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3.5 Things I Did This Weekend…

1. Went to A Wedding!

Audrey is a local runner (and makeup artist!) who has become a close friend over the past few years. Yesterday we had the privilege of attending her wedding. Like her, it was a beautiful wedding and fun reception full of love and so much creativity!

2. Learned iPhone Photography Tricks!

At the wedding reception we sat the same table as Julianne. Julianne always posts beautiful, creative photos to her Instagram. So of course, during the reception we talked her into sharing her iPhone photography tips and tricks with us.

We pulled flowers from the centerpieces and photographed them using our napkins as the background. Here’s my finished product:

You can see more results of our lesson at the Instagram hashtag, “photographybyjulianne.” Maybe now I’ll have a more interesting Instagram feed.

3. Ran in Golden Gate Park!

Since adopting my puppy dog, I’ve kept my running routes close to home. Since I was gone for most of Saturday for the wedding, she spent the weekend at doggie daycare.

I took advantage of my “free Sunday” and ventured up to the City to do my longer weekend run in Golden Gate Park. Its one of my most favorite places to run and I have missed it! It was cool and foggy – a nice break from the extra hot weather we’ve been having. I was in heaven!

3 1/2. Celebrated Alyssa’s 4th San Francisco-versary!

Following my GGP, I headed over to Alyssa’s to help her celebrate four years of San Francisco living. But since I failed to take any photos, I’m not sure I can claim it happened… :)

On Not Letting Shin Splints Ruin Your Day – #ONLSSRYD

I should be out running right now, but I had the most painful shin splints I’ve ever had during yesterday’s track workout. I hadn’t had shin splints in almost two years, but they sporadically started reappearing over the past month or so. I’ve tracked when I’ve felt them and haven’t been able to pinpoint any specific culprit or pattern. They’ve never stayed for an entire run but yesterday I felt them from the first step till the last. And like I said, it was the most painful I’ve ever felt them.

This morning I woke up and went straight to my phone to see what today’s workout was. Instead I got this message…

Buckeye fail.

Buckeye fail.

I guess the site is down which I took as a sign. The leg feels a lot better but it also feels hot, like it really wants to be iced. Does that make any sense? I took that as another sign that I should just make today a quasi Rest Day. Meaning – I’m planning on going to the gym or taking a yoga class later so I guess it’s more of a “non-running day” or #NRD.

I’m currently reading a wonderful book on the gifts of imperfections. Among the themes it discusses are courage, compassion and “things that get in the way”, like fear.

Well right now I am scared sh*tless to run SFM in 17 days (!!!). The course is hard and unless you’ve actually run it yourself, you really have no idea. I feel like I’ve had more bad long runs then good ones and I really want this weekend’s long run to be a good one. I suppose this is yet another thing that I’m letting “get in my way”, but by taking this #NRD I feel like I’m being courageous and compassionate to myself (well, my leg).

Not really sure where I’m going with this, but I suppose its an attempt to be more “open” and “vulnerable” (other themes that the book discusses).

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In other news yesterday I got to spend the day with one of my favorite people! #oomff

With #OOMFF

With #OOMFF

She had a special event going on in her office and invited me to participate. I had my own cubicle to work from and everything!

I think I got more of my work done in her office than in mine!

We dubbed the day “Bring Your Friend to Work Day”, or #BYFTWD.

{Side note: I don’t know why, but I am on a big #hashtag kick right now. I usually roll my eyes at blog posts that include screenshots of the blogger’s tweets or hashtags…this one included.}

Anyway, not only did I get to spend the day with A, I also got to see another favorite friend at lunch! And then another Twitter friend happened to be walking on by and I got to meet her in real life for the first time!

Best Day Ever with Bay Area Running Friends (or #BDE with #BARFs)

Best Day Ever with Bay Area Running Friends (or #BDE with #BARFs)

For the most part, I work from home. Even when I’m in the office it’s rare that I see another human being (long story). I run 99.9% of the time alone. So after yesterday’s bitter run it was a real pick-me-up to be around other (running) people (#ORP).

The end.

If I Am Who My Friends Are, Am I The Person I Want To Be?

I’ve had few interesting days last week where I was able to reconnect with old friends. Friends that I haven’t seen in, well…decades.

First I had lunch with a former colleague that I worked with back in 2000 – during the dot.com era. Ironically we worked at a company called Startups.com. And like the dot.com era, that company didn’t last long. Over the years we sporadically kept in touch through email but not much else. A few weeks ago he contacted me through LinkedIn and we discovered that we were located just a town apart. We finally met up for the first time in 12 1/2 years. I really enjoyed catching up and sharing what direction our careers have taken.

Over the weekend I was able to spend some time with friends visiting from out-of-town. We lived on the same floor in the dorms during our freshman year of college.

I don’t get to see these girls very often and it was so much fun to spend the day together. Of course reminiscing about the past was so much fun, but what I loved even more was discovering how strong, loving and confident they’ve become.

I walked away from both reunions feeling thankful to be able to call such wonderful people my friends. At the same time I was little sad that I hadn’t made the effort stay in closer touch over the years. There’s so much I could have learned from each one of them.

The experience reminded me of this article I read a couple of months ago.

If I am who my friends are, am I the person I want to be?

I reread the post and asked myself, “When I take inventory of which friends I spend my time with can I say that it was time well spent?”

Are they people who support and influence me for good? Or do they have a negative energy that makes me be a person I don’t want to be?

I feel fairly confident in saying that right now my time is spent with people who I admire and aspire to be like.

People who are:

+ Dependable – they follow through on their commitments
+ Uplifting – they celebrate each others’ successes without jealousy or envy
+ Fun – they are joyful and exude positivity

I am so grateful for these relationships that teach and inspire me to be better.
(and I know I have a loooong way to go….)

Amidst the daily “busy-ness” that we call life, it truly is important to invest the time and energy with the people who’s attitudes and energy brings us joy and inspiration.

After all, isn’t that what life is all about?