Against the Wind…

I made up my mind yesterday that I was going to run outside. That is a huge deal in case you did not know. I have been on the treadmill for a while, staying safely inside where I won’t have to hobble home, or look like a complete loser next to the uber-athletes who run at Piedmont Park. But yesterday I set the active-oval in my sights. The active-oval is the .62 mile gravel track that circles the playing fields at Piedmont Park. I did the math and figured I needed to go around the thing 5 times to do a 5k.

“Wow!”, I thought. 5 times. I can do that. Maybe. It was cooler outside so maybe I would be ok. “God wouldn’t put anthing before me that I couldn’t do right?”, but maybe this was the same thought that assured so many who tired to climb Mount Everest and had their quest ending with them becoming popsicles that still adorn the mountain. I thought the best and the worst all along knowing that either way I was going to try. So I got home, changed clothes, and headed to the park.

I have walked the oval before but that was only walking. This time I had to run. I had to get my body used to the outside. If I could do 2.3 miles on the treadmill then I needed to reach that and surpass it outside. So I began to jog. And jog. It was way different than being inside. No air conditioning or four tvs in front of me. “

Why does my knee hurt? That’s new”, I thought to myself. I told myself that there was no way I was going to stop. If couldn’t do one lap I was a sad puppy.

I finished one lap and succomed to my aches and took to a fast walk. Why was I out of breath.?

Lap three was a fast walk as well. Half-way through lap four I knew I had to jog so I took to it again. Setting up little goals along the way.

“I will make it to that lamp post. I will make it to that bench. I will make it to that waterfountain.” My little goals helped take me into lap five jogging. I walked again briefly for water and to catch my breath. My knee eventually stopped aching and I finished the fith lap running down the homestretch.

By my calculations I ran a little over a mile. Which technically sucks. But technically it is a start. I walked home triumphant telling myself, “I’m going to make that oval my bitch!”

I am taking a quick vacation this weekend to San Diego. The second thing to get tossed into my suitcase this morning was my sneakers and running gear. I want to make new small goals on the westcoast.

Set goal, reach it, set another one.

How do you finish a 5k? One step at a time.

Atlanta Arts Festival

Have I said how much I love Piedmont Park. We are getting married there because not only because of its beauty but for all of the great things it offers.

The drought has meant sad times for Screen on the Green and many other events that are usually held there; but the Atlanta Arts Festival still managed to book it this past weekend. Joe and I went down on Friday and had a great time looking at the works of and talking to many of the artists. (Word to the wise, the crowds are thin on the opening nights of these festivals. You can actually meet with the artists due to small crowds).

There was an amazing metalwork artist named G.M. Webb from Texas. He is self taught and twists copper and aluminum wire in to masks that are amazing. Here are two of his pieces. He has a great website with many other pieces. http://www.sculptorgmwebb.com/

We also had the chance to talk with painter Geoffrey Aaron Harris. His main influences are retro toys and arcade games. He works in acrylics and watercolors. Very cool…

Great pieces for decorating a kids or gameroom. His website is http://www.geoffreyaaronharris.com/

Chris Hartsfield of Daphne, Alabama was there with his paintings and we are big fans. He does watercolors of city streets, wine and spirits and nautical themes. I am always amazed by those who can master such a messy medium as watercolors. I bought Joe one of his pieces for Christmas and we are looking forward to adding to our collection. Maybe we can add some of our favorite pieces to our wedding registry. His reprints are very affordable and after taking a trip to Sam Flax for a frame you officially have real art in your home!

See more of his work at http://www.chrishartsfield.com/
After seeing all of the art we enjoyed a dinner of nachos at Willy’s. I don’t know if I will ever be able to live in an area now where I cannot walk to things. Especially when you are walking alongside great neighbors with cute kids and dogs. I am thoroughly spoiled now.

Magnolia Hall

Joe and I went to visit our dream wedding venue yesterday. Magnolia Hall is a beautiful building on beautiful grounds in the most beautiful place in Atlanta, Piedmont Park. Here is the courtyard…

The interior is full of mission style accents and dark hardwood floors. We are going over our guest lists hoping we can fit everyone in the place. Once the parking deck is finished our guest will have ample parking and a quick trip to the venue. The park means a lot to us and I hope we get the day we want. Pray for us! My mother continues to suggest other places but nothing is better than one of our favorite places in our favorite part of town. Here is a photo of the interior…