Getting Through

I haven’t run in 8 days. I got busy with Thanksgiving plans, then I got sick… so I’m resting to get feeling healthy for this weekend.

What’s this weekend? The Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon with Team Challenge!

Truthfully, it’s not feeling very “real” right now. For some reason it just isn’t clicking that this coming Sunday I’ll be spending many hours out on a half marathon course: the full 4 hours for the course time limit, plus some time before the race starts as well as some time at the post-race festivities. Plus I have coaching meetings, the expo, a tweet-up, a pasta party & team meeting to attend on Saturday. It’s a lot of stuff on my calendar, yet none of it feels “real”. It’s like some distant event that is penciled in my schedule. I don’t know if that makes any sense, but I feel like I’m living in a fog right now.

Truthfully, I’m really excited to get PAST this weekend. So then I can spend some time on ME. Yes, that sounds selfish, but some of it is so I can focus on: Christmas shopping for my family and making plans for Christmas vacation and watching holiday movies with my husband and possibly baking some cookies and going on runs for myself without any time or distance goals.

I didn’t do an official 5K on Thanksgiving, and I didn’t even cover a 5K distance all in one go. But I did take my dog on 3 walks that day, so my distance added up to a 5K, so I’m calling that my “Feed the Turkey” distance.

It’s a good thing that we got those walks in on Thanksgiving, because Jade has decided to be stubborn in the days since then… she won’t walk. I don’t know if it’s due to the cold or the fact that she slipped on some ice and got a little scared or if she’s just being a brat, but I have to drag her out the door, then we’ll walk a little ways and she’ll sit her butt down and dig in to where I’d have to drag her around the neighborhood if I wanted to make any progress. And she looks so sad when she does that, most of the time I give in and turnaround for home. I admit, I’m cold too so I’d rather not spend my time fighting a puppy. (Who, by the way, turned 6-months-old this past weekend. She’s getting so big!)

So for the rest of this week, I’m “getting through”. Hopefully it’s a little easier to breathe and relax on the other side!


  1. My guess is that little Jade the Boxer is trying to feel her oats, and see what kind of independence she can have from you, or she’s trying to test you to see who’s boss. Ruthie did a bit of that, and does sometimes, still, on walks – when she doesn’t want to go in a certain direction, she’ll do the same sort of thing, get stubborn. Although she doesn’t necessarily sit down anymore!!

    I will email you separately about the “fog” you mention. I think I know what may be causing that. And I dont’ blame you for wanting to have some ME time. I think you deserve it. This is that time of year when you have to be a bit selfish, or you will lose yourself.

  2. I definitely don’t think it is selfish of you to want a little bit of time for yourself. This is a crazy time of year, and you have been doing quite a bit for others lately! I hope you get a chance to relax, unwind, and concentrate on treating yourself well after this weekend 🙂

  3. ok. for a second i was freaked out b/c i thought your page had a virus. and then i realized it was the snow effect. at least that’s what i’m telling myself… it looked really weird at first though cause it looked like ‘something’ was moving through your words/pictures.

    anyway. ME time is important, no matter what time of year it is. i know you love your team/coach-ees/friends/family, but sometimes you just need some JILL time. hope a good dose comes soon!

  4. I do not think that you are selfish for craving some me time. I think you are human!

    I hope this weekend goes well for you- you have done so much work for this TEAM and you deserve a great day!

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