Sunday, August 16, 2015

Seven Year Anniversary

Today marks our seven year wedding anniversary! SEVEN YEARS! Can you believe it?! It feels like it was just yesterday at some moments, yet others make it seem like it has been forever ;)

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And guess how we spent it...

Spectating a race, running 7 miles (one for each year of our marriage), enjoying one another's company, and eating yummy food.

Okay, so maybe it wasn't the most "romantic" day in some people's eyes, but if you know me, then you know my hubby gets me!

When I was coming up with ideas for my #Carlees31 project, I knew I wanted to spectate a race for one of my intentional acts of kindness (since I know how awesome it is to have cheering fans along a course). I was looking at some local races and I saw the America's Finest City Half was during my project... Then I noticed the date... Yup, it fell on our anniversary (don't get me wrong, we normally aren't that "into" anniversaries, but it is one thing to ask your hubby to come cheer YOU on while you run, it is another to ask him to wake up early and cheer for complete strangers on his morning off). I asked him and he surprisingly said SURE!

Since we were spectating, we didn't have to get up at the butt-crack of dawn - SCORE! The race started at 7am and it was a point-to-point race (starting at Point Loma and ending at Balboa Park). We decided we could leave our place by 7am, get down to San Diego by about 7:45am, and hopefully be set up around 8am. After looking at the course map (and elevation chart), we decided to center our cheer station around Mile 12.3 (not too close to the finish line as to have to fight with all of the traffic, yet still far enough along in the race that the participants would need our encouragement).

The plan worked out perfectly. By the time we found a shady spot and sort of hung up our banner (we really need to figure something better for it), the police escort and front runners were coming through!

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I have to say, I am VERY THANKFUL I wasn't running today's race. It was HOT and HUMID! They were calling for a heat advisory - no thanks! We were getting sweaty just cheering (I mean, I know spectating is a hard job, but no where near the exertion of energy it takes to RUN the race).

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I saw a couple friends (Killin' In Kristin, Lovely Liberty, and the Dynamic Duo of Linzie and Leslie), met some Instagram followers (YAY for meeting IRL {In Real Life} and getting #AllTheSweatyHugs), and cheered on runners until they closed the course. Ryan tried to tame Walt the Wiener Dog (sometimes he gets a little testy when other pups walk by and don't play with him or if he thinks runners or bikers go past him too fast), but still rocked his cowbell and #WeRunSocial gear!

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By 10:15am, they had moved all remaining runners to the sidewalk and started opening the streets again. We stuck around for a while longer and then decided we would make our way back to Oceanside.

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On the way home, Ryan was still pumped up from spectating and decided he would prefer to get our 7 mile run in once we got home (despite the warm weather) rather than waiting until later in the evening. Well, if you know me, you know you don't have to twist my arm to go run with the hubs ;) We came home, dropped off the pup and made our way to Carlsbad to get our run on! {PS How AWESOME is it that Ryan just happened to have 7 miles on his calendar for today?!}

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Like I said, it was HUMID! We were socked in with a marine layer (but at least that meant the sun wasn't beating down on us like it normally would be during a noon run). We were dripping with sweat  even before we started our run and the heat was radiating off just about everything (the ground, the clouds, ourselves included).

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It was a pretty rough run, but we made it through! And, as a reward, we decided to jump in the ocean to cool off once we finished. Let's just say I've never seen either Ryan or myself get our Pro Compression socks off faster after a run!

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And as if the day couldn't get any better, we ended the evening with chips and salsa! It might not be a perfect day for everyone else, but for me and my hubby - it was pretty close to perfection!

7 years down and FOREVER to go! #AlwaysAnAdventure

4 comments:

Stephanie Abdon said...

Congrat :)

Cute suit...love the boy shorts!

Susie @ Suzlyfe said...

So many happy anniversaries past, present, and future! In the words of your sign: You Freaking Got This!
It was Alex's and my dating anniversary (as you already know by now), and he finally let me run with him! It happens 1x year, it seems. Apparently tiny blonds intimidate him.

Jen Rawson said...

Happy anniversary! Sounds like a perfect day to me.

Scarabocchio Girl said...

Happy anniversary..in late!
To me, this day looks full of love and happiness, what it counts most! :) Big hug from Italy!