It’s been a rough couple of days for me. An old friend of mine died suddenly, and I’m having difficulty accepting and processing it. I’m here and trying to rally because I love the DC Trifecta’s Friday 5 Link-Up and I don’t want to miss out. I think keeping busy also helps distract me from my sorrow.
My friend, Wyndall, was always ready with a smile and a laugh. He had an irrepressible spirit. He always tried to follow God’s path, and now he’s in his arms.
Okay, that’s enough sad stuff for now. I know Wyndall wouldn’t want me or others he left behind to get bogged down in sadness.
On to the link-up.
This week, Courtney at Eat, Pray, Run DC, Mar at Mar on the Run, and Cynthia at You Signed up for What?!, chose the theme “Spring!” I’ve decided to run with it and list 5 things I’m excited about for this spring:
1. Spring Break
My husband and I are taking our kids back to Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Gettysburg, and Virginia for their spring vacation. For many years, my husband and I have discussed our desire to take the kids back there to better learn US history and government. I feel fortunate we’re able to make it a reality.
I have been planning this trip for months and am extremely excited to show my kids my old stomping grounds (as well as the historical and otherwise significant sites). I am also excited to see old friends and meet (in person) new friends Courtney and Salt.
2. My 1st race of the year
While in Philly, I’m going to run the AT&T Back on My Feet 5-Miler. This will be my first race of the year, after DNS-ing at the Lake Sammamish Half Marathon earlier this month. I’m planning to take the BOMF 5-Miler pretty easy and won’t run for time because I’m just getting back into running. Despite this, I am so excited to be able to race again.
3. Spring fashions
I feel so shallow saying this, but I’m really excited to wear clothes the new spring fashions. I recently bought these gorgeous SJP Carrie pumps and the world’s most comfortable work pants at J. Crew.
I think it’s awesome that the ubiquity of athletic wear for women has caused other designers to make their clothes more comfortable. Elastic waists for the win!
4. Eugene Marathon weekend
I’m still registered for the Eugene Marathon, but because I’ve only recently returned to running, I’m either going to drop down to the half-marathon or will just run part of the full in order to pace a friend. Despite this change in plans, I am absolutely excited to go to Eugene and be involved in the weekend’s festivities. My son is going to run the 1-mile Duck Dash, which will be a blast to watch. And I’m excited to meet-up with my peeps on Team Nuun and from the Oiselle Flock! There will be a lot of us down there, and I know there will be all sorts of fun things planned.
5. Starting strength-training with a personal trainer
As I mentioned in a post last week, I’m looking forward to starting a targeted strength-training plan with Ruth, a competitive runner and personal trainer. She has been working with my friend and massage therapist, who has noticed a distinct improvement in her running due to the wringer Ruth has put her through. I start working with Ruth in April, and I can’t wait.
What are some things you’re looking forward to this spring? Are you going on any trips? What are some of your favorite spring fashions? Are you looking forward to any spring races?