I titled and wrote the majority of this post prior to the tragedy in Paris this past Friday night. Of course my perspective has been changed once again, so please read this knowing it was written prior to that, and I’m sharing the world’s shock, anger, disbelief and grief.

Extremes usually bring perspective – a death, a birth, a big win or a huge loss. I’ve experienced all of these and immediately afterward I feel like I have to get my head on straight. I spend at least the next hour hugging my kids and not yelling as much, feeling overwhelming gratitude and that “it was all worth it” feeling or trying to make myself believe it was because, in the grand scheme of things, does any of it really matter? Yes, yes it does and these Jedi mind tricks only go so far until you fall right back into your daily routine.

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Last week was an attempt to sort out my post-racing season feelings, pre-holiday feelings and everything in between. And, when you start your Monday by flying from 90 degree sunny Miami to 50 degree rainy Connecticut, shit gets real pretty quick.

 

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 9, 2015

RUNNING

I started the week running in the hot tub that was Miami and ended it running in a leaf covered and rainy trail. I think I preferred the latter. Serious props to anyone living in the south who endures that heat 365 days a year. It’s just weird. And hot. And requires too much hydrating for this runner.

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I’m happy to report that I ran about 25 miles over the week and I’m starting to feel like myself again. Running weather at home is pretty perfect and I even snuck in two different runs with friends. The first happened to be with the friend who also ran NYC. She had an absolutely fantastic race, loved every mile, wrote her name on her shirt and had people cheering for her through all 5 boroughs. La dee da for her. < – – Kidding! You know I love you Anne.

It’s all about perspective.

SWIMMING

The pool has been my saving grace. I did three pool workouts this week, have mastered my flip turns (even with a pull buoy!) and have even improved my kicking. Slightly.

I’m slowly building more time in the pool and trying to keep it enjoyable because I know what’s coming. Basically hours of swimming where I will loath the pool, my goggles and whoever made chlorine because it will permeate everything I own. #GoodTimes

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I should also probably figure out what ‘SWOLF’ is…

CYCLING

I realized I had not been on my bike, a spin bike or any bike for about two weeks. How did that happen? This led to my first spin class, which I happily attended and did not teach, in a while. My legs felt great, my breathing was labored and it left me ready for more!

I really wanted to take these for a spin in Miami but it was too hot...:-)

I really wanted to take these for a spin in Miami but no one wanted to join me.

STRENGTH TRAINING

This will be a focus of mine until the new year. I’m aiming going to get 2-3 days in a week to keep my glutes, abs, hips and hammys strong like bull and ready for action. Did I mention I pretty much hate strength training? I find it fantastically boring (says the long distance runner) and I loathe coming up with my own routines…which is why I love this one from Jesica at runladylike:

 

FUEL

After eating and drinking my way though Miami, I’ve landed squarely back in reality. Reality sucks because it means making my own food and everyone else’s. Wah. What doesn’t suck is getting easy and healthy meals like this one from my BRF Deena Kastor:

It only looks fancy.

It only looks fancy.

GEAR

First off, you all know I’m a Momentum Jewelry Ambassador and I pretty much never leave home without wearing some inspiration. Trust me, I need it all.day.long and these mantras work when I’m alone with the boys too – especially “BE BRAVE” because they sometimes scare the hell out of me when I think of their adult life.

Anyway, you need to know this:

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What you do not yet know is I’ve accepted an offer to becomea KUHL ambassador and blogger!

In case you are not familiar with the brand, KUHL clothing is all about outdoor style, comfort and functionality. They also have some pretty ridiculous bloggers who climb the hell out of mountains like this:

If you look closely you will see this guy is actually changing his shoes!!!! I would be clinging to the mountain and crying.

If you look closely you will see this guy is actually changing his shoes!!!! I would be clinging to the mountain and crying.

No, I’m not going to start scaling mountains but I am going to start showcasing a little more of my outdoorsy side and that of my family. You know we all love to ski and snowboard and I’m happy to say, the boys started asking in July when they could go skiing again. I didn’t say they were bright, I just said they’re outdoorsy. I even wrote my first KUHL blog post about how they’ve disappointed me by choosing skiing over running as their go-to sport.

I’m looking forward to talking more about their clothing as soon as I get my special delivery! You know I will be putting it to the test!

THINGS I LOVE

Running with actual human beings around. The one thing I really enjoyed while running in Miami was all the action…and the ocean views didn’t hurt either.

Retracing my morning run with my husband. I found a Starbucks and led him back to it.

Retracing my morning run with my husband. I found a Starbucks and led him back to it later in the day. This is why he keeps me around.

Seen on the run in Miami: tons of other runners sweating as much as I was, lots of dogs, a walk to benefit Alzheimer’s research in the park, a man dancing to music, too many homeless people, a crane, the American Airlines arena where the Heat play, free yoga in the park, cruise ships, Whole Foods, skyscrapers, gorgeous bridges and more gorgeous yachts.

See on the run near my home: cows

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THINGS I DON’T LOVE AS MUCH

Holiday drama. Please do not save it for this mama Nordstrom – I’m not buying it.

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WTF? Make no mistake people, Nordstrom would “deck their halls” in July if that’s what would give them all the attention they are getting for this! Do they seriously need to advertise this? Is there anyone on the planet who would walk into one of their stores from now until November 22 and wonder where the holiday decorations are? Save it Nordstrom, but give your PR people a raise.

I’m also guessing some employees will be working overtime on Thanksgiving so they can “open their doors in style” the next day. #TrueSpiritoftheHoliday

READING

First, a moment of silence for Ronda Rousey losing her first fight. I’m looking forward to how she will handle this and what she will have to say, when she’s ready to say it. No matter what, I’m sure she will only come back stronger. #KeepYourHeadUp

And now…the best of last week involved some of my favorite women being their amazing selves:

Mothers, Daughters, Sisters and Veterans – ESPNW | You may recognize one of our veterans in this piece! I have to give props to ESPNW for highlighting some fantastic, brave, and powerful women in their tribute, including Michelle from NYCRunningMama. Thank you for your service ladies!

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Reese Witherspoon’s Stunning Speech About Female Ambition – Huffington Post | I love everything about this. I love how she started her own production company when her needs as a lead female actress weren’t being met, I love that she proved she can hold her own in Hollywood by having two blockbuster, Academy Award nominated movies in her first year (Gone Girl and Wild), and I love how she’s talking openly about it. Lean in Reese. Lean in.

“I dread reading scripts that have no women involved in their creation because inevitably I get to that part where the girl turns to the guy, and she says, ‘What do we do now?!”

“Do you know any woman in any crisis situation who has absolutely no idea what to do?” – Reese Witherspoon

RANDOM QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Overhead while in a Miami restaurant:

Woman: “Do you have diet tonic water?

Waiter: sneers, walks away, then over his shoulder “Has anyone ever said ‘yes’ to that?”

Our entire table laughs.

How was your week?

What has put your world into perspective lately?