Happy Friday to all of you!  Yesterday was my dad’s 59th birthday, so we gathered at my parent’s house after work to celebrate.  Mom made the most delicious side with blueberries, peaches, cucumbers, avocados, sweet onions, jalapeños, parsley (you can sub cilantro) and a little fresh lime juice. For the main entrée she tossed a light salad with pieces of lean steak and parmesan cheese.  She is the amazing Chef Mimi.  🙂

Tonight I am heading to Atlanta to see James for the weekend.   I really enjoy the drive to and from… it is just the right amount of time to relax, think, and get in some good music time.  Going there has become something that I look forward to, as there are so many new things to discover and explore.  When I lived in Atlanta about 8 years ago, I didn’t know where the interesting places were to hang out, so my recent experiences have been very enlightening as to what the city really has to offer.  It also helps that I have a pretty amazing tour guide who knows the neighborhoods so well.

Since Vero has been out of the country on a European vacation, I’ve been doing solo runs in the afternoons.  It is so nice to get out and let your mind clear by doing some solid exercise.  I rarely have a run where I don’t feel at least 50% better afterwards.  I never regret running, instead I only feel regret when I choose not to.  My mileage is still pretty low, only 3-5 mile per day three to five times a week.  But honestly that is just fine for me right now.

Speaking of running, I’ve been considering some new athletic adventures for 2013.  I think I would like to do another Half Ironman, but maybe in a different location other than New Orleans (since I’ve already done it twice).  I’m thinking maybe the one in Augusta, GA or Haines City, FL.  Another fun event that I’d like to do is the Hood to Coast 199 mile relay in Oregon.  That sells out really really really fast though, so I’m going to try to pay attention to when registration opens for 2013.  If you are interested in being on my team, let me know!  You need a minimum of 8 runners, and a maximum of 12.  HTC has filled the team cap on the opening day of registration for the last 14 years straight!  Another run that interests me is the “Run to the Clouds” Mt. Washington Road Race.  It only has one hill…..for the ENTIRE run (7.6 miles).  😀  It is the steepest road race in North America.

Whenever the Tour de France rolls around each year (starts tomorrow morning!), my brain immediately starts dreaming about all of the races that I want to participate in.  It is so much fun to watch those men chase their dreams across Europe for almost twenty days straight.  Some just want to win individual days or trials, while others want to win the whole thing.  I love watching their strategies unfold, while working as a team and also for themselves.  There are so many elements that they can’t predict like weather, injury and mechanical malfunctions.  Those dudes are machines with incredible focus.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend… see you on Monday!

Blueberry, peach, cucumber, avocado, sweet onion, jalapeño salad with lime juice.

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