The Best Day

We are getting MARRIED!!!

I arrived in California late Thursday night May 19th. We woke up early Saturday morning and Zach told me that he had something planned, but I wasn’t sure what it was. The ride to wherever we were going seemed like forever, and the only thing I knew was that we were headed north. We arrived to a helicopter pad in Long Beach, CA, around 10:30, and at this point I knew that we were headed to Catalina Island.

Funny story, early that morning I showed Zach that my Facebook memories showed that we went to Catalina Island on that exact day 7 years early! Our high school senior trip was to Los Angeles. We spend about 6 days visit many of the main tourist locations, and on that particular day our class took a ferry to Catalina Island where we spent the day. Zach and I went biking around the island and parasailing. He went snorkeling while while I rented a golf cart with friends and rode around the island. I had always hoped that Zach and I would travel back to the island together… little did I know that it would happen during this trip.

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Adventures in Cali…

A month ago I made my first trip to see Zach since he moved to San Diego, California. This wasn’t my first trip to Cali, but it was my first trip specifically to San Diego. Have you ever heard people talking about how great California is? Yep, they’re right. It’s absolutely amazing. The weather, the atmosphere, the location… all great! 10 days in Cali, here I come.

The trip started out disastrous. My flight out of ILM was scheduled to leave at 5:30pm on Thursday, and I didn’t leave until 3:30pm on Friday. I finally got in around 8:40pm which was 11:40pm EST. I was exhausted, however I woke up around 7:30 to go for a 4 mile run. Zach told me that he lived a few blocks from the beach. I set out to go find it. I faintly remember the previous night him telling the main road that leads to the beach. I made it about 1/2 a mile when I decided to ask a stranger the direction to the beach… well it was 180 degrees the opposite direction. Eureka! I made it to the beach, and sure enough it was almost a mile from Zach’s house. This was the view…


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Running Bucket List

I’ve only been running a few years, but after talking with other runners and doing my own research, I’ve slowly started a running bucket list. I never thought that I would have a bucket list for running, but here it is:

Half Marathon Bucket List: In no particular order

Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville I would love to run this race, because it is in my hometown. Running through downtown Nashville would be amazing.636239628274741609-RnR-MarathonSeriesLogo-Stacked.png


Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas I have been to Vegas before, but I would love to run down the strip at night! The city that never sleeps, I can only imagine how tiring it would be to wait around all day to run a 1/2 marathon at night!! Sounds fun to me!

United Airlines Guam Marathon Since Zach will eventually be moving to Guam, I started looking at running clubs and races. Guam is very, very, TINY. I would love to do the 1/2 marathon for this particular race.

United Airlines New York City Half Marathon I’ve only been to New York once, and it was only for about 8 hours. I was mesmerized. I think that this would be a fun way to see the city, plus you get to run through Central Park!!

Marathon Bucket List. As far as Marathons go… I’ll be lucky if I can even run one.

Marine Corps Marathon– I feel like this might be one of the most well known races in the U.S. Can you imagine how invigorating it must be to run through our Nation’s Capital? Unfortunately the race entry is through a lottery, but hopefully I’ll be lucky enough to get it some day.

Walt Disney World Marathon– I’ve already run 2 Disney races, but I would love to run the race that started it all! This race is always a few days before my birthday in January, and this would be an awesome birthday gift to myself. rundisney-logo




I’m sure as time goes on I will add a few more races to my bucket list, but I think this is a good start! What are your favorite races? Are there any I should add to my list?

Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon

Training? What training? 

This past weekend I ran my 5th 1/2 marathon. Yes, 5! I never in my wildest dreams thought I would ever run one 1/2 marathon, and now I’ve completed five.

Every time I sign up for a race, I always tell myself that I’m going to train and get serious about it… yeah that never happens. I felt that I was properly training for this race, up until Christmas and New Years, and that’s when I took about 2 weeks off of running. I got back into training and stepped it up, and then took another week and a half off for Zach’s Winging ceremony. The race seemed to creep up so fast. It was here before I realized it. I Read more