Portland Marathon

This day…

Note: this post technically should have been published yesterday, but, well, I’m a new mom and it seems nothing gets done on time these days… it’s within the weekend though, so it still counts ๐Ÿ˜‰ On this day five years ago, I was doing this: Paris: Kissing Oscar Wilde’s tombstone. On this day three years ago, I was doing this: Princess of Pavement’s Claustrophobic Half On this day two years ago I was doing this: Portland Marathon On this day one year ago I was doing this: Volunteering: Levi Leipheimer Gran Fondo On this day today, I was doing this: Walking along the boardwalk with my Little Ring snug against me. Today – and everyday – I am thankful for my health, my running, my goals, my travels, my parents biannual stuffing, and most importantly, my beautiful family. Happy Thanksgiving!

37 weeks: ready or not…

Dear Thumb-Sucking Alien Baby, Your baby shower, a garden party appropriately named Knocked Up In Wonderland, has come and gone. You had beautiful invites, beautiful cakes, beautiful guests, and beautiful presents. Your mama got crafty (or went all nesting as some would call it) and made you a baby mobile that some questioned I’d actually finish… I did ๐Ÿ˜€ I got the idea from My First Baby blog, and while mine didn’t turn out quite as nice as hers (you’ll soon learn your mama’s not all that crafty) its got character โ€“ just like you will! Your pops gave up his bike room haven and transformed it into the most beautiful owl/cycling themed baby room: We’re still waiting for a photo of you to complete the barn window montage, and because you can’t see it, the bike stuff is on the other side ๐Ÿ˜€ We did a photo shoot to …

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You say you want a revolution…

A resolution you will not get out of me today, nor yesterday โ€“ I don’t believe in them. I don’t like disappointment especially by my own hand, and resolutions (from my perspective at least) are a recipe for failure. I don’t care to experience that, never have. However, I do believe in the value of setting goals. And right now, I am without goals. Which sucks. Huge. It’s been several years since I started a new year without a plan. Last year I had a second marathon in my sights, and the goal of being selected for the Tiffany’s half, as well as any other race that presented itself. The year prior, I was focused on the historic half and my first marathon. The year before that, it was to complete a half marathon without injury. But on Sunday morning, as Big Ring and I were embarking on our first …

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The hangover

What now? It’s been a week and a half since I last ran, which really isn’t that long at all, and yet, I feel kind of lost, like I have an emptiness in my belly… or legs, I should say. I see Facebook posts of girlfriends preparing for their next running adventures, I read blogs all about running, and magazines all about running, but I’m not running. I don’t have a plan and I planned it that way. I’ve been training almost non-stop now for more than two years (aside from a couple months where I was recovering from injury) and I’ve felt for quite some time that I’ve needed a break from training. So, while my favourite running chicks were planning this run and that run, I purposely stayed quiet, I was not going to jump into anything new. I wanted a break and by golly I was going …

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