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Marvelous is…

What’s up guys? Hope you had a great weekend. Mine was quite marvelous. The problem is that weekends are just too dang short. I’m still pushing for switching to a 5 day weekend, 2 day work week. Who’s with me?

Marvelous is…Injury progress. Last Tuesday my physical therapist suggested I try the elliptical since cycling has been agreeing with my injury. I tried it Wednesday and just barely made it to 10 minutes with some serious pain going on. My tendon was not happy with that position at all. I tried it again on Friday. Success! 15 minutes completely pain free. It’s just what I needed to make me feel like I’m making progress in the right direction.


Marvelous is…Friday Night Lights. Why am I finally watching this show after all these years??? Ron and I have been binge watching at least 2 episodes a night. So good!

Marvelous is…Yoga. I haven’t been to yoga too much in the past 4 weeks. Even with modifications, it still was a little too much stretching of the posterior tib tendon. Since things are feeling improved, I went to my usual Saturday class. There’s a new to me teacher who’s background is in Kundalini yoga. I’ve never been a huge fan of that style – too many breathing techniques. But it still was a great class and one that definitely left me feeling the yoga vibrations.

Manduka Yoga Mat | happyfitmama.com

Marvelous is…Warm weather. It’s been so nice to see the sun and feel warmth again. I just can’t get over how much it brightens my mood. Now the pollen and everything else that is leaving my eyes itchy? Definitely NOT marvelous.

Marvelous is…Wandering. Since I can’t run right now, I’m so thankful for my bike. It allows me to get outside and just wander like I usually do on a run. On Sunday’s ride, I don’t know why I chose a route that has mega hills. I won’t even run on that road, so I’m not sure why I thought it would be a good idea on a bike. But you know what? I LOVED IT! It gave me that heart pumping, leg burning feeling that I’ve been missing.


Marvelous is…13 years. Happy Anniversary to my husband, my best friend and co-pilot on this journey of life together. I’m not sure how you put up with my crazy ways, but I’m glad you do. I love you!

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What’s marvelous in your life?

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.

Hiking Mt. Major | happyfitmama.com

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.

Running Route | HappyFitMama.com

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?