And I am back!
I took the weekend off blogging as it was Canadian Thanksgiving and I spent some wonderful time with family and the running trails!
Thanksgiving also means Oktoberfest in this area, which is the biggest Bavarian festival in the world. All I saw of Oktoberfest this weekend was Friday at noon when I walked out of the office to pick up some lunch with a few coworkers.
Friday evening after work, I skipped out and went to see Pitch Perfect with my sisters. What a hilarious movie. In high school, I sang in choir all the way through and in my senior year, I sang in an all girls group of 9 girls called Triple Trio. (Get it?)I was also a XC runner and on the school newspaper.
Yes, I also had braces and glasses, why do you ask?
Anyways. Watch this movie if you like Glee or are enamoured by chick flicks like yours truly.
Saturday morning, I met up with Jesse and we attacked the local hydro cut to gallop through some trails. I am so excited on how cross country season improves my performance; I have shaved over 6 minutes off my regular loop – success!
I got Jesse to take my picture by one of my cool down trails – which is awesomely named.
Jesse wants everyone to notice the level of difficulty.
After that, we packed up and headed to Thanksgiving dinner #1. Obviously I have no pictures because I was too busy eating and talking (not at the same time) to care about pictures. It was with Jesse’s family and we all shared something we were thankful for.
Jesse was thankful at both dinners that he finally had a weekend with me after a 7 week hiatus. *See my Difficulty Level.
After our second dinner, held on Sunday with my family, we all went hiking. We are known to all show up from separate corners of the universe in a car per family member *wince* but Sunday we all piled in: Parents, kids, boy friends and two dogs.
We had a lovely hike and all I captured from the day was the back seat.
Monday we said goodbye to thanksgiving dinners and Jesse and I hit the hydro cut again for some more trails. At one point, he came biking up behind me and said “You look like a child playing out here!”
That is how I feel when I trail run – like I am playing. Scampering over stray logs, climbing over rock piles and sprinting down hills – gasping for air and smiling like a loon. I missed most of the trail races for this season, but I cannot wait to tackle a hard race again and spent some time researching this weekend – more on that later.
The rest of the day was spent helping my father fertilize the lawn and relaxing. I also stroked something off my Boyfriend Bucket List:
“Jesse. Want to watch The Notebook? You said you would sometime”.
“I mean, we can rent a documentary or something.”
“No. Let’s get it over with.”
What a champ. His thoughts? He didn’t say much but “it reminded him of Forrest Gump”.
I’ll take it.
So what am I grateful for?
1. Being completely done my undergrad with employment I love.
2. Having a boy friend that will go trail running/biking with me and agree to sit through The Notebook with me.
3. Having my baby sister home for Thanksgiving and being able to spend it with my family.
4. Having a strong healthy body that lets me climb hills and run trails.
What are you thankful for?
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