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A Little Marvelous and a Little Not

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This weekend was a fun even if I had to fake running.

It had a little marvelous and a little not so marvelous. (Thank you Katie for the link up).

I needed something good after riding the rocky injury roller coaster again last week.

On Wednesday, I said I was embracing the taper. Of course, as luck would have it, I jinxed myself again. My Achilles started hurting. Again. On top of it, I had a crunchy sound going on in it that was new. I had a deep tissue massage Tuesday night where she really focused on the Achilles. Apparently it broke up a lot of scar tissue and left some unfinished business.

A slew of four letter words were an even bigger part of my vocabulary for the past few days.

At first I was in a panic and frankly just pissed off. Why is this happening now? My hopes of just having a small hiccup of an injury where crushed. My hopes of running a strong Baystate Marathon were crushed. I pretty much gave up on the idea of running Baystate at all. And then I started thinking about all the 20 milers, all the earlier mornings, all the track work and got even more angry.

I emailed and spoke with anyone I could who could give me info on what to do. I got great info from friends who have had Achilles problems and recovered. I also got treatment ideas from physical therapist friends.

The good news is that it’s feeling better. I have not run since Tuesday morning and don’t have plans to run till at least Wednesday. That will be one full week of rest. From what I’ve heard from friends/physical therapists, there is a chance I can still run Baystate. It’s definitely not an ideal taper and how I want to face a marathon. I’ve got 13 days to wait and see.

I’m down but I’m not out just yet!

Thankfully I had a little marvelous to make me smile in between the swears and feeling like a complete crab.

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Marvelous is…hiking. I’ve been so hesitant to take my kids on longer hikes. I was afraid of the whining and the “carry me’s” that were sure to come up. Kids in a back pack? No problem. Hiking up and down piggy back? No thank you. That just screams broken ankle, broken leg, skull fracture, etc.

But I brushed my fears aside and we tackled Mt. Major on Sunday. It’s not a very big climb but it has it’s technical points of slippery rocks and boulders.

No whining. No crying. No bloodshed. No carrying needed.

Just big smiles.

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I’m so excited to take my little hikers on more adventures.

Yes, running is life but there is also plenty of marvelous all around me.

What’s marvelous is your life right now?

Marvelous is…

This past weekend felt like summer has finally arrived.

The weather is getting a little warmer (still not summer warm though), the sun is shining and we are getting outside, soaking it all in. With that being said, it’s a little rough going back to work today. I’m due for a little marvelous is.

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Marvelous is…Finding new running routes. Over the weekend, I ventured onto a road I had never been on in the 8+ years that I’ve lived in my town. I knew it existed but I didn’t know where it went. Turns out it’s an awesome route! Rolling hills, horse pastures, canopy of lush green trees and so quiet. I can’t wait to go back!

Marvelous is…Finishing the last 3 miles of a 12.5 mile run fast. Two of my friends were doing a track workout Saturday morning. I went in thinking I’d just continue to run easy and hang out while they did their speed work. I changed my mind and planned to finish my last miles fast. I shocked myself with a pace of 7:30-7:40 (fast for me) on tired legs! The crazy thing is that it didn’t even seem like an effort and that I could have gone faster. You never know what you can do unless you try, huh?

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Marvelous is…Getting out for a family hike. Pre-kids Ron and I enjoyed hiking a lot. We’d get in the car with Cooper and head North to the mountains to spend the day tromping through the woods and climbing boulders. My kids aren’t down with hiking for hours just yet. We’ve been doing short hikes instead to get them familiar with the idea. Sunday we took a road trip to try a fun little hike to The Flume. It’s not a technical hike and only a couple of miles so perfect for little legs.

Family Hike  HappyFitMama.com

They loved it! And we loved that they loved it! Their excitement for everything was infectious. Even though we’ve been to The Flume a few times, it was so fun to see their joy of being outside and enjoying nature. The best part? No one asked to be carried. Woohoo!


Marvelous is…26Strong.com is live! The 13 teams for Saucony and Competitor’s 26 Strong project are listed. Kailey and I are Team 12, the Wicked Happy Mamas! Make sure you check out the site often. All of the coaches will be contributing blog posts on various topics. This week it’s the introductions of how running found us. Click HERE for my story.

Thanks to Katie for hosting MIMM!

What was marvelous in your weekend?

Marvelous is…

Hello everybody!

Hope all the Mamas, to humans and fur babies, had a fantasticly marvelous  Mother’s Day!

Mine was quite lovely. I’m carrying the good vibes with me into the new week with a little marvelous is…list style. Thanks Katie for the link up!

Marvelous is…Running a 5k race with my family. I couldn’t have been more proud of my kids. Our plan for a no pressure, fun run was a success. They surprised me with how fast they ran, their stamina and determination. And the smiles. Oh the smiles! It was so awesome. They took rest breaks in the stroller as needed and barked out orders for me to RUN FASTER as I pushed them. Then they would jump back out, refreshed and ready to pump their little legs and arms. As my son proclaimed numerous times, they were “Running Rock Stars!”

Moms on the Run 5k | HappyFitMama.com

Marvelous is…Ron running in the race too! I was completely shocked when he agreed to run. I think he was shocked too. He asked me numerous times – It’s a 5k right? 3.1 miles? Another Running Rock Star!

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Marvelous is…Getting 3 out of 5 items from my Mother Runner’s Wish List.

Family run – check.

Family nap – check (in separate beds, right Lisa?!).

Massage – check. The massage hasn’t happened yet. I bought myself a Living Social deal. I just wish I could have bought more than one!

Mom's on the Run 5k  HappyFitMama.com

Marvelous is…Sunshine, warmth, green grass, blue skies, family and a picnic at the park. I even got to spend some quality alone time with my fur kid.

Fur Kid | happyfitmama.com

What was marvelous in your weekend?