Well, hey everyone! Yes, I am still alive and if you follow me on Insta then you know I’m alive and well. It’s been a busy and hectic few months and just when I think I have time to breathe something new pops up. So let me fill you in on the last several months.
Last time I left ya’ll I was studying hard for the GRE. Well, I took the test and I am very happy to have that under my belt. Studying high school math is no joke. I wasn’t good at it then and I’m still not. I didn’t do as well as I had hoped, but I was under a huge time crunch to take the exam and meeting my school application deadline so it had to be done. Nothing like cramming a whole lot of info in 6 weeks. I don’t recommend it. I applied to school and am still waiting to hear if I am selected for an interview! So I’m checking email obsessively and keeping my fingers crossed that I actually get an interview! Only time will tell!
I ran a half marathon back in March. I was very undertrained and the weather conditions were less than ideal and I ended up with a glute/hamstring injury (that’s the short story). I’ve been rehabbing on my own and for a while did very little running and only strength training. I’ve found a new love for strength training and have been really dedicated to it and it’s paying off. I feel stronger, and my injury is gone! I ran my first race of the year this past weekend as an Ambassador for the Zooma Annapolis! Zooma is always a great time and I got to spend time with some of my favorite ladies. One of the highlights was meeting Sandra from Organic Runner Mom, and hanging out with Cynthia, Courtney, Erika and so many other awesome Ambassadors is always a great time!
We all had a great dinner together the night before the race and there may have been a little wine involved. Hello, deja vu from 2 years ago. Spoiler: Luckily there was no puking at the finish line for me this year! I ran with Courtney and Lisa and we just ran the 10k to have fun. Pure joy miles despite the 97% humidity.
Since I have been rehabbing, I haven’t been training for speed recently so my only goal was to finish in under an hour and mission accomplished.
Oh and some new and exciting news from Zooma!! Remember the Run Love Virtual Challenge they hosted in the winter with the AWESOME swag? Well, they are doing another challenge this summer and I can’t wait to do it!! We are doing a Zooma summer FITNESS challenge. Challenge your fitness routine this summer! The ZOOMA Summer Fitness Challenge will push you to expand your workout horizons, experiment with new foods and activities, and get your body and mind strong to prepare for fall race training. What do you get?
- a workout and food plan for 5 weeks
- weekly emails
- access to a private facebook group for moral support and accountability
- super amazing swag to include a medal, tank top AND a pretty sweet beach bag!
Here are ALL OF THE DETAILS you don’t want to miss!
So what’s next on the racing front? Not a whole heck of a lot to be honest! I’m registered for the Old Port Half Marathon in Portland, Maine in July which I will be running with my BFF from high school who has never run a half before. I’ve been coaching her with her training and this one will definitely be for fun! I promised myself that I wouldn’t run a marathon this year but decided that if I DO get accepted into school I will try to do one last marathon in December since the program would start in January and then training would most likely be off the table for a long time. So we will see what happens!
So….now for some serious stuff.
I started this blog over 4 years ago (yes, I had my blogiversary while on my study break) as a way to stay accountable in my quest to getting fit again after having my second baby. It was seriously the best thing I have ever done. My blog has helped me in so many other ways as well though. Never in a million years did I think it would become what it has become. Albeit small, it has had such an amazing impact on my life. My blog came at a time when we had just moved to a big city, I was now a mom to two, I had no friends and a husband that traveled all of the time. To say that I was lonely was an understatment. I probably even had a touch of post-partum depression (I know I did). For a long time I felt like I was talking to no one (which I probably was) but slowly, very slowly people started reading and commenting and interacting. I started building these online relationships that were truly awesome. It’s so crazy to think you can connect with people you “meet” online more than you do with some that are actually physically present in your life. Over time, I’ve met so many wonderful people who continue to inspire me every day and I am so incredibly grateful for ALL of you…my readers, my running buddies, my friends. You all have touched a special piece of me.
So where is this going?
I had an “A-HA” moment during my little blogging break. My boys asked me to go out for a bike ride. It was a beautiful day so of course I said yes! We were out riding and the boys were laughing and I was having a great time. All of a sudden I realized that last summer I would have said no to a bike ride and they could play in the garage while I worked on my computer. Yes, that actually happened, a lot I’m ashamed and embarrassed to say.
A friend asked me if my husband and I had ever had a glass of wine on our deck during the summer…..I said no. And then thought about it…why didn’t we? Because I was always on my computer after the kids went to bed.
My kids came home with their Mother’s day fill in the blank paper. It said “What is your mom’s favorite thing to do?” I figured it would say running. Nope. “She works on her computer.”
Ugggh. My heart sank.
For those of you that read that are already bloggers, you know how much time and effort goes to keeping up an active blog. For a long time I was able to keep up with the tempo of it, but now my boys are getting older we are involved in so many more activities and I’m a single parent a lot of the time. I am having a hard time finding enough time in the day to just breathe. I think since last October after Marine Corp Marathon my heart just wasn’t in the blog. I felt like I was going through the motions. I thought about stopping the blog a few times. But It was scary thinking about giving up the blog, like I was giving away a piece of myself. The blog has been one of the most life changing outlets for me. I put my heart and soul into it for 4 years, but sadly I feel like I neglected parts of my life that are much more important. Our life has changed a lot in 4 years as the kids grow and become more active and more needy in new and different ways than before. I feel like my time to sit down to blog is getting smaller and smaller.
So with that being said, it is time to say good-bye to the blog. I’m sorry, I’m really not good at good-byes. In the Air Force we say “see you later” because it’s inevitable you will meet up at some point again. So to you all, I say “See you Later!” I will always be part of this amazing running community and I don’t intend on giving up my social media channels, so you can’t get rid of me that easily! You will still be able to find me consistently on Instagram and Facebook and I hope that ya’ll will continue to interact and I will continue to keep up with all of you. Like I said, you all have touched me in a major way, more than you will ever know. Thank you for all of your support and advice and friendship. It’s been an AWESOME 4 years because of you. THANK YOU!