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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

So, the very day I posted my last update about how I was getting back into running...I injured myself. I guess it was more of a gradual injury, but that was definitely the day I hit the wall with it. Apparently running over 18 miles during the week, after a fairly significant break, is not the smartest idea. For the last week and a half, I've been sidelined by my hip, which has, at times, hurt so bad I could barely walk. The other day I tried to jog across a street, and it wasn't pretty. It feels a bit better now, but I'm still not sure about running on it. My knee on the same side has also been sore and I pulled a muscle at softball, so essentially I'm just a mess. I feel like I should take another week off (at least), but I'm supposed to run the Seattle Marathon 10k in four days. I guess, at this point, it's not that likely I will attempt it. Which sucks, because I was actually training for it, and I'm so bad about that usually! I also just got some new Oiselle running clothes from their recent sale that I want to try out! Ugh...

In other news, I did go camping over the weekend with some friends, which was fun. However, I can't say I recommend Viento State Park in Oregon for any other reason than its close proximity to Hood River. That was one loud campground, sandwiched closely between a freeway and train tracks. But the local beers and company were top notch!

Fingers crossed that summer continues indefinitely, so we can keep having fun outside! And...that I can recover and be injury-free for more than two weeks at a time.

Summer in Seattle

I kind of feel like I’m trying again. I’m at least doing more, and maybe this is an anomaly inspired by the long streaks of gorgeous 80-degree days, but I’m pretty happy about it. I’ve had a busy few weeks, and during them have spent time with some great people who make me feel liked, appreciated, and included, which is something I’ve lacked recently, both socially and professionally.

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View from my tent at Lake Sylvia

My sister and I have been getting along a lot better and spending more time together than we have in recent memory. Maybe it’s because she isn’t dating anyone and has more time and drive to focus on others, but I’m glad she lets me tag along with things like camping trips and Big Brother viewing parties. We went to Lake Sylvia at the end of July with a couple of her friends, and even though the weather wasn’t great, we had a nice time drinking beer, wine and prosecco. Plus, she introduced me to Kubb, which is an awesome game that’s kind of like bocce ball meets lawn bowling. And I’m kind of good at it. And, of course, I taught them Turkey My Mayo.

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Green Lake with Stephanie and Austen

We also went floating on Green Lake (like, all day) another weekend! We need to do this again, for sure. Booze, music and water? What more could anyone need?

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Post-CHVRCHES selfie

A couple weeks ago was the CHVRCHES show at Showbox SoDo. I was a little iffy on this day as it was happening, but I think it was good in the long run. The evening started out with me feeling self-conscious (why didn’t people want to watch the Seahawks pre-season game with me?!) and ended with being annoyed by the fans at the show and car2go complications. But, I got to see JDH for the first time in a while and watched some of the first Seahawks game since the Super Bowl with the person I went to the Super Bowl with (and against the same team). Christina and Capri left pretty soon after the show started, but not before Capri used her spiky bracelet to edge out some annoying girls who were pushing against me. :)

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Pete Lake

Last weekend, I went camping at Salmon La Sac with more of the same awesome people. It was great being out in the fresh air, next to the river, and my little dog didn’t even really mind the big dog who was there (maybe because everyone kept giving her people food). We decided to go on a hike that we thought was six miles round-trip, but turned out to be closer to nine. Thankfully it was fairly flat, with a lot of up and down both ways. When we got back, everyone was exhausted, and we quickly made dinner. People started dropping off and went to bed, but a few of us watched the Perseids meteor shower from the riverbank, which was cool for a former astronomy nerd like me. I got a flat tire on the way back, but thankfully Raj was there to help!

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Trivia winnings!

On Tuesday, after going on a disaster of a run in Capitol Hill with Christina (disclaimer: it was only a disaster because I’m slow and don’t know how to run on hills), I met up with a couple kickball friends for trivia near my condo. And we dominated!

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JDH and I in the sixth row

My uncle won four (awesome) tickets to a Sounders game, and they were offered to me. I don’t love planning things, because I’m never sure what the response will be, but I know I need to make that kind of effort, if I want it to be reciprocated. (Sometimes easier said than done.) Well, Capri, Christina and JDH snatched up the other three super quick! On the day of, Christina couldn’t make it, but the rest of us had a fun evening!

I don’t have pictures of some other things (Friday breakfast date with Christina, subbing for kickball, beer lunches, etc.), but I’m so happy to spend time with and get to know these people better. It’s been refreshing to have this positivity around when it’s so easy to focus on what’s hard or lacking in life. And sure, it’s also a little exhausting keeping busy, especially after being so work-focused, but this weekend I finally get to sleep in, recharge, and take care of things I’ve neglected during the fun. And then I’ll be ready for more!