Well, I did it! I completed my first 5K. I didn’t pass out. I didn’t walk. In fact, I posted a PR (nevermind that the first 5K is always a PR, right?) of 25:09. I don’t think Nike will be calling me anytime soon but I’m proud of myself, and I’m probably in the best shape of my life. When I started training three months ago, I had major doubts about being able to run 3+ miles. In fact, I couldn’t run more than two minutes at a time without stopping to walk. It was discouraging but I kept at it. So glad I did! FYI – Steve organized the event to benefit Lift Up Autism. He raised over $1,400. If you’re interested in making a donation, you can do so here for a few more days.
We spent the rest of the weekend with our heads in the clouds, figuratively and literally. The weather was too gorgeous to sit inside folding laundry. We visited a local park and hiked, climbed trees & a lookout tower, walked dry riverbeds, ran through a boxwood maze and even spied a snake. Mabrey took a glorious 5-hour nap afterwards. A freak power outage Sunday evening inspired a takeout pizza dinner eaten by candlelight. The kids were so bummed when the power came back on just before bedtime ;) It was a weekend for the memory books.
A few finds…
*An amazing kitchen transformation in a midcentury ranch.
*Broccoli noodles = BROODLES. Yum!
*Um, Ryan, you’re doing it wrong.
*I stumbled upon a (new to me) design + build firm in Charlottesville, Virginia, that really speaks to my and Steve’s aesthetic. The owners’ home is featured in YHL’s new book as “Joey & Jeff’s family.” It’s my favorite home in the book. After some friendly stalking, I bookmarked a bunch of their work for inspiration, including this airbnb rental.
*A lot of you wanted to know the source for my “mama bird” t-shirt. It’s from the cutest lil’ etsy shop, The Bee and the Fox. I have the indigo kitchen towels, too. They’re amazing. #notsponsored
*I did this rambling phone interview thingy with the Boston Globe a few weeks ago. You can read it here.
Hope your having a lovely day!
images: 1-3) Dana Miller for House*Tweaking 4-6) Latitude 38