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Sickness, Starting Over and Scheduling

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Well, the move into my new apartment went very smoothly. As it turns out, I have very few earthly belongings...so loading the truck took about 30 minutes with just my husband and me and my father-in-law. Drove the truck to the new apartment and my move-in helpers weren't to arrive for another 1.5 hours. I got every single thing unloaded from that truck all by myself except for my bed, a dresser, a table and a couch. I was feeling pretty badass that day! Haha.

First night was rough with missing the kids. My 4 year old really didn't understand why I wasn't "coming home" after I was finished unpacking at my new house. He and I had been talking excitedly about my move for over a week beforehand, but he just wasn't fully grasping it. That was difficult. But...it would only be three days alone, then I'd start my first full week with the kids (we are switching off full weeks at a time). I was so blessed to have amazing friends (present and virtual) to keep me company Friday, Saturday and Sunday...so I wouldn't be alone and wouldn't have to bear the transition entirely on my own. It was a lovely distraction and a very happy weekend for me...one in which I fully embraced my new found freedom with deep and profound joy.

Even so, I was jumping out of my skin excited to go to church Sunday and see my kids for the first time and take them home with me that afternoon. They were wild with excitement over the new place. The four year old calls it "your awesome house". We have had such special and wonderful times together in that apartment these past 3 days...just the four of us. I quickly realized that my kids are just as happy in a 700 square foot apartment with very few belongings as they are in a 2,000 square foot house loaded with "stuff", as long as they feel loved and like they are the center of my world. And they certainly are.

While I don't have much, I do have everything I need to live right now and I can't complain about that. We are waiting on a shower curtain, so we are currently taking only baths...which is not new for the kids, but new for me. Haha. Funny story on beds right now, though...I have a bunk bed for the girls but only the frame. A friend was nice enough to give it to us for free AND bring it over AND install it! Waiting for payday to get mattresses, though. Right now, the girls are sleeping in my Queen-sized bed and my son has a little couch/bed that he sleeps on next to them on the floor. I try to get as much of the night as possible on the couch...but he always comes out around 2am and begs me to come into the room with them. The past few nights, I end up laying across the foot of the bed at my girls' feet...just like a cat. Haha. Hey...whatever works.

In terms of training for my half marathon, this is dicey. I was sick and missed a week and a half of training runs. Then, the move. Now, my week with the kids. I did find out that the YMCA has childcare until 8pm and my girls have martial arts 7:15-8pm Tues and Thurs. Because my 4 yr old LOVES to go to childcare (he thinks it's school), I put him in there last night and I was able to get a 2 mile run in on the treadmill (first run in over 2 weeks) and it felt AWESOME!!!

So, I plan to hit my training really hard on the weeks the kids are with their dad, definitely do at least the two nights when the kids are with me...but it's my long runs I am struggling with. I usually do them on Saturdays. I suppose I could shift them every other week to Sunday afternoon when my kids have gone to their Dad's? Anyway...it's just mass confusion right now with scheduling my workouts. But my body misses the consistent exercise and so does my mind. I found I was much more patient and able to handle the kids when they got wild last night after a good run than the night before when I felt very stressed and tightly wound. In fact, after that stressful night, I actually dreamed I was running and it felt amazing (is that a message from God or something? Haha. He was saying, "Leah...get back to it!!! Figure it out! You've got to do this to stay sane and be a good mom!")

So, at some point...if I EVER have some time to think...I am going to adjust this training schedule and find a way to get the miles in. The thought of running the Mini in May without the mileage under my belt is scary to me. I know I can do it, as I proved in October (when all I did was swim for a month beforehand because my ankle was injured)...but there was quite a lot of pain after that race that I'm not willing to go through again if I can help it.

So, there you have it. A full update. Sure have missed this blogging business. Will have to make it a point to work that in more often now too. :)

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REMEMBER2BME 3/9/2013 7:30PM

    Don't know how I missed this. I am so happy for you.

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EFFRAYECHILDE 2/22/2013 10:41AM

    Wishing you all the best during your adjustment period. emoticon

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DOTTY7267 2/12/2013 11:43AM

    I'm glad your transitioning is working out well. Best wishes to you and your family through this adjustment period.

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ASHPATCH11 2/11/2013 9:32AM

    emoticon enjoy ur new home!! emoticon

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FRANCES-AGAPE 2/10/2013 11:24PM

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HAPPY Feburary !

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going with the adjustments

One day at a time, Dear

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Have a Wonderful Week !


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You and the kids are in our prayers


LOVE and BLESSINGS !

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GOSPARK45 2/9/2013 2:49PM

    Glad you're getting your life together. What a lot of changes you've been going through. I'm glad you're trying to fit in exercise, it really helps with the stress.
Good luck. You're very strong. Keep up the good work.


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TAWANDA_IS_BACK 2/9/2013 11:30AM

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MANILUS 2/8/2013 11:38PM

    All the best in your transition!

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KATHIC2 2/8/2013 6:55AM

  Best of luck in your new home!

