A time to look forward.
November is here which means the holidays are right around the corner! I can’t wait to let you take a peek at my holiday gift guide this year! I will be publishing my gift guide right before Thanksgiving to help you get ready for filling Christmas stockings with runners goodies and for some great ideas for essential cold weather work out pieces. Along with my gift guide this year I am excited to be a offering a lot of fun giveaways of some of my favorite things!
Keeping a strong running base.
Right now I am working on keeping a strong solid running base until Boston Marathon training starts in January (Yippee!), I have added in a new strength training regime courtesy of my awesome coach Denise Goode (The Sustainable Athlete), and I have been having fun doing some spinning which I rediscovered is a total blast when I was at the Fitness and Health Social MediaConference.
Working on well-being.
As you know, I have also been struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the Boston Marathon last year. I have been working very hard on being well by more than just running and working out. I am working on staying better hydrated and also eating better throughout the day. Somehow being a busy mom I have realized that while trying to keep my kids meals healthy and balanced I have forgotten about small healthy meals for me to keep my energy up during the day. I am working on adding more fruits and veggies back into my mini-meals and snacking on things such as smoothies.
I am also working on getting to bed earlier every night as I have been lacking those essential ZZZZZZ’s. My serotonin levels are all out of whack and I have been experiencing very disrupted sleep since the Boston Marathon. I am trying to create healthier sleep habits. Perhaps I need an official bedtime? I am trying to reduce my stress level and which will help with keeping serotonin levels in balance.
I have also been seeing an amazing counselor who is helping me to make sense of what happened at the marathon and how to cope with the wide range of emotions that I am dealing with. I recently realized that I have been extra emotional lately and think some of it is due to many emotions being stirred up and triggered by all of the recent press about the Boston Marathon being that six months have now passed. I am trying not to focus on the bad but to focus on the positive stories of survival and to focus on all of the good that is around me. In the upcoming months as I begin to train for the Boston marathon I will be sharing with you my story of race day last year (whenever I am able to actually get my story down on paper). I will be sharing with you my training challenges and successes and also my work towards healing and running the marathon again.
This month I will be focusing on giving thanks. It is easy to forget sometimes the positive beacons of light all around you that make life good and fill you with happiness and peace.
Please join me in sharing your #30DaysofGivingThanks. I will be sharing what I am thankful for every day from now until November on my Facebook Page–Organic Runner Mom or you can tag me on twitter and use the hashtag #30daysofgivingthanks–@organicrunmom.
Here are my things to be thankful for starting on November 1st:
- I am thankful for my giggling kids.
- I am thankful for my supportive husband.
- I am thankful for good friends to laugh and cry with.
- I am thankful for crisp fall mornings that invigorate and energize me.