At the beginning of June, my husband and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary.
The following week, we headed to the Outer Banks for the annual family vacation with his side of the family. We were married in Avon so dual purpose vacation! I skipped vacation last year for a race. That didn't go over so well so there was no skipping this year and this vacation was very, very much needed.
You know how the whole running thing hasn't been stellar this year? Well, there has been a lot of job related stress that is partially to blame for that which isn't really discussed on the blog. Shocking, running is only a sliver of real life, right? On top of the increased pressures of work, we delayed another planned spring vacation due to something potentially job related. I was three interviews deep for a job at my absolute dream organization. I wanted the job...bad. Then, I was rejected and we put vacation on hold for no reason. So, yeah, the funk has been for a lot of reasons.
Anyway, while I'm normally the vacationer that likes activity based vacations planned to the minute to pack in as much as humanly possible, I was more than content to just get away, do absolutely nothing, worry about nothing and just waste the days away with no schedule, no responsibilities and no one needing me for anything. I didn't have to solve any issues, answer any questions, sit in on any conference calls and the days were not packed to the max with work and non-work commitments. It was wonderful!
Shortly before we left, my husband said we should bring one of the dogs with us. So, we illegally smuggled this one for the week. This would be him on the beach barking at a kite. Who knew children flying kites were so threatening.
I think the old man needed a vacation too because he acted like a puppy on this trip and seemed to enjoy the time away and all the attention just for him. Digging in the sand and chasing crabs were the highlights of his week. I also didn't care one bit that he looked like this often since it wasn't my house he was running into with all this sand.
A couple days before we left, I noticed Lisa at Because I Can... mentioned vacationing at the Outer Banks the same week. What are the chances of all the miles that make up the 'Outer Banks' between Corolla and Ocracoke that we might be near each other? Well, I'm glad I sent the e-mail because we were staying at houses 2 miles apart from each other. Running in North Carolina in the heat and humidity on all flat land is always rough for me but on Thursday, we met up and covered a few miles! The time went by much more quickly than all the other days I suffered through major sweat fests!
Back home and refreshed, I'm looking forward to a few things. First, it's been exactly one year since my favorite race ever, Highlands Sky 40 mile (also the race that I skipped last year's vacation for). I've been thinking about that race quite a bit recently. First, I'm a little disappointed in the amount of fitness I've lost since then but more so because that race was a big, ultimate goal a couple of year's in the making. I haven't really had another huge goal that seems completely unattainable that I've wanted to work towards since then.
That is, until now. I think I found it. But, like Highlands Sky, it will remain with just me for awhile. It likely won't happen this year and maybe not even next but I think I found the next big race that I want to work towards and I can't stop thinking about it.
For now though, it's time to focus on the short term. Because, Baltimore Marathon training is officially kicking off...guess I should actually write down some sort of 'plan'! :)