Summer is finally in full swing in my neighborhood. Going to the beach, backyard barbecues, early morning running before the heat kicks in, outdoor concerts and visiting with family and friends is on the agenda.
Speaking of backyard barbecues, Meg - Meg Runs and her husband Steve (Boy Scout) hosted a blogger meet up at their home. It's so funny how we live within such close proximity to each other and have never met. We've probably been at the same run events, either running or spectating, but have never bumped into each other. This time the happy occasion of Jill - Run With Jill and her son visiting California was just what we all needed to meet. Also in attendance were Chris - The Manly Runner and his girlfriend Alycia, Anne - Run-DMZ, Cindi - AKA Alice and her husband Michael (Walter), and Glenn - The Running Fat Guy. Hubs manned the camera and managed a few great picture.
I was able to catch up with Anne.
"Walter", Meg, "AKA Alice", "Boy Scout"
Meg's back yard is enchanting. It reminded me of what my grandparent's house used to be when I was young. I was inspired.
Boy Scout manning the barbecue as Meg looks on. The grilled pizzas were awesome.
Photo op with Jill.
We had a good giggle about Victor Newman. :)
All of us
Left to right: Jill, Meg, Steve, Chris, Alycia, me, Hubs, Anne, Glenn, Cindi, Michael
I'm wishing I had more initiative and snapped photos, but I was enjoying the company of wonderful friends. It's kind of funny how somethings just fall into place and you just know you're going to get along. Hubs made the comment that we're always going to events, parties, and homes of people I have never met in person, but through the internet. I have trusted that these meet-ups are going to go well, and that no one is extremely off kilter. There are no overtly bizarre stalkers or ax murderers in the bunch. The evening was lovely, conversations flowed, and we left feeling warm and fuzzy. I appreciated how Meg and Steve made everyone feel so welcome, and it was fun having everyone together.
Oh yeah, I run.
Last week I fit in about 20+ miles, even though Daily Mile says 19.5. There's about 3 unaccounted miles that I never took the time to log in. On Saturday I ran 10.5 miles with the track club up the hill that goes to Fort Rosecrans. It's a long, gradual hill, and I felt a sense of accomplishment when I was done. I've never run that route before. One year I think we were out of town when the group ran that route, and the next year I was cruising because I was still getting over the broken foot debacle, made it to the first water station at mile 3 and went back to the start at Harbor Island. It felt good to get over yet another hurdle. I need to maintain at least 20 miles a week, which can be a challenge with a wacky work schedule, but It's doable.
It wouldn't be summer without an outdoor concert. This year was Los Loney Boys joined with Los Lobos for fabulous music and a great time. Having decent seats wasn't too shabby, either.
Of course, since this was somewhat of a stay-caytion, we had a room facing the bay...
Still not a wake yet, but so glad to be there! No, I didn't go out for a run.
Song from Saturday, July 23, 2011:
Just Breathe - Pearl Jam