Running and Learning

The past two weeks I’ve had 6 good runs. I’ve pushed myself and been loving every minute of it. I didn’t hit my mileage for my long run this week but I added miles to my 3rd run to get my mileage for the week done. I’ve been really busy with work but I’ve really made working out a priority. My social life may suffer a little bit because of that, but I feel like I’ve still been able to hang out with friends.

Tina and I were exchanging emails the other day about my schedule and fitting in workouts. She noticed how I really put in the effort to fit in my workouts now, when I didn’t do that in the past. A couple months ago if I missed a workout I didn’t really care that much. It wasn’t so important to me. In the last month or two I’ve really put a lot of focus on fitting in my workouts. I’ve really enjoyed pushing myself to be better with running. I want to finish this half marathon strong and I want to get faster. I just love love love the challenge running gives me. It’s not about anyone but myself and no one but ME can decide whether I succeed. While I’ve always been a loner, I love my alone time and really need it to be in a good place (ask my former roommates how true this is), I’ve also always played team sports up until I started running. I loved being a part of a team and even if I wasn’t a star player I loved the role I played. Most of the people I still talk to from high school are my former teammates. But I really didn’t have an effect on my teams, but with running I am the star, it’s about me and what I can do!

Now don’t get it twisted here, I’m not a star runner, I’m far from fast, but I am what I put into it. You better believe I’m putting everything into running. I’ve set goals and I’m doing everything I can to succeed. I really am so proud of the lifestyle change I’ve made in my life. Fitness and my health are a priority. And over time my running will continue to get better and I’ll be faster than I every thought I could be. That’s probably years away but every run puts me closer to that point.

This week should be interesting for me as I’m traveling for business Thursday-Sunday. I’m actually really excited to head to Austin, TX! I’ve never been and I’ve heard great things about the city. Let’s just hope the weather cools down a little bit for my 10 mile run on Sunday.

I’m also signing up for my first 10k soon, which would be in 2.5 weeks. It’s a hilly course so I’m not expecting a crazy amazing time but I’m shooting for an 11 min mile pace (which is pretty good for me at that distance). I just want to see how I do and be in a race setting. It’s been since May and I want to feel that rush of adrenaline one more time before the race in December.

This week has also been an eye opener for my experience with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. While I knew many people suffered from the diseases, it wasn’t one that hit close to home until after I signed up for Team Challenge. I’ve mentioned that my aunt has crohn’s and even had part of her colon removed. This week I learned that a co-worker (and friend)’s wife has colitis and is currently in the hospital with a flare up. This pushes me to work harder in my fundraising to help raise awareness and some day find a cure to these diseases that are so debilitating that you end up in the hospital undergoing tests and different drug treatments to figure out what will make you feel better for a short amount of time. If you would like to help me make a difference please donate HERE.

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Rebounding

So the last couple weeks were pretty bad workout wise. I really just had bad runs the entire time. It was killing my confidence. Since I joined Team Challenge I really haven’t been as concerned with the running. I know I’ll be able to do it and instead my stress/anxiety was focused on raising money. This mental lapse totally effected my training. I wasn’t concerned with fueling my body properly, I just ate whatever and didn’t think about how it would effect my runs the next day.

After my business trip last week I really needed to get back into my routine, but it wasn’t that simple I had shifted my weekly chiropractor appt to Monday night and had a massage scheduled for Tuesday night. This definitely threw off my ideal running schedule of Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday with cross training strength workouts on Wednesday and Sunday. Not to mention my BFF, Katie was coming into town on Wednesday evening with her husband, Phil (also my good friend from college) and I planned to spend all day Thursday with them.

Since I knew my routine wasn’t going to happen I made a plan of attack. I had a personal training session on Wednesday, then planned on running Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. I wanted to get my 5 mile run in on Thursday, but I kind of overslept, so I just did my 4 mile run. I had a great day with Katie and Phil so my semi decent run didn’t bother me too much.

