Playing Catch-Up

Remember that time I wrote a race recap and then disappeared for two weeks without even responding to the comments on said recap? Yeah, sorry about that. (FYI: They’ve all been responded to now). The last couple of weeks have been busy with a capital B. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

Work: Last week was Homecoming week, and it was c-r-a-z-y.  I took over as student council adviser this year, which means that I was in charge of all the Homecoming activities… which meant that I was at school from 7 a.m. until about 9 p.m. every night last week. I am an old lady, and that wore me out.These are two of my students (I can use this picture on the interwebs because you can't tell who they are). Those are full-body spandex suits. Yep. Homecoming week.

These are two of my students (I can use this picture on the interwebs because you can’t tell who they are). Those are full-body spandex suits. Yep. Homecoming week.

This week, I’m desperately trying to catch up on all the grading and planning that got pushed aside last week. I have a nice little Saturday planned: run, coffee, grade, grade, grade. I’m hoping that by Monday, I’ll be all caught up and things will be a little more normal.

Running: The week after the marathon, I took five days  off, just walking with one day of elliptical. I tried to run the Thursday after the race (which was on a Sunday), and after one block, I felt like I was back at mile 24. So I took another couple of days off. Last week, my goal was just to fit in something, so I ran a little and lifted a little and was happy with that. A hint of fall colors on Saturday's run

A hint of fall colors on Saturday’s run

I decided that, since I don’t have any races coming up, I should probably focus on strength training. I started a 12-week program from It’s four days of lifting (two upper, two lower), so I’ve been running to the gym, lifting, and running home (total of 3-4 miles) on those days. I don’t love lifting, and I’m already missing the longer runs, so I might have to find a new system… especially since this is my favorite time of year to run. photo 3 (2)

Life: What’s that? Just kidding. One of my best friends, who moved to California after college, was in Colorado for work last week. We got the old gang back together for dinner last Sunday (and were too busy talking to take a picture), and it was SO NICE.

In other news, Jordan’s birthday was this past Sunday. To celebrate, I made him chaperon a Homecoming dance on Saturday night. I’m such a nice wife. His parents took us out for dinner on Sunday, and they bought him an ice cream cake, so at least someone is nice to him.

Blogging: Great news: I finally got accepted as a FitFluential ambassador! I’m pretty stoked about it. I know Brooke did, too. Exciting stuff! Now, to actually blog/tweet/Insta regularly so they still want me….

And that’s my lately in a nutshell. Here’s hoping I’ll be around the online world more now!

What have I missed in your lives, friends? Any news/races/posts I can’t miss? I’m going to have to click a lot of “mark as read’ buttons in Feedly or I’ll never catch up, so let me know if there are any must-reads!

12 thoughts on “Playing Catch-Up”

  1. Welcome back as both a blogger and a runner! After a marathon, I always feel the five day wait is necessary and if I had a good race, I cannot wait to run again, but if I had a disappointing race, I never, EVER want to run again and I take weeks off. Did you have to wear a homecoming dress to the dance? I don’t even know what kids wear these days to a formal dance.

    1. Thanks! The girls wear cocktail-type dresses at my school. and the boys wear jeans and button-down shirts. I wore a dress, but nothing fancy — basically just like what I usually wear to work.

  2. I know that feeling of falling behind and neglecting my blog all too well. You had good reason after recovering from a marathon (that you killed) and having a lot going on at work. I think we can all agree that Homecoming week is super important. At least, it was for me. 🙂 Congrats on becoming a FitFluential Ambassador. Hopefully some of your marathon magic and speed will rub off on me this weekend in Portland!

  3. I actually forget occasionally that I have a blog. I’m terrible. I bet your husband loved going to the high school dance for his birthday. There’s nothing I would rather do! 😀 Congratulations on becoming an ambassador. I’m too lazy to even try.

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