Key to Balancing a Crazy Schedule

Hi All!

I can’t even begin to tell you how terrible I feel about not posting this past month.  Who knows if anyone actually cares/noticed about my recent blogging absence but if there are people out there that like to read my posts (besides my wonderful mom!) then thank you and I am sorry!  With April vacation over with and some much-needed down time, I am back to work with a bit more energy and hopefully some extra time to blog.

Life has been crazy busy but crazy fun!  I have finally found a great balance between my teaching, my coaching and my crossfit/running!  The first couple of weeks with coaching were rough. I tried to put a smile on and not complain but exhaustion and my hectic schedule was getting the best of me.  I don’t know about any of you, but working out after a long day is just not my thing.  It is hard to have a great workout when you just don’t want to be there.  I have said it before and I will say it again, just because I love running and Crossfit, does not mean I enjoy doing it ALL the time.  It is so important to find a balance and a time where you never dread what you are doing.  That being said, I have found MY time.  I am much more of a morning person than an evening person.  I like to have dinner done, dishes done and be on couch with my favorite person…and animals by 8 pm.

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My Crossfit gym has a 6am class but I always thought it would never be possible to do a 6am class and make it to work by 7:30/7:45.  Well my friends, anything is possible if you don’t really care about how smelly you are 😉 Just kidding..kind of. The 6:30 pm class was just not working out well after long days so I decided to give the 6am a shot despite the time crunch.

Prior to my first 6am class, I had everything packed up for the day and in my car the night before – breakfast, lunch, after-school snack, work clothes, coaching clothes, makeup, toothbrush…everything!  I must have checked that bag over and over again.  I knew that if I forgot ONE thing, there was no cushion in my schedule to pick it up at home.  I guess you can say I didn’t sleep that much the night before. But once that alarm went off, it was go time!  I went to 6am, had a great workout, rushed into the bathroom, washed my face, changed my clothes (maybe still a bit sweaty but a little sweat on work clothes never hurt anyone), put on a little mascara on because everyone knows mascara is the difference between ‘I just rolled out of bed’ and ‘I am ready to be seen in public’…and within 15 min I was out of the gym and off to work.  I even had some time to eat my packed breakfast before the students arrived!

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I guess you could say it was a success and has been a success ever since.  I am so glad I took the risk and tried it out because it has made my busy days/evenings much less stressful.  It is so nice to know my workout is done and I can focus on work and coaching for the rest of the day.  And if I do have energy at the end of the day/it doesn’t feel like an obligation, then I can get in a nice little run with the pups as well.

Speaking of running, I haven’t done too much of that.  I jumped into a local 10k a couple of weeks ago and ended up placing 4th overall.  There were not that many people in the race so I can’t brag too much and my time was certainly not brag worthy, but a race is a race.  After the race, I took some time to reflect on why my past few races since Disney have been an exhausting and unenjoyable struggle.  I realized that I just don’t have the mileage behind me right now to expect great outcomes.  It seems like an obvious observation as I type it, but with my personality and passion for competition, I tend to jump into things even when I am not ready yet still wonder why it didn’t go in my favor.  Lately I have been focusing on Crossfit during the week and get in a long run on Sundays.  I guess I keep thinking that my Sunday long runs are enough to power me through all these races.  Not so much.

Oh well. At the moment, I am just concentrating on balancing everything.  If I can get in a great workout to start my day, get through the work day with enthusiasm and motivate my players through practices and games in the evening, then that is a success.

Despite my lack of mid-week running, my Sunday long runs have been wonderful.  I did a great 10 miler on Easter…

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And I may have refueled with a piece..or two of the Reester Bunny that I found in my car from a special someone 🙂 The only thing better than a Reese Cup is a giant Reester Bunny!

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This past weekend I had exactly 1 hour to get in a run before I had to start getting ready for a baby shower..

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and of course my lack of punctuality wins again.  It was such a great run, I did not want to stop.  I squeezed in an extra mile and decided that straightening my hair was not that important 😉  And thankfully I had a little help with the wrapping  while I was gone…

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Yup. That’s duct tape because I didn’t buy enough wrapping paper….classy.

