Life is a Highway

Per usual, I've gone M.I.A. because work picked up and we've had lots of time with family and friends in the past few weeks. As I've said before, work and family far outweigh the blog and their priority outweighs running as well.

Most tours we are traveling across the country from coast-to-coast. This particular tour has been incredible because we are the "West" team and if you've read this blog long enough you know it's our favorite part of the country. However, it turns out we have spent more time in California than any other state (granted, we've been up and down from SoCal to NorCal) and haven't moved as much as we normally have on past tours. So it was refreshing to finally leave The Golden State and hit the road a few weeks ago. Our first stop was Las Vegas en route to our next events in Colorado. 

Such a gorgeous hike at Mt. Charleston. Not to mention, it was about 30 degrees cooler
here than on the Strip. 
Stunning views. It's hard to believe this is in Sin City.
We spent time with my best friend and she showed us there's much more to Vegas than just the Strip. 

But of course, we still spent some time in the heart of the action.
Who can resist?

Then we made it back to our Colorful Colorado and the place we consider to be "home." My family came to visit and it was so refreshing to see familiar faces and loved ones. My family is my everything, so spending time together and building new memories in my favorite state made this visit one to remember. 

My everything.

My brother had never been to Casey and I's favorite town, Winter Park, and my mom is already head over heels for this mountain resort so we took both of them up there to spend some quality time together on our day off. 

The following day we made our way to Fort Collins for our event. We went out in their downtown area called Old Town Square and y'all have to visit these killer hotspots: Social, The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen, Blind Pig, The Town Pump, etc. 

Casey and I are very blessed to have such amazing friends. My former co-worker Matt and his lovely girlfriend Felise even made the trip up to FoCo to hang with us!

Thanks, Matt and Felise!

More Colorado memories (more on these in a separate post)...

I met my running idol, Ms. Kara Goucher! Pinch me!

We worked an event in Aspen and visited the most beautiful place I have ever been to. Welcome to the most photographed peaks in North America: 
And from Coloradical, we traveled to Boise en route to Tacoma/Seattle, Washington. In the Evergreen State we visited my sister (my dad was married before my mom) where I met my nephew for the first time. He's going to be a little heartbreaker. Meanwhile Casey entertained and chased my niece. I miss these kiddos already.

Lastly, I received permission to run a marathon I stopped training for because I didn't think I was going to get to run it. So, I'm under trained and attempting to run 26.2 in less than 2 weeks. Neat. With that said, I was lucky enough to be in the state of said marathon so I previewed a portion of the course with Casey. I may have to crawl to the finish, but holy cow it's going to be one helluva gorgeous race. 

I may not blog often, but I post on Instagram like it's my day job.
To keep up to speed on our travels, follow along on IG.

From Washington (I swear this post is almost done) we cruised over 1,100 miles on I-5 to Los Angeles with a stop in Sacramento to see our good friends Amy and Clint. 

Thanks to my dear friend, Amy, for scoring me this killer
Oiselle #AmericanRunner tee when she was volunteering at
the USA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, CA. 

Again, I hope to include separate posts on many of our stops but we have more family coming in this week and it's crunch time for the marathon. Casey's parents are making the trek to Tinsel Town and we cannot wait to see them and spend some quality time together. 

Although cheesy...for us life is one big highway. We're constantly on the go, traveling at least 300 days a year for the past 3.5 years but dang it, we're having the time of our lives and we're going to enjoy this ride for as long as we can. 

I hope you all have a beautiful week filled with family, friends, miles and adventure!

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