Friday, April 5, 2013

review mirror:::: march 2013


as i sit down to write this post, i almost skipped this portion because i feel like i've done so little running lately. then it hits me, you ran your first full marathon this month you dummy! but lately, UGH. i've lost my running mojo so failure is the primary thought that comes to mind when i think of running. 

anyways, three races this month: the asheville marathon, the oskar blues 4 miler, and the spartan race. other than the marathon, i can't say i trained or prepared for these races. i did a few short trail runs and a couple of even shorter treadmill runs. i've even quit tracking them on daily mile because they're so few and far between. 

but hopefully i'll get straightened out in april. if not the flying pig three way [5k, 10k, and 13.1] and the 30k trail race that i've signed up for in may will be MISERY. 

.:weight training:.
i really should skip this portion! as much as i idealized getting back to my weight training routine after the marathon... eh, not so much. partly because i've been lazy, partly because i've done something to my back [getting older is fun!]. 

i finished a bunch of books this month:

three cups of tea was my favorite, i'd been meaning to read it for awhile when i stumbled upon in at the library. 

i'll have a full review of the ultimate beginners guide to running because the author, ryan robert, graciously gave me a free copy to read. spoiler alert: it's really good and i was even able put some of the tips to use for the marathon!

.:2013 goals:.
full marathon finished. 

30 minutes of computer time may have been a little unrealistic. i am doing this on days i work and i've also decided that i shouldn't get online until i've completed my daily Bible study. this seems to be working great for me, so i'll probably modify this goal at some point.

march was full of highs and lows. i was so grateful to spend time with matthew when he visited for the spartan race, and my parents visited on easter weekend. mom basically put me in time out on the couch because she was worried about my back and proceeded to cook us an amazing easter dinner. i felt bad, but it was so good and so greatly appreciated! for some reason her food just tastes better! :)

on easter day my sweet aunt sherri passed away. i am heartbroken for those of us she left behind, but i know that she is with Jesus and that her pain is gone. when i feel sad about her being gone i feel like i'm being selfish, but i suppose it's a natural part of grief. i miss her sweet smile and her unwavering heart. she always had a special way of making you feel like the most important person in the world when you were with her. please pray for her family [husband, two daughters, two grandchildren and a third on the way] and my momma, they were so close. 

when she and momma were helping me to pick out my wedding dress. 
mom, sherri, and their friend donna dancing at my wedding. 


  1. Hugs for your family dear! It's so hard losing family! And don't worry about your funk, you're still being active but it may not seem like much after all those heavy miles for the marathon training. And really, your back obviously needs the rest!

  2. So sorry to hear of your loss. Have you in my heart.

  3. It sounds to me like you're going through post-marathon blues. We're so consumed by training and we don't even realize how much so until we're not. I'm sorry to hear of your loss.

    I wish I had more time to read! I loved Three Cups of Tea.

    Hope your back feels better soon!

  4. So sorry for the loss of your aunt; prayers for peace and comfort. I agree your in post marathon blues. I felt like my life had hit its climactic point, and " now what". I also didn't know how to manage time...wasn't used to having so much. But I've moved on from my all consuming training, and m trying to stay " half marathon ready". It's good you have some races to look forward to( or dread lol)

  5. So sorry for the loss of your aunt. God bless you all.

    Three cups of tea looks interesting. I'll have to check it out. Congrats on your marathon. Not sure if I've said that already or not?

  6. I'm so sorry about your Aunt Sherri Courtney. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  7. Don't worry over the time off from running, it'll come back. When a part of you hurts though, like your back or knees or feet, it just makes it no fun. That's sad about your Aunt but you're right, Jesus is the man to be with. I often think that heaven is probably pretty wonderful.

  8. I think people don't realize how much time you truly need to give your body to recover after a marthon. It's good that you are off because it is helping you recover and not get injured. Go for easy workouts right now, yoga, walking...let it come back int its own time :)