Well, here we go again.

I’ve been flirting with the idea of running another 1/2 marathon for a while now and to be honest, even though I have accomplished it once, it still scares the crap out of me.  For a number of reasons really.

Reason #1–  I will be training all by myself.  Last race I had my trusty, reliable training buddy to keep me motivated.  Plus, when I felt I needed to motivate someone else and push them, I was less likely to stop.

Reason #2– Failing.  Like I said, I have done this before.  Not saying that in a boastful way at all…it would just suck to not accomplish it the second time around. Running is such a mental challenge for me.  I know that my body is capable of carrying me, but it’s that head that gets in the way sometimes.

Reason #3– I will run out of patience.  When I think about how long it took for me to work up to running 13.1 miles, I tend to get frustrated that I stopped running after the 1/2 was over. I continued running small distances, but nothing like I was before.   So, here I am starting all over again in the training process and I know I will have to remind myself to be patient an endless number of times.

There are a number of reasons for me to be scared and they would mostly all sound the same and tie back into each other, so I won’t bore you anymore.  As I look back at previous running entries, I cannot help but crave what comes with training for and accomplishing this goal.  Even for the second time.  My sister-in-law, Lindsey, and I will be training simultaneously for this race.  Her in Missouri and myself in Texas.  This will be her second 1/2 as well;  She just finished her first last weekend!   We will be running the Rock N’ Roll Dallas 1/2 Marathon on March 27, 2011.

I know that I can do this.  It will take an abundance of motivation and focus, but I am actually pretty excited.   There’s just nothing like being on a runner’s high and feeling your body get stronger.  There’s an unexplainable confidence that builds inside of you when you begin to see yourself improve.

Daylight savings is a Life Saver

It’s true.   Although it has been hard letting go of that extra hour of daylight, I rejoiced on Sunday whenever I got that extra hour of sleep.  Plus, Preston and I decided that it was a great way  for us to kick off going to bed earlier. I know, I know…Old person alert!  In all seriousness though, getting enough sleep can help prevent so many health related issues and I am all for that!   It’s been great waking up and actually feeling awake.  As I am typing this, it is 9:58 pm and we are both in bed with the lights out.  Apparently I wasn’t quite ready because here I am.  Too much excitement from date night I suppose.

We had a date night tonight.  When I was at work yesterday I mentioned that Preston and I were having a date night and it was kind of funny the response I received from the other ladies.  They pretty much responded with a, “ahh, that’s cute.  You’re young and married and just wait till you’re our age” kind of response.  As I know much happens as you get older and one becomes much more comfortable with the other,  I sure hope that as Preston and I grow old together that we remember to rejoice in our marriage and do new things together.

Preston took me to this amazing little place in Mckinney that serves tapas.  I had always heard this word “tapas” thrown around but really had no idea what they were…until tonight.   Cafe Malaga serves everything tapa style.  All of your food comes in small portions, kind of like a sample of things.  Loved it. And everything we ate was absolutely delish.  From the hummus to the bacon wrapped dates, I can assure you that we will be returning. They also have a pretty good wine selection.

We ended the night by watching the first Harry Potter.  Preston has never been into Harry Potter, but me on the other hand…well, let’s just say Harry and I have a history.   I mean, we have practically grown up together!  I started reading the series when I was in 5th grade; And here I am now, a college graduate and still loving the books and movies.   Preston wasn’t into the movie and I know he won’t read the books.  I’m  going to keep plugging them though, because I think he will like them after a while.  Plus, they only get better after the first movie. Am I right?

Cheers to more great date nights.

Whole Foods=Whole Liz

Today has been a great day.  When we first decided to live where we currently do, it was sort of a quick, go with your gut sort of decision.  I now can say I am proud to live where we do.  They just opened a Whole Foods about  1/4 of a mile away.  Today I walked and it took me less than 5 minutes.   I realize that my obsession with Whole Foods may go way beyond the normal person, I’m also  beginning to think that I’m not the only one.  The moment I step into this store, I just feel healthy.  While that definitely isn’t how being “healthy” works, I love not having to question the things I buy.  Mostly on the produce front. Wonderful. Fabulous. Brilliant.  That’s all about that.  Happiness is exuding from my body though!

We got our wedding pictures back! Oh my goodness.  We LOVE them.  The day was so beautifully captured by Janae and every single one made me smile and remember just how wonderful the day was.  I still can’t believe I get to spend the rest of my life loving and learning how to love my favorite person in the whole wide world.  Here are a few:

Our beautiful and wonderful friends.

I love all the happiness in this photo

I started it...Oops!

Um, I think I just went crazy posting pictures.  I didn’t even get to the family ones.  I think I’ll hold off for now and save those for another day.

Funny story.  Last night I had a dream that Preston was holding a puppy and I was petting it.  I woke up stoking his arm that was lying across his chest.   I can’t stop laughing about it.

Today I was given the title of “wax specialist” and let me tell you that I am just SO excited! No sarcasm.  Promise.  I will know everything and anything about those Anthropologie candles.  I really don’t know much more about it except that it has made me feel special and it’s sort of a neat.

Toodles.