Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Moving Forward: Staying Positive

I'm having difficulty stringing together thoughts for a blog post right now, so it's going to be a little random (not that it's much different than the norm around here for me).

This past weekend was obviously hard, no one wants to go to calling hours or a funeral for someone they love and care about. I do want to thank everyone for the comments (as well as emails and texts) after Friday's post, I know you didn't know Ron but thank you for reaching out during a hard time. One good thing that came of Friday & Saturday was seeing some people I haven't seen in a long time, and we all agreed we need to make it a more frequent thing...and for happier reasons. Need to make time for the things that matter, and family/close friends matter way more than anything else.

Time to focus on some happier things... it's a new week and I'm determined to make it a good one.

Some good things going on right now...

Sunday was a really good day, it felt normal and relaxed and just what this girl needed (especially after Friday & Saturday's not so fun events). Slept in, relaxed around the house with John, some shopping & errands, dinner/football, and date night to a musical- not a bad way to end the weekend.

I was really excited for Chicago Marathon Sunday, I knew quite a few people running that I was rooting for. I get just as excited to cheer for marathons (even from afar) as I do to run them. I was so happy to track people and watch as the race progressed- some solid times, and awesome PR's happened. My cousin ran a 4 minute PR (and came SO close to breaking 4...like 40 seconds close), I was so proud! This is the same happy cousin I cheered for at Buffalo 26.2 this year, she's dropped a significant amount off her marathon time this year and I couldn't be happier for her.

After running a whopping 8 miles last week, my body is ready to get back into a groove this week. My legs feel pretty good, and I think I've caught up on my rest for the most part. My Kinvaras are sitting by the door begging me to take them outside and enjoy this fall weather, so today I will kindly oblige.

This coming weekend I am running the Empire State Half Marathon in Syracuse with my sister. We are running the whole race together, it will be her first post-baby race too! I did this race a few years ago and it's a decent out and back, can be really pretty with the fall foliage on a nice day. So fingers crossed we have some good weather to enjoy while getting some miles in together!

I am also running a 5k the following weekend with my sister. It's one of my favorite runs (I've never raced it), and always do it is costume. Pumpkins in the Park, it benefits the youth sports foundation in Rochester (definitely a great cause).  My sister and I have done it together a few times, and I think our costume this year will be the best yet!

The countdown is on till NYCM, I'm incredibly excited for a weekend with Heather while we lose our voices cheering for Hollie. It will be a great weekend, I know it's still a few weeks away but doesn't mean I can't get excited. So many awesome people will be the running, going to be nice change of pace getting to play cheerleader and support crew!

I'm going on a little 'health' kick persay, going to go back to logging my food and doing the things that I know I should be doing. I'm excited to make some changes and see where it takes me- both with nutrition and physical training.

What are some good things in your life right now?

Upcoming excitements?

Who will be doing a costume race for Halloween?


  1. I think I need to find a race to spectate at--watching people race always lights a fire under my ass that I need :)
    Glad to hear that you're doing better after a rough weekend. It's never easy losing someone let alone unexpectedly. We're thinking of you!

    In less than two weeks I have an outstanding Halloween weekend planned back home and I'm getting a tattoo :)

  2. Enjoy all of the fun races you have coming up! A halloween race sounds like a blast. I love dressing up.

  3. You're going to NYCM?! I seriously think everyone is either running it or spectating. When will you be in the city?

  4. Seeing you is the excitement of my next few weeks...and cross country traveling...boo.. Anyways, I'm glad you are ready to rock and roll and I know that you will do great. I think this week will be a nice build up for you and not too stressful while getting some miles in. :-)

  5. Sounds like you have some exciting and fun things coming up! Can't wait to see what your costume is for the 5k!

  6. I don't think we have any costume races here which is a shame bc we have a ton of races each weekend. We do have some Zombie Runs but that's not really a costume run bc it has to be scary looking, you know? Spectating races is also fun and definitely motivating, plus you can see the super speedy "local elite" people finish and I never get to do that otherwise.

    Good call for taking a little time off after the marathon! Plus you're running for fun and to help your sis come back post-baby so that's pretty awesome (sometimes it's nice to just run for fun and not be competitive about it, but help others). It took me a while to feel back to normal too, I'm glad I finally do and will start training again. I'm actually very excited about it.

  7. As you know, I'm getting ready for MCM. I'm glad you are easing back into it and sorry that you had a rough few days. Lots of love and hugs!

  8. I have to see what this best yet costume is going to be...I have high expectations!
    There's a Halloween Haunt 10K here in a couple weeks that we are probably going to do...a costume would certainly be in order.

  9. I'm glad your easing back into things. It can be hard after a loss and things feel weird, but getting back to life is good. I'd love to go to those big marathons some day to either run or cheer!

    I'll be running a Trick or Trot with some friends at the end of Oct.with a costume! Fun!

  10. I bet the half this weekend will be beautiful! And I hope we can meet up at NYCM, I'll be there cheering too!

  11. Glad you are starting to get back into your groove girl. I hope you have a great race this weekend! I will be racing too...although it will be more about finishing than anything due to this hip issue. I'm not doing a Halloween race but I WILL be wearing a shirt with a pumpkin on it for this weekend's race. That sorta counts lol!

  12. I always loved races with costumes or themes. Not only is it fun to make your own, but it makes the race SO much more enjoyable while you watch Big Birds and Monsters run by you! Lol I wish SO badly I could go cheer on Hollie with you and Heather! If only I could afford a hotel in NYC! :-P I'm glad you're recovering both physically and mentally. It's hard to lose a loved one... Always. Hang in there <3


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