March 12, 2016

I am woefully out of shape,  it’s been a long time since I last blogged,  and before this morning my running was on the back burner.  Thankfully I made it out the door this morning and got about 40 minutes of running in.  And that run spurred me to start writing again.

Last year, after my injury, I was worried about gaining weight and not running.  And rightly so.   When I got back to about 80 percent of normal, I got the great news of snagging a job I had been trying to get for almost a year.   It was overwhelming to go from my free-lance job to reporting to work every day and putting in many hours and sitting at a desk, when I wasn’t in the courtroom.

For a good three months I would come home from work and just crash!   I knew I had to work out or run or something when I got home, but I just didn’t have the energy.   Many nights in the first few weeks I was in bed by 8:30.   It was crazy!   Even my family was saying, hey, this is how it is for all of us!    I can’t imagine how they did it.  I was so spoiled for 19 years free-lancing, that I didn’t realize how much energy it took to work full-time!   And then after you work a full day, there’s things to be done, like food shopping, cleaning, gardening, RUNNING!   How in the world do people do this???

Of course, I never ran the Wineglass Marathon, but I did go up and run the 5k and watched my two friends run the half.  It was a great weekend up in Corning.  And I’ve already used my deferral to register for this year’s full.   I did run a couple of local 5ks and ran down in Maryland at the Spook Hill 4 miler.   It was fun, and I was glad to be able to run the whole race.   I also ran the trail race that was part of the Runner’s World Half Festival.  It kicked my ass, but I finished!

By December I had gained 15 pounds.    I was clearly on the wrong path.   So I made it through the rest of the winter, and here’s where I find myself today.  And here’s the best part – every day is a new day to start over.  No matter what it is, you can wake up and start anew the next day.  So that’s what I’m doing, back to blogging, back to making smart food choices with the help of my dietitian, and, most important to me, back to running!

My race calendar this year is as follows:   Wineglass Marathon in October.   Runner’s World Half Festival, in which I’ll do all four races.  It’s a crazy idea, but I’m doing it.  I know it’s going to take some hard work, but I’ll do it.    I hope to find a half somewhere in July  or August, just to get one in and do a long race before October.    But before then, it’s just putting in the miles and getting back to my routine.

My garden fared much better over the past year.   I got every tender shrub caged, so no rabbits were feeding on them this winter.   It is soon spring, so things are starting to wake up.  The snow drops have been appearing since January.   The daffodils are now most of the way up and if the weather stays warm we should get flowers by next week.

I’m planning a new garden in front of the screen porch at the top of our yard.   I hope to include my wildlife pond in that garden.  The rain barrels need to be reattached to the spouting this weekend, as we had to move them to rehab the screen porch last fall.

I’ll do some spring clean up this weekend.  I also need to place the native bee box out.  And I found and aphid box from Knox Cellars.  Apparently the aphid killer wasps will use these to store aphids in so the wasp larvae can feed on the aphids.   Nature is amazing!

Happy Running and Gardening!














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