As of today life is officially back to normal. Well, a new normal actually if we are being honest. But after a month of wedding preparations, the wedding weekend, our honeymoon, unpacking, organizing, cleaning, going to my brother-in-law’s graduation in Indianapolis and attempting to settle in to our new life we are finally staring normalcy in the face. We have had a whirlwind of a month and each turn reminded us just how truly blessed we are but now it’s time to find our rhythm as a married couple, and more importantly it’s time to get back to putting our health back on our priority list!
I have so many things to share with you guys, I really do. So much has happened, so many pictures to go through, so many fun things to share and it’s going to take me a while to get through everything, so you will have to bear with me as I edit pictures and write posts and share about the fabulous month we just had and all at the same time get back to regular updates on working out, eating healthy and daily life.
Here is a little sneak peak of all the things you can hope to see in the next coming weeks as I get the blog back up and rolling:
Our wedding weekend – we were blessed to have so many friends and family members come to McKinney for our big weekend and we in no way wanted to leave them wanting for things to do so our wedding weekend involved a Wedding Shower Brunch, our Rehearsal and Rehearsal Dinner, a Wedding Day 5K and then of course the wedding itself.
Our Vermont Honeymoon – we stayed in a wonderful little cabin in the town of Fairlee, VT and had the opportunity to rest, take lots of day trips, eat lots of great food and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Vermont. We also spent a day in Boston at the very beginning of our honeymoon.
Our new apartment
Our whirlwind trip to Indianapolis to see Alex’s brother graduate from high school this past weekend.
My training plans – My race schedule is going to look a little different this fall and while I’m still working through it and making plans I am excited to share what’s coming up next for me. The marathon distance has really intrigued me and you will probably start seeing more of those in my schedule for the future. I will also be trying some different distances and race types as well (more on that tomorrow with a fun announcement!) Add to that I will be back to cleaning up my eating starting today and I will also be talking more about that in the coming weeks.
So all of that to say you’ve got a lot of blog reading ahead of you and I’ve got a lot of writing and sharing to do!
And speaking of sharing… I do want to mention that I was contacted a week ago by Fathom Events in regards to the release of Spirit of the Marathon II. I unfortunately did not get to see Spirit of the Marathon when that came out and so there was no way I was going to miss this one. I have attached a portion of the email that was sent to me for you to read. If you are interested in finding a theater and getting tickets to you go here. This is only showing tomorrow night so don’t miss it! I will for sure be at my local theater tomorrow night! Let me know if you have any questions.
“Spirit of the Marathon II” Races Into Cinemas
Featuring Inspirational Stories From Seven Motivated Competitors Running The Rome Marathon
NCM Fathom Events and Competitor Group Take Audiences
Through the Training and Challenges of Facing the Famed 26.2 Mile Race
In Select U.S. Theaters on
The road to the finish line of a marathon is paved with individual stories of motivation, determination and triumph. Set against the sweeping backdrop of a 26.2 mile marathon race through the historic streets of Rome, Italy, “Spirit of the Marathon II” focuses on seven inspiring individuals whose lives will forever be transformed by the experience. NCM Fathom Events and Competitor Group present this highly anticipated sequel to the 2008 award-winning documentary “Spirit of the Marathon” in select U.S. theaters on local time. Audiences will be transported to six countries for an intimate “up close and personal” look into the runners’ lives and the challenges they face – both physical and emotional – on an epic journey where finishing the Rome Marathon is anything but certain. The event also features inspirational interviews with marathon greats Stefano Baldini, Paula Radcliffe, Frank Shorter, Kathrine Switizer and others as they offer perspective and insight into this legendary race and its history. This one-night event will include behind-the-scenes interviews, deleted scenes and memorable outtakes from the filming of the documentary.
Tickets for “Spirit of the Marathon II” are available at participating theater box offices and online atwww.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change). The event will be broadcast to more than 600 select movie theaters across the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.