Saturday was long run day, I had 8 miles on the plan. Since last week didn’t go so well, Tina suggested I only do 7, but I’m trying really hard to get all the long runs in no matter how difficult they are. On Friday I ate well all day and made sure to have a good dinner of shrimp and pasta. I woke up on Saturday morning a little late and wasn’t able to get ready in time to join my running group. I needed this run to go well and I was determined for it to go well. I went to my favorite flat running trail. The weather was beautiful and I beat the crowd and didn’t have to wait for a parking spot. I knew the 8 miles was going to be tough and I brought a GU to try for the first time. I started out slow, which is hard for me, I usually just take off and go fast (for me). My legs felt good and I just had a great run. I took the GU at mile 4, which tasted absolutely DISGUSTING (no more lemon lime flavor for me), but I definitely felt a boost from it. I decided to pick up the pace for the last few miles and negative split the rest of the miles, with the last mile being my fastest. I couldn’t have asked for a better confidence booster. This run came when I needed it the most and I was so proud of myself when I finished. I really wanted to high 5 someone at the end of my run but since I was solo I decided not scare the other people on the running trail with random high 5s. Luckily when I went to Katie’s house later to watch football and just hang out with her and her family, she gave me a high 5.

I wore my compression sleeves under my jeans to katie’s house to get my legs recovered for my Sunday 5 miler. The 5 miler was supposed to be a pace run, with 1 mile warm up and cool down and 3 miles at race pace. I went into thinking it would be whatever my legs decided it was going to be the day after a 8 miler. Well my legs were feeling good Sunday too and I actually went faster than race pace on all 5 miles. I don’t know what happened this weekend but I hope it happens on race day! I ran 13 miles this weekend and I feel great. I’m just proud of myself for rebounding from my rough travel week and bad runs.

I also have some great great GREAT fundraising news! I’m up to $1130 and 42% of my goal. I still have a long way to go so if you would like to donate go HERE!

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Training and Traveling

I first got the idea for this post on my flight out to California. I was going to write about how I kicked my training schedules’ butt while on a business trip. Well let’s just throw that thought out the window because I did not even come close to getting in all my workouts. Luckily life is all about doing what you can and learning from your experiences to do better the next time. Yes I did just get all philosophical (and used spell check to spell it).

I really had every intention of getting all my runs in, I even brought all my running stuff with me. Including my protein powder, sparkly head bands and water bottle that attaches to my hand so I don’t have to hold it. I did everything I could to set myself up for success, but work happened.

My business trip was to a conference in Santa Barbara. The resort we stayed at was beautiful! Right on the beach in just an amazing setting. My room was huge, I think I could have stayed there for weeks, or years even. My schedule was jam packed the entire time, I thought I might sneak a run in after we got to the hotel before the evening festivities began, but there wasn’t enough time for that. I also managed to hurt my foot somehow. I don’t know if it was the flip flops I was wearing all day or what but the arch of my foot was in so much pain and I was basically limping for the next 3 days. Tuesday we were out late and Wednesday was an early start day so I knew running was not going to happen. Not to mention the 3 hour time change totally messing with my body.

I set my alarm to get up early on Thursday to run. I even talked to the concierge about a running trail nearby. So as I’m getting up to run I get a text changing the time we’re meeting to an hour earlier. And with that text there went my time to run. Thursday was packed with events from 9 am to midnight. I even got my hair did and put on a cute dress…

So after the party with the cute dress, where I refrained from drinking to run the next morning, I set my alarm to get up early and run. And of course as soon as my alarm goes off and I’m getting out of bed I get a text saying we’re meeting an hour early. And there went my running time again. I thought about running in the afternoon but as soon as I got to my next hotel for my solo weekend in Cali I had a migraine and ended up in bed from 4 pm to 8 am and couldn’t even dinner I was so sick.

I got up on Saturday morning determined to run 7 miles even though I didn’t even have dinner the night before. I felt okay so I went for a nice run along this beautiful beach trail. I mean check out this view…

It was amazing! I saw seals and bunnies and ran all over Carpinteria, CA. I even found the cute downtown area and scoped out my lunch spot (that was actually called The Spot). The run itself was not so amazing. There were a lot of walking breaks but I made it 7 miles. I went back on Sunday for 4 miles, also sucked but I needed to get a run in before driving back to LA and heading back to Atlanta.

Team Challenge Week 2

Well I kind of survived another week of Team Challenge training. I started getting a sore throat Thursday that kept getting progressively worse as the days went by. On Saturday morning I woke up feeling pretty bad and I had to force myself out of bed to make it to training. I also had to run around packing stuff for my trip to Chattanooga since I was picking up my grandmother from the airport immediately after my run and heading straight to Chattanooga.

