so much to say, so little time

I think about blogging every day.  Every run I go on fuels ideas that I look forward to writing about, but I haven’t yet mastered the art of making time for it.  I know this is a crazy time in my life with a new baby and two young children and that eventually we will fall into some sort of rhythm that makes it easier for me to make this a priority.  For now I’m grateful to be able to fit in time for other important things and to keep my head above water (most days) with it all.

When I started this blog a little over a year ago I had just become an RRCA certified running coach and Power Pilates instructor.  I had just started my little business, Sugar Cone.  I had just signed up to be in charge of interior/exterior projects on the Board at my kids’ preschool in a year that would have me in charge of the biggest renovation project in the school’s 45 year history.  This is to name just a few things, as we all know the little things add up too.  And THEN I got the biggest surprise of my life – news that I was pregnant.  I could not have been more surprised or grateful.  I didn’t want to let go of my commitments because of the new addition to my family, so I have been taking it one day at a time ever since.  Doing my best to find balance.  To appreciate all the beauty of each moment and to keep in my life the things that are most important to me.  So here I am today with the following going on at this moment in time:

  • My baby boy Gus turns 4 months old this week.  He is beautiful beyond words.  Oh how I love him with every inch of my soul.  I still cannot believe how blessed I am to be his mother.
  • Abby is “graduating” from Kindergarten on Friday and turns 6 in a little over a week.  She is simply AMAZING. Hands down this girl is the most creative, sensitive and loving person I have ever known.  I am so proud of her.  She makes my heart so big I think it will rise right out of my chest and make me spill all over the place.
  • Will is finishing up his second year of preschool and is ready to take on the world.  He is wild and funny yet sweet and cuddly at the same time.  This year he has grown up so much.  Maybe it’s because we have a baby boy around here now, but when I look at Will now I see such a big boy.  He has an incredible imagination and is a true entertainer.  I love the joy on his face when he is doing something he loves.  He sure does know how to make his momma happy.
my three monkeys

  •  Sugar Cone is busy, busy, busy.  This makes me so happy.  Each time we get an order, I check in with myself and make sure I can handle it.  So far, so good.  My business partner Debbie and I paid ourselves for the first time last month!  I bought an iPad for my family and some lululemon running clothes that I feel so cute in.  I haven’t spent all the money I earned yet.  To be honest, I sort of don’t want to spend it!  Working so hard to make money (even if it is just a little bit!) when you have your own business is full of lessons.  Not just “business-y” lessons, but life lessons.  I am learning so much about myself and about choices.  Some day I will share more of these thoughts on this blog.  I owe it to myself to do that.
  • The renovation at my kids’ school (LANK) begins in one week from today.  Ok, this is a big deal.  I went to preschool at LANK over 30 years ago.  This school holds a very special place in my heart.  I am equally excited and nervous about this renovation.  My heart tells me it is the right thing and all will go well, but I would be lying if I didn’t admit to being scared.  Construction can be nerve-wracking!  Especially when you are doing it on a school that MUST OPEN at the end of the summer.  Pray for me.
  • Running!  Ah, running!  How I love this sport called running.  It is my life line right now.  I have been taking it easy, keeping my mileage low and running just every other day.  Being patient with my body and allowing myself the recovery time I need after each run.  I’m doing weight training twice a week and Pilates twice a week.  The idea is to build up my muscle strength to protect my loosey-goosey joints since I am a nursing momma and my core strength needs improving.  It is working — what I am doing is working!  Saturday I ran a 10K and set a new PR.  It was a hot and sunny morning and I took it easy on myself and ran the race in 52:58 (a PR by about 2 minutes!).  This was an 8:30/mile pace for me.  I’m excited because (1) it is a PR and (2) I know I can and will PR in this distance again this year.  My next post is going to be a race report because I have a lot more to say about this.  In a nutshell though it was a great race and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
hot sweaty momma post 10K race, with the best cheerleaders ever

That about sums it up for now.  At least, that is all I have time for right now anyway.  I would love to hear from you guys — your thoughts and ideas about how you fit in the time to blog regularly.  Do you keep a notebook of post ideas?  Do you set aside time each day to make it a priority?  You are all so inspiring to me in many ways, not just with your running!!

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