Flying High

We interrupt our regularly scheduled 50 miler training recap to bring you the following:

I have been quite busy the over the last week. Things have been crazy, super stressful, and sleepless, but mostly wonderful.  I have not been running nearly as much as I should be, at least according to my training plan. In fact, I only ran about 10 miles last week, when I should have run 30+.  But there are some times when running must (begrudgingly) take a back seat to life.

Like when you move your entire life into a new home. I spent most of last week packing up my apartment, and all of last Thursday moving into a new house in South Philadelphia in the pouring rain. I normally would have been pretty upset about being soaked, tired, and sore from moving, but in the early afternoon, I received a particular email that made me ridiculously happy...

I am thrilled to announce that I am a new member of the Oiselle Voleé running team for 2013-2014. Oiselle (meaning "bird" in French) is a female-focused running apparel company based in Seattle, and I've been a huge fan of their gear since last year when I bought my first pair of their Roga shorts. I am honored and ecstatic to be a part of their team, and will write a post with further details about what this really means for me in the near future.

I was over the moon about my Oiselle news when I realized that registration had opened up that day for the Stone Mill 50! Knowing how fast marathons and ultramarathons are selling out these days, I immediately signed on and registered for the race. I found it amusing that the longest race I'll run this year will also be the cheapest, at a whopping $35.  No turning back now!

After we dropped off our final load of stuff around 7:00 PM on Thursday, I immediately headed out the door for a watch-free and phone-free run through my new 'hood and along the Delaware River. I could not think of a better way to celebrate becoming a part of the Oiselle team and signing up for the biggest race of my life, to date. I have no idea how far I ran, but it definitely felt right.

On Friday morning, Josh and I woke up at 4 AM to board a red-eye to Turks and Caicos, where we would spend the next four days on vacation with my family. We stayed at an all-inclusive resort, and spent the whole trip relaxing in paradise. Just when I thought life could not get any sweeter, I became even happier than I thought was ever possible.

(see left hand!)

Thus, I am officially off the market, and engaged to my best friend. Sounds cliche, I know, but that's how I roll. More details to follow on the trip and the proposal. Until then, I'll be off celebrating the most exciting week of my life!

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