Friday, March 9, 2012

Whoa! Where did I go!?!

Hello my faithfuls! 

Man, have I missed this place.  Life is crazy right now.  Work is stressful, I took a new position about 6 months ago and it has challenged me in ways I have not been challenged at work before.  I have a sales quota and that adds a whole new dimension of stress and pressure that I have not had before.  It has opened up a whole new earning potential for me so that is great, but it definitely takes more of my time than work had been taking previously.  I have been traveling more for work and while I love that part - it's so hard to be away from my family and my routine. 

I am in my 8th week of marathon training.  I really dropped the ball in blogging about that every week.  But, seriously it is all I can do to get the actual workouts in right now - to blog about them on top of it is just too much right now.  Training is going really well.  I am having kind of an off week right now actually.  I had a great run on Tuesday afternoon in the beautiful sunshine and 54 degree weather.  I have not run since.  Ouch - that is hard to say "out loud" - I had every intention of running this morning - I even tweeted my friend Ann that I would be up running at the same time as her in the morning.  When my alarm went off, I was just not feeling 100% - my head hurt, my body ached and I was just tired.  Normally, all three of those reasons would have been the exact reason I would have gotten out of bed and gone to the gym and got the miles in.  For some reason, this morning was different and I opted to hit the snooze button and go back to sleep for a bit.  I know that a lot of people say it's good to listen to your body and slow down every once in awhile - but I am just not very good at that.  Besides, I have a marathon to run in 72 days - this isn't the time to slack off.  But, I am going to give myself a break - I am going to pick myself up and get back on track.  I have 15 miles planned for Saturday morning - and they are going to be 15 wonderful miles.  I have really come to love my Saturday long runs - my best friend Melissa comes along and we push each other - it's great.  I have a feeling I am going to need the extra push this week!

My husband and I went on vacation to Arizona last week with Melissa and her husband Travis.  We left our children at home in the trusted care of the grandparents and took off.  Melissa's dad has a house in the Sun City area with his wife so we stayed with them.  They were the perfect hosts - there was cold beer upon arrival, a wonderful meal for dinner that first night and it was so great to catch up with them while we settled in.  The next day the guys went golfing early in the day and us ladies hit the pool deck!  It was a little bit chilly and windy but we made the most of it - we got in plenty of delightful AZ sunshine before we met back up with our husbands. 

We had another great meal at their house that night to prepare for a long day on Saturday.  Saturday morning we got up and headed to the desert for an ATV tour through the desert and canyon.  It was so much fun - Rob and I had never done anything like that before and it was so cool.  The scenery was amazing and the company was even better.  And there were no snakes or spiders spotted so that was even better! 

Rob and I on the trail - nice helmets huh!?!?

Missy, Merilee, and Me - ATV Babes!
 Sunday was another day of golf for the boys which meant long run Sunday for Melissa and I.  It was so great to put on a tank top and capris and hit the road.  We went 13.3 through the Sun City community and had a great time. 


Half way point of our 13 miler!
We met back up with Melissa's step mom and we hit the pottery shops - did some girly stuff while the boys finished up golf.  We all reconvened and hit the pool up again - it was a great 80 degree day and it called for the pool most definitely.  Our last night in town we went to this restaurant called Dillon's - it is actually located at the Wildlife Zoo - our table was conveniently located next to the shark aquarium so we got to watch the sharks while we ate our delicious dinner!  The kids would have LOVED it!
Shark Aquarium at dinner at Dillon's
 It was such a great trip and it was so fun to finally travel with Melissa and Travis.  We are already looking forward to next year! 

Missy and I at Dillon's

the four bandits on the ATV tour - Florence, AZ
 Being back to reality has been a shift the last couple of days.  I came back to work yesterday, unburied myself here and pretty much hit the ground running with girls when I got back on Monday. 

I have felt a little out of sorts the past few weeks.  I think I am just struggling with marathon training, pushing to hit a number at work, being in the moment with my girls and husband, and trying to have a little fun mixed in there.  The scale has not moved in a couple of months - which, honestly, I am perfectly okay with.  I still struggle with my eating at times, I have definitely loosened the reins the last few weeks.  I full intend to tighten them up a bit going forward and really focus on being as healthy as I can be and fueling my body properly while I am training.  I am averaging about 30 miles of running per week right now - which for some runners is a drop in the bucket, for me, it is a lot.  You can't be too restrictive while you are putting that much effort in - but it will be good to just concentrate on putting the right stuff back in. 

So, there you go - that's where I have been.  I know I say this every time I am absent for awhile - but I do really want to get back to posting regularly.  I still haven't figured out how to do that but I am going to try! I hope that you are all doing well out there. I have a lot of catching up to do on the blogs I read!  I feel like I need to go out and grab a little extra motivation right now!  My mind and body are not really in sync right now - so that is first on my priority list!

Be happy and healthy friends!