I was about 15 minutes late to training so I missed part of the form clinic, but I made it before everyone left for the run. I planned on just doing the 3 mile run with the group, then dashing across the street to change clothes and grab breakfast to go. The 3 miles were pretty awful, I just felt like crap and my legs were like lead. I ended up walking a little bit, but I also chatted up a couple other team members and my mentor, Deb, along the way. I’m working on my small talk skills, as my friend Katie said to me last night over our after dinner treat of dove chocolates, small talk leads to the deeper conversations. Without those you can’t get to that level. As simple as that sounds it really clicked with me and I can’t expect to just instantly click with these people, I have to work on the surface level to dig deeper.

After that awful 3 mile run, I stuck around for a few minutes to get to know a couple of the team members better. Then I realized I had to get moving so I could change and pick up my grandmother on time. I’m sorry to anyone that was in Chick Fil A in Decatur on Saturday morning.  I totally took over the bath room to change out of my gross running clothes, wipe down with baby wipes and put on fresh clothes. It totally worked out and I grabbed a chicken biscuit for the road. I was also very appreciative of the guy working at Chick Fil A who dealt with my picky self wanting a specific amount of water for my protein shake that I brought with me. A girls gotta do what she can to keep the migraines away!

I’ve made it to 10% of my fundraising goal! I’m up to $275, thanks to all those that donated this past week!! Here’s the link for those of you that would like to donate

I’m still sick, but it’s officially the first week of my half marathon plan with Tina! I’ m hoping to kick this cold so I don’t have to miss any runs this week, last week I missed my long run.

Team Challenge Week 1

Last week was the first week of Team Challenge training. I really didn’t know what to expect. We were spending the first part of the meet up to have a shoe and apparel clinic to make sure everyone has the proper gear to run or walk a half marathon. I just happen to be a gear junkie so I already had everything they showed, seriously every little thing, from the proper socks, gus, and foam rollers. I probably should do a post on my favorite gear, but since I’m no expert I’ll probably wait a little while longer on that one.

After the gear clinic it was time to run. As a group we warmed up and then they split us into groups based on speed. The group was doing 2 miles since it is the first time training for a lot of my team members. Since I’ve been running based of the plan I have with Tina, I was scheduled for 6 miles. I really wanted to go at my long run pace, but since the group didn’t have a lot of speedy runners I got put in the 9-10 min mile group. So I haven’t talked much about speed recently, mostly because I haven’t talked about the training I’ve been doing in the last month or so since being in Atlanta. When I do my longer runs I’m definitely in the 12 minute mile range, sometimes a little faster, sometimes a little slower. It really depends on where I’m running and how ridiculously hot and humid it is. If we’re adding hills into the mix it’s definitely more of a 13 min mile. So this whole 9-10 min mile is more my tempo range, which is usually around 10 min miles and on a treadmill I can push it for a few minutes to get the high 9 min range. From all this prefacing you can only imagine how those 6 miles went for me, basically they didn’t happen. We were running on a busy Atlanta street so the heat from the cars will add to my excuse for why I only did the 2 miles with the group on Saturday and did 4 miles on my own on Sunday. The pace was just too fast for me and I didn’t want to get all crazy in front of the group about not being able to do it. So I ran the two miles as fast as I could, my right Achilles started hurting about half way through and that’s when I decided that it was just going to be 2 miles for me.

It’s hard to join a group when you don’t know anyone and you’re all at different levels. Yes I’ve been running for 8 months, but I’m still a beginner in my mind (and should be considered that in your mind too). I think because I run regularly people in the group think I’m some crazy good runner, plus being a gear junkie makes me look like I know what I’m doing. But I don’t, the runs I do are given to me in a plan by Tina and I just follow them. Sure I give her input of what I like and don’t like and how my body reacts to different things, but I really just do what is on my plan. I just think people have higher expectations of me and I hate disappointing people. But I think I just need to find a way to say nicely, please don’t make me run too fast, I’m going to burn out! I’m currently running 15 miles a week! Which to me is high and I really just got to this number in the last week or so. I know that number is only going to grow as half marathon training really kicks up in the next week or so, but my body is definitely sore and adjusting to the increase. I just need to let them know that I’m doing a slightly different training plan and have incorporated speed work on other days.

