Things are going well here. Busy as always, but mostly good. There has been some stress and challenges, but that is life. I choose to look at my blessings and be grateful for them and move forward with a smile on my face.
My Shane turned 13 yesterday (which, if you are counting, means I officially have FIVE teenagers. YIKES!) and my Shorty turns seven this week, so we have lots of fun stuff going on. Of course Halloween is a very fun time of year to have a house full of kids. And then let's not forget....
There are two weeks until the NYC Marathon!!
I am looking VERY forward to this trip, this race, and this experience.
First, Josh and I (thanks to his mom and sister) are getting an extended weekend in New York, without any kids. All of that time alone with Josh is worth it's weight in GOLD. I love Josh with all my heart and cannot wait to have fun with him and to get to enjoy being with each other and going on this awesome trip. I love my kids and am almost never away from them (and don't like being away from them) but I know this time for Josh and I is important and needed. Did I mention it is going to be fun?? I am going to treasure every minute. Yay!
Of course going to NY means I get to see my parents!!!! I can never get enough time with them and I cannot wait to have a long weekend with them. They are so, so good to us and just fill my heart up every time we are together. I can't wait to sleep at their house and ride in their car and just be with them. I also am excited to see my brother, other family members and friends that I rarely get to see.
With the NYC Marathon being the huge event that it is, there are lots of runners and people in the running community that we will get to see that I am looking forward to, and, I can't wait to soak in all the fun and excitement that goes with the NYC Marathon!!
I was offered credentials for the media/press conference in Central Park on Friday morning and will be taking advantage of that (can't wait!) and there are several other fun and exciting things in the works for the weekend.
And, I am excited to run. I am excited to race. Yes, this is a "pressure free" marathon for me. I am not going in to it with any set goals or expectations. After the disaster that Denver was and as run down and broken as I felt, I have been been scaling back a bit and taking care of myself. I have removed some pressure from myself and have been enjoying my runs even more than usual. I am going in to this race with the goal of enjoying it, smiling, and feeling good. Hopefully there will be some fast in there too. I love NY. I love the feel of the city. I love the NYC Marathon and all that goes with it. I love that I am getting to go and experience this with Josh. I can't wait to run the streets of NY. :)
GOOD LUCK and congrats to all of those who are racing today. I have so many friends out there and I am so proud of all of you.
And here is a quote I am carrying with me today.