Friday, March 18, 2016

Dealing with Setbacks

I am going to be the first to say that I do not do well when plans change.  I am not sure what it is about me but I tend to be very organized, very plan oriented, and when things go awry I do not tend to handle it as well as I should.  This is NOT a great quality when you have children but it is one I know about myself and have dealt with over the years.

So, I have been running again with my kiddos on their bikes and it was so nice to be enjoying the nice weather and getting the kids out of the house.  Then right when I am about to increase my distance some in working toward a half marathon, I get hit with the flu.  I haven't taken a flu shot since I was teaching and I believe this is the first time I have ever had the flu and let me tell you, it stinks!  My husband has had me quarantined to our room so that I don't infect the rest of the household.  The kids are on preventative Tamiflu and I am hoping that keeps them from getting it at all since they have been with me pretty much 24/7 lately so if I was exposed then they were as well. 

Thankfully, we tend to have pretty strong immune systems and don't tend to get sick often but this is pretty irritating just when I was starting to feel stronger again.  I am trying to keep myself going by knowing that I have plenty of time to get endurance back by the time it is time to officially train for the half I am going to sign up for in October.  I have my fingers crossed that the next time I write it will be because I am feeling a thousand times better and I am ready to get out and run again!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Back at it....again!

Back to blogging.  Back to running.  Back to eating healthier.  All of it. 

Since I last wrote on the blog (a MILLION years ago!) so much has happened!  I placed 3rd overall woman in the Bobcat Hustle in April 2014, ran 2 more half marathons (Athens half marathon and 3 weeks later the Cap City Marathon), got a 2:05 PR at the Cap City race, ran my first marathon after a terrible, terrible bout of training and more leg issues with an awful time, had my house burn down, moved to a different town during construction, lost a grandparent way too young, moved home, and on and on.  Needless to say, I didn't deal well.  I fell back on old habits of terrible eating and very little activity.  I am heartbroken that I let this happen again but I am dusting myself off and getting back in the saddle. 

In the typical fashion I made some New Years resolutions that included eating healthier and exercising more so I can get back to the me I was happiest with.  The one that was healthy and strong and didn't think twice about, and craved, going hiking and running while on vacation.  I am signing up for some fall races to get my mojo going again and getting back to writing on the blog and interacting with some like minded people. =)  My times may not be great but my heart will be happy!

Here's to starting over!