10 Mile Hike through GrayBeard Trail (North Carolina)

Due to various things, my husband and I are doing quite a bit of traveling over the next few months.  Before we leave for another trip this weekend, I wanted it to blog about our car buying trip over Labor Day weekend.

Last week, we drove down to Winston-Salem to look at a new (used) car.  As most people know, my husband is fixing a 1987 944 Porche.  What I don’t post much of, is he also has a collector 1989 BMW 328.  Together with my car, it makes up our three daily drivers.  Both of the 80s vehicles are fun but when you have two daily drivers that are coming up on 30 years old, things break…a lot.  It’s never anything he can’t handle (he’s rebuilt the transmission, done things to engine…hell if I know), but regardless between the 3 vehicles, there are never 2 continuously reliable cars in the household.

As you can guess, my husband is very much into cars so he knew exactly what he wanted.  Unoratently, the closest vehicle was in Winston-Salem so that’s where we went.  We had no issues with Flow BMW, purchased the 2015 228i (manual) and it was shipped back to our house in less than a week.bmw 228 i

Honestly, it’s whatever he wanted.  He has supported me for random things and I want to buy and I can only do the same.

All of that being said, it led to a fun road trip to North Carolina.  Heck, we were almost back in Alabama!

Anyway, while down there we decided to go for a hike on the Greybeard trail.  To be honest, it was one of my favorite trails to date.  We got lost a couple of time and went off the beaten path, so it was about 10 miles round trip for us.  We stopped at the falls, as well as the “Walkers Knob” which I thought was called “Walkers Nook”…ha.

We had never hiked the Blue Ridge Mountains before, but we are definitely hoping to get back there again.

Here are a few photos but if you ever get down to the Asheville area, I recommend it.  It took us about 5.5 hours to do the entire 10 miles.

graybeard trail asheville nc

graybeard trail asheville nc

At the top.  I can truly say the view was one of the best I’ve ever seen. 

graybeard trail asheville nc

Other hikes we’ve done:

California:
Hiking the Hollywood Sign (LA)

New York:
Getting Lost at Bear Mountain (Part 2)

New Jersey:
Sunfish Pond
Seeing a Bear at Sunfish Pond
Hiking the Stairway to Heaven
Hiking Hemlock Falls

Questions for you:

What is your favorite type of car?

Where is your favorite hike?

 

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Random Musings of the Week

Oomph what a week but I decided to participate in a thinking out loud post and update you on my life!

This week has not been optimal for sleep.  I don’t know why I’m not sleeping well, but I’ve found myself tossing and turning most days of the week.  I need 8+ hours of sleep to function well.  I’ve said before, some people can function on 2-3 hours, however, I’m not one of those people.  

Hopefully I can focus on getting some sleep for the next few days. 

So what else is going on?

Let’s start with the good news.  I was recently selected to be on the Rock N Roll #rocknblog team.  I’ve run a few Rock N Roll races, including Virginia Beach in 2014 and 2016 as well as Philadelphia this year.  I’ve always had a great time and so when I saw there were applications, I decided to apply.  I thought, why not me?

Rock N Roll RockNblog

I received an email a couple of days ago saying I was accepted.  To be honest, I was surprised!  I don’t apply to be an ambassador unless I already like something a lot…to me, it’s too much commitment.

So what does this mean for my running and racing? 

I will run a few more RnR races.  I’m hoping to travel a little bit, and RnR Denver, Chicago and Seattle have all peaked my interest.  Since I’m not made of money to fly for every race, I probably won’t make it to all of them (or maybe any?).  I will do RnR Virginia Beach again.  Surprisingly though, the timing of Philadelphia probably won’t work for me.

I will say, I don’t have plans to take midrace selfies and will still race as if I’m paying for the race.  My only obligation for #rocknblog is to have fun and of course promote the race series too.  To me, “having fun”, is running well and being able to smile at the finish line.  For others “having fun” is about posing at various signs and statues during the race…whatever floats your fun boat!

I feel like that is my big and exciting news of the week…can the rest of my post even compare?

