Thanks to our fantastic personal bargain shopper and neighbor, we have recently created 2 one-of-a-kind t-shirt quilts from reclaimed t-shirts that are available for sale! These “up-cycled” t-shirts created two terrific and unique quilts. Please read on for descriptions. There is more to each quilt than just what is pictured here. (We’d be happy to let you see them up close before you decide to purchase.)
This first one would be a perfect gift for a graduate, specifically someone heading off to or graduating from Virginia Tech. Or maybe a birthday present for a young man hoping to someday be a Hokie? It measures 55″ x 80″ and will sell for $140.
We also have an adorable smaller sized quilt that would be perfect for a young lady, perhaps in Elementary or going off to Middle School.
This one measures 50″x57″ and is listed at $90.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in either of these.
Since Julia’s down and out for the present I’ve been running alone. I usually turn to my list of podcasts on Stitcher (one of the best apps ever invented). But last week after I exhausted all my current podcast, I actually resorted to running without listening to anything…except reality! It turned out to be better than I remembered. In the spring especially, there’s a lot to hear, especially early morning birds. And with them as a backdrop I was able to think, too, and plan my day and week ahead. I really missed our conversation, but it was a good rehearsal for me, to know that I didn’t bore myself as much as I thought I did.
I came across some pretty amazing sunrises too. I can’t resist stopping to take a picture.
Julia is usually very patient in letting me stop for shots like these. With her not along it’s a lot harder to get going again when I’m done! Hopefully by Friday she’ll be back pounding the pavement with me! Sara
Except when the long run doesn’t feel so good. We started off for our long run with no distance set. We have several routes depending on the wind direction. It was a calm, overcast morning and we choose the route along the boardwalk. Upon meeting Sara, I instantly realized she had a head cold.
We trotted off and around mile 4.5 I felt a twinge in my right ankle/heel.
We continued our run and by mile 8.5 I was ready to bee-line home. Starting and stopping was becoming painful. At mile 9.4 we walked it home. Total miles 9.7.
Since the run, I have done everything of which a PT would approve. And hopefully, I will avoid Strike three!
2. Rest & Elevate
3. Motrin (800 x 2)
4. Take tomorrow off.
Sara, I am going to take you up on the offer and pass on my “let’s go for a walk” suggestion. With all the optimism I can muster, I am going to call this a minor pain. Seriously, another injury? I wasn’t even trying to go fast! I just wore a fancy pair of heels last night on my date night! Oh, bother.
How about some good news. I finally had an opportunity to wear my cute new visor. Love my “gas cap”. It was a gift from my college roommate who is an amazingly fast runner. It can hold 2 GU, chapstick, money & probably more than I can think of.
We made a good decision to run Wednesday this week instead of Thursday. There was a nasty thunderstorm around 6 am today! It felt great to sleep in and we are looking forward to “Fun Run Friday.”
Friday we run one of our favorite routes, Croatan. It is a route that takes us south and through the Croatan neighborhood in VB. We meet a little earlier, 5:20 am, because the route is approximately 6.25 miles. This is perhaps the only day that we don’t find ourselves on the boardwalk at some point during our run. It is fun to watch the seasons change and sunrise adjust throughout the year. Sara snapped this picture with her phone last week. One of the signs summer is approaching is that the gates for the public beach access are unlocked, the water fountains are on, and the facilities are open at 6 am. It’s perfect for an early morning pit stop.
Just down that walkway and over the dune is the Atlantic ocean and the rising sun.
Living near the ocean has it’s downsides, one being that the terrain is flat. Here is our one local hill, and yes, it’s a bridge.
Small though it is, it’s what we resort to for hill training…when we resort to that. Fortunately, the view at the top is worth it, especially at sunrise. Have a wonderful weekend of quilt-worthy activities!
