Friday, April 3, 2009

Hello and goodbye, kinda.........

Nine months ago, I entered into this world of “blogging”. I had taken on a new challenge of becoming a triathlete while also playing the challenging role of mother to two 3 year olds. And I succeeded! I thought, what better way to document my journey than through a blog that others could follow. I knew that there were many other people in my same shoes….. beginning a new chapter in their lives…… taking on a challenge beyond their own imagination…….. re-defining who they wanted to be. If people read my blog, great! And if they didn’t, that was fine too. This was for me.

So I did it! I feverishly trained for six months. I educated myself on proper breathing, eating, stretching, transitioning, and recovery. I invested in numerous stylish tri-suits, a shiny new heart-rate monitor and mileage tracker, every gu, power bar, cliff bar, and luna bar you could imagine, and enough magazine subscriptions to provide my twins with years of fort building. And then, after six anxious months (and a nervous stomach), I became a triathlete! I was forever changed.

But even though my life had taken this wonderfully positive turn, other things in my life, beyond my control, were turning in a different direction. For those of you that have read my blogs and followed my journey, first off thank you, and second off, you know how the “other side” of my life has changed. Sometimes two people are better as friends than they are married. And that is what my husband and I finally discovered.

And with that said, I feel a strong desire to shift my journey telling from becoming a triathlete to becoming a single mother of twins.

So here I am, transitioning from one blog to another. I hope that my fellow tri / running peeps continue to follow me on my new blog, because I plan to continue my running and triathlon journey. I will just be taking the scenic route.

Love you all and happy training everyone!!!!

Check me out here from now on:

Friday, February 20, 2009

Still moving forward.... I think.....

Wow, it's been a while. Sorry to be so distant from my bloggin' buddies. But as some of you know from past posts, my life is spinning all over the place. I'm not going to say it is spinning out of control, because I do have complete control of it. It is just "all over the place".

My last post on moving forward has got me thinking....... a lot! I really do think I am moving forward, although I have recently found myself back at home with my parents! Wait! Is that really moving forward? haha From the looks of it, I don't seem much further down the road that I did when I was in high school. Well, looks can be deceiving, right?

I mean, I AM a mother of two gorgeous three year old twins. I have a career that I am proud of. I have completed two triathlons and numerous 5K races in the past year. So, I guess I would say, Yes! I am quite a bit further down the road than it looks to the naked eye. Sometimes we come full circle when we are trying to get further ahead. And there is nothing wrong with that.

Now, on to some "run talk".........

With all that has been going in my personal life, my running has really taken a back seat. But in the past month, I have made a commitment to myself and to my training, to out-do my goals from last year. So far, I am on the right track. Ran 5 miles last night and felt great! I have a 5K race coming up in March and I'm super excited about it! I can't wait to be in the company of dozens of other racers, newbies and seasoned, all confident in themselves that they are about to complete their first or their fiftieth race. It is a wonderful feeling!

Happy training everyone!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Moving forward.....

There is a lot to be said about moving forward. So many of us seem to stand still in life and we fail to see the beauty of moving forward. I guess that is one of the issues I came to terms with regarding my separation. For so long, I thought I was doing the right thing by standing still. Then I realized that moving forward is not a failure on my part. It is an imperative step to living life.

Moving forward can apply in so many areas of our lives. Take running, for instance. Last year, I got stuck in a rut of running the same distances day in and day out. I finally realized that if I didn't move forward in my training, I would never..... well....... move forward. We are doing a good thing with our bodies by running everyday. But we are NOT doing a good thing in our training if we are not pushing ourselves further and moving forward from where we are right now. Because running 3 or 4 miles everyday is basically standing still.

So we should all get out there and move forward......emotionally and physically. Happy training everyone!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

New Year.... New everything....

Well, I finally did it!  I put on my Nike's and bundled up for my first run of the year, and my first run since the beginning of December.  Wow!  I can't believe it has been that long.  But I felt really good considering.  I have a lot of races that I already want to sign up for this year, but I am going to be smart about getting back on track.

This year will be an interesting one for me.  I have been with my husband for over 12 years and we have been married for 6 years.  We have two beautiful three year old boys.  But now, things are about to get interesting.  Over the past year, we have realized that we are much better as friends.  Therefore, we came to the decision that we should separate.  I have gradually started telling family and friends and their reaction is, of course, shock.

So, here it is, a new year, and I'm looking toward the future with so many questions.  I wonder how my children will fare during this transitional phase.  I wonder how well my friendship with my soon-to-be ex-husband will hold up during this process.  I wonder what the future has in store for both of us.  I'm anxious about being a single mom, but I am excited at the same time.  I also hope for everything wonderful for him as well.

So as I look out into the bright blue yonder, I ponder my new life ahead of me.  I know that I will be stronger, physically and emotionally.  

Happy training everyone!