The “What was I thinking” weekend

In Seattle, people ask “What are you doing this weekend?” or “How was your weekend?” and they really don’t care what you have to say but that doesn’t stop me from actually answering the question. In both instances, I think the answer I heard the most was “What were you thinking?” which now, looking back, I can totally see why that would be their answer. I will admit, it really threw me off that they even listened enough to answer! So, what did I do that weekend? I did two things for the first time: 1) completed a half marathon and 2) camped….in a tent!

The first time my friend, Roberta, and I went out to eat we talked about doing a half marathon (something I wanted to do before turning 30) and a little over a year later, we completed the Seattle Rock n’ Roll half marathon! I was not prepared for this and still had one (of the 6) procedures left on my back to finish but figured what the heck, why not do this with Roberta! She had no intention of running and instead walking the half marathon so I thought it was totally doable. We went to pick up our race packets the day before and that’s when it got real!

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Race bib, energy bars, and water all packed and ready!

We started the race (after about an hour of waiting for our group number to be called) walking, enjoying each other’s conversation and sites we too often just drive right past. We were walking a very nice, casual pace and at one point there was only one other participant separating us from the pace van but we were doing it – and that is what mattered! Around mile 4 it started to sprinkle (typical Seattle) and by mile 4 Roberta got blisters (that’s no good). Mile 5: we really started to slow down and Roberta was beginning to really feel the blisters. Mile 6: Roberta’s feet were hurting and she was “feeling the pace van in her future” so she told me to go ahead. I didn’t want to leave her because we agreed to do this together but she insisted so I put in my earphones (glad I brought them at the last minute) and took off on a casual pace. I ended up jogging the last 8 miles which I am still trying to figure out how that happened!

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Crossing the finish line. I might have cried a little when this happened 🙂

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Me, my medal, and my million dollar smile!

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We did it Roberta!

After the race, we went back to the car where I needed help lifting my right leg inside because my hip had tightened up so much I couldn’t feel or move my leg. Once we got that situation handled, we rushed to the house to shower and load up the car and head down  Ocean Shores to meet friends for a night of camping. We got a late start so we stopped for dinner on the way and still got there in time to have a little sunlight left to set up the tent. Our friends had gotten there the night before and had their camper set up and offered to let us stay in there but I really wanted to try out my new sleeping bag and tent so we decided to “rough it” even though I was super sore! Granny (our friend’s mom) had some cream you can rub on sore muscles to help ease the pain which she was gracious enough to let me try…and let me tell you – life saving! My hip and knee felt so much better. I was exhausted and fell asleep in my chair by the campfire so they gently woke me and I moved to the tent. Needless to say, I slept like a baby!

The next morning, we woke up (thank goodness) and my old man friend and I went for a walk on the beach to enjoy the ocean breeze.

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Enjoying the ocean breeze with a morning walk on the beach

After that, we all loaded up and headed into town to venture around. We had a great time walking around, looking at the little shops, and getting coffee. After that, we went to another little spot on the beach and as the guys said “had a photo shoot” with my friend’s granddaughter.

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Of course, they capture me in my element…me and my camera

After a wonderful day, we went back to the campsite, made dinner, and loaded up to head home. I would have LOVED to stay another day but we had to get back to work. On the way back, my old man friend hit the brakes real quick and did a quick u-turn. I wasn’t sure what was going on but of course, he saw some people eating ice cream and realized the little store we just drove by was an ice cream shop so we had to go back and get some.

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Yummy ice cream! Can you tell which one of us is a little OCD on how they eat their ice cream?!?! **we were parked when taking this picture**

It was a super busy weekend where I did things I never thought I would do but am sure glad I did! I am already thinking about doing another half marathon (training for the next one though) and did more camping this summer. What an incredible weekend spent with so many friends!

Do you have memorable weekend where you did things you never thought you would?

Until next time…xoxo…Julie

Sunshine and Margaritas

I have been a slacker on the blog lately (lots of fun things have been going on) but the sunshine in Seattle this weekend has me thinking about my upcoming trip to Phoenix and my “recent” (a month or so ago is recent, right?) trip to Mexico with Leana Layfield.

Would you ever agree to go on a trip that you know nothing about? I usually wouldn’t but I figured, Leana was planning it so I was good to go (she is the ultimate planner). All I knew was that I was flying in to Phoenix and we were driving down to Mexico the next morning for a weekend of fun in the sun. Other than that, I knew nothing – which was actually kind of fun. At the time I agreed to go on the trip, I had no clue that I would be on a temporary assignment (now permanent) on 1st shift so this ended up being a nice little break in the 3 week (ha! 3 weeks…I should have known better) assignment. I completely disconnected from work (and life) on this trip and turned my phone off…only had the iPad to text dad his morning messages.

So, we got up, packed the car, and drove down to Mexico Friday morning (like how I fast forward through all of that?). I am not going to lie, I was a little nervous when we crossed the border and it was mainly dirt roads and people who didn’t follow the streets signs very well…but I have faith in Leana and just sat back while she drove. We pulled up to the hotel and my nerves were calmed! We had a fabulous first floor room with a view of the water…doesn’t get much better than that! We unpacked the car, changed clothes, and headed out for the sunset boat ride. The boat ride was fun – even with me getting motion sick (which I should have expected).

The girls on the boat..at the beginning

The girls on the boat..at the beginning

Trying to get my head and stomach from hurting

Trying to get my head and stomach from hurting

Me and Leana all bundled up

Me and Leana all bundled up

Captain Leana

Captain Leana

And the sun is going down

And the sun is going down

The next morning we woke up, grabbed a bite to eat, and then parked our butts on the beach all day. We spent the day soaking up the sun, reading books, and chatting…

Yep - I am all kinds of Seattle with my technology at the beach!

Yep – I am all kinds of Seattle with my technology at the beach!

Pretty girls and our hats at the beach - all about the skin protection!

Pretty girls and our hats at the beach – all about the skin protection!

After a day on the beach, we cleaned up, grabbed dinner, and headed to a little local bar for drinks and people watching and memory making.

Group selfie at dinner!

Group selfie at dinner!

Letting loose and getting the party started

Letting loose and getting the party started

My teacher of letting loose and having fun - Leana

My teacher of letting loose and having fun – Leana

Pretty girls at the bar

Pretty girls at the bar

Who needs a barstool when you have a swing?

Who needs a barstool when you have a swing?

Group shot at the end of the night

Group shot at the end of the night

The next day, we went through the same routine – breakfast, beach, clean up, dinner… and then a really cramped car ride back to the hotel…

Girls before dinner..

Girls before dinner..

Yeah - 6 people in a really tiny car...it's how we do it!

Yeah – 6 people in a really tiny car…it’s how we do it!

The next morning, we woke up, had breakfast, packed up, and then made a quick stop by JJ’s bar to get one last picture…

Of course, Leana can convince me to climb on the bar for a picture

Of course, Leana can convince me to climb on the bar for a picture

After this we headed back to the states and reality…but not before getting dressed up and going out for drinks one last time….I am beginning to think that is how the “pretty girls” roll 🙂 There it is folks – Mexico in a nutshell.

Until next time….xoxo…Julie