without this blog i would have never met this amazing girl maritza, who has become one of my very bestest friends. if you read her blog you know she has decided to move back home to LA to be closer to her family and will be leaving the bay a week from today. i completely understand her decision and wish her nothing but the best (because she deserves nothing less), but on the selfish side i am very sad… i am going to miss her a lot! i don’t like it when my friends move and it’s not going to be the same here without her.
her blog was one of the very first running blogs i started reading back when i started my blog in february of 2008. after many months of commenting, we started to email and since we were local we decided to meet up for a run (after sufficient stalking on both our parts to make sure we were "real" people).
our first "date" was at the lafayette-moraga trail where we met for a long run. she was in taper for the nike women’s marathon and i was ramping up for my first CIM. i was very upset because my garmin didn’t turn on and how on earth was i supposed to run 17 miles without a garmin? being the amazing girl she was, she let me use hers since it was just a taper run for her and she knew the mileage already. after our run we went to breakfast where we proceeded to talk for a long time and became friends instantly. the next weekend i drove her into sf for her marathon since i was planning on cheering for tara anyways, and i even got to run a bit with her to try to cheer her up in a rough race. pretty soon all the girls had met and the ROHOs had been formed.
since then we have had countless memories. we have laughed a lot, we have cried a lot, we have picked each other up when we were down and celebrated our achievements. i cannot imagine what my life would be like without having maritza in it and i am so grateful that this blog gave me the chance to meet her. so-cal is going to be very lucky to have her.
thank you M for being such a great friend to me, i am such a lucky person to have you in my life. i wish you nothing but the best and can’t wait for our adventures to come, because there will definitely be more. love you so much <3 *cheeeeeese*
this morning we met up for our last friday morning run with the four of us. we decided to make a theme of the morning and be extra cheesy and match. since san diego was such a fun race for us we all sported our shirts. kristin and i ran together most of the time and kept each other in check when we would speed up so we finally hit more of a recovery pace – yay! after we did abs at kristin’s like last week.
6.3 miles/59:06/9:23 avg pace