I ran my first marathon of 2014 this morning, the Carlsbad Marathon.
I wasn’t quite sure how things would go after logging more miles than I’m used to for the STUFT 60 Challenge, but somehow I pulled off a new PR. I will gladly take it and be sure to celebrate tonight.
My official results were lost for a bit, it was a good thing I had proof.
They did turn up after awhile and I got first place in my age group. That’s pretty exciting.
However, my big plans of writing the full race recap today did not happen and I only have a few minutes (and a massive headache) at the moment.
So, funny thought today as this afternoon has been, well, let’s just say a little rough here at home.
Heck yeah running a marathon is freaking hard. It’s mentally and physically exhausting to say the least.
But, honestly for me, I think having patience and holding it together as a mom and trying to always put your best foot forward at home is harder. Today, for me, dealing with 4 year old issues this afternoon has been harder than the marathon this morning.
Funny how that is, huh?
I remember someone once telling me that parenting is the hardest job in the world. I will not argue that one bit. As the boys get older it takes more time and attention to address certain things.
Obviously, today of all days, the boys have been in rare form all day.
Fighting, whining, not following directions, saying “poop” one too many times and someone even told me he didn’t like me and didn’t want to be my friend anymore. Lovely.
I had to be ON with these guys all day. Mama duties come first. I was busy having talks, explaining why we don’t do certain things, talking about how to shoe respect, etc.
By the way, is it me, or is there such a thing as the terrible fours? We didn’t really go through the terrible two stage, but we’ve recently come into some new territory. I’ve got some refocusing to do.
instead of trying to cram in a race recap post and letting things slide by, we had some quality time together and worked on something a little more important.
Yeah, these cool Melissa and Doug responsibility charts.
I bought them at the book signing last Sunday.
I’m pretty pumped and we decided what responsibilities we’re going to focus on this week. The charts have quite a few to choose from, I was impressed.
So, we’ll see how it goes.
After a week without them, I also had to go for a baked Quest Bar (or two- chocolate chip cookie dough and white chocolate raspberry) topped with NuttZo and coconut butter with a little homemade almond milk protein ice cream.
They actually went down a little something like this.
A short “break time” was a necessity today.
Oh, before I go, the winner of the Core Power Fit-Kit Giveaway has been posted.
Have a good night.
Recap coming soon as well as some exciting products that participants and/or people who donate to the STUFT 60 Challenge can win!
See you tomorrow! Bright and early because I will NOT be getting on the treadmill first thing.
Do you or did you ever do the responsibility chart thing at home?
Did anyone race today?