Running For Fun!

It’s been six days since my accident and I’m still a bit emotional. Monday was the first day I drove for longer than 10 minutes, and yesterday I was back to my normal commute. Needless to say I needed a very large glass of wine at the end of both days to calm my nerves a bit. Betty White is quickly becoming my spirit animal.

Betty White

Needless to say, this week’s focus has been all about relaxing. What better way to calm my nerves than through running? I’ve only been able to go running on Monday (I had errands yesterday that needed to be done) but it definitely helped to relieve some stress.

I was a little short on time so instead of driving anywhere I just went for a short run around my neighborhood. I forwent my GPS watch, I didn’t pay attention to the time, and I just ran. It felt great. I’ve been focused recently on how far I’m running and how fast I’m running. I have been working hard at increasing my endurance so I can run longer without stopping.

I forgot about all those goals on Monday, and just did what felt good. I don’t know how long I ran, how far I ran, or what my speed was. I ran a lot, walked a little and did some stretching when I felt like stretching. Running just to feel good was exactly what I needed. For the first time since the accident I was able to clear my mind and relax.

For the time being I’m going to be running without my GPS watch until I feel that I’m emotionally back to normal. My mental well being is far more important than the mileage goals I had set forth for myself. Plus the only race I have coming up is a 5k that I’m completely confident about. There’s no justifiable reason to have to push myself at this point.

In other news the girly girl in me is super excited because the Jamberrys I ordered came in this past weekend. I was all ready to try them on Monday….

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See! All ready!

and then I didn’t because I ran out of time, so I just quickly painted my nails this awesome purple.

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I do love this color though.

 

However, I have plans to try them so soon. I even got a running themed one!! If you’ve never heard of Jamberrys they’re basically stick on nail designs. I’ll talk more about them in a later post.

Hope everyone is having a great week! What do you do to relax when you’re stressed out?

Wine, Wine Slushies, Sangria and Fun!

It was a great weekend, after a couple stressful/busy weeks with work and personal stuff for both of us my boyfriend and I were able to get away for the weekend to the Virginia wine country and it was perfect. I love wine, which I know I’ve mentioned more than once on this blog before (here and here!). We ended up stopping by four different wineries, three on Saturday and one on Sunday before we got back in the car to drive home.

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My favorite kind of sign!

Despite a short rain (literally no longer than 5 minutes) on Saturday the weather was perfect. We started our day at the Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards after tasting their wines I decided their Viognier was my favorite and enjoyed a glass of that on their patio while we enjoyed the great scenery and the music of Billy Caldwell a local Virginia musician.

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Once the music stopped and last call happened we made our way down the road to Hunters Run Wine Barn for more wine tasting and awesome bartenders, the best of the weekend.

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then lastly ended our day at Dry Mill Vineyards for wine slushies!

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Wine Slushy….It’s as good as it sounds!

We even made a friend a baby praying mantis. I’d never seen a baby one before, and it was easily the cutest thing we saw that day!

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On Sunday we finished out our trip by visiting Casanel Vineyards which was beautiful, and the sangria wasn’t bad either, by which I mean it was delicious.

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Now it’s back to the daily grind. But I’m excited to go for a run tonight, hopefully the weather stays nice for long enough!