I’ve been MIA for a bit. Here’s what’s been going on in my little corner of the world (in words and lots of pics!):
Michigan Men’s basketball made it to the Final Four! Most of you know I’m a New Yorker but I was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, so I am a big Wolverine fan. My hubs has become pretty die-hard as well since we’ve been together. All year long he has said, “If Michigan goes to the Final Four, we are going!” I kind of just rolled my eyes for months. Then, near the end of the season, I realized that it wasn’t so far fetched. When it actually happened we were elated. Then almost immediately we were devastated when we saw the already ridiculous prices for airfare, hotels, and tickets double and triple. For about a day and a half we decided that we couldn’t manage it–it was just too expensive. Then, after that second day, when we both realized that it was something we both really wanted, we pulled out our “you only live once” cards and planned the trip.
Even though our team got walloped in the final game, we are happy to report that we have absolutely NO regrets about our decision. We had a blast. It’s funny cause when we were planning it, we kind of had the attitude like, this may be the only time we ever do this in our lifetime. Then when we were there we were like, this is so freaking cool, we are definitely doing this again! It was so much fun. Such a spectacle. What made it even cooler was that my sister was in Columbus, Ohio at the Women’s Final Four. She actually played ball at Notre Dame years ago, and her best friend whom she played with is one of the assistants on the team now. If you’ve been paying attention at all then you know that Notre Dame not only beat UCONN on an incredible last second shot in the semi-final, they then went on to do the exact same thing to win it all a day later. Going nuts on facetime with my sister during the games was just more fun and more wonderful than I ever could have imagined. Between those chats I was on the phone with my dad and texting with my mom and my brothers. It was an incredible weekend of the sport we love so much, shared with some of the people we love most in the world. We are so grateful we got to go.
The tournament was in San Antonio. Since Austin had been on our list of places we wanted to visit for a while and it was only 80 miles away, we decided to stay there so we could spend the off days exploring. It was definitely the right decision. We found a great hotel downtown literally a block away from a running trail right off the Colorado River. There was even a Bikram studio just a little over a mile away. It was perfect! It was especially restorative to be in warm weather for a few days–we both really needed it. We ate some great Tex-Mex, scoured for BBQ, chatted with a lot of really friendly locals, and just took in the whole Austin vibe. We even got an extra day of sightseeing in because the flight back the day before was $1200 more! We spent part of that extra day at the LBJ Presidential Library. I definitely recommend going if you’re there–definitely worth some time.
Texas was a five day affair. When we flew back to New York, we did laundry immediately and repacked to fly home to Ann Arbor just a day later. We had planned this trip a while ago–actually all the way back when I ran the marathon. There was a 5k my friends and I decided we would all run together. The timing actually worked out great for spending time with my family as well. My mom’s birthday is at the end of March and my Dad’s is mid April, so we got to take them each out to celebrate. I also got to see my brother and his wife and snuggle my little nieces which is always my favorite. My mom even brought my four year old niece to the finish line of the race so she got to see us and I got to put my medal around her neck. So much fun.
Despite being freezing (21 degrees at the start!) we all had a blast. Two of my friends even had their 7 year old son run with them–his first time. He was such a champ, I was so proud of him. At the very end of the race he was really tired and I asked him if he was proud of himself and if he would ever run a race again. He looked at me a bit annoyed and shook his head “NO.” About 2 hours later, after warming up and getting some french toast and bacon in him, I asked him again. He giggled with me, smiled, shook his “YES”, and assured me, “Yes, I am proud, and I’ll do it again.” Running is magic <3.
I definitely wasn’t going for any sort of time in this 5k, it was just for fun. Our first mile ended up being really slow–almost three minutes more than our last mile. It was pretty congested at the beginning of the race and also very cold so we were very slowly trying to get warmed up. We ended up doing the second mile in 9 minutes and the third in 8:34, which wasn’t so bad considering we’d been traveling and off our normal fitness/healthy eating regimen for quite a few days. I’d say with the race, brunch, and lying around my girlfriend’s after, it’s the best Sunday I’ve had in a while!
Being back in the real world this week has been a little clunky. We flew back to New York Monday morning and I went straight into work. We haven’t been able to get to the grocery store so we’ve been eating out for like 10 days straight. I’ve gotten some alright workouts in this week but still feeling a little tight and sluggish. I am sure getting back to normal eating and the whole routine will have us feeling better in no time.
Yesterday morning I went to yoga and the heat wasn’t working so the room was cold (not okay for Bikram!). There’d be a lot of days where this would get me annoyed and have me feeling like the day was shit right off the bat. Instead though I decided to take advantage of the fact that we are in wrap at my job and allowed to come into the office a little bit later. I scooted on home, threw on my running kit (I love saying this, stealing it from my UK buds) and headed out for a run in the first NOT freezing day we’ve had in months. I ran three miles in the park and then did about a half hour of lunges, squats, push-ups, etc on the soccer field. It felt pretty fantastic. I also hadn’t realized how much I had missed this view:
The great morning I had really spun off of our whole experience going to the Final Four in Texas. We are normally big planners so plopping down a bunch of money and leaving for somewhere within only few days is SO not our style. But there was something really liberating about it. We sort of let go and just let the Universe guide us–we loosened our grip on the reins and went along for the ride. It’s crazy, when you stop trying to steer, you get to look up and take in all the wonder around you. That’s what we did in Texas. It was the kind of awesome that makes you conscious of your beating heart. Where you go, wow, life can be realllly good. I want more moments and days like that. A lot more. I’m gonna try to start to loosen my grip more often and not get so attached to specific outcomes. If something doesn’t work out, I want to start to think, hmm, I wonder what is going to happen instead. The past days have reiterated what I already knew but had to be reminded of: the adventures the Universe will create in my life are vastly superior to my own plans.
I’m off to enjoy the real first days of Spring–some yoga, a trip to Whole Foods, a long run, maybe a good steak…glorious. Enjoy the weekend loves. Glad to be back. x
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