The Return

This morning as I fed JG, I took a moment and looked at her. The past six weeks are a blur, and I am scheduled to return to work soon.

I wanted to cry. While I’m eager to return, I love our slow mornings. Our mid-day naps. Lunches with friends. And let me tell you, there is truly nothing better than baby cuddles. Her squeaks and eeks as she shifts in my arms or on my chest are precious.

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I feel like I’m just getting a hand on things. I was cleared for moderate exercise two weeks ago and have been making use of our new elliptical as often as I can. This past week, we started being able to discern an ‘I’m hungry’ cry from an ‘I’m uncomfortable’ cry. We’re trying to get her on a sleep schedule. There’s still so much I want to do before I’m gone most of the day. Granted, Mommy Janks will be here for a few weeks once I return before JG goes to daycare. I know I’m leaving her in good hands, but I’m still leaving.

Words of encouragement, strength, and wisdom are appreciated and encouraged.

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What’s Next?

Since crossing the finish line on Sunday, I’ve been taking it easy exercise-wise. My knee is still tweaked a bit and May marks the beginning of graduation activities at work – meaning both the JA and I are busier than usual. But with this small break, my mind keeps wondering…what’s next?

I took so much time in preparing for the half marathon that I’m almost in a state of denial that it’s over. I wake up and am able to snooze because I don’t HAVE to run. I can if I want, but I’m not in training anymore. It’s a weird feeling.

A few people have asked me what my next race/challenge will be. There are plenty of opportunities this spring, summer, and fall to retrain and complete another half. I just don’t know if I’m ready to commit to that yet. There’s also a 10-miler and a 12-miler here in the Baltimore area, but again, I kind of like being able to run at my leisure. My last run pre-half marathon was a 4-mile run in the rain. I didn’t take my watch, put in some tunes, and let the rain hit my face. It was glorious and exactly what I needed to get my running mojo back. I don’t want to lose it so soon by jumping into training again.

I’ve also been toying around with the idea of volunteering at races instead of running them. I think it would give me a different perspective on what goes into organizing a race while still allowing me to be a part of the experience.

In short, I don’t know what’s next for me. I’m really excited to get back to the barre and give it my all again – not worrying about how it’s going to affect my running. I’m excited to run and remember why I love it so much. I’m ready to relax this summer, but still keep active and interested in the things that I’ve come to appreciate so much in my life.

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How do you deal with post-race letdown? Take it easy? Immediately sign up for another race?

Easing In

Well, it’s the first official day back from Spring Break and, boy, is this week looking crazy! A deadline today, a photo shoot on campus tomorrow and Wednesday, an alumni event Wednesday and Thursday, and my half marathon on Sunday. Good thing I took next Monday off to relax!

As the JA and I eased our way back into ‘work mode’ we also enjoyed ourselves this weekend. Here’s what we accomplished:

– Spruce up the house. In light of our tree root incident from earlier this year, our landscaping left a lot to be desired. We took a trip to Lowe’s this weekend and attacked the front yard and flower boxes. We also planted herbs and veggies in the backyard. Now only if the grass patches would grow a bit faster, we’d be good to go!

 

– Hang out with friends and family. Nettifred came into town on Friday and that can’t happen without some bonding time – especially when she brings her new dog with her. I use the term dog loosely here, as Winnie weighs about 8 lbs. total and stands only a few inches tall, but she’s so cute. A trip home also means that we do things specific to MD, like grabbing frozen custard at our favorite local ice cream stand. Delicious!

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– Let loose and have fun. Friday night we indulged a bit and made an old-school staple for dinner: pizza bagels. While I know these are not the healthiest options, I’m all about balance and these guys totally hit the spot. The JA commented that they were, “totally picture worthy,” and I happily snapped and posted the pic to Instagram. Additionally, we couldn’t ignore our own pup! Watson had plenty of time being pet and pampered, but we also got a bit goofy with him. I think he looks pretty distinguished, don’t you?

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How do you achieve balance in your life?
Favorite childhood meal that you still enjoy as an adult?

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!

Linking up with Katie at Healthy Diva Life for Marvelous in My Monday!