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MARYJEANSL 2/7/2013 11:04PM

  Wishing you all the very best as you make adjustments - hope you are able to get lots of training in.

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JAMER123 2/7/2013 9:58PM

    I am so glad for you that your life is beginning to fall into place. Good blog.
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OPTIMIST1948 2/7/2013 7:54PM

    Thanks much for the update. Be strong!

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CICELY360 2/7/2013 7:18PM

  good blog

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PATRICIAANN46 2/7/2013 6:18PM

  It sounds like you are making the best of all that is going on in your life. emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 2/7/2013 4:38PM

  Thanks for checking in and giving an update. I'm glad you guys figured out a reasonable plan, so you both could ave the kids active in your life.

I'm glad you can communicate and agree for some of this transition.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 2/7/2013 3:30PM

    good luck. things seem to be falling into place.

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JUNEAU2010 2/7/2013 3:23PM

    I'm so glad to read how well things are going. Things will sift out, things will click into place and you'll figure it all out.

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TERMITEMOM 2/7/2013 3:21PM

    Welcome back! I am happy things are settling down. I am sure you will be back to your training in no time. emoticon

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NEWCHINELO 2/7/2013 1:33PM

    It's been awhile though I understand and am glad. everything is settling into place. Don't worry your runs will fall into place. You are indeed a strong woman,do not underestimate yourself.


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ROCKYCPA 2/7/2013 1:29PM

    Great blog!

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REGILIEH 2/7/2013 11:20AM

    Good Luck! I hope your kids continue to do good.

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CHRISBEM 2/7/2013 10:46AM

    my best friend is a single mom who loves to run. she'll put her daughter on a bike and have her daughter bike along side her while she runs

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JOANNHUNT 2/7/2013 10:27AM

    You will figure out a way to exercise even with the kids. Get them involved with jumping jacks, the bicycle, go for a walk together and so on. It isn't your regular exercises but it is exercise and you will feel invigorated when your done. The kids will feel great as well. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHIRE33 2/7/2013 9:20AM

    I had a running dream last week, too! It felt amazing. Don't feel bad about your training schedule being off. Give yourself time to adjust. Things will fall into place, because you care about it.


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NEWTINK 2/7/2013 9:18AM

    all it takes is the desire and you have that so you will conquer the rest emoticon

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NEWMOM20121 2/7/2013 9:03AM

    Keep it up. You are doing great.

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MIMIDOT 2/7/2013 8:55AM

    Good luck on your new life. It sounds like the transfer went smoothly. I'm sure you will work out your schedule and be back to normal(?) soon. My prayers are with you.

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MOMMY445 2/7/2013 8:04AM

    good luck and best wishes! i am so glad to hear that things are working out for you. have a wonderful day!

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JANEMARIE77 2/7/2013 7:51AM

    It is always about what you decide is important and attitude you got this

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PENOWOK 2/7/2013 7:20AM

    Welcome back...you have been missed!!

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BESSHAILE 2/7/2013 6:53AM

    Sending you good juju wishes for this new life of yours. to you and the whole rest of your family.

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SANDYCRANE 2/7/2013 6:43AM

    Sounds like you can do what ever you put your mind to. Good luck on your training, I know you can get it done.

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WILSON1926 2/7/2013 6:33AM

    I'm glad things are working out for you.
Keep your chin up please

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GRAMPIAN 2/7/2013 6:28AM

  You're doing so well. emoticon

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TRYINGHARD54 2/7/2013 5:54AM

    hope and pray all works out for you.. sounds like your on to a happy life.. good luck

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NCSUE0514 2/7/2013 4:57AM

    Good luck with settling in!

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LRSILVER 2/7/2013 4:46AM

    Good luck. Sounds like you are getting things in place.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 2/7/2013 12:11AM

    Glad to hear things are going pretty well, all things considered! I feel you on having a better mood after running. And OMG I used to have occasional dreams of myself running and it felt so good and so freeing and I never got tired...but that was back when I was super obese. I think I just wanted to be healthy and able to run, because at the time I was having those dreams, I literally could not run more than a few steps. Ever since I started actively trying to run and improving my distances and becoming an honest-to-god distance runner (well, not like a MARATHON runner, but half-marathons or more fairly frequently)...I haven't had a single one of those dreams. I bet that really is your mind's way of telling you your body misses the badass, I-can-do-anything feeling of being able to run. :) Glad you're feeling better and got that 2 mile run in! Good luck sorting everything out.

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KRYSTALLA 2/7/2013 12:07AM

    Glad the move went well and that the kids like the new place. As for the running and exercise I have no doubt that you will get a plan up and running smoothly soon.

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ELIZABETH5268 2/6/2013 10:19PM

    You're so positive. That just gave me hope for the transition I am taking in my life right now:)

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MOM-MOM8 2/6/2013 9:44PM

    It is great to hear from you and how your move went. Changes always take time to adjust to. Organization and schedules will come in time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon

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