I’m currently hanging out up in Mammoth Lakes, CA at my favorite coffee shop, Looney Bean. I’m up here with the Azusa Pacific Cross Country team as we are doing our annual preseason training camp before school and races start. I realize it has been a while since I last posted, so I thought I would catch you all up with the happenings in my life over the past 4 months.
Azusa Pacific got out of school at the beginning of May, so I have pretty much been on summer “break”. If I went into great detail about all the great things I was able to do this summer it might end up being a novel, so please enjoy the shortened bullet point version:
-At the end of May I went to Connecticut with Dave (my boyfriend) to meet his family for the first time. We also got to go to New Hampshire and Massachusetts while we were there and see some of my family as well.
-Beginning of June my brother got married! It was an amazing day and I am so proud of the man he has become and am excited to see what’s in store for him and his new wife, Stephanie.
-End of June I had an opportunity to use my running talents in the modeling world and shoot a Nike commercial.
-The last weekend in June, Dave and I and 2 other of our favorite couples went backpacking in Yosemite. It was my first time truly “roughing it” and I couldn’t think of better people to do it with!
-The following weekend my very best friend, Victoria Martinez, got engaged and Dave and I got to be a part of it.
-Mid-July I went to Chicago for a week for a coaching class and earned my Level 2 license while meeting some phenomenal people at the same time.
-The last week of July and first week of August were spent at the Altitude Project in Mammoth Lakes.
-I also got to spend a lot of time in the soccer world this summer (a major plus of dating a soccer coach) helping Dave out with camps and fundraisers. After being away from the sport for so long, I love being kind of back in the loop!
-I also took a month off (yes, 4 FULL weeks) of running this summer. There was no injury or physical ailment that triggered this, but it was a much needed mental break. It was so nice to live life as a “normal” person for a little bit. As much as I loved it and didn’t really want to start running again, it feels really good to be getting back in the groove.
So that’s kind of my summer in a nutshell. I know I’m probably missing some awesome thing that I did, because I felt way more busy than that, but it was a great one nonetheless. I am ready for my 2nd year at Azusa Pacific to start. I absolutely love my job and couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity to get to do what I love. Let the fun begin…or continue…?!