Friday, April 5, 2013

4 years

4 years ago L and I walked and ran 12 miles from Campbell, CA to Los gatos to get a coffee and back. Little did we know that day was the beginning of what would turn into a grand adventure spanning many cities and countries, many ups (with a few downs) and so many freaking fantastic memories (hot air ballooning, a drive across route 66, Mexican pyramids, Napa Wine tastings, many running events, and an amazing trip to Brasil just to name a few) along the way. We are 2 peas in a pod- well 3 with the CB dog.

Last night he surprised me with dinner at Takashi. You might remember Chef Takashi from Top Chef Masters fame. we've also been to his "Noodles by Takashi" which has some of the best ramen I've ever had (located in Macy's on State St.) we had the tasting menu + wine/sake pairings which was absolutely divine. I can't stop thinking about the incredible food and the red wine blend from Valencia which was one of the best wines I've ever tasted.

Today L is celebrating with CB, because 4 years ago today was their first meeting. For CB, it was love at first sight which was awesome because he usually doesn't like new people, especially men. Seeing CB jump up on L like he was an old friend and interact like they were lifelong buddies that day made me realize almost instantly that L was going to be in our life for a long long time.

After our walk to the Campbell dog park on the Los gatos trail for CBs first date with L, we hit up the Campbell farmers market for some food, and CB went with us. The signs said no animals, but no one said anything to us. CB had on his backpack and people thought he was a service dog!

Modeling our pretzel necklaces at the Chicago beer festival last weekend. We are truly craft beer connoisseurs.

We thrive on experiences instead of things. Because things get broken, used up, or out of style and forgotten. Experiences last forever in our memories. (And in the awesome Blurb photo books we create)

Last Saturday we sampled 43+ unique beers at the Chicago Beer festival.

For Easter we had brunch at Aria in the Fairmont hotel.

Crab cake Benedict at Aria.

This weekend we are both running the Shamrock Shuffle 8k.

This will be my 3rd go at this race and barring catastrophe, should be a huge PR day for me yet again. I'm decently trained and finally in a healthy state. I love this race because it goes through downtown Chicago (a block from our apartment!) which only the Rock n Roll Chicago half and Chicago marathons can boast. All other Chicago races are held on the beautiful lakefront.

Late winter run on the lakefront with CB.

The funny thing is, I don't really care about the PR I'm going to get at Shamrock. Don't get me wrong, I love seeing improvement just like anyone else- but I really love the experience of it all more.

Waking up and walking with L to grant park a few blocks from our place, the electricity in the air when 40,000 people are all congregated in Grant Park on Columbus Ave waiting for their turn to own the streets of Chicago, the sound of the gun going off as our corral slowly moves to the start, that moment when you know it's "go time" as you start your watch and begin to run. That feeling you get, the goosebumps on your arms while running through the city you call home while you struggle to catch your breath from the shot of adrenaline turning onto Michigan ave where the huge crowds are cheering so loud just before the finish. And that final straight shot towards the finish on Columbus Ave, where you're giving it everything you've got to finish strong while the crowds are deafening with cheering and cowbells and excitement for the runners. And then you finish, with a huge smile on your face, knowing you couldn't have given anymore.

Yeah, I really could care less about the PR & number on the clock as I stop my watch- to me, it's about a lot more than that.

- xaar


  1. I love your description of Shamrock! That makes me want to run it! Hee hee! The electricity in the air is something else.

    Happy anniversary to you two! I love that you two are adventerous together. Oops! I mean, you three :)

  2. Congrats on a wonderful 4 year adventure together! I'm looking forward to the Shamrock Shuffle this year. Hope to see you there at some point!

  3. Happy Anniversary and have a great race!

  4. Congrats on 4 years together! I agree that experiences are so much more important than things, especially when you can share them together. And that pic of you ad CB running together is soooo adorable.

  5. Happy Anniversary! :) Good luck this weekend!

  6. Good luck at the Shamrock. I'm sure you will destroy your PR. Just checked the hourly forecast and race time temps around 45 degrees and a measly 5 Mph wind. Should be a piece of cake compared to the Get Lucky! Fingers crossed that the forecast stays the same until then. Hopefully, I'll make it down to spectate and see you flying by!

  7. Happy anniversary! Didn't realize it was it was today, wish I would have seen this before I ran into you guys at the expo. You guys sure have traveled the world and had quite a few adventures! But what a cute little family you make.

    Have fun on Sunday! Even if you're not in it for the PR, its still pretty awesome that you're going to end up hitting one anyways ;) hopefully I'll run into you in the corral. And possibly after. Enjoy your anniversary weekend! Hope the celebration continues!

  8. good luck today!

    Were you disappointed by the beer fest? Or did you end up really enjoying it?