Saturday, December 18, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I have been a terrible blogger lately.  When I have a few minutes to sit down I'm often too tired to look at my computer.  If I do then I don't seem to be able to organize my any of my thoughts at all.  

December is such a crazy month for my family, and especially now that two out of three of my little ones are in school.  And they aren't just in school; one is half day kinder while the other is full day 1st grade.  Our days are so choppy as a result of this that I never feel like I have a solid block of time to accomplish anything completely.  It's not just that their schedules are wacky, but it seems that school is now made up of nothing but projects, fund raisers, programs and parties.  At least from November through December.  ;) 

But there is a light at the end of the tunnel!  The kids are now on break and that means a full day of going NO WHERE!  Not only that, but Christmas is almost here and that means being able to breathe again!  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas!  It's just that there are so many things to do during the month of December that I don't have a lot of time to do things like catch up on other people's blogs or even update my own blog.  Honestly, I couldn't even stick to the running schedule (mainly because my running partner came down with strep and it threw us off once again. :( )   

But this morning I realized that the madness will be coming to an end in just one short week and we will be on to a new, better, more organized year!  So with that being said, I have promised myself I will resume my running and stick to it, begin editing my NaNo novel, catch up on everyone's blogs and get back to updating mine regularly!  

Until then, Merry Christmas to all of you and here's to a great New Year!!!!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


I'm finally back to running!  It's amazing how out of shape you get after just a short time.  Five months ago I was running 16 miles at a time.  This morning I was feeling tired after just a 5k.  Now granted, I am always tired when I run in the morning since I haven't had the entire day to store up energy.  Also, I'm sure I could have continued to run further once my muscles were completely warm (it was frigid this morning,) but all the same I wasn't any where close to where I was five months ago.

So what happened?  Five months ago we went up to Northern California to watch my brother-in-law compete in his first ever full IronMan Triathlon.  It was AMAZING and extremely inspiring, but also extremely tiring.  We followed him around on razor scooters, by car and on foot for his 13 1/2 hour day with back packs full of supplies and nutrients and cameras to document the entire journey.  

Now, I'm not suggesting at all that his triathlon was the reason for my slacking off on the running.  It was just that we were so tired when we got back, and then the kids went back to school the week after we got back  and after that colds ensued.  I did continue to run here and there, but nothing like I was before the triathlon.

After a while coordinating running schedules became challenging, and my drive began to dwindle.  Then when my sister encouraged me to join her writing group and participate in NaNoWriMo I sort of put running on the back burner all together, mainly because writing seemed to suck the energy right out of me.  Not only that, but every time I had a spare minute I was anxious to get back to my novel.  By the way, did I mention that I actually finished NaNo an entire week early with roughly 52,000 words?!  YAY ME!!!!  Anyway, I digress!  After months of not running I  finally stopped making excuses and drug myself out of bed at 5 AM this morning, and I have been feeling amazing all day!  It's amazing what those endorphins can do for you.  I was even in a much better mood today!  

So what does this all mean?  Hopefully, I will continue to run two to four days a week in an effort to condition myself for a full marathon before the weather turns to warm.  Originally I was shooting for Surf City Huntington Beach, but I doubt I will be ready for 26.2 miles by February 7th.  Instead, I will shoot for the Ragnar Relay from April 15-16 (If you haven't heard of this, check it out - it was the funnest race I have ever done!)  And hopefully a full marathon as well, maybe the OC Marathon in May, (although the two may be way too close together!)

When I'm not running I will be working feverishly to edit my NaNo novel so I can take advantage of the free proof copy offered by CreateSpace, YAY!  And who knows, perhaps I will begin another novel as well, although there is the whole energy depletion from writing issue to consider! So now that you all know my plan of action for the next several months, what type of goals are you all trying to set and stick to?  Are any of you writers runners as well, and if so how do you juggle writing and running?  Also, for all those who competed in NaNo, how did you do?  Did you finish your novels?  Are you still working on them?  I would love to hear from you!