I feel like time is flying by since we arrived in California. I cannot believe we have been here for over 2 months already!
So what’s up with me?
After arriving in Cali and squaring away the necessities of finding a grocery store, getting our household goods delivered and unpacked, etc. we set out an about to get acquainted with our new surroundings. There is a lot to do and see here and a ton of outdoor activities. We found a new church, a Trader Joe’s, and have hit both the Aquarium and Cannery Row. One of the best features is the location of our new house. We live close enough to walk to the beach, downtown and church. We are still missing some back east creature comforts. OK I’m going to admit upfront that these are clearly “first world problems” but sometimes you become creatures of habit even with the little things. The kiddos miss Martin’s Potato Bread and Chick-fil-A. I miss being so close to the commissary and exchange. Who knew, lol. The kids started school in early August so their summer was cut a tad short. They are adjusting well and are involved in sports and other school activities.
Running here is A-MAZE-ING! The temperature rarely gets out of the 70’s and humidity for the most part is all but nonexistent. When the temps reach over 80 the locals start to melt. Most houses and businesses do not have air conditioning so fans have become our new best friends. There are trails all around me. I can run out my front door and be on the coastal beach trail in minutes or run to the Monterey Bay Recreation trail in about 2 miles. God has truly blessed me as far as giving me an absolutely beautiful place to run. I am starting to adjust to the fact that all is not flat here like Virginia Beach. In the end its going to really benefit my running. It took me a while but I think I have finally found a running group that fits into our family schedule. I would like to make at least one run per week to run with a group. I have been running solo for way too long. I appreciate the comroterey, spirit and the push from a group. I signed up for my first half before we even left Virginia to keep myself accountable and this will help me get my grove back. I am all signed up for the Big Sur Half Marathon in November. It will be my first official half in California and I am so looking forward to it.
Yes I even rejoined the work force and got a part-time job. Its been a long time since I have done anything other than volunteer work. God has also lead me to a wonderful company. I work at a local family owned running store called The Treadmill. They have been so gracious helping me fit working into our very busy family schedule. I am learning new things every day and “The Crew” there couldn’t be any more welcoming or inspirational. Bonus points for Group Fun Runs that the company holds two times each month at Palo Cornona Park up to Inspiration Point. It’s an awesome training run for my stamina. I may not ever make that “hill’ (ok its a freakin’ mountain) mine, but I will make it up there a little easier each time. My husband and I have set that as a goal for ourselves.
Working has led to a greater need to schedule running and working out it general. So I feel for all of you who work crazy hours and still get it done each week. Kudos to you all and feel free to send any tips my way 🙂
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That’s my update for now. How is everything in your world?