prado.
I saw my dad for the first time in almost 3 years.

"I wanted a Mercedes!"
I celebrated my niece, Bella's 4th Birthday

I held my brand new niece, Sophia. 
She is only 3 days old in this picture.

Here is proof that Bella smiles and she doesn't hate us all.

While I was home (in the Midwest) I was reminded of what a hassle it is to go for a run.  I have become accustomed to throwing on my Brooks and running out the door.  Instead I had to bundle up and drive all the way to Lifetime Fitness with my sister's partner because it was too cold and icy outside.  She lives in the burbs so a car is absolutely required, unlike when I lived in the city.  Our first attempt failed because I forgot my photo ID.  Eventually I managed to get a 12 mile run in on the treadmill.  I finished with yet another bloody sock.  How do I not feel my foot bleeding!? 

I was actually supposed to run 20 miles, but I am not EMZ so that was out of the question. 

Speaking of EMZ, the first thing I saw as I entered my apartment back in San Diego was a little brown package from the one and only.  I won one of these awesome shirts...
I will model it for you soon enough (but don't expect me to look half as good as Emz herself).

I had such a fantastic time at home visiting with my wonderfully crazy, fun family.  I wasn't quite ready to say good-bye to everyone.   Only my family comprehends my strangeness and they're the only people I know that are equally as nuts as I am.  They don't fully understand why I eat pizza without cheese or why I run if it gives me nasty feet and injuries, but they get the jyst of my oddness.  We are one lovingly goofy, raucous bunch and I wouldn't have it any other way.

I arrived back in San Diego on Tuesday.   Ang picked me up from the airport, we went home to dump my bags and then off for a late night run.  It was strange going from one degree weather straight to running in a tank-top.  Polar opposites, the midwest and the west coast.

All is well on the marathon training front.  I have been running pain-free and feeling fabulous.  I am continually inspired by all of you that run and write out there.  The blogosphere is where I turn whenever I need a little inspiration.  I have a 5 mile, super HILLY race on Saturday, put on by Anne followed by my first ever 20 miler on Sunday.  I am practicing with gels and vitalyte.  Hopefully this time nothing I bring is expired.

Cheerio, darlings!


  1. Have fun on your first 20 miler!!!

  2. Wonderful post Kate. Bella is wearing her new birthday dress in the last photo. It was a great couple of days having you here. You be careful when you run. but...

  3. Please! If anyone can make that shirt look as good as Emz does, it's you!

    So glad to hear everything is still going smoothly and painlessly with the training. :)

  4. Love your outfit in the first pic! And good luck with the 20 miler!

  5. There's only one big hill and the rest are rolling. It'll put you in the mood for that 20-miler, Kate. And your nieces are so cute!

  6. Next time let me know you are in the Chicago area, maybe we can meet up for a run!

  7. I love your outfit in the first picture! You looked amazing!

  8. Rae- You should be getting my Christmas card some time soon :)
    Anne- Thanks for the reassurance.
    Pam- We'll see, but Emz is some hot stuff!
    Everyone else- THANKS!

  9. Good luck on your 20-miler...that's some impressive stuff! Your nieces are so cute! Looks like it runs in the family!

  10. I feel silly for complaining about it being too cold in the morning for running after reading this post! Glad to hear marathon training is going well and pain free.

  11. Kate. you are KILLING that skirt girl.

    Just sayin'. HOLY CRAP GIRL.

    YAY for seeing Dad - that made me smile.

    So happy you like the shirt! It's awesome for cleaning the house in. :)

  12. I just got my matching EMZ shirt too!

    Love the pictures - very cute!


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