I found a mysterious crack at the bottom of my windshield.  My guess is a rock hit directly underneath my wiper causing a huge crack.  It was invisible to the driver or passenger.  I was cleaning my windshield from the salt only to lift the wiper and see a noticeable crack.  The entire windsheild had to be replaced, and it was not cheap.  Much cheaper than my previous Pontiac Firebird, which I do believe half of the car was a giant windshield.

One of the few photos I have left of my car...seriously all windshield
One of the few photos I have left of my car…seriously all windshield

Moving on, a few people have asked how my skin has been since my antibiotic problems.  In summary, I went on a new antibiotic which took over two months to feel good again.  Before October, I had never had any issues with antibiotics.  I never had any reactions and I honestly have a stomach of steel.  Then in October, everything was thrown off and even after going off the medication I felt off.

Now I’m not longer taking an oral antibiotic and just using topical gels.  My physical health and my skin have been a lot better since just using the topical gel.

Questions for you:
Have you run a Rock N Roll race? Is there one I should look into traveling for?
What’s a random fact about your day?

Lorraine.

Last weekend we sold my car.  As most people know, I’ve kept the same car since getting my drivers license in 2006.

Selling my car was a little bit more emotional than I assumed it would be.  Just thinking about it, I spent nearly a decade with my 2000 Pontiac Firebird but there are some things you just have to let go.  Plus as most people know, I recently purchased a new (to me) car so there is no need for two cars.

Here is a brief history of Lorraine and I: 

During high school I worked as a lifeguard and saved for a car.  One thing I will always be grateful for was my parents teaching me how to budget and save for items you want to buy.

First drive (after doing an open water swim...no arm tattoo for me ;)
First drive (after doing an open water swim…no arm tattoo for me 😉

After shopping around with DadLOLZ, we found Lorraine.  Talking to various used car dealerships was an adventure in itself. We test-drove her around and within an hour, I knew she was “the one”.

It took time to convince mom but ultimately she allowed me to buy the car.

Lorarine was with me during high school.

During college…

college snow life.
college snow life.

During work in Oswego, my move to Texas, my move back to Virginia and into New Jersey.

Lorraine

Posing on my 21st birthday (but not driving ;)
Posing on my 21st birthday (but not driving 😉

We’ve traveled 28 states and had our fair share of adventures.

Last Feb while running with Megan and Greta I accidentally locked my keys in my car in Princeton.  After a 16 mile you don't want to come back to that...
Last Feb while running with Megan and Greta I accidentally locked my keys in my car in Princeton. After a 16 mile you don’t want to come back to that…

She hauled all of my life possessions several times and even a mattress and box springs.

I got my coffee and my car...
I got my coffee and my car…

But it is time to say goodbye and relocate you to a new home.

Goodbye beautiful Lorraine.
Goodbye beautiful Lorraine.

It was obviously a little more difficult than I imagined but there comes a time in life that you must let things go.  This is the best time and I know she is in a good home.

Questions for you:

What was your first car?

What is the most expensive item you have ever purchased?

For me, it’s my car Gretchen but some of those full marathons (NYCM) will set you back too. 😉

NJ Life

I feel like with not training for anything my blog lacks any sort of focus.  Not that it really matters but I don’t have any training or races to recap. 

I have been in New Jersey since Monday night.  After some rough patches with my car I made it.  When I was halfway between VA and NJ my car started to make strange grinding noises.  I wasn’t exactly sure what to do…do I drive 3 hours home or drive the 3 hours to NJ?  I chose to keep going.  Lorraine (my car) got progressively worse and having problems switching gears as well as continuing to make grinding noises.  I finally made it to my new house without any accidents but my car is now in the shop getting a new transmission.

After that welcoming party to NJ on Monday I could only venture to think what the next few years would bring.  I’ve had my car for 6 years now and never had a major issue so it’s not surprising that a 2000 model car with over 100,000 miles is starting to fall apart.

In other news, I’ve spent the rest of my time applying for jobs and unpacking.  It is nice to (slowly) unpack and know that I won’t be packing for quite a while.  I really like our house so once I unpack I’ll take some photos.  There is plenty of space for people to come visit.  Then we can all exist in real life together.

