Thursday, 31 December 2015

2015: Let's Review

Is anyone else finding it a bit jaw dropping that another year has come and gone so fast? In 2016 I will turn 36, which is pretty much like almost 40 in my books. We will parent through the terrible twos and hopefully hit some new PRs.  But before we jump ahead, let's look back on 2015.

2015 is the year I sprained both ankles. Not at the same time, but still a very serious setback in my running plans.  It is the year I took on a new challenge at work, learned to balance working more hours after bed time, and found myself wondering how people who work very intense jobs even manage to parent at all.

In 2015, both of my parents experienced serious health problems.  For the first time, I became acutely aware of how aging is impacting their health.  It was a scary year, which at times had me searching for jobs closer to home so that I could be nearer to them in case of emergencies.

I know it is sounding like quite the dreary year, so let's get on to the good parts shall we.  In 2015, our little boy grew from a baby into a hilarious, inquisitive little boy. He has leapt from toddling to full on running. He can speak in 5 word sentences and asks us the funniest questions.  For example, in the car parking lot he will point at every vehicle and say "Is this a back hoe?".  He knows of course that they are cars, but he seems to think it is a very funny joke.  We always laugh... maybe that is why.

This past year I got back into leading my first half marathon clinic since having Weston. It was all kinds of fun. There is something especially rewarding about helping other runners reach their goals.

I also hit some of my own milestones.  I ran 2 half marathons, raced Grizzly Ultra as a duo with J, and raced a weekly trail series (which is completely outside of my comfort zone). I worked with two different coaches in 2015 to help me get back into a consistent running schedule. I took a runners strength training class as well, but I didn't exactly stay injury free :).

Most importantly, in 2015 I feel like I grew as a parent and found my way to a new world where I can work, be present for W, and run for me. It is an ever changing landscape, but I wouldn't change it for the world.

Tomorrow I will be back with some of my goals for 2016 (hint: blogging more should be one of them).

I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating the last moments of 2015. It was a great one, but 2016 can be even better.


Thursday, 3 December 2015

Two and change

We officially have a two year old. Two years. I can hardly believe that. It has been quite the hiatus from blog land. Work has been busy, running has been steady and we have been immersed in watching this little man grow into the charming little fellow he has become.


I have been struggling to find time to write anything of substance or at least something that would be appealing to other people.  It seems that the day to day, while very exciting to me, can be a bit boring to others. It really is wake up, work, play with W, run, sleep... mostly every day.  

As I look forward to 2016, I have some big goals.  A full marathon, a duathlon, and most importantly parenting a 2 year old.  I would like to find a way to share it all in a way that is meaningful and community building.  I have found it more and more important to find like minded moms/parents that are juggling work/training/parenting.

It is not easy. Most of our arguments are about who is running when, who isn't pulling their weight on house chores how to do everything while somehow managing to spend more time with W. 

In 2015 I got burnt out by a couple of things. Running 5 days a week being one of them.  I don't have a job where I can easily run at work and I have an early start so that I can do an early pickup from daycare. I have yet to find a workable solution which is complicated by having only one car.  Running home works, but it is always the same run commute.  Fitting in speed work and tempos, the stuff that leads to improvement, is much more challenging.

I have thought about buying a treadmill or getting a gym pass to make evening running easier.  At least I wouldn't be alone in the dark on the icy roads!  I have also thought about renaming this blog "Trials and Errors", because that is what I feel most of my running world has become :)

In sum, this is a check in. A chance to feel out the blogging world and see how to reinvent this space.  I am looking forward to this holiday season and a fresh start in 2016!







Friday, 31 July 2015

Lately

What does one do when they realise they haven't written a post in 6 months? First, wonder where the time has gone and when it began to fly by so quickly! 


We now have a 21 month old. He continues to amaze me every. single. day.

Work has been a haze of new roles, transitions and getting through the week to celebrate the weekends. Probably not a career dream, but I am making it work for now.