Film producers, NCM Fathom Events and movie theater circuit partners AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings, Inc. and Regal Entertainment Group will donate a portion of the proceeds from the “Spirit of the Marathon II” event toThe One Fund Boston to assist those families most affected by the tragic events that unfolded during the 2013 Boston Marathon on . The Competitor Group, along with organizations representing all facets of the running industry, has launched RunNow.com to raise money for The One Fund Boston and promote the sport of running.
“Spirit of the Marathon II” is a passion project made by marathon runners and accomplished filmmakers Jon Dunham (director) and Gwendolen Twist (producer), who led a team that includes three-time Academy Award® winner Mark Jonathan Harris (executive producer) and Academy Award® nominee Megan Williams (producer).
“In the sea of humanity at the start of every big city marathon, each individual has reasons to run that go beyond 26.2 miles,” said 25-time marathoner Dunham.
“It is our intention to bring these stories into focus with the ‘Spirit of the Marathon’ documentaries,” said Twist, who recently qualified for the prestigious Boston Marathon.
Filmed during the sweeping panorama of the 2012 Rome Marathon, the documentary brings together a diverse cast of amateur athletes and marathon veterans, including:
- Julie Weiss – Veteran Marathoner – At the Rome Marathon, Julie began a quest to run a marathon a week for a year to honor the memory of her father on an emotional journey to spread awareness and raise money for pancreatic cancer - the devastating disease that claimed his life.
- Ylenia Anelli – First-time Marathoner – While struggling to keep her mom-and -pop running shoe store open in Milan and raising two children, Ylenia takes on the challenge of training to run her first marathon.
- Vasyl Matviychuk – Olympic Marathoner Hopeful – The elite marathoner trains with the pride of country in his heart in hopes that a fast time at the Rome Marathon will earn him the last spot on the Ukrainian National Olympic Team.
- Mimmo Scipioni – Veteran Marathoner – The good-natured, hard-working owner of "Pizzeria Il Podista" (The Runner Pizzeria) in Rome, Mimmo has lined his pizzeria’s walls with photos and trophies from the more than 40 marathons he has run. It is a pre-race tradition for runners to carbo load with Mimmo. For Mimmo, the family tradition of running the Rome Marathon is in jeopardy due to a nagging injury.
- Domenico Anzini – Veteran Marathoner – Prodded by his cousin Mimmo, it took a lot of convincing for Domenico to give running a try. Now, 18 years later, the 73-year-old has run in every Rome Marathon since its inception. The camaraderie and humor the cousins share during their training runs goes to the heart of family.
- Cliff Scott – First-time Marathoner – Scott’s bucket list decision to run his first marathon in his 60’s is an inspiration unto itself. When faced with an unimaginable family tragedy he struggles to make peace with himself during training runs in the woods. It is painfully obvious tha
this loss has taken its toll and calls into question whether he will be able to finish the Rome Marathon.
- Epiphanie Nyirabarame – Two-time Olympian – One of the few professional runners in Rwanda, Epiphanie proudly represents her country around the world to create change for women. Having been deeply affected by the genocide in 1994, Epiphanie uses her resources to invest in her community, advocating for progress and growth, especially for the future generation of runners.
NCM Fathom Events teamed with Dunham, Twist, Harris and Wasserman Media Group in 2008 to bring the documentary “Spirit of the Marathon,” which chronicled the journey of six runners in the 2007 Chicago Marathon, to hundreds of U.S. movie theaters, many of which sold out. The documentary has emerged as a cult favorite in the running community.
“’Spirit of the Marathon II’ is more than a sports event – it’s an opportunity for runners and non-runners alike to come together as a community in their local movie theaters to experience seven different inspirational journeys with each of these runners,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events. “The 2008 event featuring the first ‘Spirit of the Marathon’ drew tens of thousands of attendees. ‘Spirit of the Marathon II’ is a must-see for those who run and those who don’t. It’s an extraordinary experience for all.”