I realized the other day that I started blogging five years ago. Holy cow…that’s a long time. I also realized that I haven’t blogged in two months – the longest I have gone during my five years of oversharing (ha!).
The truth is, the lack of blogging wasn’t initially an intentional action. It first started simply b/c I didn’t have time to write some updates or share some of the recent races I had run. The summer was hectic and the start of fall proved to be even more so. The boys started school (both full-time) which initially seemed like it would make life easier, but that’s not the case. Our sitter got a full-time job and so between my husband and I we are juggling full-time work with dropoffs, pickups, homework and all the after-school activities they participate in (note: my mom and dad help out a ton as well!). They both have soccer clinic on Saturday mornings. AJ has baseball 2-3x/week and soccer (on his school’s team) 2x/week. Basically every day includes some sort of post-school activity. Between their activities, schoolwork, house work (we do not have a cleaning woman so all the heavy cleaning, laundry, etc is done on the weekends), running and just living, blogging moved from the “have to” list to the “nice to do” list and eventually to the “not necessary” list.
It was quite refreshing to realize how much stress was removed when I decided to take a step back from blogging. Simultaneously, I also decided to step away from all the free-lance work I had been trying to do – with Active.com, Women’s Running and a few other outlets. All of this was causing WAY more stress than was necessary and at the end of the day, doesn’t really add much happiness or enjoyment to my every day life. It honestly was freaking freeing.
Not coincidentally, the last couple of months have been some of the best in my life. Not perfect. Not easy. But rewarding, happy and amazing. And I feel like priorities are fully in the right order.
On the social media side of things, it’s been a bit of an amazing ride as well. Between photoshoots with Saucony (part of their “Runaways” series which comes out next week!), Garmin (my boys and I participated!), Delta (stay tuned for this!) and AirBnB to a trip to Kona with Oakley, I feel like I’ve had a crazy end to the year.
My sister pointed out to me the other day that I hit 50,000 followers on Instagram. For someone who’s livelihood is not social media – and doesn’t spend hours creating memes or quotes to share on my IG – I am floored and kind of speechless to have grown such a following. I’m always asked how my IG grew – I think part of it was timing (I started on IG when it was just becoming a “thing” in the social media world) to luck (I’ve been asked to work with brands that have helped promote my account) to the fact that I am just a normal runner with a job and family trying to juggle it all. I don’t do or share things for Instagram. I share my training – and I think that, in the end, is what other runners are drawn to.
I don’t want to do a huge dump in this post – so I will come back hopefully later this week to update on the running side of things (lots of breakthroughs the last few months, changed coaches, couple of recent race results…).
But I’ll end by sharing that in case you didn’t know…I’m running the NYC Marathon in less than two weeks and couldn’t be more excited. I was accepted into the Local Competitive wave and will be starting in the first wave of the first corral!!
I also have some BIG goals for this race – and that kind of freaks me out – especially when I really sit down and think about running 26.2 miles at the pace I want to. But, in the end it’s about the journey and just giving it my all. It’s been such a fun and challenging few months and I think that will parlay into a solid result on race day. Plus, I’m going to have a blast out there – it’s hard not to when you are running through your hometown streets, when you know TONS of people who will be out cheering and when you know the route so well you can do it in your sleep.
Hope you have been well!!