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    Ten Years


    When my mom passed away, I imagined reaching this day and honestly, I didn’t know how I would make it this long without her. I know that over time, I’ve lost a lot of my emotion towards things. It’s something that is hard for me because I think I wasn’t an overly emotional person before her death and now I rarely show emotion at all. Even the kids I coach say that I really have no emotion. I give it to them straight and that’s just my personality. Pairing this up with the fact that I’m fiercely independent, I know I can come off as a tough nut to crack. It takes a lot for me to let people in and to really share some of my feelings. I really struggle with asking for help and accepting it. I’d rather just do everything by myself, which actually is one of the reasons why I do well with B’s work schedule and him being gone from home so often. But I never imagined what my life would look like ten years later and how happy I could be while still missing a big part of my heart.


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    March Recap


    So I have had a few blog posts in the line up… and then my computer took a nose dive and we’re still working on getting it fixed. Hopefully this month, I have to take it into Apple which is super convenient… not. This month was all about finding a routine and I think I’ve finally got it down just a little bit. The funny thing is with a baby, things are constantly changing. So right when you feel like you’ve settled into some type of normal, the whole thing makes a 180 and you’re like wait… what just happened? We did get to Spring Forward and change the clocks to allow it to stay lighter longer – one of my favorite times of the year! I love it when we have long evenings and can sit outside and it allows me to run in the evening without being terrified of being hit by a car.

    We’re just now getting into the middle of track season and though it’s busy, it’s also exciting because we can actually see our work finally paying off and the kids seem to be more motivated to train because they are racing. This past weekend we had an invitational and it was like a springboard into the season where all of a sudden we’re racing twice a week at Duel Meets and invitationals on the weekend. We went to San Diego as well with a few of our athletes and it turned out to be a great trip and hopefully will give them even more motivation. We basically have a solid month left and then it’s over. Track flies by so fast.

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    Lakewood Run 10K Recap… The First Race with a STROLLER


    This past Saturday we did something a little different for Track practice and had the whole team run the Lakewood Community 5K and 10K. Normally for the distance team, Saturdays are our long runs, so they were all to run the 10K. The sprinters were going to run the 5K because even though they are sprinters, they still need a little endurance and do a few 30 minute runs throughout the season. We signed everyone up and had over 61 kids run! Maybe I’m wrong, but when we first told them, they were against the idea and complained a lot, but race morning they seemed much more excited and after the race a lot of them had a little boost of confidence. I also was going to run the 10K, and it was going to be my first race with the stroller. To be honest, I really don’t want to run too many races with the stroller, but this one was short and would be fun to run with her.

    I laid out all my clothes prior to race morning. We were going to be wearing Lakewood T&F gear so people would know we were out there! I also have been loving the Sintra Bra from Fabletics… (post on some new fave bras coming soon) and paired everything up with some Zensah Compression socks, Saucony shorts and shoes.


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    February Recap


    Welp, it’s March… not only March, but March 3rd… and here I am just glad the month I can never spell right is officially over. February started off great for me in the running department and ended pretty lackluster. The first two weeks, I ran a lot and got in my 3 runs each week, the last 2, C was sick for one of them (which was not fun at all) and I just wasn’t motivated that 3rd week. So here’s the recap of last month… Continue reading…

    The Runners High


    Ever since having C, my running had been pretty lackluster in the mental department. I would be able to get in the run but never felt awesome and didn’t feel like it was what I wanted to be when doing it. I would try to relax and take it easy and enjoy it, but I just felt like a foreigner running along the street. I didn’t feel normal and I couldn’t focus on anything besides how awkward I felt and how much I wasn’t enjoying it. I tried to think back to when I loved running and if I was doing anything differently to make me like it then. It just wasn’t fun and I felt like how most normal people talk about running. “I HATE running. How can you like it? You like to run? Ugh, it’s horrible.” I tried to think back to that runners high feeling but it’s been over a year since I had experienced it and I almost had come to believe that it was all in my head. Maybe I didn’t even like running?! I even told B, “I think I’m just going to stop running. It’s just so much work and I don’t love it.”  Continue reading…