Think Out Loud Thursday

Thinking-Out-Loud2Happy Thursday everyone! I’m stopping by to participate in the Thursdays are For Thinking Out Loud link-up hosted by Amanda!

My favorite part about this link-up is that it can be totally random thoughts and I’ve clearly proven over the last several months that I’m not capable of creating an organized blog post at this time in my life. So….here we go!

1. The Great Taper

I have been training for a Half Marathon since February and This. Is. My. Favorite. Week. I am finally to the taper! Some of you know that a full marathon is NOT on my list of things that I want to do before I die and I think the primary reasons for that is the training. I feel like the half marathon training takes up So. Much. Time. as it is that I cannot imagine training for a full. Don’t get me wrong, I commend all those that take on the commitment and I’m inspired by your will, I just don’t have a desire to do it.

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Ahhh, a week of easy mileage!

2. The Half

While we’re on the subject, I have to tell you how nervous I am for the race this Sunday. If you’ve kept up, you know that I suffer from long run anxiety (read my post here) and so I get a queasy feeling in my stomach every time I think about the run. I should also mention that the weather forecast isn’t helping with my anxiety. It is forecast to be raining, windy, and cold at the start. Oh, the joys of running!

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This was the day that I was “lucky” enough to run in both the rain and the wind. I guess I should be thankful for helping me be prepared!

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My girls look cuter than I do in the rain!

3. This crazy thing we call life

As you can tell from my sporadic postings in the last 6 months or so, my life has gotten a little crazy and I’m still trying to find balance. I had a career opportunity open up in late October that I couldn’t pass up, so I’m back to full time work in economic development plus marketing director. When I get home from work the last thing that I want to do is spend more time at the computer and more time away from my kids and husband to write a blog post. In time, I will get a better handle on my time and utilize scheduling tools more effectively, but for now….I’ll participate in things like Think Out Loud Thursday because it allows me flexibility on topics and organization.

4. Vacation anyone

It seems fitting that I follow up #3 with the topic of vacation! In spite of super crazy schedules, we are trying to schedule in some much needed family vacation time. We are hoping to combine it with a trip to see my mother-in-law, who moved to Washington last year. I’m pretty excited to see Seattle, Portland, maybe even the Redwood Forest!

That wraps up my random thoughts for today! I’d love to hear from you!

What are your recommendations for running a half marathon in the wind and rain?

Do you have any vacation plans this summer?

Until Next Time,
Meg

 

The Ultimate Coffee Date Link-Up

The Ultimate Coffee Date

Today I’m linking up with Confessions of a Mother Runner,  Fitness Mom Wine Country and Got2Run4Me in the Ultimate Coffee Date Link-up that they host on the first Saturday of each month. This is my first time linking up with them and I have to say, I LOVE the format — casual, fun, informative — Let’s get started!

If we were having coffee….You’d probably ask what was new with me. And I’d tell you that I didn’t know where to begin. I’d tell you that my husband just recently accepted a new position in a community a couple of hours away. That the new position will start July 1 and we will all be relocating early this summer. I’d tell you that I don’t have a job yet or even any leads (but that I’m hopeful). I’d also tell you that I feel both excitement and sadness at the opportunities that lay before us. I’d tell you that I am sad to leave behind the perfect job that I have with the perfect boss and the perfect colleagues. And yet, I’m excited at the chance to start something new, meet new people, make friends, plus it is a really great opportunity for my husband to advance.

If we were having coffee….I’d tell you that I’m doing pretty well with my fitness goals for 2015. I participated in a challenge to run 100 miles in the month of January – and I DID IT! I’d tell you that I was now ready to commit to trying yoga on a regular basis. You’d ask me to keep you posted on my progress and I’d promise to do so.

If we were having coffee…. I’d talk to you about what races I want to sign up for this year. I’d ask you your thoughts on either the Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half or the Mickelson Trail Half. I’d also tell you that the new community that we are moving to has a lot of racing opportunities and I am excited about that.

If we were having coffee…. It would probably be time to go pick up the kids, go for a run, squeeze in some yoga, write a blog post, or go back to work. We would hug and tell each other how great it was to chat and promise to meet up again March 7 for another Ultimate Coffee Date.

Until Next Time,
Meg

5 Things Friday

The 5 best things from today…

1. Sleeping in! I didn’t have to go to work today and It. Was. Glorious. I didn’t get up until 7:30 and the kids slept in until almost 8:00!

2. I stayed in my comfy clothes AKA pajamas nearly half the day.

3. Finishing my book. I’ve been reading a Nicholas Sparks novel and finally finished it this morning while the kids were still asleep.

4. I ran OUTSIDE in 5 inches of snow! And I wore almost all new stuff, which made it even more fun! (New base layer pants from a contest I just won, new Saucony wind shield running pants, new heat gear tank that I won, and a new VSX Sports Bra that I purchased with my $50 VS Rewards Card!)

5. Having a few quiet minutes to myself to read my favorite blogs, make some comments, and even write a post of my own.

5. Leftover Christmas dinner – turkey, dinner rolls, wild rice….rum cake

What were your favorites from today?

Until Next Time,
Meg