Well we didn’t run hills today…just a flat four in a light humid drizzle notorious in VB springtime. Instead we’re ramping it up on the sewing machines, working on a several quilts that will be up for sale soon. One is a beach teen boy theme, another will be perfect for a young girl, and a third made from fleece pajamas that will keep anyone cuddly. As we’re getting toward the end of the school year, if you’re looking for a perfect gift for your student to celebrate the end of another school year, we might have it. Pictures will be posted soon.
Meanwhile, you’ll have to settle for this one from our run Tuesday morning. As we were heading home on the boardwalk, we noticed some sort of photography shoot was going on at the otherwise quiet beach at sunrise. A young woman was wearing a pink fairytale type gown, so maybe senior photos? We enjoyed it, and hope they got the shot they wanted. Here’s hoping for a morning like that tomorrow when we run Croatan!
Spring break is drawing to a close for us. We are each flying home from opposite directions, and the one thing that has me feeling okay about our vacation ending is that we will be meeting in the morning for a long run. Here are a couple views we can look forward to:
Spring Break Ends
Julia loves that one of her stretching! :-) Not many people can say they return home to the beach after vacation, so we count ourselves as very fortunate. We hope the rest of you got some good time with family and friends over Easter. And we hope wherever you are, it is starting to feel like Spring is in your step.
It’s Spring break and we’ve done a trial separation for the week. Julia’s in Mexico and I’m in NY state. We’re still managing to get some runs in. Meanwhile we’d like share a couple more of our favorite pitstops.
This first one is at a golf course about 2 miles from our houses. Water is available year-round. We used to be a little anxious about getting in trouble for ‘borrowing’ golf course water. One very cold day last winter, we stopped for some, but after filling our cups the water kept flowing, the button frozen in position. We quickly resumed our run, and when we got on the road we noticed we were being followed by a worker in a golf cart. We knew we were busted, so we picked up the pace. He clearly could have caught us in a golf cart, but instead it appeared he’d toy with us for a while. After trailing us for a couple minutes, he turned off onto a course path, and we realized he had no interest in us. We felt badly about the water, but never worried about stopping again! They must have bigger concerns than runners who grab a couple sips of water.
The same course has this lovely building which we have named “The Bathtub”. The water fountain is removed and bathroom doors locked in winter, but in summer the doors are open, restrooms are stocked with amenities, and there is usually a cooler full of ice next to the water fountain.
We make a point to stop here during long runs in July and August when Virginia heat is unbearable. If you wonder whether that heat is coming, just look to the water fountain. There’s no question that it will soon be here.
Hi Sara! I hope you enjoyed your rest day. I missed seeing you yesterday morning for our normal 5:30 run, but I did enjoy my extra hour of sleep! I had time for a walk on the beach to see the sunrise. I took this picture around 6:45 a.m. By the time we return from Spring Break, sunrise will be earlier and we should see a similar sight on our morning runs!
Speaking of spring break, have you started packing? I was just checking the weather forecast for Mexico. It looks delightful. Mid 80′s each day with a few clouds. I looked at the weather for upstate New York as well. Mid 50′s with clouds and a chance for showers. I think you might need to pack some warmer running clothes.
Are you planning on using mapmyrun.com to find routes? I imagine you will have the opportunity for some good hill workouts! Just be careful to not over do it. I don’t want you to come back with your swollen elephant knee from a meniscus tear. We are both injury free (knock on wood) and I want to keep it that way!
All runners know the importance of the pit stop. When I go to my in-laws in NH in the summer, I have to create my own with water bottles set out ahead of time. But here in VB we are so lucky to have a multitude already established.
We agree that this humble looking shack is one of the best. It’s open year-round and fully loaded with amenities, including well-stocked facilities and water – with ice! It’s on a golf course with very friendly staff. In other words, they haven’t barred us from the bathroom yet. It’s also quite picturesque, especially now with blooming wisteria adorning the building:
What’s your favorite hometown pit stop? We did have to bring our own gu but we can handle that- cheers!