This past weekend my Grandmom and took a road trip to New Mexico to see “Sweeney Todd” featuring my Aunt Diane as Mrs. Lovett, and my cousin Nora (Aunt Diane’s daughter) as the director. Time with Grandmom is always the best. I could listen to her stories for days and days- stories of marriage and motherhood, a life of an Air Force wife, the list goes on and on. My favorite are stories about my mom.
Grandmom is pretty hilarious without trying to be. I didn’t bring many clothes for the weekend, and on Saturday night she commented that she liked the nice jeans I had just put on. “Nice?” I replied. “You know, they don’t have a bunch of holes in them.” Haha!! Oh and when she saw this Harley she said, “Take my picture in front of this big motorcycle.” Don’t mind if I do! The musical was awesome. I am related to some seriously talented people!
The above picture: Joyce (Aunt Diane’s mother-in-law, she’s another amazing lady by the way), Aunt Diane as Mrs. Lovett, me, Nora (the director), and Grandmom.
While I was in New Mexico, someone commented on my YouTube video. When you are old and have four kids, comments like this aren’t creepy, they’re awesome!!! (Still haven’t cleaned out the inbox, guys. Sorry.)
I was pretty stoked to come home to these big brown eyes: (I promise I have three other kids, this one is just with me all the time, so she hogs most of my camera roll.)
In running news, the morning weather in Arizona is pretty impeccable. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I satisfied my craving to be at the top of a mountain on Friday morning (before I left with Grandmom.) It was beautiful!! Here’s the photo in case you missed it:
Yesterday morning I managed slow, easy 15 miles on my favorite road in Arizona:
This road is located by Rio Verde near Fountain Hills. It’s not close, but it’s worth the drive. It’s 8 miles long (I park at the intersection of Forest Road and McDowell Mountain Road) with rolling hills and no stoplights. When I was training for the race that still holds my PR (Utah Valley 2010), I completed every single long run on this road. I know it well. Like I said on Instagram, this road feels like an old friend and not just a strip of pavement.
As I was running, I saw several gigantic spiders. I’m pretty sure they all were dead, but they were disgusting. Maybe it was due to the recent rainfall. I had to take a picture. I put my foot in there so everyone could see how huge they were.
After today’s 15 miler, it’s just short easy, recovery runs until NYC Marathon. I plan on taking it really easy in NYC. Like go without headphones, take pictures, high five everyone, and take occasional walk breaks kind of easy. I’m just gonna have fun! I can’t wait!!