Lets talk food.  My smoothie bowls that were in my last post continue to make constant appearances.

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I heard about adding frozen cauliflower but never tried that idea until recently.  It is brilliant.  You can’t taste it, it adds volume and thickness and you get an extra serving of vegetables on top of the tons of spinach already blended in.

Another common occurrence at night are homemade quesadillas.

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Ground turkey or crock pot chicken make for great fillings.  Add a little shredded Swiss cheese, guacamole, mushrooms, onions into a sprouted grain tortilla, throw it in the oven for a few minutes and you have a delicious Mexican inspired meal with half the calories and fat in minutes!

I had this wonderful fruit and nut bowl before one of my workouts.

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It was so simple yet so perfect!…and so is the happy little Corgi in the background.

Feels great to be back on here and I hope that I don’t have another month break after this post!  Also, congratulations to everyone who ran the Boston Marathon.  I had my eyes clued to my iPad for a solid 2 1/2 hours.  I can’t explain to people what makes watching people run for 2 1/2 hours enjoyable but I love it.  It is so inspiring and straight-up jaw-dropping to see these runners move so fast for so long.  I truly admire every individual that has ever run a marathon.  The commitment, the training, and the mental strength you need in order to complete a marathon is beyond impressive.  I signed up for the San Francisco Marathon last year but an injury held me back from the full and stuck me with the half.  I would love to go back to San Francisco this summer and tackle the marathon like I had planned a year ago.  We will see what happens 🙂 but right now I am not making a game plan – it seems whenever I make a game plan that is when things go wrong.  This time around I am just going to run when I can, slowly increase my long run mileage, maybe recruit someone to run with and see where it takes me!

Some Exciting Life Additions

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One of the many Monday morning thoughts.   Except once again, I can’t complain about this Monday because it is now the second Monday in a row where we have had a snow day.  With February vacation in just 5 days, this day off is definitely not needed.  But then again, I can’t complain about sleeping until 10 and being in pajamas for the majority of the day.

It has been some time since I’ve posted last because this past week has been extremely busy BUT very exciting!  A couple new things have come along…

imageA new member to the family and a soon-to-be new running buddy.  Her name is Mei and she is absolutely beautiful and perfect.  She is only 4 months so we are going to let her little bones grow before taking her out for runs but she is certainly going to be one hell of running buddy.  Gosh, I hope I don’t slow her down!

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She may be younger and more energetic but Cooper still knows how to hold down the house and can put up a good fight when Mei is being a feisty one.

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..And this right here sums it all up.  Ha ha

And since these past two weeks have been all about new things – new car, new pup..I am happy to announce I also have a new job.  It is more like another job but new fits the theme.  I am happy to announce that in addition to my 6th grade teaching job, I am also the head varsity women’s lacrosse coach for the town that I teach in.  Even better…it’s the same team I once played for.  The thought of my schedule being even more crazy than it already is is a bit intimidating but I am beyond excited to work with a great group of girls and really take the team to a new level.  I can’t wait to build a team with strength, endurance, trust, confidence and skill.

When I think about the type of coach I want to be, my crossfit coach definitely comes to mind.  She is blunt, she is harsh, and she is loud but she CARES.  She believes in her athletes and sometimes that means yelling at them to step it up.   It may not always be easy to hear, but it is always what I need to hear.

I write this not only because it describes the trusting relationship I hope to have with  my players but because it is what pulled me through one of the toughest mentally workouts this week.  Mid workout, I failed a clean and from there it was downhill.  The weight was doable, I had already done a couple successfully.  But with just one failed attempt, I was mentally defeated.  My personality and mental defeat do not mix well.  I could have/wanted to just drop some weight and cruise through the workout but my coach did not give that as an option.  She had me step back and clear my head but most important, she just trusted in me.  She knew I could finish the workout with that weight despite the struggle and mental frustration.  And with that trust, I was able to successfully clean two more reps.

All in all, I hope to be the coach that instills perseverance, trust and confidence in each player.  As a coach, you can teach your players all the skills in the world, but without confidence, without drive, without determination, without perserverance…those skills are purposeless.

On that note, I hope every takes on the work week strong!