Spring Has (Finally) Sprung!

After what seemed like the longest Georgia winter in recent memory, I’ve been spending most of my free time outside in this gorgeous weather (insanely high pollen count not included in that description) and thus neglecting the ole blog. My apologies! Here’s a quick look at what I’ve been up to these past few days.

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Hello, Goodbye.

The last day of 2012 started with a 75-minute hot yoga class at Be Yoga. During class, I imagined all the negative experiences of 2012 leaving my body with every drop of sweat (and there were a lot). Aside from helping me mentally and physically prepare to welcome 2013, it also took my mind off the fire I felt in my biceps and glutes throughout class – yowza. Later that night, Mitch and I spent New Year’s Eve with my family, as we have for the past four years. The only difference was Mel Gibson decided to join this year.

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2012 certainly had trying moments, but it was also a year filled with new & exciting experiences. We bought a new car, moved into a house, became godparents to a beautiful little girl, and celebrated our first wedding anniversary. I left a job that made me miserable for one that I look forward to going to each day. I ran a 5k, then a 10k, and then a half marathon where I officially came down with the race bug.

While ringing in 2013, I thought of the New Year’s resolutions that I made last year; those I followed through with (more yoga, less stress) and those that could still use some improvement (more blogging, less wine). Is it okay to blame those failed resolutions on all my  stress over the world’s imminent end in 2012? No?

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Apocalypse jokes aside, at the end of the day only I am accountable for my successes and failures, and I am determined to make 2013 an unforgettable year. I will run a race every month. I will learn to play a song on my banjo. I will blog multiple times per week. I will incorporate headstands into my yoga practice. I will be more conscious of what I put in my body (after I finish this pizza and champagne). I will work on chipping away at our debt so we can start seriously saving. I will step outside of my comfort zone – not just with fitness, but with food, music, traveling. And when in doubt, I will turn to Pinterest.

How about you? What are your goals for 2013?

Anything Could Happen.

Christmas has come and gone, and it feels like life is slowly starting to return to normal. Our time in Highlands with my family was everything a vacation should be: relaxing, full of time with family, and not so nice to the ole gut.

It’s been nearly three weeks since my last (awful) run, and with the Hot Chocolate 5k looming around the corner, I know I need to step up my training…like now. The temperature was in the upper 40s around lunch time with no signs of warming up, so I bundled up in my favorite running tights, a long sleeve tech tee from the 2011 Gobble Jog, this running top (thumb holes!!) I recently picked up at Old Navy, my well-worn Braves hat, and my trusty Brooks Ravenna 3s.

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Luckily the sun came out to warm things up ever so slightly just as I parked at the Cochran Shoals unit of the Chattahoochee River.

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This trail was a new one for me, and I was pleasantly surprised. It was crowded enough to not have me looking over my shoulder every two seconds but peaceful enough for me to enjoy the scenery, thanks largely in part to its position next to the trusty ‘Hooch.

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There are multiple hiking and mountain biking trails that shoot off from the sides of the trail, but the main stretch is flat and has multiple benches and water fountains along the way – something I’m definitely taking note of for future summer runs.

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At the end of my 3 1/2 miles, Ellie Goulding came over my Nike+ app to tell me I had run my fastest mile. My app isn’t always so GPS-friendly, but I guess anything really could happen! Although it was relatively short, this run was just what I needed to kick my ass into high gear for my upcoming races, especially since there is talk of running this year’s Warrior Dash in April.

Its looking like this weekend will be another windy, chilly one. I’m hoping to catch Les Miserables with my mom tomorrow and Django Unchained with Mitch on Sunday with some yoga and perhaps a short run in between. What are your pre-New Year’s Eve plans?

A Weekend in Highlands.

Rather than stay in Atlanta, this year we decided to spend Christmas in Highlands, North Carolina with my family in a house I found on VRBO. How cute is this joint?

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This morning we woke up and went for a hike on nearby Whiteside Mountain.

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It’s a moderate 2-mile loop trail up and down the mountain, but factor in the fact that you are walking on one giant icicle, and it feels like much more.

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The views from the top were worth the somewhat precarious climb.

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Plus, I love any photo op that involves a yoga pose with a craggy backdrop.

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Going up & down a mountain while trying not to slip on ice works up an appetite. We headed to the downtown area for a late lunch at The Ugly Dog Public House. All the waitress had to say was “local IPA on draft” and I was good to go.

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The burgers were alright, but the star of the show were these amazing bleu cheese kettle chips. Just look at that grease!

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On the way back to the house, we stopped by Bridal Veil Falls where giant icicles were falling left and right and dramatically smashing on the ground. I’m pretty sure this day has been the most I have lived on the edge all month.

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After a delicious chicken curry pot pie from Paul’s Pot Pies in Marietta, we are now all fireside with a book (or Kindle) and a glass of red wine (or scotch).

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The forecast is calling for rain for the last few days of our trip. I’m envisioning lots of time spent in pants with an elastic waistband, curled up on the couch finally reading Gone Girl.