Since this is a running blog I thought I would be honest with myself.  I promised myself I would take two weeks away from running.  That really hasn’t been hard at all.  About a day after the race, my foot started to bruise underneath the fifth metatarsal.  I immediately thought stress fracture, what did I do wrong?  It never once hurt during the race nor the evening after a race.  (I would have stopped at the race if I felt a bone break).

It’s been two weeks and it’s still bruised and is tender to the touch.  It doesn’t hurt (it’s just noticeable) when I walk or the couple of times I’ve been to the gym.  I’m leaning towards a bruised bone but there isn’t much (that I can think of…) that causes a  bruise to take that long to heal.

Thinking about human anatomy the fifth metatarsal gets blood less quickly since it’s so far away from the heart (meaning it heals slower).  I don’t think it’s a stress fracture since I’m fully able to walk with no pain.  It is noticeable but not painful.  It reminds me of a dark bruise you get on your leg and you wonder…where did this come from. 

Long story short, since I’m not training for anything I’m just going to continue to take it easy until the bruise goes away.  I might try and short run next week sometime to see how it feels running.  I think it’s me being paranoid more than anything but there isn’t a sense to rush into running right now.  I’ve been to the gym a couple of times and done the elliptical and it hasn’t hurt.  The only thing that makes me suspect it’s something more serious is that it’s been two weeks and the bruise is still there.

I hope everyone else is having a great weekend.  I was dying to go to the Philadelphia Marathon but since they haven’t called me back about Lorraine I’m not sure I will.

Questions for you:

How have you been this week?

What are your plans this weekend?

Good luck to everyone running Philadelphia and Richmond!

Because I’m Highly Interesting

Since it’s Saturday and I have done absolutely nothing exciting this week to blog about besides work (which I’m not in the place to blog about), I thought I would tell you ten random facts that make me the lolz.  Because one day I decided I would just call myself lolz…then the lolz…but in real life most people just call me Hollz. Right then.  (no I don’t really call myself the lolz). 

I cannot sleep wearing anything with strings around the neck.  (hoodies).  When I was younger dad told me that I could choke to death so I have the biggest fear of sleeping in a hoodie.

In my life I have wanted to be a zoologist, marine biologist, math teacher and none of those I currently do or have a degree to do.  (well math minor and a whole slew of education courses…but I’m about as qualified as bloggers who think they are nutrionist).

Can't you tell I'm a natural with animals?
Can’t you tell I’m a natural with animals?

I like diet coke and I like splenda. I might get cancer tomorrow because of it.

Enjoy at some restaurant that I went too they gave our table packets of splenda...in a nice bowl with a doily (must not be too bad for you then...)
Enjoy at some restaurant that I went too they gave our table packets of splenda…in a nice bowl with a doily (must not be too bad for you then…)

Bread pudding is my favorite dessert.  I wish more places had it.

Like this bread pudding.  I might go up the road and get some now tonight..
Like this bread pudding. I might go up the road and get some now tonight..

In my badass days (clearly before the blog because bloggers would never do that…right…?), I went streaking once.  (no photos)..

From the real archives.  I begged the swim house to throw a white trash party my sophomore year of college so I could wear big hoop bangel earrings.  This photo makes my parents proud.

Why am I even showing you this?
Why am I even showing you this?  (and yes I was actually sober…and yes I am actually holding a baby doll as part of my costume)

I enjoy reading biographies and autobiographies.  I don’t really enjoy fiction and novels.  My current read is a biography on John F. Kennedy.

If I won the lottery tomorrow I’d buy a new car.  Probably two new cars but keep Lorraine.

This is my car is snow.
This is my car is snow.
This is my car not in snow...
This is my car not in snow…

My hair has been many different colors.  Blonde, red, brown, black…pink…I’ve since stopped dying it because it’s pretty much dead.  I think we are at natural hair color now.   (and yes I’m growing my bangs out).

Good bye bangs and brown hair.  I hate you.
Good bye bangs and brown hair. I hate you.

I haven’t thrown in anything about running so let’s see here.  I bought my first pair of nike Pegasus three years ago because they had a cool color scheme…and then I just really enjoy Nike (from swimming too) and that is how I started with that.

Here are my current favorites.
Here are my current favorites.

Bonus round:  My favorite day of the week over the summer will be Monday’s because I know I’m guaranteed to get that day off.  

Tell me something about you.