Wonderful Spring Day!

It’s that time of year, when I am busy, busy, busy.  There is so much going on that I find myself torn in all different directions.  I work Monday thru Friday, so there is little time in the evening to get projects done, so during the week, I just keep up on daily chores, and find some time for a 5K run.  I’m sure many of you have similar scenarios that you can totally relate.  Planning my upcoming week ahead has always been key so that I am able to enjoy some time for myself for exercise.  Exercise, for me, brings balance to my life, and I’m all about balance.  Of course, unexpected things do occur, so I have to adjust.  “Looks like that laundry isn’t getting done tonight!”.  It’s things like that, I just have to let it go if it doesn’t go according to plan.  (hee hee, “Let it go”…I swear, this isn’t a Run Disney blog today)

A few weeks ago, we began our bedroom painting project.  The main room in now done as far as painting goes, but there is still much to do.

Here’s a before and ‘almost’ after pic.  The white wall is now purple as well.

We still have to remove the banister on the stairs below, and paint the wall leading up the stairs.  As well, we will be putting up a handrail in place of the banister, replacing some lighting, and putting up some pictures and shelving.

Once we get all that complete, we are considering removing the carpet on the stairs, and I may refinish some of the furniture in the bedroom.  None of this, of course, will happen over night.  It’s a work in progress.  The progress will most likely occur over several weekends.

Running has been tough the past week due to work obligations.  I’ve been trying to get in 3 runs between Mon-Fri, however, if I have to stay later at work, it just doesn’t happen.  May is the busiest time of the year for me, so I’ll just have to try and manage until it lightens up in June.

I did however get out today.  And what a beautiful day it is today.  I ran my regular park path and then had a nice cool down walk as I didn’t want to head back home this morning.  It was early enough, that it wasn’t too busy in the park.  I enjoyed the quiet time. Before I left the park, I went and checked out the ducks in the marsh area of the park. Most of which were sleeping or just hanging out on the embankment.

Spring training has begun, and I’ve laid out my running plans for the next couple of months. At the moment I am training for a 10K in June, so I am limiting my long runs to 5-8K, and concentrating more on speed work.  I intend to do this for the next month or so, before starting to add on mileage for a 15K race I will be running in August.  This year, I really hope to improve on my half marathon time in the Fall.  I am signed up for a half over the Labour Day weekend, however, I think it will be a hilly course.  Not one for a PB, for sure. So I’m on the hunt for a flatter course for mid September.  I have yet to decide but I have a few I am considering at the moment.

Do you have any running goals this summer?  

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Officially Gone Goofy for 2015

We did it!  If you haven’t heard, the 2015 Walt Disney Marathon Weekend went live today at Noon EST, and we registered for Goofy 2015.  As of late this afternoon, the 5K, 10K and Dopey Challenge has sold out.  Wowzers!

We decided on Goofy this time as we are planning on staying away from the WDW resorts for a couple of days to take in some shopping and Orlando.  I’ve never really explored Orlando, and I love to shop when I’m on vacation, so this will be a fun addition to our trip plans.  We will still stay on sight for the marathon weekend, so we can take advantage of the shuttle bus to the half and full marathons, and as well, play like kids at the theme parks.  🙂

I’m excited to be back to run Goofy as it will be the 10th anniversary.  Disney has already leaked the medal and it’s fabulous!  If you haven’t had a chance to see it, check out the Run Disney Twitter feed.  They have it posted in their pics.

It’s a busy time of year for me.  Spring always seems to throw a bunch of different things my way.  My full time job becomes pretty demanding from April to June, the weather gets better, so I want to run outside more, and of course, the house demands some projects that I’ve put off in the winter months.  For instance, the next big home project is painting our bedroom.  Oh yes, it’s a busy time.  And while I can’t do it all in one day, I’ll just have to stay on task in the next few months.

I hope you are enjoying the Spring weather.

Happy Running!

Are you planning on running an event at the 2015 WDW Marathon Weekend?  What are your plans for the Spring?  Do you like to paint? 😉

NCAA and Waiting for Spring!

I’ve been caught up in the March Madness basketball tournament the last few days due to a pool at work.  What a ride.  After the first round, I was sitting at 9th amongst my pool members.  A few good games, and as of yesterday, I was sitting pretty by 5pm at 4th, and then 3rd within a couple of hours.  I was optimistic when I saw VCU play and start to take control of the second half against SFA.  Had they won, my place would have moved into 2nd.  Alas, it wasn’t meant to be, and even with winning the rest of the games yesterday night, I’m down to 9th at the end of day.  VCU cost me big time.  They game went into OT after a VCU player fouled SFA with seconds left on the clock.  Egads!  Well, I wasn’t terribly surprised as in the last few minutes I felt that VCU was ‘phoning it in’, and trying to run down the clock with their small lead.  Hello VCU?  Your confidence in a win, smacked you out of the tournament.  I guess that’s why they call it March Madness.  On the good news, I only have one team out, aka Duke from my picks moving forward.  It’s a hit as I had them moving forward to round 4 of my bracket.  😦

In other news, Urban Running Girl has marked down all shrugs for the $20 Spring Sale.  If you are wondering, “Why a shrug?” Yesterday, a customer posted an article about shrugs here.  Thanks Wendy Bumgardner!

Coincidently, Spring has apparently sprung, or at least it has been officially noted.  I’m not sure if Mother Nature has gotten the memo yet.  As of this morning, I see fresh snow outside my window.  Old Man Winter is like the house guest that just won’t leave or perhaps like the boyfriend you broke up with, that won’t stop calling.  Ok, old man, you’ve worn out your welcome.  It’s time you move on.  We’ve dealt with the ice storm, reading about this polar vortex, and numerous days in sub zero temperatures.  I’m ready to burn my winter boots and slip on some lighter, brighter and definitely more comfortable foot wear.  Oh, this is cool.  Have you seen this?  🙂  Custom design New Balance shoes.

I hope where ever you live, the weather has improved with more spring like conditions.  For me?  I’ll stick to my treadmill.

Happy Running.