Like most people, I claim to be change adverse but when changing involves scenery (as in going to Florida for the weekend), racing (as in signing up for a last minute 10k that a good friend is also racing), my hair and career path, I start to love change! Let’s see how all these changes are shaking out…

My husband had to change his attitude about getting on this bike!

WEEK OF APRIL 29, 2019

RUNNING

In case you missed my FB post about running on the beach in Florida with my husband, here it is for your viewing pleasure:

And then his running shoes got soaked while taking this selfie and he was REALLY pissed! Of course, I had my shoes off at this point. I guess it just proves he will do anything for me…especially when overeating and drinking on our wedding/anniversary weekend getaway sans kids.

Other than running on the beach I did just enough to sort of prep for the Road to the Pouge 10k race in Vermont last weekend, which is to say, not that much. It feels really good to have no plan. #changeisgood

Race review coming soon…

CYCLING

I was dying to get outside on my bike by the time we got home from Florida and I managed one day last week that wasn’t raining. Amen.

My husband and I did some beach cruiser bike riding around town while in Florida and, LambChop came along for the ride too. You may remember him from my training camp trip to Florida when I brought him and sent the pictures home to my kids. LC has become a permanent travel companion.

SWIMMING

Although I have managed to keep one day of swimming in my rotation, there is nothing like swimming in the ocean on the Florida coast!

I also did a SUP yoga class with my girlfriend (it was her wedding we were there for!) and kayaking with my husband. I much preferred these water activities to swimming laps indoors. Shocking, I know.

Checking the view from the dock where we launched our SUPs and kayaks.

THINGS I LOVE

Going back to school!

Yep. In September I will begin a Master’s Degree Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with the hope of starting a run/walk therapy business.

Ever since I wrote an article for Women’s Running about therapist Sepideh Saremi who currently has a run/walk/talk practice in Redondo Beach, CA I knew it’s what I wanted to do. It makes so much sense to marry physical fitness with mental health and I cannot wait to get started!

When getting my school application together, working on my CV/resume was very interesting. But, once I realized raising kids is basically counseling, I decided I already had 10 years of experience.

OTHER THINGS I LOVE

That’s right, it’s going to be one of those weeks because there is just too much to love lately!

I obviously loved being in Florida for my friend’s wedding and to celebrate 13 years of marriage with my husband. My friend Tara and I have known each other since we were 13 year-old high school freshman and have remained friends ever since.

The picture on the left was taken (with another friend) at our sweet 16 birthday party in 1992. We are old AF. What is bigger? My shoulder pads or my hair? Jesus.

Tara and I were born three days apart and now our wedding anniversaries are also three days apart. Gotta love that!

My husband and I had so many amazing meals, small anniversary celebrations all weekend, including 1000 North, The Dive Bar and The River House. The fish was divine, the sushi amazing and of course the alcoholic beverages were plenty. Thank you Jupiter. You outdid yourself.

READING

I have read so many great books lately but I’m going to try and share them one at a time. Patience is not my thing but, in the interest of change…

Completely by chance a book on therapy has been climbing the charts of the NYTimes bestseller list so I figured I had to check it out. I’m so glad I did and it’s an amazing read for anyone, not just those pursuing or in need of therapy. I’m both, by the way.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb is one of the more interesting books I have ever read. Gottlieb somehow manages to talk about past clients, her own therapy (and what put her there) and life in general in the most intriguing and inspiring way possible.

RANDOM PICTURE OF THE WEEK

A funny thing happened at the hairdresser last week. I finally decided to grow out my grey hair. I just said “fuck it” and this is what happened:

People’s reactions to it have been the best. It’s a combination of shock and intrigue. Some have said nothing, others are like “what the hell is going on here?” and people who don’t know me, love it. I swear I had more compliments on my hair in the past two weeks then in the history of my short hair. Plus, I absolutely love it and can’t wait for more grey!

Change is good.

What changes have you made lately?

How long have you known your oldest friend?

Ever been to Jupiter, Florida?