Mayhem Monday: Hello Sunshine!

Can I get a praise the Lord for the beautiful weekend we just had? Can I? Yes I can! Because this weekend was beautiful!

Toward the end of last week, my body was finally starting to give into the copious amount of germage working its way through our house and pretty much anyone who had a pulse. Hubby was sick on Monday and the kids and I were slowly fighting a losing battle. By Thursday night, I was not feeling good. Sore throat, achy body. Not happy. Thankfully, some essential oils (I may be a new convert to the movement. Ok, I am but my wallet is resisting) from a friend and Saturday morning, I felt a lot better. No voice and hacking but with enough energy to survive own my morning workout and conquer 6 long, slow MAF miles on Sunday. Perfection.

Run, run, run!
Run, run, run!

I don’t know about you, but I was in desperate need of some sunshine in my life. The past few weeks, I’ve felt really overwhelmed with life. The baby hasn’t been sleeping and is crabby, the boys were constantly on each other’s nerves and my own nerves were feeling a bit frazzled. I’ve been wrestling with a lot of doubt as of late and a lot of feeling inferior or inadequate in many different roles in my life. I don’t go out to intentionally feel crappy but every so often, that little lie of “you’re not good enough” rears it’s very ugly head and shame on me…I’m always so quick to believe it. I need to work on eliminating that mindset at the get-go rather than letting it play out in my head and bringing me down. After all, it’s not about how great a mom, wife, friend everyone else is, it’s how I live my life that is important. It’s how much of myself I surrender that makes the difference. And lately, I’ve had a lot of garbage to put out on the curb. Any one else? This post by Petite Heartbeat kind of sums it up nicely.

Anyone else need this reminder?
Anyone else need this reminder?

This week, I’m hoping to get 3 decent training runs in. Now that I can go outside, I just want to run all the time but for the week days, I think the treadmill is still the best option for me. I find running outside at a low heart rate is very, very challenging. Not to mention humbling when you shuffle along for 10-20 seconds and then have to walk. But what can you do? Gotta start somewhere and soon, I’ll be back to running without walking. Ok…maybe not soon but eventually. I’m ok with that for now. Whether I can stick through this process for the summer an in prep of a hopeful fall half marathon, we shall see. I will say that I’m starting to tire of the make fun of slow-pace Steph jokes. I know they’re all in good fun and no harm meant but after awhile…it starts to grate on my brain and make me stabby for no good reason. Obviously the source of said stabby is my problem but still. Let’s show a slow-mo some lovin’ mmmmmk?

Otherwise, I’m hoping that the warm weather continues and that our yard can start to dry up so we can head outside for some playtime! I’m also contemplating starting my garden indoors soon. I swore last year, that I wouldn’t start before April or May but I’ve got the itch to get started in hopes of an early June transfer.


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Stephanie is a Canadian Mom of 3, Runner, Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Christ-follower and all around reeker of awesomeness. When she's not chasing after her kids, you can find her dreaming big dreams and bringing them to life.

33 Responses to Mayhem Monday: Hello Sunshine!

    • Same here. We’re mostly hovering around freezing but the sidewalks are dry and ice-free so I can deal with that. My favorite temps to run in are these anyway so if I can do it without breaking something, that’s a bonus :)

  1. We all battle those I am not good enough thoughts at times, I have certainly had my fair share this past week. Reflecting and making peace with yourself or God can make all the difference in the world. Good luck on this weeks training!

    • We had one day last week where it was pouring rain. Unheard of here in March. That should have been a blizzard of snow! We get a lot of wind here as well during this time of year. Great for drying up the puddles but less fun for the amount of sand it kicks up from 5 months of street sanding.

  2. I hope you get some Spring soon! I always feel guilty when people find out I am in Victoria and it’s been Spring here most of the Winter. And sure hope everyone in your house gets over the yuk soon too! Have a better week, for sure. :)

  3. Praise Him and I thank Him for a beautiful weekend!!!! We had such a beautiful sermon yesterday and this bible verse up top – is on my Facebook personal timeline – HONESTLY!! One of my favorites. I’m so happy we do not have a bunch of germy germs. THANK GOODNESS. I’m looking forward to running outdoors more too. Stay slow mo – it’s all good.

  4. I think being outdoors is so dadgum good for my soul! And letting the littles get some fresh air and burn off energy is amazing. I was just thinking today how the words “you’re okay” may be the most comforting in the world. You are good enough right how you are right now. It’s hard to live in that reality every day though!

  5. Our weather sucked this weekend, but Friday was gorgeous and I ran 18 miles in it. I was just so glad to be running it in the sun instead of inside that I almost didn’t mind the killer hills. Almost.

    I fear MAF training for precisely the issue you are having – I’m slow to begin with and I just can’t imagine running even slower when I’m outside. At least on the treadmill when I’m slow I can read a book.

    • I don’t even know what hills are. I think our local marathon has a total elevation change of about 10 feet.

      I’m like you. My pace was not very fast to begin with and taking 1:40 to run 6 miles is not my idea of fun. Especially when “running” is shuffling my feet for about 20 seconds, then having to walk. BUT, I feel better and am seeing progress. I like that my body doesn’t feel as stressed after a run.

  6. I’m having the same issue with running outside! (running/walking). Yesterday my outdoor run felt SO hard. I’ve heard a lot about heart rate training for marathon training. Maybe I should give it a shot. Though I’d need to invest in a HRM first haha

    • I was originally using a polar H7 heart rate monitor with the free polar beat app on my phone. It’s a great way to test it out and see if it’s a method of training you’d like to pursue further.

      It’s very humbling but I’m excited for the eventual payoff.

  7. Oh my gosh, I am so loving this weather too! It seems like the midwest/east of the US has gotten the most terrible weather that we’ve had in awhile. The bitter cold made me too comfortable at home!

  8. Happy to hear you are feeling better. I too have been considering trying essential oils. Our weather still stinks. I don’t mind the snow but it was freezing this morning and I am so over the cold temperatures! Hope you have great runs this week!

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