Sunday, August 5, 2012

It's Not All About Training

Up until about a year ago K and I were never home on the weekends.  Friday night was always dinner at our favorite sushi place and weekends were spent skiing, trips to the coast, Lake Tahoe - you name it we went there.  We even took weekend jaunts to Seattle, Chicago, Scottsdale, etc just to get out and see places we had never been.  Since our move to the bay area those trips started to slow down for some reason. 

It should come as no surprise I love to be on the go.  This year especially I have spent multiple weekends away training and racing.  However, I was started to kinda miss those weekends we used to have exploring new places, seeing new sights, or visiting some of our old favorites.  I have also fallen painfully behind on some of my other hobbies or taking the time to explore new ones.  Don't get me wrong - training and racing aren't slowing down, I am just trying to make a conscious effort to not forget all the other things I used to love to do and try somethings I have always wanted to do.

Here's what we've been up to!

Curling
I will try anything once - hey, that is how I got hooked on running!  K and I had a blast with my good friend B and her boyfriend who suggested we check it out.  Anyone, literally anyone, can curl.  We learned some fun curling lingo and really, all curlers are interested in is drinking.  All curling matches end in at the bar where the loser buys.  I can get behind that sport.


Half Moon Bay
2 months ago K and I celebrated our 7 year anniversary and he planned a weekend getaway in Half Moon Bay.  We shopped downtown, had drinks at the Ritz, and stayed in the cutest bed and breakfast called the Cypress Inn.  Our room was right on the ocean and sleeping with the door open and hearing the waves crash all night was bliss.  He also earned major bonus points when he told me part of the reason he picked it was because the running trail was just out our front door.  A weekend getaway AND running - can there be a better weekend?!



Painting
When I draw people I draw stick figures.  A 5 year olds painting looks like a Picasso in comparison to mine.  However, I have always wanted to take a painting class.  I found a Groupon for Art Uncorked and knew it would be perfect - give me paint and wine what can go wrong?  We painted the Golden Gate Bridge and had so much so I signed up for another one.  I felt like that guy on PBS who used to paint.  Does anyone remember him?


Yosemite National Park
At the end of June some good friends got married about 30 minutes outside of Yosemite National Park so we decided to extend the weekend and spent a day in Yosemite.  We had been there once before, however, it was in the winter.  We did one of the "signature hikes" - the Mist trail - that takes you to both Vernal and Nevada Falls.  This hike probably deserves a post of its own but it was absolutely breathtaking.  We did the whole 7 miles so we saw both waterfalls (you can turn back after Vernal Falls for a 3 mile hike).  It gets harder the higher you go up but I would say anyone who is active could easily handle this hike - especially if you took the John Muir trail (we took the Mist trail up and the John Muir trail down).  We decided that we have this beautiful national park in our backyard we really need to take advantage of it - people travel from around the world to see it.  Next year we decided to tackle to big one - Half Dome.  I can't wait!


Pismo Beach
Day 4 of ALC started a bit rough for me but seeing the coast in Pismo Beach really turned the day around.  I had been to Pismo as a kid but as we rode through it thought it would make a fun place for a weekend getaway.  We stayed in a cute hotel, ate a lot of fish tacos, laid out on the beach (even if it was in sweatshirts cause it was cold) and went dune buggying on Oceano Beach (where you can drive your car on the beach).  It was fun to explore somewhere new.

Photography
One of my 2012 goals was to learn to was to get my fancy camera off "auto".  Two weeks ago I took an "Into to Photography" class.  It was really helpful to learn some of the basics and now it is up to me to practice.  So far that means I have a lot of pictures of my dishes practicing with the different lighting but it is a step in the right direction.

And the fun doesn't stop there - here's what we have to look forward to:


KAUAI!  

It just so happens our trip coincides with the Kauai Marathon.  Now, I am in no shape to do a marathon but they have a half I am considering just because when else might I be able to run a race in Hawaii! 

Hope everyone is having a fun filled summer!

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3 comments:

  1. I love this post! Painting class? Sounds awesome. Glad to hear you took a photography class. I know those other options aside from Auto can be daunting.

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  2. There's so much about this post that I love - you have so much energy!! We used to do loads of weekends away...and then we had a baby :) However we're off to Yosemite next weekend...may well try that trail you recommend, even if just the first half of it. Can't wait!

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  3. What awesome adventures! I am writing down the name of that place in HMB, it seems like the perfect weekend getaway!

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