Joining Team Challenge is a HUGE step out of my comfort zone. I’m surprisingly more shy then people might realize. Yes I can talk a lot and when I have to I speak up I do, but really I don’t like to. I’d much rather observe a group and figure out all the different members before I’ll get comfortable and open up. My Team Challenge members come from a wide variety of backgrounds and I know no one in the group. I’m slowly trying to get to know the people in the group, but it’s not easy for me. I also don’t like small talk, so it makes it more difficult to start conversations with people. I don’t want to appear standoffish so I’m trying to work on my small talk. The other huge difficulty for me is fundraising. I really hate hate hate asking people for money (unless its my mom and dad, but they’re obligated to help out their favorite daughter). I don’t even know how to approach fund raising and if we’re friends in real life, you’ll probably get to experience the awkward um yes running for charity want to donate conversation, facebook message or email, that will be heading your way soon. If you would like to avoid that you can donate HERE.

Overall I survived week one of Team Challenge! I know once I get settled into the group things will be easier and hopefully fundraising will become easier for me. So far I’ve had three donations and I’m 6% to my goal of $2,700.

I Need Your Help!

I’ve mentioned a few times that I’ve signed up for a half marathon, and actually I’ve signed up for two. Not really sure how smart it was to sign up for my 2nd half before training really began for my first, but I’ve always acted on impulse.

After my 3rd 5k, Expedition Everest.

Speaking of impulses, I also joined Team Challenge, which raises money for research and awareness for Crohn’s and Colitis. Team Challenge Georgia happens to be heading to the Las Vegas Rock N Roll Half Marathon on Dec 2nd, which is the half marathon I already signed up for. Since I’d already made the decision to run the half marathon (plus I’ve already paid for my plane ticket, race entry and hotel room deposit, which is what Team Challenge covers in expenses for you) it just seemed like a good idea to join Team Challenge.

Learn more about CCFA here

To be honest I wasn’t that familiar with Crohn’s or Colitis at first. I agreed to go to an info session for Team Challenge and had the mindset that if I had to raise more than $1000 then I wasn’t going to do it. When I saw the number was $2,700 I almost peed my pants, but then I started listening to the stories of people with the disease and talking with the coaches and mentors of the group. After that I just couldn’t say no and I wanted to help in any way I could to find a cure for this disease. I’m really not going to go into the details of Crohn’s or Colitis, but they are autoimmune irritable bowel diseases. Most people who have this disease are embarrassed to discuss the details because of the nature of the symptoms. After signing up for Team Challenge I found out that I have a family member with the disease.

So I’ve signed up for the task to raise $2,700 for Crohn’s and Colitis and I need your help to make this possible! A donation of any amount would help and I would greatly appreciate anything you can do to help! If your not able to financially support, I would love any moral support you can give me during my training and race.

You can donate online by clicking here. If you’d rather mail me check please send me an email or facebook message and I’ll get you my address. All donations are tax deductible and 82 cents of every dollar raised goes straight to the cause. It’s even more with donations to me since I’ve already paid my expenses and while I’ll be reimbursed, I’m donating all that money back into the cause.

I’m also trying to come up with fundraising ideas, so if you have any good ideas please let me know! I’m already planning to sell a YSL purse on ebay to donate all the proceeds. I may even sell some of my red velvet white chocolate chip cookies too.

Please help if you can! And look forward to updates about my training!

Run ATL

During the moving process, running and working out really took a back seat. My first couple weeks in Atlanta I ran maybe once a week, if that, I did make them long runs (my definition of a long run), but I was definitely focused on other things. While I wasn’t doing much running, I did do a little shopping, which in my opinion is also a workout (those bags are heavy).

I wanted to find a local running store and try to find running groups for when I really kicked up the half marathon training. I found a running store that is local and 5 different stores around Atlanta and the suburbs (Big Peach Running Co.). They have the cool gait analysis technology and video you running on a treadmill to help pick the right shoes for you. Since it was free I decided to check it out to make sure I was really in the right shoes. Turns out I was in the wrong shoes. I was originally fitted at store where the guy just watched me walk and jog and looked at my arch. Since I have a high arch that guy assumed I would need a stability shoe and that I over-pronated. Apparently I run just fine and don’t need a stability shoe, so I’m now wearing Mizuno Wave Rider 15s and have been pretty happy with them.

My cousin in law (aka as my cousin’s husband aka Dan) is a commercial photographer and wanted to test out a new photography tool on my shoes. He took all the pics below of my beautiful Mizuno shoes! Check out his tumblr to see more of his awesome photos.

