Thanks for the many sweet comments after my interview last week. I was extremely honored (and nervous) about being interviewed by THV 11 out of Little Rock for Global Running Day. The kids LOVED being a part of it.
For anyone who missed it the link to my interview can be found here.
I had no idea what the tag line for the story was going to be until I saw it while it aired, “Marathon Mom Proves You Can Have It All.” Honestly, this is how I feel most days…
There are definitely times I have it more together than others but I never feel like it’s all under control. I started working outside the home about two years ago (after being home full-time with kids for 10 years) and things went from being “manageably busy” to “I’ll just do what I can.” My husband and kids help out more with chores around the house and we limit the number of activities/ sports the kids are involved in. Still, the laundry is never ending and there is always a house project I could be doing but I’ve accepted that is the stage of life I’m in right now. I work in a great environment and love my coworkers but my favorite part of my job is that the hours are flexible and it’s part-time. (I coordinate professional development for teachers in Arkansas and Oklahoma.) It’s a good fit and works for our family.
It’s June and it’s just starting to sink in that I am running a marathon next month!! It feels good to get into a training groove again- first time since February. My March and April marathons really took it out of me. I just went on my longest run of this training cycle this past Saturday- 19 miles. It was in the 70’s and crazy humid but I felt surprisingly good. My last 7 miles all averaged marathon pace and I felt like I could have run a couple more. Great way to end a long run!
I’m about to shake things up in my training with a 2 mile race this weekend and a 1 mile race next weekend. I have no idea what to expect- just trying to psych myself up for an all out sprint! Both races are in the Arkansas Grand Prix series. Anyone else running one of them?
It’s been over a month since my last race. I tried to race two weeks ago but something happened that’s never happened to me- I missed the start! I guess with my knack for cutting it close it was only a matter of time. My friend Trish and I left her house a little late. We got lost and at the time of the actual race start we were somewhere in the Ouachita forest driving on service roads.
It was a trail race that we were both doing as a training run anyway so we just started when we finally got there (45 minutes later) and did our own race distance. Of course when I got home the kids wanted to know if I’d won… Not even close! I did get in a crazy hilly 17 mile run (which left me sore for 5 days) so that was good.
One last life update: J and I celebrated our 15 year anniversary last week. It’s hard to believe we’ve been married that long but it’s true. : ). I’m so thankful that God brought him into my life. It’s been an eventful 15 years and I’m looking forward to continuing on this journey with him. We spent our anniversary shopping and went to our favorite restaurant in Little Rock. We’ve never done a big anniversary trip before but to celebrate 15 we’re going to San Francisco next month. We were married right outside SF so this will be extra special!