Remember me? Summer Break is Over!

Hello everyone! As you may or may not have noticed, I took a bit of a summer hiatus.

I don’t really have a good excuse for the hiatus other than I found myself under inspired when it came to writing and overwhelmed when it came to how many things I had to do.

Isn’t that how the summer always goes though?

You have the best intentions of having this wonderfully sunny and relaxing season and what ends up happening is a lot of sweating and jam packed weekends – especially if you are at the age where weddings are a-happenin’! But, fear not kind reader folk, my summer break is over!

So, what have Bob, Henry and I been up to the past few months? Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane (don’t worry, I won’t go through the whole summer, just the weeks since I last wrote to you).

We completed a 5k! And, we did it in pretty darn good time. Me in 28:37 and Bobbo in 21:15.

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We Cape Codded the crap out of August. My family has been vacationing every summer on the Cape since I can remember and this year was no exception. While my parents were there for two weeks, Bobby and I were only able to escape the responsibilities of life and work for 4 days – but 4 glorious days they were!

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No one was spared from the destruction that was the Anna/Bobby mini golf team.

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The two pictures above are shots I took while on a very long bike ride.I did not intend on going for a 15.5 mile bike ride. My intention was to get in a solid workout and Bobby suggested renting bikes so I thought, meeeh why not!? I have completely gotten over the horrific crash of ’92 (or ’93, or ’94 – ’twas some where in the early 90s) when my brakes failed and I went skidding into the sandy gravel, leaving me virtually immobile. TOTALLY OVER IT.

In the end, I was really happy that we did it. I felt awesome for having run 3 miles that morning and then completing that bike ride.  Look who is all exercise-y and sh*t now! ;)

The very next weekend, we got to partake in our first annual Cape Cod Clambake! Do you know the logistics of a clambake? Before this weekend, I had no idea. It turns out, you bake the food in a pit that you have dug in the sand. I recommend bringing men to this event so that they can dig the pit and you can sun yourself on the porch. It was a delicious weekend filled with quality time with my best friends.

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Yes, all my friends are smokeshows. I strategically sourced them to make sure I am always surrounded by the finer things in life.

For Labor Day weekend, we decided to take a trip down to New Jersey to visit with the ol’ Dynarski clan. Henry is quite literally the worst traveler on four legs but the happiness that his visits bring my family makes all the panting, fidgeting, and sweating worth it.

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Throughout the entire summer, we’ve been keeping up our training for the B.A.A. Half Marathon! 4 weeks and counting! Training has been hard and time consuming, but I am really enjoying my new lifestyle as a runner and the views from various running locations certainly don’t hurt!

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Swampscott, MA

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Hyannis, Cape Cod, MA

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The Charles River Run, Cambridge, MA

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The Charles River, Cambridge, MA

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Lake Quannapowitt, Wakefield, MA

I need to run by water. I find its calming nature to be a great source of focus and motivation for those long runs. Oh, and long runs? At this point, my longest run has been 6.51 miles so I have A LOT of work to do before the half.

And, continuing on the running theme, Bobby and I completed our first 10k race today! The Lone Gull 10k Race in Gloucester, MA boasted sweet views, rolling course, and the best after party and I am happy to report that it didn’t disappoint! The views were amazing, I felt great for almost the whole race (damn you final mile, damn you), AND, Bobby and I helped ourselves to the FREE sports massage that was being offered afterwards. Thank you Lone Gull sponsors and volunteers!

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It was an incredible summer and while I am not looking forward to the impending doom of winter, I am looking forward to the three Fs! – Fall, Foliage, and Fpumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks.

Now, I want to hear from you! How was your summer? Did you have a favorite day or trip? Are you mourning the summer or looking forward to the fall?

 

 

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