How awesome are those?? Seriously Mizuno needs to hire him to do their photography. Dan Schultz Photography if you’re in the southeast and need commercial stuff done.

Now that I have these awesome shoes, I had to start getting back into the swing of running. I paused my plan with Tina for 4 weeks while moving, thank goodness she’s so flexible and understanding! I started back into slowly and now I’m up to running over 13 miles a week, with my longest run at 6 miles. My biggest struggle in Atlanta has been the heat and hills, but I finally found a flat trail. I’m back up to three runs a week and I’ve had to get over my fear of the treadmill to get runs in with the ridiculous humidity here. I’m finally feeling strong again and I love how my body is changing from running! In the past 11 months I’ve lost over 10% body fat. I never shared the numbers when I started working out seriously almost a year ago, but I was on the edge of the overweight category. I was skinny fat (well I wasn’t really that skinny, but I don’t think anyone realized how bad it was) and didn’t realize how unhealthy I had become. I finally had access to a machine to check my body fat a couple weeks ago and now I’m in the middle end of the healthy range! I couldn’t have done it without the help of Tina and I’m so happy to be in such a healthier place in life. Now if I could just start eating healthier then who knows how strong and toned I could get!

I’m also pretty much settled into my apartment. There’s still some work to be done in my second bedroom but otherwise I’ve got everything set up. Hopefully I’ll take some good photos and show you my place soon.

I Live Here?

Before I really get into the point of this post, what do you think of my new blog look? Thanks so much to Jenny for being awesome and creating a header that was exactly what I wanted with very little direction!

You would think after 6 weeks in Atlanta it would start to sink in that I live here. Two weeks ago I went to the airport 4 times, to pick up and drop off one of my closest friends (who is moving here soon!!) and to pick up and drop off my parents. As I drive through downtown Atlanta I always kind of pinch myself and think is this real, I live here?

I’m slowly starting to feel settled in. I’m still figuring things out in my job but I really like the people I work with and the company is awesome. They really believe in work/life balance and they’re always doing something for employees. I’m pretty stoked for the travel opportunities with this job as well. The one downfall of my last job is we didn’t get to go to conferences, except for one small conference in Vegas. My new job is sending me to Santa Barbara in September (and I’m staying the weekend, who wants to come hang out with me??) and to Austin in October for a day long conference that includes a 3 day pass to Austin City Limits ( I get to see Florence + the Machine!!!). Plus by mid september I’ll have vacation time!

Since work is settling down, it’s about time I got the rest of my life in order. It’s been go go go around here, with traveling and trying to figure out where I want to live. I was fortunate to have a free place to live for my first month in Atlanta (Thanks Emily and Dan!) but after a month I was ready to have my own place again. After living alone for over a year and a half it was an adjustment to live with people again.

The apartment search was an interesting process. The main thing for me was what part of town did I want to live in. My office is in the suburbs kind of so I wanted to be near that but still feel like I lived in the city. I also wanted to be near a park so I would have easy access to run whenever. After I figured out the general area I wanted to be in I started narrowing the search. I started to pay attention to closet size (seriously one of my biggest concerns), safety and amenities at the complex. The complex has to have a gym and a pool plus have a gate. Fortunately I found a place that is only 10 minutes from work on a back road with a nice park directly across the street. I love having space so it’s a 2 bedroom/1 bath over 1000 sq ft. The living space is a good size and the kitchen is upgraded with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. I’m using the 2nd bed room as a workout/dressing room. It actually has all the closet space (3 of them!) so of course all my clothes are in there.

I’ve been in my apartment for two weeks now. The first week the only furniture I had was bedroom stuff. If I wasn’t laying in bed then I was sitting on the floor. My dining room table was a suitcase. My parents came into town after I had been in the apartment almost a week. My la-z-boy recliner (seriously the best purchase I made besides my memory foam mattress) arrived then too. My parents helped me purchase and put together my tv stand, two bookcases and a dining room table (all from ikea, which is the most amazing and overwhelming place EVER). Plus my mom unpacked most of my clothes. She’s a saint! I think it would have taken me months to unpack if it wasn’t for her.

Check out my new dining room table and chairs (chairs I put together myself!):

 

And these cute accent tables from Home Goods that were such a good deal:

I’m thinking about spray painting the accent tables a fun color like teal or bright purple, but we’ll see how long that takes me to do.

