Blogging and Running

I’ve been trying to figure out why it’s been so hard for me to keep up with blogging (both reading my favorites and updating my own). It finally dawned on me the other day. I started my blog when I was still living long-distance from my husband because of training. That was about a year and a half ago. Since then, I’ve haven’t a full-time job AND had my husband at home at the same time. Until now.

Now I have a full-time job AND a full-time husband*. I’m struggling to find the energy to wake up early and run twice a week. I’m still incredibly happy that he’s home. But it’s a very tired-happy while I still struggle to adjust to this major life change that still has me reeling months later. I miss my family and friends in Illinois so much that it hurts sometimes. Thank goodness for skype and facetime.

But we do love Washington. More than once, we’ve swiped over to Chicago on the weather app and giggled that it’s 9 degrees there while it’s 40 degrees here. We decided we love skiing so we pulled together some hand-me-down equipment mixed with a couple splurges at REI. So now we ski on retro skis that may or may not have been manufactured before we were born. It’s very hipster of us, I know.

I think I'm about to sign up for a half marathon in May. That will give me more motivation to train. I’ll let you know as soon as I do. The short winter Washington days are starting to get longer.  I will still blog, but definitely not as often as I used to. I feel like I don’t have quite as much to talk about since I finally have that wonderful (somewhat) normal married life that I’ve been yearning for.  

Thanks for hanging in there with me, if you’re still here.

<3 A.

*I'm being a little facetious here. I just mean he's a full-time husband now that he's state-side, rather than being long-distance at training or overseas. :) 


  1. Y'all look so cute in your ski gear! I know what you mean about having a full time husband. (When Stephen was down range, I referred to myself as a single wife.) You are a lot busier (in a good way!) now that your guy is home. It makes sense to make up for lost time. Priorities, yo.

  2. I've done two marathons, the first one I did in Iraq on a whim, with a very good guy who passed away recently from an undiagnosed heart condition while back on leave from his 4th deployment :(

    You probably already know this, but the biggest thing about doing a longer distance type race is to SLOW down at the beginning and don't get into it too quickly. My second marathon was two years ago May, I went into it to run the half with two of my female friends who are also military, couldn't find them at the beginning, wasn't even registered for the event and though, hey, what the heck, I'll run the half by myself then. I got halfway through and the guy I'd been running with for 2 miles said "time to separate the men from the boys"...

    Well, that comment got me going and I did the entire 26.2 miles then. Oddly enough, I was 3 minutes faster than the run I did in Iraq. At least I'm consistent! I recently started blogging again as a way of coping with some personal issues in my life, trying to check out as many of the other military blogs, men and women, as I can. If you want, check mine out. Good to see a happy military couple, that's the best kind :)

  3. This was a big change for me when T finished grad school! We're still getting a groove and I'm yet to find time to work out ;) I'm impressed you're doing it all!


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