Skip to main content

Breathing and Enjoying the End and Beginning of Years

I feel like I've been neglecting my blog lately. It wasn't intentional. It just happened. I didn't feel like I had anything important to say or share other than my marathon journey.

I've wanted to write more about my feelings after my first marathon, more than just the race day recap. Honestly, it still seems completely surreal. I have that, "did that just happen" feeling. It's been hard for me to even respond to all of your incredibly kind comments (I will though; I promise).

Everyone seems to want to know how my recovery went, when I'm signing up for another, IF I'm signing up for another, what's up next, and so on. I want to talk about all of that, but I also want to talk about the amazing 11 days off I had from work that started Christmas Day.

What I learned most about the time off was how much I tend to miss when I let myself get into a rut. I tend to crave normalcy, schedules, timelines, but then when I don't have that, I realize that it can also be a major catch 22.

During my time off, I let myself enjoy lazy lunches out (too often perhaps, but worth it). I enjoyed time with my sister, my husband, my niece, and my friends.

I ran a marathon and recovered nicely with no pressure. No worries about sleeping in too late. No place I had to be in a hurry.

I wasn't rushed to get in any workout. In fact, I omitted weight workouts entirely even though I had the luxury of extra time. Physically I needed a break and mentally a re-set.

But mostly, mostly I needed to relax my Type A ways and just enjoy. I didn't set out to make hard and fast plans. If I got something accomplished on my to-do list, great. If not, what I was enjoying trumped it. That included rare lunches out with Jason.

I got to enjoy a girls' only day on Thursday with my sister and my niece. We went to a "fancy" restaurant, later made homemade pizza and enjoyed a cut-throat game (or 4) of Sorry.




I helped throw a baby shower for a dear friend and later that evening had a late late late (ok early dinner) with Amy so we could finally exchange Christmas gifts.

Sunday I met up with one of my oldest friends for another lady's only lunch. It was quite leisurely as we had tons to catch up on. One should truly never go so long between visits with your friends.


And it wasn't as if I sat around in my PJs doing absolutely nothing. In fact, I didn't have one "at-home" day where I lounged in jammies sans make-up. Chores were done, errands were run, but there was a lot more enjoying in between.

No, I didn't reorganize the entire house, never made it to putting away all the laundry, my DIY of rehabbing the chandelier didn't happen, but so many other things did. Not a bad way to end one year and begin a new one.




Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Plantar Fasciitis Woes & Way to Go Wednesday Shout Outs

I wanted to thank everyone again for your many congratulations on completing and getting a PR at my recent half marathon. The support and words mean so much to me.

My legs feel absolutely fine after the race. I could have run yesterday if it weren't for my left foot. So right now I'm trying to heal my left foot. I mentioned that I've been having problems with plantar fasciitis in that foot and that it was the cause of much pain during the race. Since the race, I've been unable to walk on it very well. Lots of hobbling going on.

I've been icing it and trying to keep it elevated. But, I noticed that it's started to get some bruising, not horrible, but worrisome. Not sure if it's better or worse for it to be discolored vs red and swollen. However, this could be indicitive of a tear.
But, my bigger concern with the bruising is that indication that there's been bleeding. Being on Xarelto for the blood clot means my blood doesn't clot very well these days…

PJs n Pizza Recap

What Happened Last Night?
This morning I woke up first at 6:20 when Maddie decided she wanted out of her kennel and to be downstairs. The second time was 8:09 when Heath decided he wanted out of his kennel and downstairs to eat. I won't like, I would like to (needed to) have slept another two hours. It was a little slow going after last night.

Sign of a good party would be my first tweet of the day:  I'm thinking there is a bird in the house...what the hell happened last night???

Yep, found bird poop where bird poop most definitely should not be. Still have not found said bird however.

It should go without saying that last night was a total blast. It was so fun having everyone just be relaxed and comfy in jammies. I am not known for letting loose often, but I definitely went with it last night. There was a bit (lot) of wine consumed, pizza devoured and even some dancing.












Words of Wisdom

After talking about being stressed yesterday, I thought I would take today to re-read and share some quotes that I find inspiring and energizing. I don't often post a lot of quotes, but sometimes, they really can help change your perspective or give you a new outlook on things.

Are you a quote person? I'd love to hear your favorite quote.





And I can't forget Way to Go Wednesday. Here are my shout outs for the week. Who do you want to give a shout out to?

Kat from Sneakers and Fingerpaints just passed her NASM exam.

Lisa's (RunWiki) husband completed a 27 mile endurance swim.

Carla (aka MizFit) gave away her Strength (A must-read post)

Mrs. StuftMama herself is back to running - slowly but surely after a run-stopping injury.