Running Towards: A Different Kind of New Year.

Last week was a whirlwind! First days of school for both boys (sniff, sniff), the little lady’s second birthday on Friday and lots of festivities and shenanigans in between (including one trip to the ER-but that’s a story for another day).

I’m still in shock that my little man is in grade 1 this year. Time, please slow down a bit. In only his 4th day of school, I have had no less than 10 heart attacks when I’ve convinced myself that I’ve forgotten, or will forget, to pick him up at the bus stop. Add to that, that I need to remember to bring my middle boy to preschool 3 days a week (and pick him up), and I’m kind of shocked that I have the first hand clue where I’m going at any given moment. My brain has been on overload and I was seriously in bed before 10 almost every night because I was just. so. exhausted.

Grade 1-bound
Grade 1-bound
Preschool drop-off (by the coolest looking mom in town!)
Preschool drop-off (by the coolest looking mom in town!)

So far, so good. The boys seem to be adjusting well to their new routines and my Mama’s heart is accepting the “letting go” process. It’s definitely strange to just have the littlest little at home a few hours a week. I never knew this house could be so quiet. It will take some getting used to but I think we’re going to be in a pretty good place soon.

Now that we’re into the Fall season and new routines are taking shape, I’m hoping to get a bit more consistency in training. Swamp Donkey is this weekend (and while still 5 days away, I’ve already bitten each and every finger nail down to the nub) and I have a 5k fun run next month but otherwise, nothing on the calendar after that.

Admittedly, I’m not overly eager to sign up for stuff but that also leaves the door wide open to be aimless in my training and just going through the motions, which also doesn’t sit well with me. I know that my overall offseason goals are to build and maintain a steady base of conditioning so that come Spring, I can focus on speed and hill training and to build additional strength over the winter months by increasing my kettlebell training. Great goals, right? The only problem is that I have no defining purpose for them which makes them pretty much useless. So that’s kind of where I’m at and what I need to figure out. It should be easy…but it’s not. So that’s one of my happy fun projects to do this month to hopefully start forging the path over the next few weeks.

In the meantime, I’m continuing to settle into Fall mode, which to me, is more of a New Year than January…which is just cold and depressing.

So cheers to a different kind of New Year. May yours be fruitful and badass.