Push It

This weekend was another filled to the brim weekend. Both the JA and I had work obligations on Sunday, leaving us with Friday and Saturday to truly relax.

Well, let me tell you, an inaugural 11-mile solo run is not relaxing. Is it just me, or do you have to talk yourself up before running a distance you’ve never conquered before? I woke up Saturday morning to great weather, made my way out of bed, and then proceeded to putz around until I got enough courage to get it done.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that it was a rough run. In addition to the anxiety of the sheer distance of this run, I’ve been having trouble with my right foot. While it was fine for most of the run, my head and heart just weren’t in it. However, the scenery provided inspiration and I used this run as a time to strengthen my mental stamina. It worked to a certain extent — I ended up breaking down when I got home. I was sore, I was tired, I was in a level of discomfort that’s uncharted territory for me post-run. I’m so thankful for the JA and his unwavering support. He reminded me that it was my first 11-mile run, that it was on a trail, and that there should be some level of discomfort because, well, I’m pushing myself. I don’t know how I’d be faring on the journey to my first half marathon without his support.

11mi training run

Sunday morning, it was my turn to be supportive. The JA ran his first race of the season! He decided on the HopeWell Cancer Support REACHOUT AND RUN 5K because the organization was so important to our late school President during his battle with prostate cancer. I’ll admit that I may have bullied him a bit to register for the race and as we arrived at the race site, he started to (jokingly) make excuses as to why he couldn’t run. He was dealing with some pre-race jitters that were quickly quelled once he started to warm up. Some current students were running the race and the JA made a goal to beat twice the time of our fastest runner. Well, our fastest runner came in 1st place overall, so he had quite the challenge ahead of him.

He made it through just fine – beating his goal and earning 12th place in his age group with a time of 31.47.5! Not a PR, but it was a hilly course, a chilly day, and his first race of the year after suspending running for the winter. Ultimately, he was glad he participated and thanked me for pushing him to do so. I’m so proud of him for getting back on the proverbial horse and am taking suggestions for his next race….

JA HopeWell finish

As I mentioned,  we ended the weekend at work. He’s in the midst of preparations for the AP test and I volunteered at an event. We were both exhausted upon returning home and getting up this morning was no easy feat, either. I need a day to recover from my weekend!

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!

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Love to be Loved

Valentine’s Day. A day that I used to hate, but has morphed into a holiday I like. Not just because I’m married, but because I’ve learned to celebrate all the love in my life. It certainly made the mushy-gushy-saptastic part of things easier to stomach when I’m thinking in terms of everyone in my life instead of just a significant other.

Valentine’s Day evening, we had what I consider the perfect date – pizza, wine & House of Cards. Holy majoley. We’ve both loved this show since the beginning and it hasn’t disappointed yet. I may or may not have been counting down until the season two launch date for weeks. Now that it’s here, we have to pace ourselves in watching it…which didn’t exactly happen & we’re somehow on the sixth episode already. Oops.

Valentine's Day 2014

Saturday was a really lazy day. With the threat of more snow in the morning, I switched my long run day to Friday and completed a 4-mile interval workout on the treadmill. Not ideal, but I know it’s making me stronger and faster. Making the switch allowed me to be super lazy on Saturday – I don’t think we even showered until noon! We eventually made our way onto campus to watch the basketball team in a semi-final game and then returned home to get ready for our official Valentine’s Day dinner. We ended up at Stoney River Steakhouse and weren’t disappointed – especially since there’s a Cheesecake Factory right across the way. Yum!

dessert

Sunday was catch-up day. Laundry, a quick workout, errands and dinner with our parents. It was a lazy, yet crazy day. I woke up in a funk that just wouldn’t shake. But, in keeping with my year of BE, I tried my best to keep my blessings top of mind. I was thankful for a partner who supports me in everything that I do – from work to working out, I can count on him to help push me do and be better.

His & Hers workout shoes

I also truly feel blessed to have our families within driving distance. While our meal itself wasn’t anything special, the fact that we spent it together provided a great end to the official weekend. (And made me realize that we need a bigger dining room table.)

Sunday night dinner

Today, we got a bonus day off. While it’s not going to be spent in the office, the JA and I still have a lot we both want to accomplish. Watson? Well, he’s got a few naps on his scheduled that need to be kept.

puppy face

Hope your weekend was filled with love!

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!

Letting Go

For all those who are coming from Colleen’s post yesterday, welcome! I wanted to let you know that normally I’m pretty upbeat but sometimes….well, sometimes life gets in the way.
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Letting go isn’t easy.

There are two people in my life who are affected by fatal illnesses: one will most certainly die within the next year and the other (I would like to think) has a nice, long life ahead of her.

I know that I will have to say goodbye to each of these people eventually. I don’t like to think about it. In general, I don’t think a lot of people like to think of losing people close to them.

Does that stop me from hoping that they will get better? No. Does it stop me from listening to them, helping them, and supporting them in their journey? No.

Yesterday, something happened that bruised one of these relationships. While sometimes you want to please someone as much as you can – a boss, a friend, a parent, a teacher, a coach, a sibling, a co-worker, sometimes you need to know and acknowledge your own limits. Sometimes it’s better to push through.

How do you know which one’s better for you at a given moment?

Fingers crossed, I will never have to deal with what these two are battling everyday. I don’t have the grace to handle the physical and mental struggles they face. I don’t know if I have the strength to fight for as long as they have.

Both of these people have impacted, and continue to impact, my life. They deserve all the love and support in the world. However, I needed to take a step back. To let go, if you will. To make sure that I’m taking care of myself so that I can be in the best position to give them everything that they each deserve.

It doesn’t make it any easier.

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I Had the Best Day, With You…Today.

Dear Mommy Janks,

Today, in lieu of a birthday card, I not only want to tell you how important you are to me but tell the blogosphere as well. You’ve been with me, well, since the beginning.

You have taken care of me both physically and emotionally.

You’ve spoiled Nettifred and me on shopping trips (but also dressed us in matching outfits for father/daughter dances). Thanks for that, really.

You loved me through my awkward middle school years, braces and all.

You’ve supported me and even played interference with Dad on occasion to make things ended up in ‘our’ favor.

Though we’ve had our rough patches, you have come to be a close confidant, a trusted opinion and a still a good (and fair) mother of three.

I hope you have a day as wonderful as you are. You deserve it.

xoxo,
Your (first) Baby Girl