Life Recap: It’s Been Awhile. We got ENGAGED & Bachelorette Festivities!

It is crazy how quickly time goes by. One day its March and in the blink of an eye its suddenly July! So much has happened! Here is a fun recap with photos. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kyle PROPOSED in April!! It was seriously one of the best days ever! How he did it is such a fun story. It starts a few months before April when he was ring shopping. He couldn’t find anything that was similar to previous rings I had shown him (hint, hint boyfriend! LOL) so he found a company in Chicago and had my ring SPECIALLY made just for me! It is a rose gold band with small diamonds and the main stone is morganite. It is gorgeous and I couldn’t have dreamed of a more perfect ring. He held onto the ring for an entire month waiting for the perfect timing. I can’t believe how long he kept it all a secret and how good he was at keeping his mouth shut! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The week he proposed he had told me on Monday that he wanted to get out of town during the weekend and had me choose any hike. I chose Icicle Ridge in Leavenworth, WA. We headed out early on Saturday because it is about a 2.5 hour drive from Seattle to Leavenworth. We got to the trail head and, to be honest, it was nothing too exciting. A boring hillside and most everything was still dead from the winter. We pressed on though! The hike was a great workout and as we got to the very top suddenly we were on top of a mountain overlooking the Wenatchee National Forest! It was absolutely breathtaking! There was even snow at the top where we were! Kyle then said he wanted to get a good family photo (us and our dogs) with the GoPro he borrowed and all I could think was that this was going to be the best family photo EVER because of how gorgeous the views were. He set the GoPro up in the snow and I tried to wrangle the dogs. As I was wrangling them he said “THEY DON’T MATTER” (lol), and as he walked over and turned to me he suddenly said my full name and I suddenly realized what was happening! He got down on one knee and proposed and I was absolutely shocked! Of course I said YES and cried and let me tell you it just could not have been any more perfect. Even looking back now that whole day was so surreal. I was so ecstatic and so was he.We headed back down the trail and announced the engagement to my parents and then of course Social Media. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Fast forward to June and almost the end of wedding planning since we set our date for 7/7/2017. My girlfriends put together a fun Bachelorette weekend in the city. Friday we all took the day off work and went out kayaking on Lake Union and then to some bars for drinks and snacks and had the most wonderful day. Saturday night we all dressed up fancy and went out for drinks and dinner and then we went to a fun lounge called Nectar to catch an 80’s cover band performing. It was SO much fun! I love my girlfriends. Some of the best!

 

In the midst of all of this I also started a new job! It was a much needed change and I am really enjoying life a lot more all around these days. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am going to do a separate wedding post because there is too much to fit it all here! The past few months have been so busy and so many life changes have happened. It was crazy while it was happening and looking back at everything I just typed I am reminded once again of how quicklyย  time goes. I think it is so important to soak in every single minute of every single day. What a great last couple of months it has been!

 

#TBT: That time I went on a cruise with my Mom and two Aunts.

โ€œIf there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.โ€ ~Winnie the Pooh

My aunt recently sent me a bunch of photos from a cruise we took back in September. We left from right here in Seattle and cruised down to Astoria, OR, San Francisco, CA, then up to Victoria BC and back home. The trip was a little bittersweet, but fun. The reason I say it was bittersweet is because the trip was to make memories with my mother. She was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease the summer of 2015. She is 63 years old. To say watching my mother’s health decline is sad is most certainly an understatement. It is heart wrenching and crushing.ย She also has vision problems (she can’t really see out of one eye) which makes things even more of a struggle for her.

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At Bubba Gump Fish Co in San Fran. It was 80 degrees!!

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At a fun brewery in Astoria, Oregon.

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One of the “fancy dinner” evenings in the dining room on the ship.

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Fresh off the boat in San Fran. The 80 degree weather was amazing!

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At Ghiradelli Square in San Fran.

San Francisco was my favorite! We got to spend two days there. The second day we were there I woke up early and ran 7 miles through the city. It was glorious.

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My featured image on this post is the tattoo I got for my mom. An elephant holding a purple heart. Purple is the color for Alzheimer’s, and elephants never forget.

 

Take me back to the WEEKEND: Crossfit, Farmers Market & Beer.

I feel like the older I get the faster my weekends go. I make a conscious effort during the week to find something I enjoy about each day because I don’t want to look back in 10 years and only remember wishing my weeks away waiting for the weekend. I LOVE my weekends, but the weekdays are special, too.

Saturday morning I woke up and met my friend AshLee at her crossfit gym for a team workout. This was my first official crossfit gym experience. We warmed up with a 400 meter jog and then some stretching. After that the coach explained the WOD to us. It went like this: 1000 meter run and then alternating rounds of 5 squat cleans, 5 push-ups and 40 double unders (I modified and did normal single jump ropes because I am too uncoordinated to do a double under, haha). We did that 20 times. TWENTY. After that we had to finish with 50 synchronized burpees over the barbell. The 50 burpees were KILLER. We were both dying at the end. What a FUN workout though! My entire body was so sore the next day. My shoulders ended up with some bruises. A good workout, right?

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The rest of Saturday was pretty low key and involved watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens, eating Chinese food and having some brewskies. One of my favorite kinds of Saturdays.

