Is this thing on?
So, let's get the awkward part out of the way. I sort of went away from blogging for the better part of this year. And yeah...sorry about that. I won't bored you with the details, but the bottom line is that work (a 2,000 hour minimum is NO joke) + trials + toddler + building a house is a lot to deal with.
To bring you up to speed on the last six or seven months, I present the following:
1. We have a full-blown toddler.
C can speak in short sentences, count to 10 and say her ABCs. She is also capable of throwing spectacularly loud temper tantrums in public places, extreme possessiveness (miiiiinnnneee!) and endless bedtime bargaining. Life with a toddler is about 80% wonderful, 20% pass the wine. In other words, we have a nearly two year old. Man, time really flies.
2. We are building a house.
If you follow me on instagram (and really, why wouldn't you? :-) ), then you've seen me mention that J and I are building a house. We have lived in a townhouse since we married in 2007 and the older C gets, the faster we are running out of room.
J and I started looking at lots around this time last year. It took almost six months to find a lot that we could afford in our preferred area and a builder that was trustworthy and upfront. (Seriously. This was harder than it looked.) Up next was permitting (hello, impact fees), then house design, weather delays, change orders, construction draws and finally, building. If we are lucky, we will be in by the end of February 2015...almost a year and a half after we started our search. Sigh.
3. I am back to marathon training. Because I am crazy.
|Lighthouse Loop Half Marathon|
|Miracle Miles 15k - 1st in my age group!|
Oh, the marathon. Every year I sign up for the marathon, and ever year I bemoan the hit my free time takes thanks to all the training.
I've had some good progress this year, however. I've PR'd in the 15k (1:14:41), the 5k (23:32), and the half (1:46:42). The 5k and half PRs are pretty small (about 15 seconds a minute, respectively), but I'll take them. I've not done a lot of speed work this training cycle, so getting a PR in the 5k was a particularly pleasant surprise.
(Junior League Halloween Hustle 5k. They kindly provided me with a free bib. You may recall that I ran this race last year and it was my 5k PR then, too. Orlando friends, put this race on your list for next year!)
I've realized that this marathon training cycle is more about the journey than the destination. Sadly, I had to leave my marathonfest group because the pace got too slow for me. That was hard, and it's forced me to do a lot of my training runs solo. Who wears two shoes and did 20 miles on their own? This girl.
Solo long runs are hard for me. I get bored. I get tired. There have been so many times where I've just wanted to sleep in, or cut my run short, or say forget it and drop down to the half. This past weekend, I had 16 miles on deck. I spent the first four willing myself to just put one foot in front of the other and not plop down on the ground and eat bon bons.
Then two miles later, it all clicked. If I want to PR this marathon (and I do, badly), I must learn to push past the very loud voice in my head that tells me I bit off more than I can chew. This is basically a metaphor for my life. Finish the job you started. Forward progress. Move the ball. Bill those hours. (Just wanted to see if you were still reading.)
Despite the struggles, I've been very happy with my progress. I'm now less than 30 days from the marathon. If it goes poorly, then I've got Disney a few weeks later. Yes, I have a back up marathon. That is obsessive, but at least I know it.
So that's the last few months in a nutshell. You're thrilled, right?