Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Independence & Life Adjustments

Guess what, finally a non-Boston post. I know you're excited, actually I am too...moving forward is a good thing. Obviously Boston was an amazing experience, solid race, but recovering has been really nice too.

This past month has been one of the most, insanely crazy months ever. Big changes, big moves, Boston, visiting friends, adjusting to being independent again, and actually training again(yes, already).

I've got to pat myself on the back for coming out on top, because when I thought I would be sitting on my butt I am actually moving like a freight train towards more and more better days.

This adjustment period has actually gone pretty well. After Boston I went to New Jersey for the weekend with Heather to see Hollie. I wore running clothes (shocker), but also made an appearance in real girl clothes. It was a darn good girls weekend, and I even got to meet Danielle & Ashley in real life-- they're as awesome as they seem, in case you were wondering. 
Weekend in Jersey with the girls(how was this already a week and a half ago?)
Hollie, Heather & Myself
I'm certainly keeping myself busy these days. I actually picked up a second job that I started last week. The extra money is always a good thing, but it also keeps me busy outside of my day job and training which is important. The last 9 months of one job was nice, but I've never been one to be afraid of working more and being able to support myself. This will create some need for early morning workouts some days (on the days I work both jobs), but in the end will be a good thing. 

Overall life is pretty darn good. I'm enjoying my new place, excited for a new training cycle, working hard and learning that it's ok to be 'me' again. Sure there are 'adjustments' to be made (read: I have to learn to kill spiders instead of screaming for someone else to do it), but each day things become a little more normal...the 'new normal'. I'm lucky to have some great people in my life, giving me support and also things to look forward to :) Settling into everything is important but I am also excited to see what can happen over the next year, who knows where the wind will blow after that. 

The new normal is really just being selfish and doing things for me. Something to be said about making time for yourself and going after what you want/need. I've spent more time with my friends and family in the last few weeks than I probably have in the last year combined. I've also had a LOT of time alone to think, and also making a list of non-negotiable things in my head for future reference. Silver lining: learning what you need and don't need, as well as what you really want out of life.

As for the whole running thing and "what's next", you can expect lots of changes to training and race schedule over the next few months. I'll give you a heads up, some of those changes are not ones you would expect. More on that another day though.

When was the last time you had some big life adjustments?

What is an acceptable amount of time to still have some unpacked boxes? 
(I'm going on a month here...)


  1. yay on setting new goals and learning to be you again! I work two jobs as well and actually really like it yes some weeks it gets crazy but its fun. I have been debating a change in jobs leaving my current full time job to persue something that better fits me and what I love.

    We have been in our new house almost 2 years and still have some un packed boxes. I just haven't decided if I am ready to part with them :)

  2. I loved living by myself. I ate crackers for dinner and washed my dishes whenever I felt like it. Lol! Enjoy this time.

  3. You are doing awesome. Like you, I'm going through a big life adjustment and I'm pretty sure I will come out on top.
    Keep it up, girl!

  4. Good for you girl! Moving 4 hours away from home was an obvious big life change..and I am on the 2 job wagon as well and its completely consuming but my morning runs keep me sane. It did take me a bit to adjust and now I feel more settled in to this routine. Hope you enjoy the new normal and have an awesome training cycle. Also, when I moved (in August) I still have things in boxes I don't know what to really do with…sooo…. haha oops!

  5. Big life changes are tough but exciting. The possibilities are endless.

  6. I am OCD about boxes and have to unpack right away.
    Hope all your big life changes continue to go so well. Happy that you're happy.

  7. I feel like I could tell you this on every social media but I am so happy for you. These changes have been good and you have truly come out on top. I can't wait to see how you do in your next training cycle. I'm also a wee bit jealous of your incredible ability to recover from the marathon so fast.

  8. Consider my interest piqued on the training changes. Triathlon focused maybe??

    It's awesome that you're enjoying life and being yourself!

  9. I am just so happy that you are happy :)

  10. I have had some big life adjustments over the past year and they have not been fun! But like you have said, they do make us stronger and I feel stronger because of them! I am so happy you are adjusting! I hope you continue to and are happy :)

  11. This is so nice to read, I'm glad that you are so happy, and congrats on job #2.

    I hate unpacking, just throw it away and buy new stuff. ;)

  12. So happy for you beautiful-can tell how happy you are just in reading this post alone. I have to do that with spiders too so you're not alone. Remember if you need a listening 'ear' I got you :)

    i'm starting to pack up too and it's stressful....


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