I’m BA-AAACCKKK!

The last several weeks have been silent here on Come Run or Shine as I’ve been on sabbatical on hiatus on a leave of absence lazy pretty caray-zee busy as we moved 2,025 miles from Los Angeles to Minneapolis at the end of June, began settling in to our new home, preparing for our new jobs, going on a rather spontaneous vacation last week (more on that in a later), and of course, running.

A few highlights:
1. 30th Birthday!! (Last couple days in LA)

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Yep, that’s birthday cake for breakfast!

2. Moving expedition. Many many miles across 9 states, many many boxes.  My in-laws flew out to LA and helped us move – bless them!

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Buckley was the best little traveler! Not one “are we there yet?” Me, on the other hand…

3. We live here now! We were pretty excited when we finally saw this sign.IMG_2791

4. Land of 10,000+ lakes! LOVE.  Running around, jumping in, hanging out by…all activities around a lake. Yep.

5. Running in the RAIN!! I really don’t think I saw rain more than 5 minutes in LA.  I know I know, I sound like a crazy person but I really did miss the rain.  If I said I missed the snow would you lock me away? Ok, I’ll wait on that statement…

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6.  First Twins game in the new(ish) stadium! 4th of July with some good friends. And ice cream out of tiny Twins hats.

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7.  Vacation! (More on that later this week, pinky swear.)

And of course, I’ve been running. I won’t include every run during the last few weeks since you’d stop reading (if you’ve made it this far anyway).

July 1-7: 20 miles

July 8-14: 22 miles

Last week: 15 miles (while on vacation) then got back to Minneapolis and ran my long run (14 miles) last evening.

A friend of mine sent me this cool interview with the Katherine Switzer, marathon hero, that I’ll leave you with:

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Boston Marathon Tragedy

What a horrible tragedy at the Boston Marathon today. Thinking of those affected by this horrendous incident.
http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/15/us/boston-marathon-explosions/index.html

So thankful to hear that my mom’s friend and colleague, Maureen, is safe after running the marathon, as well as SR, a runner whose blog I read regularly.

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I would also just like go take a moment to applaud those selfless individuals who put themselves in harm’s way in order to help those injured – police officers, fire fighters, race volunteers, and spectators – all good Samaritans.
A few quotes that spoke to me today:

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“If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” Kathrine Switzer, first woman runner of the Boston Marathon in 1967. This is a great article:
Washington Post article

And one last: “So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “the good outnumber you, and we always will.” -Patton Oswalt