April 16, 2013

My Heart is in Boston

I am still shocked and speechless over the events of yesterday. I was following the Boston marathon all morning on twitter and was stunned when I heard the news. While these bombings are tragic for everyone, this seems especially hard for the running community. It feels personal. 

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I’ve talked about running the Boston Marathon for the last year. I’ve followed the training of the Neon Blond Runner and Ali at Miles with Style. Yet, that dream of running Boston seems different now. I continue to be heartbroken over the injuries and deaths of yesterday and inspired by the heroes and runners. Cori has a heart felt post on the events of yesterday, to which all runners can relate.

Today I laced up my running shoes and ran for Boston. And while I ran, I was reminded that running is a gift. Running has changed my life, left me empowered and a stronger person. Yesterday didn’t ruin that. 

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Sending love to Boston, 
Hannah 

April 14, 2013

Weekend Review: Atlanta, Visit with Mom, and (maybe) a new Adventure!

Hey all! Does Sunday feel kind of sad to you? I always get rather disappointed when I realize Monday morning is only a few short hours away. Then again, after such a fabulous weekend, who wouldn’t be a little bummed? 

I was off on Friday and met up with my mother in Atlanta for a few days. She had just returned from a trip to Guatemala  but graciously got back on a plane and came to meet me ๐Ÿ™‚ We were there to sight-see, visit with each other, and check out a few opportunities for me there – more on this soon (exciting!!!). Here are a few pictures from our lovely weekend:

Mom & I after a day of touring – isn’t she lovely?

Beautiful skyline – a friend took me up on the roof of his building in Buckhead. Such an incredible view!

I couldn’t get over all of the trees. Atlanta is such a gorgeous city!

Walking this morning in Piedmont Park, perhaps my favorite place we visited! 

Atlanta is one of the most beautiful cities I have have seen! Of course, we were having too much fun today and my mom ended up missing her flight home. Poor mom! I barely made mine and ended up rushing running through the airport. I take that as a sign of a good weekend!

Tomorrow, I’ve got new running goodies to show off, and some workout plans for the week. 

x0x0, 
Hannah 

April 7, 2013

Well, hello!

Welcome to Sprints & Sparkles! My name is Hannah and I am thrilled to welcome you to my blog. I’ve been following blogs for a while and thought I would give it a try.

Its Sunday evening, which means I am sitting here wondering where my weekend went and why tomorrow is Monday. This weekend I…

1. Started a blog.
2. Ran a lot – finished the week at 31 miles.
3. Cooked my first quiche with wheat crust for my man. It was yum ๐Ÿ™‚
4. Spent Saturday morning at the farmers market – complete with crepes & soy lattes.

I bought those carrots!!!

5. Volunteered at a community health event by the Alamo.

I tried to crop the ugly shirt they
 made me wear out of the picture…

Plans for this coming week? Lots of fun! Here is what I have planned:

1. Teacher work day tomorrow = no students (did I mention I am a teacher?)
2. Creating a soup recipe with carrots, sweet potatoes, and ginger… more on this soon.
3. A weekend trip to Atlanta with my mom! I’ve never been to the city and I am really excited about it.

Have a great week!

Love, Hannah