Life…

I haven’t had the heart (or the time or energy) to update my blog over the last month and a half. Since I last posted my whole world has turned upside down. I will share with you that my husband, you know him as J. Alabama, was seriously injured over in Afghanistan in early June. Baby Jay, myself and some family have been to Germany and then onto San Antonio to be with him. He is still alive and doing better each day, though we are not out of the woods and still have a long road ahead.

I wanted to leave a quick little update here that I will not be blogging here anymore. This blog has been an amazing outlet to share my life but I feel it only appropriate to step away at this time.

Your thoughts and prayers are always welcome. I will still be available through email at destination26.2 at gmail dot com if you would like to check in from time to time.

Thank you all again for your support now and throughout the last three years. It is sad and very hard for me to step away, but due to the nature of this situation it’s the best choice for me and my family.

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11 Randoms

Aneta from My Running Bucket tagged me in “11 Randoms”.

Here are the rules:

1. Post these rules
2. You must post 11 random things about yourself
3. Answer the questions set for you in their post
4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer
5. Go to their blog and tell them you’ve tagged them
6. No stuff in the tagging section about you are tagged if you are reading this. You legitimately have to tag 11 people!

Here are my 11 Random things:

  1. This is the longest I’ve gone without a job since I was 16 years old. (3 months)
  2. My favorite movie of all time is Empire Records.
  3. I’ve traveled to Italy, Spain, Switzerland, France, Peru, Canada, Ireland, Mexico, and Guatemala.
  4. My favorite party drink is the Basque favorite, Kalimoxto. (Half a glass of Pepsi, and half a glass of red wine –over ice).
  5. I was never big into running before 2009, but in 4th grade I was on the track team and once took second place in a sprint race.
  6. My latest snack obsession is brie cheese and figs on wheat thins.
  7. I’m a Sorority girl! (I was part of a local Sorority during college)
  8. I didn’t learn how to french braid until this past summer.
  9. A special treat for me is an iced chai latte, with a pump of chocolate syrup. Chocolate Chai = awesomeness!
  10. I am named after Lindsay Wagner, The Bionic Woman.
  11. I’ve been skydiving,  but honestly hated it.

And now to answer Aneta’s Questions:

  1. What is your favourite song on the radio right now? Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 (I know it’s been out for awhile but I still dance a little whenever I hear it).
  2. Brad Pitt or George Clooney?  Brad Pitt
  3. What is the last movie that you saw in the theatres? Sherlock Holmes II
  4. If you were on death row, what would your last meal be? Dad’s lasagna and glass of red wine.
  5. When was the last time you sent a real letter? A birthday card to my best friend Maria in Boise.
  6. Blue or Black pen? Blue
  7. What is the last book that you have read? The second book of the Hunger Games Series! (Currently reading the third!!)
  8. running, biking or swimming? RUNNING!
  9. coffee or tea? Coffeeee, coffeee, coffeeee!!
  10. cats or dogs? I’m a cat person, but J. Alabama has me convinced that I could be a dog person.
  11. What is your favourite colour? Pink

Now here are MY Questions:

  1. What is your favorite dish to make?
  2. Would you rather sing in a karaoke contest or be in a dance competition?
  3. If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  4. Pepsi or Coke?
  5. What is your favorite movie?
  6. High heels or flats?
  7. Where were you born?
  8. Do you watch Reality TV? (If yes, which shows are your guilty pleasure?)
  9. Have you ever met anyone famous? (Name them if yes).
  10. What’s one thing you would like accomplish in 2012?
  11. Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate or White chocolate?

***You’ve been TAGGED!

  1. Amy — Army Amy
  2. Cynthia – Run, Dream, Laugh
  3. Kim – Just Another Running Mom
  4. Kim – ilaxStudio
  5. Meg – Life is Better than Fiction
  6. Fran – Dutch Girl Gets Healthy
  7. J – Morning Runner
  8. Robin – Robin’s Blog
  9. Katie – Legally Fit
  10. Biz – My Bizzy Kitchen
  11. Cambry – The Road to Happiness

Have a great weekend!!!

The Experiment: Day 5

It’s getting harder and harder to fit in these experiments before our celebration, but we are doing our damnedest to stay as true to the experiment as possible.

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The KY Intimacy Experiment Day five… 

We were challenged to engage in an activity that was new to both of us. Something that neither of us had ever done together before. The suggestions were to take a class, sing karaoke together, or go out to lunch…etc.

It’s crunch time around these parts and I don’t know about you, but the courthouse was screaming our name. I asked J. Alabama how he felt about taking a little trip down to the courthouse.

And you know…making it all official. 😉 Oh how I love him.

He simply smiled and said…well it’s definitely not something either of us have done before.

And that was that. We made a little lunch date, which I’ll have you know is something we do from time to time. But honestly not enough. So I welcomed the chance to see him during the mid day, and squeeled when we pulled up to the front of the courthouse.

Oh gosh, we are really doing this. We are really doing this!

We took our number, waited our turn and filled out the necessary paperwork.

And I can honestly say there is nothing more exciting, than making it official with the one you love.

Well I guess it’s legal now…not quite official.  You’ll just have to wait 9 more days for that!