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Sunday morning I did not work out because I was too sore. We decided to walk to the farmers market a little later in the morning. It was SO COLD. We only lasted for a stroll down and back through the market before we ducked into a cute little burger shop for lunch.My burger was so good. It had caramelized onions and apples with a horseradish sauce. Mmmmm. Afterwards we headed to Kyle’s restaurant, The Kiss Cafe, to work on my beer list. Kiss Cafe has four large coolers full of canned and bottled beer from all over the United States. If you drink 100 beers in a year you are on their Ballard Drinking Team. I had two beers to go on Sunday! I finished and became a Ballard Drinking Team Member! If you like good beer you can imagine this is a fun challenge. I get a custom engraved glass with a quote of my choice. I decided on “Life is BREWtiful.” I am so excited to get my glass!

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That’s the weekend in a nutshell! Sometimes a nice low key weekend is just what the doctor ordered. Next weekend my little brother, mom and aunt are coming into town so we will be busy doing all sorts of fun tourist things.

Lastly, today is exactly ONE week until I can run again. Needless to say, I am counting down the days. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ankle Things & a Killer Spin Workout

“Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.” -Buddha

This is one of my most favorite quotes and I wholeheartedly agree with it. I went to see my doctor today for my THIRD steroid injection in the series (although I have had about 5 total in the history of my ankle). I asked him if he thought it would be good to do one of the new scans first and then do the third injection, but he said no, he needs to keep it on schedule and document what happens. Doctor things. They need it all on paper. I said OK (as I am desperate for anything to fix this ankle problem at this point) and got the injection. A concoction of three different steroids (and 3ml in volume!!) was injected. The most liquid that has ever gone in, and it wasn’t exactly comfortable. It is sore and will stay that way for a little while. Now we wait and see what happens! Although really, I know whats going to happen. ๐Ÿ˜‰ On a happy note – I can run in TWO WEEKS! I am really excited about that. I have a recheck in 5 weeks and we will see how it’s doing and go from there.

After my doctor appointment I went straight to the gym for some spin therapy. I really enjoy spinning and although it’s not the same as running it does release a lot of needed endorphins and helps me to get out any stress, anxiety or frustration. Kind of like running, but not running. I did this killer spin workout by The Hungry Runner Girl and I loved it!

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After spin I did five minutes of plank work. Gotta keep that core strong for my running comeback! Don’t mind my chipped nail polish. I am happy to go run 15 miles in a freezing cold torrential downpour, but painting my nails and/or removing the polish is so difficult. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I am feeling good about my ankle today and am just trying to stay positive. A brief back story of it is that it has been a chronic problem for TEN YEARS, but has only gotten worse and worse since last July. In the meantime I can stay strong, mentally AND physically, and just prepare for my epic comeback. Again. ๐Ÿ˜‰

A Very Rainy Sunday Funday

Yesterday was an unusual Sunday because my boyfriend, Kyle, woke up quite sick. We took it easy in the morning and watched Star Wars. We have been making our way from the “beginning.” We started with Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. I haven’t watched the movies “in order” before so I have really been enjoying this. We recently finished all of the Indiana Jones series as well and I loved seeing that from the start!

After the movie Kyle went to nap and I decided to head over to Discovery Park to take a long walk. If you’ll notice the name of my blog is “Emerald City Runner” and you might be wondering – walking? Doesn’t she run? The answer to that is a most definite YES, I love to run! However, I am currently dealing with a chronic ankle problem and my doctor told me to take it easy until we can figure out what is wrong. I have been working out in the gym and cycling for a few weeks and I was dying to be outside today. I walked about 4 miles around Discovery Park in the pouring rain and it was glorious. I tried to focus on having a good time being outside rather than getting angry and jealous when other runners passed by. “This is just for now, not forever” I kept telling myself. This has been my favorite mantra lately. I CANNOT WAIT to get back to running, but in the meantime I can stay active and know that I am trying to fix my body to come back as a stronger runner, rather than wearing my ankle down day after day and being in pain. I would really like to still be able to walk when I’m 50 ๐Ÿ˜‰

After my walk I headed to the grocery store for ingredients for a recipe from the book Run Fast Eat Slow. I made the Flu Fighter Chicken and Rice Stew (I used quinoa rather than rice). It was smelling amazing! I also made a dairy free blueberry loaf for Kyle because baked goods always make me feel better and I thought it would make Kyle feel better, too. He loves any pastry that has blueberries so I think this will be perfect. It also smells fantastic! Everything was delicious!

I would really like to start blogging daily and am going to try my best to get into the habit. I have always been that person who wants to have a journal to look back on and read later and show my future kids, etc, etc, but I have never been able to stick to pen and paper. I figured – why not try a blog?! This is fun and I can add pictures. I doubt anyone will start reading except my boyfriend (although if my dog could read I am POSITIVE he would follow religiously).

I have a doctors appointment in a few days to have another steroid injection done in my ankle, but I am going to call my doctor tomorrow and ask if we can do a new scan he suggested before that (since I would then have to wait 4 weeks after the injection to have the scan). I am happy to have the injection if he thinks that is best, but I would like them to take another look (I have had two MRIs and countless x-rays) with this new scan and see if they can get a better idea of what is wrong. The Chicago Marathon is in October and it will also be my 30th birthday month (UGH) and I have my heart set on that race more than I can convey in words. I already had to stop training for a trail 50k because of my ankle. The 4 other steroid injections I’ve had have been band-aids and only cease the pain temporarily. Hopefully I can get the scan first. Then once I get the steroid injection I can start running again, but really only until the steroid wears off. Fingers and toes crossed over here the scan shows something obvious and that can be fixed. For now, here is a recent race photo! I placed third woman and PR’d in a 10k. This was a good day. ๐Ÿ™‚