I hope you will join me in laughing at the ridiculousness of the above Instagram “selfie.” I decided I wanted a photo for this post that demonstrated that I did my first run today in shorts AND a T-shirt since last fall … so I promptly stood up and snapped this headless masterpiece in front of my unmade bed. Don’t hate me because I’m so creative. Focus on the shorts and the T-shirt – it’s finally spring!
Anyway – long time no talk! I’m going to be honest, I’m very much enjoying my life as a non-blogger. After four years of writing fairly regularly at various blogs, it was definitely time to let it go. However, the weather lately has inspired me to check in and update on how life has been for me lately.
It happens every year, but I am still always so surprised at what the arrival of warm weather does for my soul. We had an extra long winter this year and this past week was the first full week of acceptable weather since last October. And now I don’t have to worry about the cold or snow for another six months, at least.
We are actually less than six months out from the wedding now. As soon as we hit that milestone time seemed to start flying. I was in a bit of a slump with wedding planning and pretty much wanted nothing to do with it for a while there, but last weekend we got a lot done and actually started DIYing a bit.
I really feel like I have so much to look forward to in the next few months. Now that it has warmed up I’m pledging to explore Saint John more, since we just moved here last fall. This week I did a five-miler that took me into Rockwood Park. We finished our half-marathon there at the entrance but I had never run inside. It was lovely and I didn’t get attacked while running alone. Win-win!
Next weekend is my sister’s graduation party for medical school and then she’s moving to start her new life as a resident in Kingston, Ont. And then in three weeks I’ll be heading up Ontario way for Ottawa Race Weekend!
As preparation for the 10K, I’ve only been running three times a week. I am so over running exclusively while doing no other type of exercise. When I was training for the HM I ran five times a week and got burnt out after the February race. I did hardly anything throughout March and then joined the gym and started switching up my workouts. So far I’ve done a few group swimming practices, spin class, treadmill and weight workouts.
I went out for a 10K this morning (in my shorts and a T-shirt) and really enjoyed it. I always try to talk myself out of going for a run, thinking I’ll be bored, but I was happy at the end of this one. Today’s run was two minutes slower than my PR. I’ve accepted that I’m not going to PR in Ottawa, and I’m OK with it. I just want to enjoy my weekend and take in the sights and sounds of my first “big” race.
That being said, wouldn’t it be great if I came from behind and beat the elites?
Also on the docket for this summer are my first sprint-distance triathlon at the end of June, a full week of vacation at the lake in early August along with my bridal shower, then my bachelorette on Labour Day weekend (just got the word that it will be in Montreal!). Then before we know it, it will be wedding time!
I have no other way to describe my excitement about this stuff other than “I want to vomit all over everything!” Sorry if that’s graphic, but my stomach gets upset when I’m excited. And I am SUPER excited!