I should be getting the couch and chair + ottoman from my aunt and uncle in the next couple weeks hopefully. Eventually I’ll have to hang up all the stuff on the walls, but my place is definitely starting to feel like home.  When it’s all set up I may even do a vlog tour through it.

If my laziness doesn’t totally take over I may even write another post this week about all the fun running stuff I have going on.

 

Things I learned moving across the country

I’ve been in Atlanta just over two weeks now. I’m finally beginning to get things sorted out. I’m really enjoying my job so far and everyone I work with has been welcoming and friendly.

I’m sure I’ll eventually tell you more about my life in Atlanta, but for now you’ll just have to deal with the things I learned in the 2.5 weeks I had to move myself and my stuff across the country. 

Things I learned:

  • Pods are really EFFING expensive! Seriously they wanted $3,800 and my furniture cost maybe half of that.
  • Uhauls are not nearly as expensive as pods but when you start calculating gas prices you realize, holy shit I’m going to be mad broke.
  • Your co-worker that has a template for everything will have the best ideas to save money and move across the country. He will also make an excel spreadsheet that shows you how much money you will save if you sell all your furniture and ship the stuff that won’t fit in your car.
  • That same co-worker will also remind you of two other previous co-workers who just moved and may be in the need for furniture.
  • It is so much easier to sell your stuff quickly to your friends than to put in on craigslist.
  • You have to learn to let go of stuff. I didn’t want to leave stuff behind, I wanted it all to fit in my car or in the boxes being shipped. I finally just had to kick myself and say stop being an idiot and give it away.
  • It’s amazing how much stuff one person can have in a 850 sq ft apartment. 
  • Giving away a full car load of stuff to goodwill felt GREAT! So did giving all my office furniture away to some random guy in my apartment complex. It was going to the dumpster and instead of me having to help my dad carry it there, that guy carried and got it for free.
  • Shipping via greyhound bus may be the BEST thing EVER! I shipped 550 lbs of suitcases and rubbermaid containers for under $450. I dropped it off on Sunday and it made it to Atlanta by Wednesday. They delivered it to my door (cost me an extra $50 totally worth it!) the next morning. I highly HIGHLY recommend this to anyone moving across the country.
  • I truly have an amazing dad. I already knew this but it needs to be mentioned. My dad took a week of his retired time to fly across the country and help me move. He had no idea what he was getting himself into and I could not have done it without him! 
  • When your dad asks for a scrub brush and you tell him yes I have a magic eraser, he will think you’re being a smart ass and will proceed to make you cry by telling you off. Later he will find the magic eraser and say wtf you have a scrub brush to which you respond yes I told you that, it’s called a magic eraser on the box. Your dad will realize that you were in fact not being a smart ass and it becomes a funny joke you tell.
  • Making a lot of noise while packing up to annoy your obnoxious downstairs neighbor is so fun. And nothing is more satisfying then when the biatch comes upstairs to tell you off and you just look at her and say I’m moving out in an hour, would you like some free paper towels. To which she tells you how blessed she is because she really needed those paper towels. 
  • Giving the little boy dumpster diving in my complex for all the stuff I threw away a brand new calculator and school supplies and seeing the grateful smile and hearing a very sincere thank you very much will melt your heart.
  • You will be thankful you’re moving out of your all the sudden not so nice complex after seeing a meth head dumpster diving as well.
  • Pick a book on tape for your 3 day drive across the country with your dad that does not have a sex scene. Who would have thought a mystery novel would start with a sex scene?? Seriously I was mortified and my dad just thought it was funny.
  • Having a cousin who lets you crash in their extra bedroom for the first month you’re in town while you look for your own place is AWESOME and said cousin is AWESOME! It’s even better when your cousin’s husband likes to cook and makes you delicious meals.
  • Saying good bye to friends is the hardest part of moving. I really suck at good byes and honestly just try to avoid it so I don’t have to deal with the emotions. 
  • You will start crying at random times, like when you’re saying good bye and thanking your mechanic of 3 years. Seriously I got teary eyed at the mechanic’s but not when saying good bye to friends. I was quite the emotional roller coaster.

I honestly had a pretty smooth moving process for having no time to prepare. I also spent as much time as I could with friends before I left which led to a lot of last minute packing and cleaning. I wish I had more time to say good bye in Vegas, but I’ll be back in December for my first half marathon!