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Hi all!
I’m still here, although I haven’t been on much lately. I’ve been preoccupied with other things — my work, my husband’s work. I also went on a whole financial planning bender. 
All these financial things have been on my mind because of all the death we’ve witnessed this year. I attended a friend’s funeral last Friday. It was a reminder of how short life can be, and how essential it is to be ready, financially, so there is one less worry if something bad happens.
I have been running, although we have been continually sick for the past two or three weeks. I took this picture right before I ran to my sons’ judo class. I’ve made it a habit to run over to their class so I can catch the last ten minutes.
I hope all is well with you guys. I look forward to catching up and seeing what you all have been up to lately. :)

Hi all!

I’m still here, although I haven’t been on much lately. I’ve been preoccupied with other things — my work, my husband’s work. I also went on a whole financial planning bender. 

All these financial things have been on my mind because of all the death we’ve witnessed this year. I attended a friend’s funeral last Friday. It was a reminder of how short life can be, and how essential it is to be ready, financially, so there is one less worry if something bad happens.

I have been running, although we have been continually sick for the past two or three weeks. I took this picture right before I ran to my sons’ judo class. I’ve made it a habit to run over to their class so I can catch the last ten minutes.

I hope all is well with you guys. I look forward to catching up and seeing what you all have been up to lately. :)

with my boys (8 year old and 5 year old). It was the best run I’ve had in a long, long time. As we were running, I could see us doing this on and off for years to come, them growing taller, me growing shorter, but always together.

Always together. How cool is that. 

I’m sick as a dog, so I brought two tissues with me. I’ve learned the hard way that my sick snot rockets don’t launch. Instead, they stick to the inside of my nose and then stretch out ON THE SIDE OF MY FACE.

TMI? But we’re runners! And as runners, we’ve had to cope with all sorts of bodily functions out on the road (dirt or concrete). 

Well, I was foolish to 1) think that two tissues would be enough and 2) to think I could last four miles with this cold. 

So at about mile 3.5 I hit a wall and my body shut down. I stopped to blow my nose one last time into my totally decimated tissues — it was even more pathetic than it sounds. 

Then I ran home. 

I’m a bad ass. 

I just hope it turns out I don’t develop walking pneumonia or something similar. Then my bad ass will feel more like a stupid ass. 

We shall see.

yesterday. 

I was going to run tonight, but I’ve caught another cold, so I think I will sit this one out. I haven’t fully convinced myself that I’m sitting it out yet. *denial*

Been worried about my friend and her fiance. Her fiance is on life support right now. I’m hoping with all my heart he pulls through. 

These past few years have been difficult. We’ve lost a lot of good friends and family members. Death sometimes feels so close. Too close. 

The only thing I can do at this point is love on the people around me and be thankful for the life that I have. And maybe live my life a little more, a little harder, in honor of those that can’t. 

And on that note, I think I’ve made up my mind about the run. Laters.

My husband is turning 40 in June, so I decided to take him on a vacation to celebrate. 

We are going to Rome and Florence this June!!!

I have traveled abroad a few times — France, England, Russia, Uzbekistan, Finland… but my husband hasn’t traveled out of the country… EVER. (I don’t count Mexico.)

He was beyond BEYOND B-E-Y-O-N-D excited when he found out about the trip. And surprised, because I am a money saver, not a money spender, and certainly not a BIG MONEY spender!!! 

But this was the right thing to do.

It’s a ton of work — but I already purchased the airline tickets and booked the hotels. I’ve researched and made a flexible schedule (with the exception of the opera that I booked for Florence). I’m working on updating our passports and sorting out how to convert money. 

I also researched which are the best running routes in both cities. 

OF COURSE. 

Sooooo tired.

Oh, this was a tough one. I’m back to pushing past my comfort zone, getting back my mental toughness. It’s hard and it’s awesome.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it yet, but my husband mentioned that he wanted to train for a marathon. He asked me to put together a training schedule and so I wrote out a six-month program for him to follow.

Tonight, as I was fading fast, I reminded myself that I will never make progress until I get past being comfortable. I also reminded myself that I need to set a good example, because if I start skipping workouts or shaving off a mile here and there, it may affect his training, as well. Laziness is contagious.

And so, I sit here, so tired I could lay my head on this desk and fall asleep instantly. I love it.

This is me right after running 10 intervals. Well, right after the intervals, I was lying on the ground, so this is me about two minutes after I finished the last interval. ;)
I’m tired, good tired. Yesterday I did 60 minutes of cross training along with some strength training. 
Today, I did 5 miles including interval training.
Went through a bit of a funk, but I think I have a plan to get out of it. 
Hope everyone is doing well. Sending tumblr hugs out to you guys and gals. 

This is me right after running 10 intervals. Well, right after the intervals, I was lying on the ground, so this is me about two minutes after I finished the last interval. ;)

I’m tired, good tired. Yesterday I did 60 minutes of cross training along with some strength training. 

Today, I did 5 miles including interval training.

Went through a bit of a funk, but I think I have a plan to get out of it. 

Hope everyone is doing well. Sending tumblr hugs out to you guys and gals. 

Have to figure out the shoe situation.

I used to run in neutral-plus shoes, extra cushion, since I run primarily on road and concrete for prolonged periods of time. 

After my bout of plantar fasciitis, I switched to neutral, so I could correct my form, which was difficult to do with extra cushion. The downfall is that my feet ache quicker, as do my legs. 

Do I go back to the neutral-plus? I don’t know. 

11 mile run Saturday. Was going to go for longer, but deviated from my planned course and incorporated too much hill work. 

Legs cramped and had to cut it short.