I Learned A Hard Lesson Today

I managed to run an 82 mile relay race this weekend and my feet came out — well surprisingly well.  No major blisters and no noticeable pain.  WIN!

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Then I decided to go on a little walk today during a break that I had in my work schedule.

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And managed to TOTALLY screw up my feet.

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Yes my friends.  Even if your runners feet are beast enough to tackle a relay, they are likely not beast enough to tackle a long hilly walk in heels.

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After 3 slow miles around my new work-hood, I am not walking barefoot and sporting 5 different bandaids.  I kid you not.  How does that even happen?  Two major pinky toe blisters, two ankle blisters, and one big toe blister.  Brilliant Ash.  I guess it’s a good thing I wasn’t planning on running until well later into the week, right?

Ahh well. . . you win some {like running a relay} and you lose some {like I will be losing these heels}.

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My mangled feet didn’t stop me from enjoying a nice {warm} little bike ride with the hubby post work to catch up on our first days back in the office.

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8 and a half miles of hills and lake riding, the perfect way to wrap up a Monday Tuesday and work up an appetite.

Labor Day

Now that the real business for the day is done, let’s backtrack to my Labor Day Activities.


I could lie to you all and make us sound a lot cooler than we are, but I like you guys.  So I wont.  Needless to say Zach and I had an epic Parenthood marathon broken up only by a mile long walk with the Gusman, prepping dinner, and catching up with a few friends.  Yup — that’s how we spent our Labor Day.  And I wouldn’t change a thing.

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A large green salad to share, with chicken for me, steak for Z, and grilled veggies to share.  At least we celebrated the holiday appropriately in one sense.

How was your Labor Day Weekend?  What did you do?

My Mini Vacation

And just like that, my mini vacation is coming to an end.  I apologize that I have been a tad distant from the blogger world the past few days.

When I walked out of the office Wednesday afternoon, I knew I had a jam packed schedule ahead of me.   What I didn’t know is how exhausted I would be by the end of it because it was just Such.A.Blast.

My Mini Vacation Highlights


running with my favorite boys

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Drinks and celebratory sushi

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A night in the mountains

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A mentally and physically challenging hike in the mountains

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The most fun race I have ever participated in

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And some time catching up with old friends for an old fashioned Sunday Funday.

While I don’t think I could have packed too much more into my mini vacation, I wouldn’t change a second of it.   I woke up this morning, and slowly enjoyed my coffee while I started thinking about everything that I have ahead of me.

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I really don’t know what’s going to happen at this new position.  I know it’s going to be challenging, I know it’s going to be emotionally harsh at times, and I know the hours will be long.

But more importantly, I feel like I am joining what seems to be an amazing agency that really cares about their employees and the work that they do.  I have an amazingly supportive family that I know will have dinner on the table for me after long days, and fully support me when I choose to hit the gym for an hour after a 10-12 hour day, just for my own sanity.

What I want to prioritize during the next couple of weeks is staying level headed during such a huge time of transition.  I want to continue to prioritize my family, my health, and my overall balance that seems to be the first thing to drop when times get busy.

Of course, I fully intend for that to include my LOVE here at Chocolate Medals, so bear with me while I mumble and share with you all my ups and downs of this little roller coaster I’ve been on.  The support I get from you all means more than you know — so I hope you stick around 🙂

And just because. . . 

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Scenes from  my morning bike ride. . .

The beautiful Sloan’s Lake, just part of my bike ride this  morning that may or may not have ended with me stopping at a cupcake shop for “final celebration treats” to wrap up my mini vaca.  Gluten free mexican chocolate for me, and I can’t wait 🙂  Life is all about balance, am I right?

Any advice for me going into all this?