Oh hey there! Long time no blog! Ok, just a week, but a week feels like forever when I typically am posting 3-4 times a week! Sorry for the brief hiatus, but I’ve been busy making memories with my family, and away from the ‘ole laptop!
We flew home from the beach late Wednesday night, then suffered through two very long days of work on Thursday and Friday while the rest of my family was still at the beach! Then Friday night, I headed home to Nashville for the weekend for some girl time and two photo shoots! (Which you can check out if you want over at facebook.com/sarahinglephotography) To say I’ve been a busy bee lately is an understatement!
My half marathon is in 2 weeks. TWO WEEKS. I signed up for this race back in May, so I’m having a hard time accepting how fast time has flown by! I did a solid long run while we were at the beach, which I’ll tell you all about in just a second, but haven’t gotten one in since then, so this week = Operation Hit The Pavement & Get My Butt In Gear. I’m STILL staying optimistic that if I push hard enough I have get under 2 hours, so here’s to positive thinking!
I had full intentions of running everyday at the beach, but I just couldn’t stand to miss out on any sunrise fishing with my husband, dad, or brother! So, I did my 10 miler the first morning we were there, and after that chalked up my daily exercise to riding bikes around the island or walking on the beach! But, can you blame me? I’m pretty sure a relaxing week both mentally and physically is sometimes the best thing you can give yourself.
I know you’re itching to see photos from our trip, but I haven’t had time to go thru them all, so for now you get the formal family portrait, taken by yours truly via the tri-pod,
plus a few teasers 🙂
We rented kayaks and on my last day, at the urging of my dad, we kayaked out on the rough water and had a blast catching waves together!
We found out we are getting a grandSON & a NEPHEW!
We walked down to the cut where Adam proposed to me two years ago.
We went shark fishing every night, and fished hard during the day!
I can’t wait to go through all our pictures, (two photographers in the family makes for about 2,000 difficult to narrow down photos!), make another photo book, order a canvas wrap, and order some prints for Christmas gifts!
Ok, now let’s talk about that 10 miler!
I woke up bright and early last Sunday morning, before the sun was even up, and coerced the fam to eventually meet up with me on bikes and bring me water at a few different points! Perfect.
Adam had his sights sets on some early fishing so I gave him my camera and he was able to capture the beautiful sunrise right while I was out!
I started out feeling great, hovering in the low 9’s, then eventually down to about 9:30, and before I knew it the humidity had me pacing closer to a 10:00 mile around mile 8! Even though St. George Island is flat as a pancake, running through the trails in the humidity and with a strong breeze made it pretty tough! But, I think I smiled the whole way through it because I was running at my favorite place in the world, and no slow time could ruin that!
On St. George Island, it’s divided into really 3 sections: a state park on one end, the middle section with beach houses and a few shops and restaraunts, (the part of the island you enter from the bridge) and the other end is the St. George Plantation where we always stay. The plantation is a private, gated ~6 mile stretch full of beach houses and bay-front homes, tons of trees and vegetation, miles of paved bike trails, and access to the Bob Sikes Cut or “jetty” where Adam and I got engaged a couple years ago. There’s just something about it that makes everything right in the world, and I have so many special memories there I could go on and on with stories.
Here are some iphone scenes from my run:
The miles went by fairly quickly, especially with running by all the unique beach houses, up and down pretty paths, passing ocean views, reminiscing about previous trips to the island, and my family catching up to me on bikes to bring me water and my Clif Shot Bloks!
When I got done, my shins were pretty sore and my feet were definitely feeling it, but I’m glad I stuck it out and did a double digit run while we were gone! I felt amazing the rest of the day- runner’s high is no joke!
This weekend while I was back in Nashville, Adam surprised me with an item I had been wanting! This isn’t my picture, but I’m so excited to wear it!! I wish I had been able to at the beach!
Brownie points for the hubs. A hot pink, light-weight Brooks Run Happy hat! Yay!
Since my family stayed the full week and Adam and I left a little early, they brought home some fresh shrimp from the gulf and a huge fish fillet called Triple Tail. I picked it all up from my parents while I was in Nashville this weekend and tonight we had ourselves a little seafood feast! I guess it was my last taste of the beach for a while. Until next time SGI!
This week’s goal is to get back into the blogosphere, squeeze in as many runs as possible, and REST! I am still exhausted from traveling, and it’s starting to take a toll! Whew!
Have you been on a vacation recently? Do you have a big race coming up?
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