Running on Empty

I thought it was about time to get on here and update again.

My life is so busy that all my free time at work dwindled away to nothing. I try to peek in every now and then but there are always interruptions.

My new job role is keeping me busy and that’s not all that bad. I get up at 4:45am and get home at 6:00pm or after. That gives me time to feed the dogs, feed myself, do my training run, shower and go to bed.

My dogs and husband barely recognize me anymore. This new work situation couldn’t have come at a worse time with the marathon training ongoing.

I was so tired that I left work early yesterday which is very unusual for me. I came home. Took a shower. Put on pajamas and took a nap. It was my training rest day…so I really rested. I felt much better this morning.

I am into my 4th week of training for the Chicago Marathon. I am a bit frustrated with myself for letting my fitness level drop. I struggle now with 7 or 8 miles so this should be interesting! πŸ™‚

I finally took the time to book my hotel in Chicago for 3 nights and that hit the bank account for $1000! We are staying at the Hyatt Regency Chicago near the start of the marathon in Grant’s Park.Β I’m nervous and excited.

Training will further be a challenge because we have 2 weeks booked in Santa Cruz, CA in August….which falls when there are long runs scheduled. I can’t see myself getting out of bed early or getting my butt off the beach to do that 18 mile run. I’ll have find a way to work around that. I usually run a lot there so I will do the same. Beach running is heaven. πŸ™‚ I will also do a trail run in the Redwoods so I will make do.

I’m not as excited about vacation as I should be. I still don’t know what will happen with my brother. He is getting worse but he is still pain free. I want him to live as long as he wants to. I already miss him.

And, I really hate leaving Peyton and Eli for 2 weeks. To me, it’s like dropping off my kids to stay in a kennel for 2 weeks. I wish I had better options…I really wish I could take them. If we drove, we could.

Anyway……I do dream of vacation in Santa Cruz so I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.

I need to start designing my next tattoo that I plan on getting when I get there. My guy (Tim) is the greatest and has done all my tattoos. This one will be about my marathon and maybe the St. Louis Arch or skyline in it somewhere.

Last weekend, I ran the “Macklind Mile” – St. Louis’ fastest mile and I was almost a minute slower than last year. Shame. Daniel ran the quarter mile. I love it when he enjoys running. He got a ribbon and medal so he was proud.

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On Sunday, I ran in the St. Louis Pride 5k and had a decent race. It was a fun time and the same as all runs except more colorful. πŸ™‚

I’m eating healthy during the week but on the weekend, this train comes off the rail…well, it does on Saturday. Maybe I do that because it’s a long run day and I feel I deserve it!

My hip is much better and I am running pain free….knock wood.

I still enjoy spending time with Daniel and Sadie. I always make time for that.

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I have a 9 mile run on Saturday morning and then Kevin and I are going to a Cardinals game. Will Β hang with my family after that.

I hope everyone enjoys their family on this 4th of July.

~Happy Independence Day~

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6 thoughts on “Running on Empty

  1. GREAT to see you back… missed your blog posts… best of luck with the training, work life does make training difficult xxx )))hugs(((
    chat soon and keep going girl, you’re an inspiration!

  2. Thanks for updating us. Too bad for us that you’re so busy at work 😦 Happy 4th, keep running no matter how slow or fast. You inspire me πŸ™‚

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