Lots of changes and no telling when that’s going to stop…

change3Sometimes I feel like I continue to apologize for not blogging very often and then other times I think to myself that I will blog when I’m ready.  I guess you can say I’m ready…. I don’t know….. Maybe I’m not…. Okay maybe I am a little bit.  😉

There has been a lot going on besides training for my 5th marathon which I think that alone is pretty taxing on ones time but no that is never enough for me….

We are still in the middle of our remodel on our home that started in April, I guess this is what happens when you only hire professionals for the big stuff and we say to ourselves with confidence that we can do the rest.  Well I guess you can tell how that is going or maybe you can’t because you can’t see it but it is going very slow.  We have a bathroom that is small and almost completely done and then the one that has the shower that only has flooring, shower and a toilet (it’s all the essentials, right!).  Good news is that our kitchen is no longer in our living room and our house is very liveable and we could even invite people over if we were ever home to do so and we would only be apologizing for a few things undone.  So those are some good changes…

We are both changing jobs in the same month which I am sure will not cause to much stress (insert sarcasm here)!  Mine is at least with the same company but a new role with about a ton more responsibilities because it is running a new facility.  I can do this (at least that is what I keep telling myself).  I also tell myself that the people who hired me think I can do this which does help too!  So tomorrow is my last day in my very familiar, somewhat comfortable role as a clinician and on monday I begin to take on the responsibilities of program director very close to home.  I sometimes feel like that this is the moment that all my other jobs created me for (I hope that makes sense).  It’s the role that without the other jobs in my life I don’t think I could handle but now seems to be a good time to try something new.change4

My other half will be taking on a new challenging role in an established company about 40 mins away from home.  We are very hopeful that this will be the last transition he makes in his career.  It seems over the past 5 years the companies he has gone to work for have not turned out so well and have eventually closed their doors which is very stressful on my end but we are pretty sure this place has some long term stability.  Yeah!!!! So another good set of changes…..

Now on to the running part (I know you thought I would never get there!)  This seems to be changing too for the better.  I am doing the same running plan as my last marathon but added an extra day and the exciting part is that I am not having to do it all on the treadmill like I did for the spring marathon (I never want to do that again!).  Today I went for an eight mile pace run and I neglected to look at my training plan before I went out and thought I remembered it saying 1 mile easy, 6 miles at 8:38 pace, 1 mile easy.  So that is what I tried to do.  I struggled at first and had trouble getting into the pace but then just decided to relax.  When that happened I began to get faster and in the end my last two miles were 7:57 and 7:49 and they felt pretty easy.  I don’t know how that happened but I think it comes from all the crazy track workouts and sprints I have been doing in the insane heat and humidity.  So once again some changes…..

Really our whole life is about change, isn’t it?  I feel like if I don’t learn something new each day or challenge myself in some way each day I am not making the necessary changes in my life to be a better person and/or a better runner.  I really do want to be the best me I can be!  (sounds very crazy but it’s true)  I want to get the most out of my life because as I tell my clients, “We are never promised another day and we should really live in the moment and that is why it is called the present, it is a gift.”

change5So there are lots of changes going on in my life and as much as I am resistant to those changes because of the anxiety they create, I also want to welcome them with open arms because without them I will not grow, progress or change and I need to do that to live!

Making some changes….

changeI’m running more often.  I know that is not something new or changing, okay it is changing because I am trying to do it more often.  But believe it or not, I am making some changes.  I believe we all need to make changes every once in a while.  I think it keeps us on our toes and out of the rut.  I’m speaking from experience because if you have been reading along for a while you know that I have been in a rut but have recently climbed my way out. 

Here are some of the changes I’ve made (I’m telling you in hopes that if you are in a rut they will help you too):change1

  1. Started shutting down my computer and getting away from the TV to read for at least an hour before I go to sleep.  (I know this sounds like info you have heard over and over but it really works.  I sleep better and I love completing a new book, a great sense of accomplishment!)
  2. I am taking my work a little less seriously.  Not working with people but meeting the numbers.  We are supposed to schedule appointments with at least 30 people and meet with 23 as a minimum.  Well I’ve learned, I have no control over cancellations (especially during the summer because oddly enough people don’t want to do therapy in the summer!).  So unfortunately my numbers have declined but I didn’t get into this business to hit numbers, I got into this business to help people. 
  3. Probably one of the most beneficial things has been to run without music.  I know, weird right!  I didn’t think I could do it.  But my ipod has been temperamental for the past two months so I haven’t used it. (so basically this was a forced event but it is good)  I recently completed a 10 mile run and it was awesome.  It was fast for me and I enjoyed it all, I didn’t even miss my music like I thought I would.  I am wondering if I can do my next marathon without music but I will try my next half marathon in October and let you know how it goes.

 Those are the changes I have made, what have you been up to?  Any changes?change2