Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Running, Motherhood, Life: Goals and Gratitude


Happy Hug a Runner Day!  I couldn't think of a better picture to share for this than the one above.  This is my Post Boston Marathon hug from the love of my life who has been such a strong support to me.  This was the hardest, most emotional race of my life and the feeling of just finishing was one of pride, relief, and victory.  I couldn't ask for a better person's arms to fall into once I was done with it all.  And gosh, this picture gets me charged up for marathon training and gearing up to run the Napa Marathon in March and Boston 2013 in April.  Today I'm feeling so excited to be back in both of these places, returning to the two marathons where I started with marathons.  What a great year 2013 will be! And yay for starting my training for them at the end of 2012...a good/positive way to wrap up 2012 and  soar on into the new year with new dreams and hopes.

Thankful for:

  • The next two weeks of training all written down.   Here's to hoping for HEALTH so I can continue building my base.  
  • My husband home with us today so I can run my 6 miles outside if there is another break in rain.  
  • Feet feeling good.  Having the flu the past day or so was good for my body getting REST.
  • More time running outside and OFF the treadmill.  Very few of my runs have been on the treadmill lately.  Yes, I still plan on doing quite a bit of my training on that thing...as I should...I mean it cost quite a pretty penny.
  • To stop the stress eating and overeating.  Eat healthy, good portions, lots of veggies, lean protein, and start fueling right...you know, like I'm marathon training or something.  Ha!
  • To be patient and trust the plan that I'm given.  To let go of some control and trust that I will get to where I am going and I WILL be prepared to run strong and Happy.  
  • LISTEN to my body and mind so that I can give myself what I need...emotionally, mentally, physically.  


Even though today is another sick day for my family, having the kids home from school again has proven to be a blessing in disguise.  I'm so thankful for the unexpected art time that came this morning.  All of us just sitting around the table creating things with old art supplies that I found in my closet.  It has definitely inspired me to get back to this sort of stuff.  They are growing up way too fast!

Thankful for:

  • An opportunity to take my kids to Disneyland and see their excitement, despite most of us being a bit under the weather. 
  • Going with my 5 year old to get her new cast yesterday.  
  • Reading with kids before bed last night.  
  • Seeing my oldest start to grow into such a beautiful and responsible little lady.  She really helped out a lot when we were sick in California.  And just now we had some amazing cuddle time where she read me some of her writing she has been working on.  LOVE.  
  • Seeing my 3 year old son start to feel better after being so so sick.  He's quiet, calm and actually easy to have around...ha!  Amazing what being healthy does for a kid.  
  • To really pour myself into being a mom and ENJOYING it.  To take advantage of this time I have with them that won't be forever.
  • To be in the present moment.  More mom moments without distractions (phone, computer, etc.).  
  • To focus more on the POSITIVES that my kids are doing and less of nagging about the negatives.  


Thankful for:
  • Many chances and opportunities to start fresh and pick ourselves back up again.  Never too late to make our life better.  
  • Loving Family and Friends who don't give up on us when we go through rough patches.
  • Inspiration
  • Sunshine flowing through my window as we speak.  I know it will be gone in just a few minutes and I really should be running right this second before it starts pouring rain and getting dark and gray outside again.  
  • NOT hosting Thanksgiving this year.  
  • Thanksgiving
  • Cello concert with my family coming soon.
  • Knowing when I need to ask for help
  • A move to Asheville to see a new part of the country
  • My blog
  • Having my husband home to help with this sick day.  A sleepless night for me meant needing some extra sleep this morning.  
  • To reconnect with the friends I've kind of shut out this year because of my own things going on with myself, my head, and my heart.  I'm ready to give more of ME again and let some people in.  
  • Write more.  And Read more of the blogs I love and comment more often to tell them I'm there and I see and hear them and appreciate their stories.  I'm just feeling ready to bring this part of my life back a bit more after being so absent (which is okay too).  
  • Tell those special people in my life what they mean to me.  More often.  
  • Take things one step at a time.  
  • Celebrate and embrace gratitude.  

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  1. I love that pic of you and Waylon! You both look so happy there! Even after a tough race!

    Love the art project with the kids! I read this initially on my phone and thought it was sugar cookies with candy on them. Made me very hungry for sugar cookies....

    So much to be thankful for! In all 3 of these areas:) So much. Hope the sunshine stuck around today and you were able to get outside for your run! Love you:) Very excited to see you:)

    1. Love you too Jenn! MOre excited to see you than I was before my run. :) Yes, sunshine came through for me. Ha! Sugar cookies = no good for my nutrition goals. :)

  2. Awe, happy picture in Boston! :) Love it.

    Those mosaics are precious! Some day when your kiddos are really old, like mine :), you'll remember that very moment you had those done and will smile big!! Such great memories.

    Disneyland sounds awesome!! I hope you guys get to go and have some amazing quality family time. Yay!

    Are you still working with your coach? Hope it's going well.


    1. HI girl. Disneyland already happened. We were sick. It was still awesome but rough. Been a vacation from vacation this week. :)

      Yes, still working my coach. He's going really easy in getting me back on track after injury/sickness, etc. Smart coach. xo

  3. I could TOTALLY copy and past the part about the stress-induced and over-eating. I'm so bad about that ! Just mentioned to my running partner yesterday that I eat so well leading up to a marathon. - back on track and trying again, but soooo wish for healthy eating and portion control, 24/7

  4. love the Boston pic !

    great things ahead for 2013, but first, some more fun-filled times in 2012.

    1. Great to hear from you! Thanks. Yes, the stress eating. Gosh, it really has me in a weird spot. Easy to keep eating like I'm marathon training as far as calories even when I'm not doing anything. Caught up with me. :)

      Hope to catch up with you and other blogs tonight.

  5. The mom stuff... YES! Love hearing that the oldest is doing her own writing. So cool! I love your lists. Hugs to you!!!

  6. Such a beautiful post! Happy Thanksgiving Weekend to you and your family!

  7. Always love reading your thoughts...you are such a deep-thinking, loving person. Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

  8. That project with your kids turned out beautiful!

    So much to be thankful for- I had to laugh that you are happy NOT to be hostessing Thanksgiving :) It's a lot of work.

    Happy you have been able to run outside. Rain is not so bad :)

    Making a gratitude list is so helpful for me. I need to do this from time to time to see the quality of life there is around me.

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