It’s official!

It’s official . . .  I’m married! 🙂  Scott and I got married on a cold and RAINY day on the north shore, with just our family present.  It was a GREAT day. Photos taken by the talented Oullis Photography.

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Global Running Day

Apparently it’s Global Running Day.  And I am HAPPY to report that I ran. 5 miles. Broken up in 2 x 2.5 mile segments, with a .25 walk in between.  Not the heavy training runs that I wanted to be doing at this point. But shortly after my last post I felt ANOTHER left tibial stress fracture developing (though I’m thinking that it was mild – just a stress reaction – since I now know what they feel like) – so I took some time off running.  (3 solid weeks, then I’ve been easing back in to running, VERY slowly).

When I had my first left tibial stress fracture in July 2013, I was devastated. Mentally, I was a wreck.  Since that time, I’ve had another stress fracture and now 2 stress reactions (my latest is self diagnosed – I’m on a budget and have shitty health insurance and can’t afford an MRI).  Now, I’m just disappointed when I’m not running – mildly irritated.  But I’ve learned to focus on the positives and I have other activities that fill my need for endurance/endorphins – I’ve been biking TONS on the trainer and the fat bike. I have been doing a crazy amount of core. I’ve been lifting weights.  AND – I’ve worked my way up to 100 push ups a day!  I guess my point is that I know there is more to life than running and that running will be there when I heal.

So, on Global Running Day, I was SO SO happy to run 2 x 2.5 miles with a .25 walk in between.  I loved every step of it.

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Boston: The Documentary – motivation!

I saw the Boston Marathon Film (Boston: The Documentary) last night with a group of running gals. Very fun.  It was a documentary on the history of the Boston Marathon.  So cool to watch.  I learned a lot that I didn’t know.  It was emotional to watch the parts on the 2013 Boston bombings.  Brought back very vivid memories of that day.  It also made me more determined than ever to get back there. As in training/focus to get back to Boston begins NOW! 🙂

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This is the Year of Changes for me!

I’ve blogged a bit about the personal changes, but a refresher.  In the next 5 months: Carter will graduate from high school; I’m going to get married to Scott (yeah!); Carter will start his first year of college; Meg will start her second hear of college; I’ll move out of the home the kids and I have had for the last 5 years and in to our new home with Scott; I’ll be a step mom to Bennett and William; Bennett and William will be starting high school and middle school.

Any one of these personal changes would be enough on it’s own.  Combine them all and it’s A LOT of change.

I’m Type A.  Which technically means I’m “more competitive, outgoing, ambitious, impatient and/or aggressive.” (thank you wikipedia).  As opposed to Type B, which is more relaxed.  For me, the last year, Type A could pretty much be summed up as Type Anxiety, as I have struggled to deal with Meg leaving for college and all of the anticipated changes that will be coming for me this year.

What does this have to do with running? With these personal changes, I’m working on a lot of running/fitness/health related changes as well, because I am looking for non-medical ways to help reduce my anxiety. The health related changes that are in the works:

  • Mindful Meditation. I started meditating in early January. And it has been surprisingly helpful.  It has helped calm my mind. It relaxes me. It gives me more me time. It gives me perspective. I’ll do a separate post on it soon.
  • Reducing refined sugar.  Yes, you read that right.  Me, the Dessert Queen, has reduced refined sugar from her diet. I started with a mini two week detox. And felt FABULOUS.  But after the two weeks I went back to eating sugar like crazy. And felt like crap. So I started a “no refined sugar detox” again. This time for 7 weeks. I’m 4 weeks in. And feel FABULOUS again. I’ll also blog more about this soon.
  • Marathon training. Marathon training kicks off May 8th.  Unlike previous marathon training sessions, I’m being more intentional about the “pre-marathon” training phase.  I’m doing A LOT of core, strength, base building and biking.

I’m excited about all the changes and hopeful that the health changes that I’m also making will help me fully enjoy and appreciate all that is happening in my life this year!

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Giving Thanks: Boston Marathon 2013 Race Report

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Part of me doesn’t want to write this race report.  Blogging about my running of the 2013 Boston Marathon feels a bit selfish and trivial, in light of the horrific events that transpired…

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I have a plan!

Those of you who have been following me for a while know that I need a plan.  A goal marathon. A training schedule. A race on the horizon. When I’m training I am happier. More productive. More disciplined. I’m just in a better place – physically, mentally and emotionally. I NEED that this year.

So I am happy to say that I found a marathon that is perfect for me. 🙂

My struggle this year is two-fold.  Time and money. I have SO many changes in store this year, all of which translate into money constraints and time constraints. Senior year activities and graduation for my youngest through early June. A June wedding for me! Having both my kids in college in mid-August. Moving out of my place and in with my new husband and step-sons in September. A super exciting honeymoon in the Fall (stay tuned!).

For my marathon plans, this means I can’t afford a big travel marathon. And I can’t do a spring marathon (senior year stuff). Can’t do a June marathon (wedding!). Can’t do an earlier August wedding (taking kids to college). Can’t do my normal Twin Cities October marathon and do well because our honeymoon location/timing would interfere with the final training.

SO – I started trying to think of what sort of marathon I could do and when I’d be able to/like to do it, given these life constraints. And in my mind, I thought it would be perfect to find a marathon that I could travel to by car in the last week of August. Why? Cheap travel expenses. And, in a way, a good transition weekend for me – my last weekend in my own house before I join Scott and his boys. My last hurrah. 🙂

I’m coming for you, Wausau Marathon.

I love everything about this marathon. The timing. The 3 hour drive – where I can reflect on my kids starting their adult lives, my new husband and step-kids and all there is to look forward to with them.  The fact that it’s a tiny race – perfect for me and running for ME. And beer in a dive Wisconsin bar to celebrate change.


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