FINALLY!

Oh heyyyy!

Sorry for the pause; God has been doing a number. Jon and I have both been team leads for Summer In the City, our summer college ministry. The 61 Exchange had their first Atlanta conference at the end of June and it brought on so much life change, and fueled a new heart in me. If you want to read my write up on the 61 Exchange site you can find it HERE. Meanwhile Jon has been playing a lot in the worship sphere and we’ve tried to have as much away time as possible (i.e. lake days and worship trips). God is on the move, he has fueled us, stretched us, and strengthened us both individually and together.

I hope your summer is going well whether you are running, traveling, chillin by the pool, or going through a reset know you aren’t alone and God has BIG purpose through it all. Steward your body, your time, and your relationships well and God will show up big.

Scroll below for training update, race schedule, food recipes, and running tips!

So what’s new on the running front. After I finished the Hotlanta Half Marathon at the beginning of June, which was a great event that God was just good all the way through – from the community He’s allowed me to start building, to the very mild weather, to the solid and steady effort I was able to accomplish all the glory to Him – I took a few weeks completely off from running to give my body time to refuel and refresh. Was it hard? Actually no, I had a few moments were I couldn’t wait to get back and got a little anxious, but the peace and joy that enveloped me through that time was so sweet, and really gratefulness is the story. Back just in time for the Peachtree Road Race, I was ready to just cruise, but my teammates/coworkers around me, the energy from the elites just ahead, the national anthem – flag directly overhead – and the flyover sending chills through my body, the race start went off and my legs just went. A PR and dance off later I couldn’t contain my happiness. So now it’s back to training, currently trying to find a race in between now and Labor Day weekend.

BUT

Finally the countdown is on! What countdown you might ask? The Disney countdowns. Last week we finally were able to book our Disneyland Dining Reservations for September and Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. So let’s get started:

54 Days until the Disneyland Half. Reservations booked: Goofy’s Kitchen & Cafe Orleans.

118 Days until the Wine & Dine 10K. Reservations booked: The BOATHOUSE, Ohana Breakfast, and mostly just enjoying the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot.

180 Days until Goofy’s Challenge. Reservations booked: Sanaa Lunch.

229 Days until the Fairy Tale Challenge. No reservations booked, but the coordinating outfits for this girls weekend are taking shape!

What’s in between: The JG 13.1 in December, but I’m still looking for other race weekends to participate in! Stay Tuned.

On the foodie front:

Blueberry sauce over pancakes for the perfect summer breakfast. I was working a Nuun Hydration demo at Whole Foods and they were celebrating all things blueberries. So along with my gluten free pancakes (Bisquick subbing almond milk and honey for regular milk), it was all topped with a blueberry sauce:

**In a skillet on medium heat stir in the following: 1 pint of blueberries, 1/3 cup sugar (I used organic brown sugar),  and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (I was a little more generous). Stir until blueberries start popping, or about 10 minutes and serve over top warm pancakes.

Running tips/Gear ideas:

If your knees tend to hurt, but you want to keep moving along in the distance events the Hoka One-One shoes might be for you. At first I was a little unsure because they are clunky and the amount of cushion is intense, but the Clifton 4 was released last week and after most of my work day spent in them, I’m all but sold.  

Another great shoe release – the Mizuno Wave Shadow! This shoe is an upgrade from the Wave Sayonara which is my short distance/cross training shoe, and while a much firmer ride, it fits the foot so well and gives you a fun spring to your step!

We are headed to the lake this weekend, it will be fun to get some lake miles in!

 

 

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