Monday, January 21, 2013
Coping With Stessors...
I promise, not all posts will be about running. Here me out on this one though...

Coping with stress. I want to say I'm good at it, but seriously, I'm being tested right now. This month has seriously been a bear, however I am making a point to go to bed with a cleared head and waking up with my positive foot forward.

After having sick kids for the past 3 weeks and other stressors I don't care to discuss, the car broke down in our driveway on Saturday morning. Have I mentioned that we only have one car? I always feel so good about owning one car and keeping things simplified...then, our one car won't start. Yeah, that is not awesome. Nothing says happiness like seeing a tow truck pick up your car from the driveway. Luckily, it was Saturday morning and it's a long weekend with the kids home from school today, oh and I had no client appointments requiring me to go to the gym for work. So, what should have been a mentally hard weekend with the looming fear of the cost of car repairs (we just got word this morning on the price...let's just say I'm glad we like beans and rice because that was not in the budget), ended up being a fun filled staycation with my 3 favorite guys. We watched movies and hung out as a family all weekend. Laughter really is the best medicine...

Oh and running. So, Tony's back was feeling off on Saturday and he decided running was not a good idea. I completely agreed with this since he never backs out of a workout, so I knew it wasn't good. He took the day off and did some recuperating, but I really needed that run. So, I hit the park across the street for a 6.6 mile run and I felt better for it! The sun was shining and there were tons of people out enjoying the fresh air. It was a hard run for me though since it was chilly and I'm not used to running in colder weather. My lips were chapped when I returned home and my nose was raw from breathing in the cold air. It still felt great though. Therapy session completed with a smile on my face!

Sunday, we needed a few things from the store. Tony is doing a cleanse, which I may go into later, and we needed some food for him. We live 1.5 miles from the grocery store, but I should state that this is not an easy walk. Think of it more like a hike with a couple of pretty large hills. I will tell you, the fact that we run now, has completely changed how I think about getting around. So, Tony and I laced up our shoes, put on some back packs and headed to the grocery store. It was actually really fun! We talked the whole time and noticed things that we never see while driving (seriously, you never really notice the used condoms on the side of the road...who does that?...never mind, don't answer that), no really, it was quite beautiful and again the weather was amazing! We loaded up on fresh fruits and veggies then headed back a different route through the park! Side note to the fruits...I have a serious apple addiction and carrying those back with me should have taught me a lesson...notice I said should have.

Here we are on Monday and we have word that the car should be done today. My schedule for the week will be thankful for this, but my wallet not so much. Tony got off the phone with the dealer, looked at our training schedule and then mapped out a run to the dealership. This is where I had to laugh. We have a choice, we can go to the park for our run then call a cab to pick us up to drive us to the dealership to drive home or we can take our training to the road and run to get our car when it's ready. Guess what we're doing? Yep, we're running to the dealership. We have a 35 minute run on the schedule and the dealership is 4 miles away. I'm calling this a win win situation. Some people say your a runner when you run your first race, some people say your a runner when you "feel" like a runner, I say I'm a runner when I'm running to pick up my car from getting repairs...

Have a great Monday!


posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 10:08 AM  
  • At January 21, 2013 at 10:15 AM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    Oh I love it!! That's just awesome. And nicely done on the 6.6 miler too. This post just makes me smile. I hope you have a wonderful week.

  • At January 21, 2013 at 11:22 AM, Anonymous Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said…

    Ohhhh... so sorry things have been nuts. I know the bug is a nasty one. Way to squeeze it all in though!

  • At January 21, 2013 at 11:29 AM, Blogger Kristina @ spabettie said…

    I was thinking of Tony again this morning... is he finally on a day he likes?? ;)

    sorry again about the car - you need one of those money trees in the yard (and send me some seedlings from it...) glad you were able to get in that awesome run - they really are therapeutic.

    have a nice day today - XXO

  • At January 21, 2013 at 12:27 PM, Blogger Heather said…

    This is awesome! I always drop my car at the dealer and then run home. They probably think I'm crazy. :)

    I once ran to my son's parent/teacher conference, too. Lol!

  • At January 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM, Blogger Cotter Crunch said…

    yup! been there, done that. You are a runner, for sure! hope tony goes through the cleanse well. haha.

    oh and YOU, rest up! youre busy. I know you. Take time to breathe.

  • At January 21, 2013 at 8:36 PM, Anonymous Jess said…

    God I love your perspective and your ability to see beyond the 'bad' and find something good in it regardless. I am inspired to live more like you, seriously. And? Hang in there ok, I hope the other 'stressors' subside for you both soon too. xoxo

  • At January 21, 2013 at 9:32 PM, Anonymous Anna @ On Anna's Plate said…

    Bahahaha...we live by a local high school, and there are ALWAYS used condoms and DIAPERS on the sidewalks around the school. Such an ironic combination. :-)

  • At January 21, 2013 at 10:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hello There Lovely Sarina,

    I really enjoyed reading this post this evening. I loved how you fully accepted the crappy and made it super positive and fun. There is so much out of our control. What a great way to do what is in your control. I mentioned this before to another blogging buddy, but I love it when bloggers are honest about what is going on in their lives. If we don't share, it stands to reason everyone assumes things are great...and they aren't always great. So thank you for this candid post and sharing how you found fun out of some bad luck.

    Hugs to you,

  • At January 21, 2013 at 10:53 PM, Anonymous a farmer in the dell said…

    Major bummer about the car. At least you guys had a fun "back pack" trip to the store! I love that you refer to your runs as therapy. I do the same thing! the bill for a run is way cheaper than a trip to the counselor!

  • At January 22, 2013 at 4:47 PM, Anonymous Paige @ your trainer paige said…

    Sarena <3 I hope the car situation is better now. Glad you took the situation as a way to spend some QT with the family.
    That's awesome that you ran to the dealership :)

  • At January 22, 2013 at 9:27 PM, Blogger Jolene said…

    Ugh on the car sitch!! but I LOVE that you are running there! that is a huge win-win!!

  • At January 23, 2013 at 1:44 AM, Anonymous STUFT Mama said…

    Hope all is well with your car now. Oh Sarena, I'm so sorry you've got so much going on over there. Love that Tony mapped out a run though and that you had an impromptu staycation this past weekend. Hugs friend!!!

  • At January 23, 2013 at 12:58 PM, Blogger Cara said…

    I hope things are looking better this week :) And more power to you when your exercise becomes a way to multi-task!

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