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 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.