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I wrote this while participating in a blog campaign on behalf of K-Y® Brand and also received product samples to help facilitate my review. For more information, visit the K-Y Intimacy Experiment tab on Couples Place.

The Experiment: Day 4

*I am participating in The K-Y Intimacy experiment and will be blogging about my thoughts and experiences during this process.*

Last night’s experiment was exactly what we both needed.

The theme of the day was to get outside your comfort zone. At a certain point in any relationship things get a little too comfortable.

You know what I mean…like leaving the door open while using the bathroom, or clipping your toe nails in front of your partner. (Not that I would ever do either of those but still)…

Our actual experiment last night involved being uncomfortable in the sense of seeing each other for all that we are. You know, in the bare flesh.

I of course immediately skipped ahead in the experiment to the part that involved a massage. Because who doesn’t love a back massage right?

What I took from last night’s experiment was to make a little extra effort wherever I can.

To me that means this… giving back massages to J. Alabama (he always gives to me, but I don’t give as much to him, maybe retiring my comfy pajamas one night and upgrading them to something more appealing to the eye, or even just putting away the computer for the night (sorry bloggies) and just read a book next to my love instead.

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We are still loving these little challenges in the experiment and it’s honestly forcing us to be more intimate during a time that it’s needed most.

I say needed most, because my head is spinning everynight from wedding plannning. But the experiment reminds me what I’m doing it all for.

For him. And for US!

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I wrote this while participating in a blog campaign on behalf of K-Y® Brand and also received product samples to help facilitate my review. For more information, visit the K-Y Intimacy Experiment tab on Couples Place.

The Experiment: Day 3

Last night’s experiment presented somewhat a challenge for us we had booked several wedding related appointments in the early evening. But in the name of K-Y I was determined to make it work!

The experiment called for rediscovering that newness feeling  in our relationship. You know those butterflies you had the first time you and your significant other met? Yeah…that!

(This was taken shortly after we began dating.  I was super tired after a wedding, but can honestly remember how amazing his kisses felt that night. Especially because this was the night he first referred to me as his girlfriend). 

So our task was to find that feeling again, but was suggested to do so in the way of roleplaying.

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I figured there was no better way to re-create this newness feeling then by going on a “first date”.

So after our wedding appointments, we went our separate ways and planned to meet up at a bar at a certain time.

I got all prettied up in a fun summer dress and actually got a little nervous before our meeting. I pulled up to the bar and saw his car was already there and walked in pretending like I was going to meet him for the first time.

And there I spotted him,  cock-gobbler  in hand.

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He looked up from his drink and nodded over at me to come sit.

Then I asked him about himself. He proceeded to tell me about his investment banking ventures as well as his travels to foreign lands. I said something about how I loved yoga and we giggled as we tried to pretend we were two other people on a first date.

All was going well, until I realized I knew the bartender and his girlfriend. And it was too hard to explain that we were on a second first date, and oh yeah we were sort of trying not be ourselves.

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Once we broke back into our normal characters, we continued to enjoy ourselves over conversations of our future life together.

We talked about our finances and how we are going to set-up our joint bank accounts, and even talked about future purchases we need to save our money for. Romantic I know! But honestly we got a lot of personal and much needed discussion out of the way.

Who knew a few cock-gobblers and talk of finances would spark those feelings of newness again. Or maybe it was just a Wild Turkey buzz.

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We were having such a great time! We managed to stay at the bar for a few hours just talking and laughing like we had when we first started dating.

I realized then that this was something we really needed. Just to hang out like friends in a neutral place with just each other.

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Then he took me to Pie Hole for a late night slice of the pizza and tried to teach me how to play Donkey Kong on an old table top game system.  And proceeded to laugh at me as I failed horribly.

It was the most fun we’ve had in such a long time!

I’m loving that each day of this experiment brings out different things in our relationship and helps us to grow even closer.

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I wrote this while participating in a blog campaign on behalf of K-Y® Brand and also received product samples to help facilitate my review. For more information, visit the K-Y Intimacy Experiment tab on Couples Place.

Run in the name of Love!

Now I fully admit that things have gotten a wee bit crazy over here. Usually this space is reserved for sweaty post workout pictures of me, enthusiastic run reports, and my newest and craziest fitness fad of the week.

Though lately, it feels like a mish mash of  “experiment’s” and crazy wedding jibber jabber. I hope you will stick around.

Cuz seriously, running is what prompted me to start this blog. And starting this blog is what prompts me to keep running faster and farther. So don’t think I’ve forgotten the purpose of “Beyond Destination 26.2”. Because I haven’t. And I never could.

So to appease all of you who just come here to see my after glow photo shots, here’s one for ya!


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And if that isn’t quite enough, maybe you will go out there and run. For me?

Yeah, remember my Virtual Bridal Shower? Do it!…this weekend is your last chance to run in the name of Love!

Take part in the Love.RUN.Bride virtual run and leave a msg over at Aneta’s place giving a piece of marriage advice, love advice, wedding advice, or heck even running advice! The run closes on July 10th and Aneta will be posting about it on her blog on Monday, July 11th!

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Have a great weekend friends! This weekend I’m looking forward to a 10 mile run, a sweet DIY wedding project and welcoming my bridesman back from Costa Rica & celebrating his birthday! Woo hoo!