Let’s catch up, shall we?
My world has been in a state of flux for the past few months. A lot has been changing and that can be overwhelming no matter what you are going through, big or small. A friend told me to “focus on the gator closest to the boat” -gotta love my Southern friends :-) When we have a lot going on, it can become so overwhelming that, at least for me, I get scattered and start to lose my focus and feel like I’m not getting anything accomplished because I am overwhelmed at the possibility of everything around me. So this little “gator” quote reminds me to prioritize and re-prioritize as needed. So lately for me, the gator closest to the boat has been to study.
1. I take my Personal Trainer certification next Monday. I have been studying like a fool over the past 2 months for this sucker (it’s typically at least a 6 month study program). Since May, I have become a certified running coach (through RRCA) and a Group Fitness Instructor (through ACE) in hopes to forge through a new career path. Ages ago (college and grad school) I was a Fitness Director and Personal Trainer. At the time I didn’t necessarily see it as a career path more or less as something I enjoyed doing and got paid for it. I was still pretty focused on attaining my dream job as a Recreation Therapist doing adaptive sports. Funny how life spins you around. I’m now in a position where I get to do both and hopefully make a career out of it. Fingers crossed.
2. I ran a pretty great race at the San Diego Triathlon Challenge for Challenged Athletes Foundation. I ran 10 miles in 1:11, a 7:08 pace (according to my watch) but a 1:13 according to the official time clock. Why the big difference, you ask??? Well, they had a kids race about the same time that I was coming in to the finish line and all the parents were in the middle of the finish line. I had to wait for them to clear all the parents snapping pictures of their kiddos with their shiny medals. No biggie. I ran a strong race, but I ran scared. I had someone on my heels for the entire race and was stubborn enough not to let him pass me. We hugged a sweaty hug after the race thanking each other for the fast-paced push. I think I finished up 4th or 5th overall and 2nd female. It was a super fun week in San Diego with my friends. Much needed. And for the record, Colorado Crush beat Crush Colorado by 6 minutes. Weeee!!!
3. I’ve been sewing. A lot. I finally finished up a t-shirt quilt I had been putting off. I’m now cutting up Noah’s old clothes from when he was a baby so I can upcycle those into a cute little quilt as well. I have made a few tote bags too in search for a pattern I like for the race bib tote I’m trying to make. I’ve searched Google extensively about it, but haven’t quite found what I’m looking for so I’m gonna wing it. I have plenty of bibs to practice with so I will be giving that a whirl in the upcoming weeks. But if any of you can help me figure out a.) what to use as a cover to protect the bibs (clear vinyl, laminating sheets?) and b.) how to make this sucker so that I don’t have to flip the outside layer with the bibs- because I think it will be too stiff and difficult to turn right side out. *If you have sewn a bag, you will know what I mean by all that nonsense.
4. Noah is still pretty stinkin’ cute and chatty, but phewwwie is he ever going through a not-so-fun phase right now. Mr. Defiant, Mr. Whiny, Mr. Independent, and Mr. I’m-Going-to-Ignore-Everything-You-Say, but at the end of the day he still gives excellent Bear Hugs that will just melt your heart. At least I go to bed thinking of him as Mr. Cuddles, Mr. Giggles, and Mr. Chatty until post-breakfast when he is throwing a fit because he doesn’t want to wear his airplane shirt, he wants to wear his digger shirt that is currently in the dirty laundry basket. It’s tough being almost 3.
I want to give a big shout out to Dominick running the NYC Marathon this weekend!!!!! Wishing you fast feet, a strong stomach, and the ability to walk back to your hotel room without a hobble in your step. You will do great! Woo-Hoo!!
So, what’s new with you?