I have decided to get back to blogging. It definitely will not be as regular as it once was (before I was married), but I hope to get back to my blog roots to keep myself motivated as I train for my next marathon.
So I got married over Memorial Day Weekend!
It took only 9.5 years of going out, haha. We had a wonderful time with our family and friends at the beautiful Willow Heights Mansion!
Such a happy time!
I went on a missions trip to Cuba in July. The Spirit of God is definitely moving in their land!
We moved into out new townhouse when I got back. We went through a whole lot of transitions this past summer.
In October, Joe and I had to go through one of the toughest experiences we’ve had together… we had to say goodbye to our dog, Vanna.
While we were out of town, she was staying at my parent’s home and got attacked by a coyote. She was able to survive the attack for a day or two, but after getting sepsis in her lungs, she could not recover.
We love her and miss cuddling with her everyday. She was an amazing dog 🙂
Good night, puppers. We miss you!
The house felt so empty without our doggy and everywhere I looked, I saw happy dogs with happy owners. We went ahead and adopted a Pit bull mix!
Her name is Rosie (originally named Primrose at the shelter). She is sweet and playful, and just can’t help but jump on any new friends that she meets. Rosie was actually more than 20 pounds at only 10 weeks old. She’s going to be a big dog!
I ran the California International Marathon for the fourth time this past Sunday.
Honestly, with all of things I had to do for work (4th grade teacher at Challenger School), I did not make enough time to train!
Even though I was undertrained and a little bit fluffier than I would have liked to be race day, I still ran and finished the race!
I have quite a ways to go to be back in tip top race shape, but this race reminded me of how much work has to go into this daunting distance. I got up to mile 14 before my legs turned into lead and I had to just think about taking one step at a time until I crossed that finish. It was ROUGH, but fun anyways. I love that course, the weather was perfect, and it gave me so much motivation to start a training plan and stick with it for the next one.
By the way, I’ll be running the Pony Express Marathon at the end of April next year. It’s a super duper flat course, if you’re into that.
Going through all of these life changes over 2016 was stressful at times, but I am just so glad to have a strong support system around me. God placed so many kind and caring people around me to provide comfort and guidance through all these rough waves. I hope that I have emerged more grateful, capable, and ready for whatever comes next.
Looking forward to all that 2017 has to offer!