I am back leading a half marathon clinic which has been both rewarding and trying at times. I have noticed I over commit myself because I don't always think about my mommy role. I am learning, albeit slowly. 

I have trained for 3 half marathons but have not run one of them. I have no answers other than I have a mental block and I am not trusting the training (which is about 80% there).

What is Weston up to??
  • 2 word combinations and sometimes 3.
  • Singing and dancing! His favorites are 5 little monkeys, skinny-marinky-do, and where are the bananas.
  • Watching Yo Gaba Gaba
  • Climbing everything. Including the wheelbarrow. 
  • Taking food out of the pantry and telling me he is hungry.
  • Riding his bike.
  • Helping in the garden (watering the plants, raking, making mud pies...)
  • Putting apple sauce and juice in his hair. I think he is trying to do what J does with his hair product??
  • Running away at bedtime!
  • Having play-dates and making new friends. 

We are soaking up every moment of summer and enjoying the last months of being one. Soon we will have a big change as he moves on to the purple room at daycare. It is exciting but sad as he moves past all these milestones. 

Have a wonderful summer!!

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Lately

Lately I can't believe I have a 15 month old (yes, I missed the 15 month post). Where did this little man come from ,with his cheeky smile and screams of joy mixed with terror when we play chase around the kitchen island?

Lately I am really enjoying running again. Maybe because I have been injury free for a while, or  maybe because I am finally working with a coach (more on that later) which removes the stress and just lets me run.

Lately I have been running without music or walk breaks. It is just me and my thoughts, which can be an amazing place to be.

Lately I am completely lost as to what my five year goals or life plan is. At one time I thought I knew, but I am imagining so many different scenarios right now that I can't nail anything down. I have questioned whether this is floundering, an exploration phase or contentment.

Lately I am thinking more about the possibility of two children.  Weighing the pros and cons of being an only child family while pondering whether I have the heart space for two when this little one seems to have consumed every inch of my soul.

Lately I (we) are in desperate need of a holiday. A break where we can feel warm sun, walk unhurriedly and slow down life.  No itineraries, no schedules, no internet!

Tell me about your lately!

Monday, 12 January 2015

14 months!

Why hello fourteen month old Weston! It is so nice to see a little more of your personality every day. What is new at fourteen months? Running! This child is so fast you need to move like lightening to stop him from getting into things he shouldn't. It can be pretty funny at times (and downright terrifying at others). Here are some other highlights of this month:

  • You started riding your push bike. We have been trying for a while to get you to feel more comfortable on it and then out of nowhere you climbed on all by yourself! Scooting backwards and lifting your feet up like a stunt man seem to be your favorite tricks right not.
  • The leap. Oh the leap. This one has been funny. Some nights are sleepless, some are 13 hour stretches of deep blissful sleep. One minute you are happy, the next you are angry/mischievous/sad/screaming. Basically you are learning emotions and letting us know it. I especially like the sidewards glance to let me know you are testing me. 
  • A lot of babbling. I don't think there is a consonant you can't say now. Except maybe L and Y but those are tough so I don't blame you. We have full conversations on the walk home from daycare in which you pretty much sound like the Swedish chef.
  • Pointing. You point at so many things and I name them. You get mad when I don't know what you are pointing at.
  • High fives!
  • Knocking on doors when you want in. Including the bathroom door. Knocking escalates into pounding quite quickly.
  • Saying uh-oh, Hi, Bye and Milk (or meh but I get that you are trying to say milk).
  • Carrying around GiGi everywhere. You never really had an attachment to stuffies but now GiGi is your main squeeze. Even when you wake up in the morning and I come to lift you out of the crib we wait for you to gather Gigi and your soothie. 
  • No more breastfeeding. This probably deserves a whole post, but it actually turned out to be rather anticlimactic so I am not sure how I really feel about it yet. None the less, it has been 8 days now with NO breastmilk. You are such a big boy now!
There are some many more milestones this month I am sure I have forgotten most of them already. I think this has probably been the best month yet in terms of playing together and getting to know this little man more.

Love you much!!