Friday, July 31, 2009

A Break in the Routine

Last Sunday the boys were picked up by Susan and Namie, on their way home from Mammoth, and headed down to Grami and Papa's house for two nights. On Monday they got to go on their annual Legoland trip. They LOVE that place! Grami and Papa said they had such a good time and Zach especially liked the water area.

It was nice for Garrett and I to have a break in our regular routine. We were able to go out to dinner on Sunday night and enjoy an evening of movie watching. I found myself going through many different ideas of how I should best spend my time, because it's not often that I'm without the boys. I ended up going to the gym and reading a book. Not the most exciting, but I enjoyed it none the less. Picking them up on Tuesday I found myself a little more patient with them, at least for the car ride home, and it made me realize how important these breaks in the routine are.

This summer I've also been taking a break in my exercise routine. I realized that I had pretty much been running four to five days a week plus Saturday mornings since November of 2007. That in itself is not bad, but the fact that I had just devoted myself to running and left out other areas of exercise were starting to get to me. When I was going to run the marathon in May I was excited about the prospect of beating my last time and then possibly not ever doing another marathon! We all know how that turned out, so then I wanted to jump right in and train for the very next marathon to "get it over with". I started thinking, "What's the rush?" If I want to run, I should and if not, then that's fine too. So this summer I've been purposely taking a break from running and spending my time in the gym, taking dance-type classes, kickboxing, and I even tried Yoga for the first time last week. I'm enjoying the variety and found that my body responds better to variety too! Not to say I've put running completely out of my mind though, we'll just wait and see.....

But tonight I am packing my bags for Mammoth as we prepare to hike Whitney on Tuesday. I'm excited and nervous at the same time. I think it will be quite a hard day, to say the least, but I'm looking forward to some good times and great memories!!


Serenity NOW said...

Great post Tasha. It looks like the boy's had a great time with Paula and Jeff at legoland. We sure enjoyed our time with the boy's on our drive to Paula and Jeffs. Where oh where has the summer gone. However I still think of summer ending the day after Labor Day and then back to school. We are looking forward to our Catalina trip at the end of August with you all.

I am glad that you are enjoying some cross training this summer. Sounds like a great mix. Whitney will be awesome for all of you to do a little over 24 hours from now. Take it easy and enjoy the ride. It's amazing what you have done in a little over a year with regard to physical challenges.....................Half Dome, marathon, almost another marathon and now Whitney. And all of that at your young age. Kudos!! Have fun and be safe.

Love you all, Susan

Sandy said...

Tasha, I know you are going to do really well on the Whitney hike. I agree with you on the cross training. I loved the classes when I BELONGED TO THE Y.
So glad you and Garrett had some time to yourselves.
Love to all, Sandy

Namie sends her love.

Paula said...

We had such an amazing time with our adorable grandsons...thank you for lending them to us for a couple days! Our Legoland trip together is always a highlight and we also had alot of fun with them at the beach.
As I write this, you, Garrett, Matt and friends are climbing Mount Whitney! Wow, what a feat! I'm so proud!
Love you, Paula