Monday, July 9, 2012

A visit with Julia

Do you ever feel so overwhelmed with things that you want to talk or write about that eventually you end up not doing any of it?  That's how I've felt lately.  There are lots of fun things that have been going on and things I have to say, but when I sit down to write about it, I can't seem to put it together.  So I get up and walk away from the computer.  I've decided just to start somewhere and make it small.

One my favorite things that I've gotten to do recently is have Julia come stay and visit with me. She is getting ready to move at the end of this month and I wanted to have some time with her before she goes.  Not just running time, but other hanging out time as well.



She was so patient with my kiddos and even went to see the movie Brave with us.  We got lots of time to talk and catch up and just relax.  She brought her dogs with her and my kids were in heaven.  Logan really liked Zoe and Caroline really liked Riley.  It was such a fun time. 























We got to run together early the next morning and it was fun showing someone else where I get to run. We went on my favorite trail and even ran back up a part again just for a few extra miles.  Once we got back on pavement I started feeling like crap and the last 2 miles were not very fun.  I couldn't get my breathing under control and couldn't wait to be done.  I really don't know what happened.   I didn't feel like I could complain too much though since Julia had run 20 miles the previous day and this was her back to back day.  She's going to run a 50 miler this fall and I couldn't be more excited for her.  She is such a wise, strong runner even though she's still really young.   

I loved that we got to spend some time together before she leaves.  There are some people you meet through this blogging world that somehow become life long friends.  I feel that with so many of you and was really grateful that I was able to meet Julia in the first place and then continue our friendship.  My kids were teasing me because of our age difference.  (11 years)  But running is the great equalizer and gives us something in common.  It was truly a great weekend!

13 comments:

Julie said...

I've missed your blog posts Jenn! Sounds like a perfect weekend!

faithfitnessandlaughter said...

Yes!!! I have totally felt that way! Sometimes I feel like I am reaching for just any topic when I post and then just draw a blank. One of the things that I have struggled with is if I don't have anything to post and not feel bad about that. If I don't want to, then I don't. I am like you, so much is going on and you just draw a blank. :)
Glad you had a great weekend!

Michael said...

Hey Jen... don't worry about age, 50 is the new 30. Love your posts... keep 'em coming. :>) M

Julia said...

Oh Jen! you are the sweetest. Visiting you and spending time with your kind and wonderful family has been one of the biggest highlights of my summer. I am so glad that your kids enjoyed the time with the pups. I think that at least Zoey definitely misses all the play time:) I hope you don't mind that I might steal the pics to share with my mom...I was telling her all about Logan carrying Zoey around and how she was nearly the same size as him. haha! oh this post makes me sad. i suddenly feel anxious every day because i feel like time is passing now more quickly than i would like it to. every second i had with you was perfect. i enjoyed every moment and all our chats/time.

i did have to laugh for a second because i looked at the "11" year age difference and didn't believe it. haha. I had to quickly do the math for myself and realize...oh...yup...you are right. it really is a great equalizer. but regardless and beyond running...i have always been able to relate to you and look forward to chatting with you so much. we will keep in touch and i will be back to visit! i miss you already and am thinking of you often! hope all is well! miss you! thanks again for EVERYTHING! your kindness has forever touched my heart!

Penny said...

I would love to meet Julia. She has such a way with words. It sounds like you two had a great trail run. I bet it is so pretty where you two were running. Good to see you post Jen.

bobbi said...

I'm just getting all caught up - so glad to see you blogging and running and riding! Not sure how I missed you back until now - life's crazy and all that...

I love my blogging friends. I feel like they get me so well :)

susette said...

Julia is definitely one in a million. She knows how to touch each person's life in such a sweet and inspiring way. She will be missed and I am sad as well that she is moving. I'm so glad she got to go hang out and visit your family and run in your territory.

I think age doesn't matter if you have things in common. I have a good friend who is 13 years younger than me and her family makes fun of her for hanging out with me but I don't care. We enjoy a lot of things together and it just works for us. I think my mind doesn't age, only my body. I'm still 25 at heart:)

Tasha @Healthy Diva said...

Glad that you had such a wonderful weekend. I have met some amazing women through blogging and feel so grateful to have them in my life. Even though we don't live close, sometimes I feel like we do. :-)

Rachelle Wardle said...

This is a great post Jen and I am so glad you and Julia were able to spend a weekend together. I know it is something that you will both remember forever. I can absolutely relate to the feeling of sitting down to type but then not knowing exactly what to say. I have been dealing with that a lot lately. Sometimes other things are just more important than taking the time necessary to post and I think that is absolutely okay.

Raina said...

I am glad you got to spend some good running time with your friend! I haven't only ran with blogger friends at races. Your outing sounds perfect!

Coy Martinez said...

Hey! I wanted to come to the trail running party with you and Julia!! :) It looks like you guys had such a good time! I am jealous that you got to see her dogs! I wanna pet them!!

And you're kids are beautiful!!!

Wendy said...

Glad you had such a great weekend. So good to catch up with you here.

Cory Reese said...

Awesome pictures! It looks like you guys had so much fun. I'm jealous!