Why Yes, I do still have a blog:) Thanks for asking. One I haven't signed into in QUITE some time but I'm still here-ha! For those who may still read I'll humor you with an short life update and then a bit of what I've been doing as of late.
Very Random Life Bullets off the top of my head:
Busy as ALL get out. This is life and I love it but man oh man, we are go go go!
Ryan and Max play on AAA traveling summer hockey teams. They are doing well! Ryan is also playing on a traveling JO volleyball team. Baseball, golf, summer track, swimming lessons.... We are gone EVERY weekend often in 2 separate cities in separate hotels and I'm very thankful that I planted that money tree in my back yard as I'm just pulling off the harvest daily.....Ummm-yes. Love watching my kiddos but what a commitment. Of course, no one else has busy kids so I'm sure none of you can relate to this....
Reese is getting excited for some summer races! She was the top girl in the elementary for the mile in gym class. I laughed because she was sick the day they ran the mile but she refused to stay home and ran it anyway. Then, she asked for a second chance to try to better her time when the kids who were gone had to make it up. Then she did it a 3rd time after the teacher gave the kids the option. I'm nearly positive I faked sick the day we had to run the mile for gym-ha! I dreaded this day and surely would not have run it 3 times!! I took her to the HS track meet last night and she is now obsessed with hurdles. So fun watching her just watch.....She ended up in the football field in the center of the track after the hurdle races were done setting them up in the grass and trying them over and over!
I died laughing at the track meet when Reese's friends were talking about their mom's and I was eavesdropping. Apparently, I dress like a "normal" mom. What does this mean??? Ella's mom only likes to shop in old lady stores that sell stuff like "Kate Spade" or "Channel" purses. Not pronounced "Chanel" but "Channel" This made me blow my cover and laugh out loud. When did Kate Spade become old lady.....
I just had a super getaway weekend with my hubby. SO necessary to make time for this for me!!
Heading on a hockey trip this weekend in which Ryan will stay with her team and I will stay in a hotel! Dragging a good friend along so a girl's weekend of sorts. I'm bummed out in a sense about not being at the Fargo Marathon this weekend though. This was one of my first races (HM) and I haven't missed it since! Lots of friends running though so I'll be stalking!!
I have a ticket BOOKED for Boston in July. Didn't get my trip there in April so making up for it in July! Love Boston. Love the opportunity to spend time with some people near and dear to me!
What's new..... I'm not running a lot of miles yet but I'm running pain free and I'm running well. I've been running more by HR and a bit by a time frame instead of miles. Something new and a nice change up for me in approaching running right now. I've been doing very little speed but seeing improvements training in primarily my aerobic zone.
Yesterday I ran 16 miles (8 miles out and back). I stopped my Garmin for a charging dog and forgot to restart it explaining the 15.33 when I actually ran 16.
I'm having a Love/Love relationship with running and how it's fitting into my life right now! Don't know how long this honeymoon will last but I'm surely enjoying it!! I feel passionate and hungry but yet content and my stress level is low low. I am seeing the big picture more clearly. I am less concerned about what everyone else is doing and more in tune with what I think I PERSONALLY should be doing. I'm able to allow myself some time off on a weekend away with my hubby and know that it will not ruin my marathon in October-ha! I'm able to ENJOY myself during this rest-not always easy! I also feel more confident about my ability right now even running almost NO speed and lower mileage than I felt at the peak of my marathon training. Not sure how to explain that as it's probably just a huge combination of things....
Moving on-I'm running 2 goal races (I'm not a huge racer. Hard to work them into my schedule and honestly I prefer the training). Plans are for the Dick Beardsley HM in September and the Twin Cities marathon in October. I will also be running the Women Rock HM in September but likely just using the race to pace my sister for the first half of the marathon as she's going for her BQ here. Considering she will likely break my PR, I shouldn't say pacing, I should say running WITH her:) I will likely fit in a few smaller non-A goal races but these are what I'm working towards.
As of this moment, I'm planning to head back to Boston in 2013.
SO, there you have it. AN unorganized random update!!