I can’t believe it is July! Wow! Where has the year gone? We have spent much of our time in the car this year as you could tell. We have been asked by a lot of our family where are we going this weekend? The answer this past weekend was the beach…again.
When my wife and I were dating we spent a lot of time on the beach. We love it. We don’t go down to eat at fancy restaurants or to shop. We go down there and plan our butts in a chair and stick our feet in the sand and relax. That is a real beach trip. This past weekend was no exception.
We decided to head down to Holden Beach. Its our families beach and we love every minute there. It is nothing special but very special to us. We came down and dropped our stuff off at Nana’s and headed to the beach.
It was crowded, being July Fourth weekend but we managed to find a great parking spot and walk to the beach access. The beach was crowded but we did not mind. We set up camp and let the kids go wild. The water was rough. VERY rough. It was so rough that it knocked you down. We still had a great time.
After changing in the parking lot we headed back to Nana’s house.
We went to the Seafood Barn because I wanted fish.
You also can’t come to Holden Beach without getting some ice cream.
I love these little trips of ours and I hope that even though our Nana is selling her place that we can continue this tradition of being little beach bums.
This week I am talking about Hit The Brixx 5k and 10k from September 17, 2016. This race was awesome and left me so full….more on this later.
This race was in Uptown at the Brixx Pizza. This is one of my favorite places to eat cause their food is out of this world. They also have a great selection of beer.
We got to this race early just like we always do. When I say we I mean my wife and kids came also. Of course when we arrived my oldest had to pee. What we did not count on was that the line was out the door for the bathroom and there were no port-johns anywhere as they were late to arrive.
By the time my wife got done in the bathroom the 10k had already started and I missed it as I was suppose to run Bothe the 10k and the 5k back to back. I was not mad but a little disappointed.
So we waited out in Uptown for the 5k to start which was fine cause it gave me a chance to hang with my kids and take some cool photos.
As for the race itself. It was very hilly. There were so many hills but it was a fun course to run. I love running in Charlotte anyways. I push harder and harder and made it through the hills. When I arrived at the finish line I saw my daughter and she wanted me to pick her up. Just like the Charlotte Marathon, I picker her up and carried her with me over the finish line.
Afterwards we fed our faces with unlimited pizza and beer. It gave me the opportunity to try some of the cool local brews. Man are they good.
If you are looking for a fun race and some good pizza and beer then be prepared to Hit The Bixx!
This was one of those races that did not end very well for me. We all have these types of races. When we wish we did better or if there was something we could have done differently to prepare. I actually never talked about this race on the blog before but better time then today.
I got my stuff ready the night before like I do with any race. I got up and got dressed and headed to the train station. It was a cold November morning but the closer I got to Uptown the more excited I was getting.
This was my last race of the 2016 season before I took a break. It was my 10th race of the year overall. I was ready to be done before it even started. The truth is that the Charlotte Half Marathon is my favorite course ever. The beautiful neighborhoods of Myers Park, Dillworth, and then the home stretch through South End. It is also challenging with the big hills.
One of the cool things about this race was all the people on the sidelines cheering you on. That was incredible.
I was doing fine. Running at a steady pace. I stopped at the water stations and got some Gatorade. Nothing was going to stop me. I was going to finish this race.
Everything was fine from miles 1 to 11 and then it took a dark turn. When running through South End my legs started to cramp. I never had this happen to me before. It was the most intense pain I have ever experience in my legs. So here I am on mile 12 limping to the finish line.
I made it and I was so glad. It was a good race all things considering. I even got another medal for completing this and the Rocktoberfest Half Marathon but we will talk about that one later.
I love this race as it holds dear to my heart. I did the complete marathon the year before. If you are looking for a fun race in Charlotte in November then sign up for The Charlotte Half Marathon cause it will not disappoint.
Happy Monday Guys!
Anyone that has had a conversation with me over the past couple of months knows that I have been looking to do something else career wise. I have been doing a lot of soul searching, praying, and talking to my wife but I could just not seem to make up my mind what I wanted to do.
I have been at the local paper here in Charlotte for over 2 years working in the Advertising Department. I am in charge of all legal classifieds, weddings and celebrations, worship directory, backing up obituaries and classified call center for not only Charlotte but multiple surrounding papers also. I love what I do. I am really good at managing so much on my plate at one time and I never miss a deadline, however I was getting burned out and I did not know how much longer I could keep going.
An opportunity crossed my path recently and I had give it a try. The magazine staff was looking for a new account and layout coordinator. I had no real expectations but decided to throw my name in the hat to see what would happened. Soon my name spread like wildfire on the 11th floor and everyone was super excited for me so naturally, I got excited also.
Two weeks later I was called in for an interview. The manger made me feel comfortable like I was talking to a friend. I explained to her why I was looking for a change and I left thinking it went very well.
Monday I was called in and… I GOT THE JOB!
So now I will be moving into a new role at paper working with the amazing magazine staff. I am so excited to start and look forward to what the future holds for me and my little family.
My wife and I never get to have a date night. It has been really hard to schedule one. We are usually decide last minute to have a date night and find it hard to find a sitter. So we don’t get to go out together very much.
When we do get to go out we often find ourselves at one of our favorite little secrets in Charlotte. That is this little place in the Metropolitan area called Dressler’s. Now it is on the pricey side but they usually have a Groupon out there to purchase. The Groupon is dinner for two for $69, which includes two appetizers, a salad to share, two main courses, and a desert to share. It is a lot of food but the food is what makes the trip.
One of my favorite items on the menu is the blackened ribeye. It is so good with the blue cheese butter and the side of fingerling potatoes and asparagus really complment the dish. I know this is not a restaurant review but you have to try it.
I love spending time with this girl. She is so funny and I smile when she talks. I just love it when she talks. We had some drinks before dinner and just sat and relaxed with no kids grabbing our legs and saying “Mommy”, “Daddy”. It was very refreshing to just sit with your spouse and have a real conversation about something other then nap schedules and diaper rashes.
Our dinner was so good and the conversation was uplifting. This was short lived when we got a call from our sitter to say that the dogs got a hold of the trashcan with dirty diapers in it and the whole house smelled like crap. Straight up crap. So we headed home and cleaned it up. It was a not so good end to a great night but at least I got alone time with my bride.