Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Frustrating Week Ending in Some Fun: My First 10k

Do you ever have those weeks where you wish you could just go back to bed and start over the ENTIRE week? I had one of those last week. You know...those weeks, where it requires lots of prayers, multiple "deep cleansing breaths," and Mama timeouts alone? The weeks where you wonder how you're going to survive with the 48 different hats you have to wear (secretary, teacher, working mama, just "mama" (said 4,000 times in a five minute period with increasingly exasperated tones), chef, housekeeper, nurse, wife, lunch maker, pre-school drop-off-er, kindergarten drop-off-er, friend, backpack packer, list maker, school form fill-out-er, laundry washer/folder/and put away-er, dinner maker, runner, etc.) and you wonder if you are, in fact, making ANYONE happy at all? Am I doing any of my jobs well? I asked myself. Am I being a good wife? A good Mama? A good teacher?...When I'm spread this thin.

There's so much that happened; it'd be hard to even recap it all. The synopsis of the week is as follows. We found out frustrating news about Connor's schedule - which threw a wrench into our work schedules, including the work schedule that my hubby had completely re-done to accommodate the kids' preschool and kindergarten schedules. Then, we went to register for after-school club for Connor and realized they may not have any spots left (WHAT?!?). All the stress led to bad attitudes. BAD. My husband and I fought; the kids fought; our temper wasn't great with the kids; and I may have even shed some tears. It was a stressful week.

I don't want to give the impression that I have this perfectly rosy life all the time. Yes, I'm blessed. Beyond. I smile and laugh EVERY SINGLE DAY, but some weeks it's all it takes to just keep it all together.

The good news, however, is that in the end, after all the tears and stress - it all worked out. Our schedules worked out. We got Connor into the program we needed. We apologized and made amends to each other and the people we were grumpy with. We had some long chats about how we're going to talk to each other from now on. And we spent time as a family laughing and playing. Through this all, I feel thankful that I get to see what it's like to be a parent and be on the opposite end of things (I'm a teacher and so it's good to get a reminder about what it's like to be on the other "side" of the school system...of course we're all on the same "side," but hopefully you know what I mean).

Then on top of all that excitement, last week was my first official full week at work with students, which meant for a relatively low key running week, lots of early morning wakeups to hurry and plan and get ready for my middle schoolers, and the stress (and fun!) of memorizing 100 new names.

Despite the crazy beginning to the week, I ended it with my first ever 10k. I know, I know. I do things backwards, since I've already run 2 half marathons. But it was SO fun. I can't even believe how much less stressful it was than running a half. Of course it helped that I had such fun friends and awesome conversation during the whole thing!

I love this one below because there I am, in pink, in my own element ALMOST to the finish line. Candids are so fun! And there's my friend in the green that I run with multiple times a week. I'm so thankful for all the new running friends I've made, especially the two girls I'm running my half with.
Despite my horrible beginning to the week, I felt like the weekend ended on such a fun, positive beat. I am so thankful for discovering my love of running...thanks to my best friend Jen (when Jen started running, I thought she was amazing and then I thought, "but I could NEVER do it!") and my inspiring work friend Leslie! It has definitely been the most fun way for me to work out and I rarely feel guilty about the time away from my family.

2 comments:

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I certainly admire your 'stick to it' attitude and hard work!

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Thanks Mom! Love you!

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