Ah, good ol’ Southern California. Nothing like home sweet home of beaches and people…compared to the woods and seclusion of my current home, Haha. But I love both of them just as much of course!
I headed down South on Friday to Ventura to spend some time with Whit before heading down to my parents for a bit of a surprise my brother’s and I had planned! We went and saw Star Trek on Saturday, which was really great (so go see it) along with a run and some surfing to round it all out. We also hit up the farmer’s market and the bakery for some item’s for the party on Monday.
Somehow in Saturday I realized that Bobbi was going to be in town running a marathon that ended right down the street from our place so we made sure to make some time Sunday morning to watch her finish! We got up to get in a 5k before she finished and made it a couples run!
We hardly ever run together because he’s usually surfing while I’m running…or I’m running while he’s surfing? HAHA, but anyhow it was fun and I smoked him a little. (wink::wink). We finished, cleaned up then headed down to the beach to the finish line to watch Bobbi finish!
We actually missed her by a few seconds (no joke) but I found out from her husband where they were and congratulated her! She was taking a natural ice bath (ie in the ocean) when I finally found her! She finished with a great time of around 3:30, enough to qualify for Boston! Such a great race for her! I was so happy I got to see her after the race!
And lucky me, I ended up running into a good friend of mine too! She ran the half marathon and was helping her marathon friends finish when Whit spotted her running by! We found her after the race was over found some time to chat and catch up! I’ve been friends with her since before high school and I love hanging out with her!
We headed down to my parents soon after to go and see my kitty! I miss her so much and can’t wait to get her back! I wish I could have her with me where I am now, soon enough…soon enough. Whit and her were having some bonding time too.
So my brother’s and I were surprising my Mom and Dad again (We did this last year for Mother’s Day) with the arrival of not just my brother that lives here in SoCal, but also my brother who lives in NYC whose graduation they had just returned from a few days earlier! Mom totally didn’t think anything was going to happen…we are so great at surprises.
Of course the first place we went to was In N’ Out for my now East Coast brother…so he could get his fix. How could we not? I love their fries…always so fresh!
It was a packed house at my parents but we made it work and while everyone slept Whit got in some early surfing then went on part of my run with me when he got back! I ran a nice, flat 5 miles with negative splits (8:55/8:45/8:15/8:10/7:55)! I can’t remember the last time I ran the negative of splits but it felt good! All this hill running in the Redwoods must be paying off…right?
It helped make room for some delicious food too…Whit and I found this bakery near his place that has the most phenomenal lemon bread. No joke, this stuff is the most sour/tart/sweet/amazing bread on the planet. You have not had real lemon bread until you’ve had this stuff!
No, it’s not vegan but seriously, I don’t care. If I want it I’m going to eat it! We had lunch before hand though, consisting of some breakfast burritos that somehow I don’t have a picture of…but I made some potato hash and eggs while cutting up lots of fruit, while Mom cut up lots of toppings and made beans. It was delicious! So much fun with the family!!!
I miss this guy already though, and it’s barely been 48 hours. How long until 4th of July when I get to see him again? Wahhh…
I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day Weekend! Never before have I appreciated holiday weekends so much for traveling!!! Can every weekend be at least three days long?!!?!?!?!?