Take Time

The past few weeks, I’ve felt as if I were underwater. Emails stacking up, unread. To-do lists growing by the minute. Dust and dog hair taking over surfaces in my home.

Instead of letting it get to me, I took some of my own advice. I took a deep breath, and stopped stressing. I took some ‘me’ time.  Not training time. Not blog time. Not puppy time. Well, okay, maybe just a little puppy time.

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I sat out on our back porch and appreciated the humidity that happens before a big storm.

I went out with a friend for a beverage or two.

I came home and made pizza at 9p.

I read. Not for work, not blogs. An honest to goodness BOOK. (To keep track of what I’m pretending to read reading, be my friend on Goodreads!)

I passed out at 11p.

I didn’t document my evening as I normally do.

It helped. I woke up this morning feeling rested, rejuvenated and ready to go. Taking time just for me needs to be a priority and sometimes I forget that.

How do you make yourself a priority? What would you do if you had a whole evening to yourself? With the JA in grad class, I’m frequently left to my own devices a few weekends each month. Friday Bride day, anyone?

Friday Five: Not My Birthday Edition

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you know that the JA had a birthday this week – the big 2-9! He’s not big into celebrating his birthday (which is good, because I usually require at least a few days for mine), but being that he’s so darn special to so many people we had to commemorate the day somehow!

Here are the highlights:

1.  Snow Day – We woke up to school being cancelled due to an ice storm. Back to bed for the birthday boy!

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2. Food – What’s a birthday without a little indulgence? We went out to lunch with co-workers and then made plans for dinner, a movie, and dessert later on in the evening. It’s all about balance!

3. Presents – With his birthday and Valentine’s day so close together, I kept it a little low key. A funny card, a nerdy tie, a Ravens tumbler and some coffee were all that he needed to make the day special.

His response to the tie: "Oh look, it's all precipitation reactions - how cool!"

His response to the tie: “Oh look, it’s all precipitation reactions – how cool!”

4. Getting carded – Ok, so this isn’t so much for him. I got carded TWICE in about five minutes time – once at the movie theater and once at the bar. That never happens. I felt like a 21 year-old all over again. (Only with a lot more stability in my life.)

5. Special Delivery – The JA has recently started to like veggie burgers as a quick dinner option. I was offered the opportunity to try  Sunshine Burgers, and immediately jumped at the chance. The package arrived on Wednesday and the JA’s eyes lit up with joy when he saw all the new flavors to try. Stay tuned for a full review (and probably a recipe or two)!

I think we're set, bud. No need to go & grab more!

I think we’re set, bud. No need to go & grab more!

Cheers to a great weekend!

What’s your favorite way to celebrate birthdays? A big outing? An evening in? Any birthday traditions? We always get together for a family dinner. Birthday person chooses the menu 🙂

But…

You know those times when your work and life are completely balanced and all is right with the world?

Yeah, me neither.

This week, I feel like I’ve been rockin’ and rollin’ in certain aspects of my life, whereas others, not so much.

I’m kicking butt and taking names during workouts, but…I’m giving into my MAJOR chocolate cravings and indulging more than I should.

Snack drawer #2. Yes, I said 2.

Snack drawer #2. Yes, I said 2.

I’m finding time to spend with the JA and Watson, but…it means going to bed later than I’d like.

My social media engagement is at an all-time high, but…my productivity is at an all-time low. (Which is why my goal today is to BE FOCUSED.)

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I’m inspired to blog and have a lot of things I’m excited to do/try, but…all these ideas are just floating around right now and nothing concrete is set.

Anyone else struggling with balance this week? Watson is. It’s rough to balance napping, licking, and scratching. Add in tail wagging and being cute – well, that’s just too much.

You guys, I am SO ready for the weekend.

You guys, I am SO ready for the weekend.

Inner Peace

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This week is shaping up to be a crazy one. Instead of taking a lot time this morning to write to all of you, I played with my pup a bit more, chatted with my husband, and did some reading. Sorry, I’m not sorry. Some days, heck, some weeks, you have to pace yourself. We’re getting to the time where we have a school event almost every week. Trying to fit in ‘us’ time, ‘me’ time and ‘fun’ time gets to be challenging.

C’mon, inner peace. I don’t have all day.