all the busy-ness of the past few weeks finally led us to a nice relaxing place -- the beach!
i won't bore you with all the tedious details of work, school, weather, home-ownership woes, and general day to day stuff... let's move on to the fun stuff.
we went to myrtle beach on valentine's day and stayed through the weekend. the main motivation for the trip was a big race for me -- another half marathon. this was my second half, and it went really well. the race was HUGE and extremely well-organized. the course was really nice (and so flat i could barely believe it), and the weather was just perfect. i ran the 13.1 feeling really good and strong the whole way, and finished in good time (it was actually the EXACT same time as my last half!). it was a lot of fun being there and being a part of it. i sometimes waver in my feelings about participating in organized races, but in the midst of each race, i am always so excited and inspired by all of the other runners around me. it was such a fun experience! i am leaning heavily towards pre-registering for the 2014 race now...
but of course, the other best part of the trip -- the beach! we had wonderful weather for the first 3/4 of the trip, which gave us plenty of time to play at the beach. the other 1/4 was kind of cold and rainy, which was the perfect excuse to hang out in the pool and hot tub (great for my post-race muscles). we took junie with us, and she was SO GOOD. she could not have been any more well-behaved. she loved playing in the sand and feeling the wind in her fur (which reminds me that i need to call the groomer soon).
it won't surprise you to hear that i took a ton of photos. i'm posting just a few here, and i dumped a bunch more on flickr (click here for a little slideshow).
we love the beach! but as always, it's so nice to be home.