Category Archives: Stress

Taking Time to Relax + a Cool Work Event

I can’t believe it’s only Tuesday! Man oh man am I tired. 

Last night we had our biggest event of the year at work.


Highlight of the night – Meeting Bill Cowher and hanging out with about 200 athletes. Most of them Olympians. 


With all of the stress from work I’ve really been trying to make more time to relax and eating healthy foods a priority. You really have no idea how much of a difference it makes. Even just taking time to take a bath relieves so much stress.

This bath soak from Kerstin Florian is my favorite: link here


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Filed under Giveaway, Kerstin Florian, Stress, Work

I feel lighter now

Work and life have been too busy to even explain.
I ran for the first time since Eugene last night. I felt great but my right foot felt a little off.

I’m signed up for the Brooklyn half marathon that is tomorrow but I’ve decided not to run it. I really don’t want to spend an hour both ways to pick up my race packet and I REALLY don’t want to wake upat 4am.
I’m not even really supposed to be running races yet. You’re suppose to take off a month from racing after a marathon.

So. I’m not going to run. I’m going to organize and paint our new apartment. That’s what I want to do.

Running races is supposed to be fun and something you want to do. This race has become a HAVE TO. Not a WANT TO. It’s just too much to just run 13.1 miles.

So yeah. Writing this makes me already feel lighter and happier. Much more relaxed.

480345_984647526482_2090322337_nThis is how you want to look and feel after a race – this is a photo of a want to/can’t wait to race-race!


Filed under Races, Ramblings and Thoughts, Stress

Finish What You Start

After last week and dealing with Hurricane Irene I realized how much I enjoy running and working out. I ran two miles last week and went to one spin class on Friday night. Not good…


It felt like something was missing. And there was something missing. Running.

Running is my time. Just for me. Though it is really difficult sometimes, I really enjoy it. I feel so great afterwards and proud that I accomplished something. With life being so stressful at times, running/working out is my outlet. To just forget everything else that is going on in the world and see how far I can push myself.

Even though my legs can hardly move after an 18 miler I don’t care. I am so happy and proud of myself that if, for the rest of the day I take a nap, read a book and watch a movie I’m fine with that.

Japan Run

I signed up for the Portland Marathon almost a year ago and have kept my promise of training and I know I will finish. I’ve grown up being taught ‘finish what you start’ and I have always tried to follow this. Though at times I have given up, I won’t let myself with this. I have spent too much time and money to just give up now.

So, this week is a new week and I’m ready. Saturday will be my 20 mile run and I’m ready. If I have to take walk breaks I will but I will complete my 20 mile training run. 

What keeps you going? Do you finish what you start?

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Filed under Hurricane, Life, Long run, Motivation, Portland Marathon, Ramblings and Thoughts, Spin Class, Stress, Training

No, I didn’t die.

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. Searching for an apartment in Manhattan, finding one, applying for it, being approved, packing and moving… Oh, and then going on a little weekend getaway. Needless to say, I’ve been so busy and running did not take precedent.

The past two weeks I only ran eight miles. TOTAL. But I’m okay with it because I now have a fantastic place to live with a great roommate and I enjoyed a wonderful “mini” vacation!

With the Portland Marathon just two months away I need to really amp up my mileage and make running my #1 priority.

So. New month means I’m starting fresh and I’m going to really train! Monday night I joined New York Sports Club and ran a great six miles on the treadmill. The gym is four floors and really nice. The other plus. It’s around the corner from my apartment!

Tonight, Friday and Sunday are my running days. Sunday I’m hoping to do 14 miles…

Here are some pictures from our trip to Cold Spring, New York. The best little village in america 🙂

Ryan playing with his new camera!

We went on a five hour hike. Really fun! But I was super tired afterwards.

photo credits: Ryan Smith

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Filed under Beach, BF, Busy, Life, Motivation, moving, Portland Marathon, Ramblings and Thoughts, Stress, Summer, Sun!, Training, Travel, Vacation, Weekend

I’m Moving! On Thursday!!

This was my worst training week yet.

BUT. I found a new apartment with my friend Danielle AND I’m moving this Thursday! Yes, July 28th!!! I still can’t believe it! I’m moving from Yonkers to the Upper East Side and I couldn’t be happier. Except for the fact that I have four days to pack… I packed all this weekend and I feel like I still have so much to do!

Marathon training was on the back burner this past week and I’m scared it will be again this week… I did managed to make time yesterday and get a good solid six-mile run in. I was super happy to be back in the gym and it felt great to run. I kind of missed it. Running is such a great stress reliever.

I don’t know what will happen this week with my training (or my life for that matter!) but I’m going to really try to get some miles in. I know I’m not Wonder Woman, but I can try to do everything right???


Filed under Busy, Life, moving, Ramblings and Thoughts, Stress, Training

I’m disappointed.

It’s 95 degrees outside with 50% humidity… I had planned to run outside after work. I don’t think it’s going to happen. Tomorrow it’s suppose to be the same. This week has not been a successfully training week. Not one bit.

I’m disappointed.


Filed under Stress, Summer, Sun!, Training

Relax and Breathe

I am so happy tomorrow is Friday. This week has been way too busy and I have been way too stressed out. I feel like I’ll just start to get the hang of balancing work, training, friends and family and then all of sudden I feel like I’m drowning. My “to-do” list is way too long and I can’t check anything off.

I know I just need to relax and breathe…

I was able to run tonight which helped me relax. Five miles. I really enjoy running. A lot more than when I first started training. It’s now become a time to escape and just have me time. Which sometimes I really need.

Oh, and I have a race on Saturday. Four miles.

I think this is what I really need…

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Filed under Busy, exhausted, Life, Races, Relaxing, Stress, Training

Am I There Yet??? And Can I Please Relax?

Until I get on the plan tomorrow morning I’m going to be stressed out. I just can’t help it. My brain is on overload and I just can’t seem to relax.

Do I go on a run tonight? Will that help me to relax? Or should I treat myself to a manicure? I don’t know. It’s so nice outside and when I went for a walk at lunch I hardly enjoyed it because I am just too stressed/nervous.

I have to wake up at 4am tomorrow, take a cab to Penn Station, take a train to the airport, check my bag and get to the gate all before 7:25am. I don’t like relying on public transportation. Too much can go wrong.

How do you relax and calm your nerves?? I just want to get to Oregon already!

And see these lovelies! 


Filed under Busy, Family, Friends, Life, Oregon, Ramblings and Thoughts, Relaxing, Stress, Travel