Where I’ve Been and Where I’m Going

Wow, it’s been a while.

Six months – almost to the day – to be exact.  I fell off the blogging wagon, for many reasons: school ramped up, I was running a lot more, and my free time usually ended up being used for eating or sleeping.  The life of a college student, right?  Sadly, that meant that Muffins here got put on the backburner, which I truly regret.  I forgot how much I love writing, and I wish I had made more of an effort to fit blogging into my schedule.

So what have I been up to for the last half a year?  Well…a lot.  To name just a few things I did…

– I survived my first semester of Organic Chemistry.

– I explored and discovered new things in D.C.

– I hung out with school friends and friends from home.

– I spent a lot of time with my mom, because she’s awesome.  (Love you, Mom!)

– I released my inner music nerd, and (not-so-secretly) loved it.

– I reconnected with my faith, on a level that I haven’t allowed myself to be on for a long time.

– I spent quiet mornings on the waterfront, just soaking up the beauty of life.

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– I laughed, and cried some too.

– I learned the healing power of long walks, and that yoga is good for the soul.

– I ran…a LOT.  Like, half marathon a lot.

IMG_0416IMG_0361– …I stopped running.

I’ll be writing a lot more about many of these things in the coming weeks, but that is just a quick snapshot of my life since September.  I’ve had a lot of fun, made a lot of memories, and also made some pretty big decisions.  I ran a half marathon and was on top of the world, and more recently, I made the decision to stop running for a while.  I feel like where I am, at this moment in my life, is a critical place for me with so much potential.  Which begs the question…

Where do I go from here?

Long story short, I don’t really know.  My biggest goal is to make more time for myself, and to find the self-confidence and self-love that I seem to have lost somewhere along the way in these past six months.  There may not be a lot of running talk on here for a while, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a lot of good talk.  (And food.  Always food!)

I hope you guys will stick around and enjoy whatever adventures I get myself into!  And Muffins is officially back; I have lots of exciting things in store – changes, upgrades, you name it – for this little blog over the next few months.

Thanks for reading, everyone. 🙂

Nike Women’s Half Volunteering, I Hate Finals, and the Sit-TOE-ation Continues

Hey there internet world!  Hope everyone had a great (read: not completely awful) Monday.  Because, you know, it is Monday…

BUT guess what day it is for me!  Last [official] day of classes for the semester!  …Except I actually have Chem lecture tomorrow because we used up so many snow days this winter and my Chem professor, for some strange reason, actually wanted to teach a class on what is supposed to be a study day.  There go my plans to sleep in. 😛

I am already dreading finals, and I’m not even technically done with classes yet.  It’s just something about the whole constant-stress finals environment that I can’t stand.  But I mean, does anyone like finals?

In other news, yesterday was the Nike Women’s Half Marathon!  If you are just now stopping by, no, I did not run the race.  But I did volunteer, and it was a blast!  The only (I repeat, ONLY, because everything else was AWESOME) bad part about the day was that our tent was in the shade for the whole time and the wind was really chilly.  For some reason, all of us managed to completely overestimate what the temperature was going to be yesterday and I think we had all turned into popsicles by the time we finished up around noon.

Even though it was freezing, we had a great time!  The music was ON POINT and the announcers were awesome.  All of the runners that came to get their bags from us after the race said that the race was extremely well organized and full of energy, and that the course was spectacular and the weather was perfect.  I loved seeing the variety of ages and experience levels of the runners that participated.  I will DEFINITELY be running this race next year.  My goal for the next year is running a half, so this fits perfectly into my plans!  After participating in the race as a volunteer, I am certain that I want to run it.  I’m also trying to convince my sister to run it with me (yeah, K, I’m talking to you!  Pretty please?). 🙂

Speaking of running, I’m really hoping to be able to start back into running sometime within the next two weeks!  I go home May 10th, so I only have two more PT appointments left…so I’m hoping that translates into the beginning of my transition back into the run-osphere! 🙂  The only problem is that my big toe is STILL giving me issues, and I really don’t know what to do about it.  The pain/stiffness has been getting progressively worse over the past week and a half, and I really do not want this to interfere with my recovery right when I am about to [hopefully] start running again.  Of course this is happening now…all that I can do in the meantime is be proactive and keep stretching, rolling, and being careful like I have been.  I refuse to think negative thoughts!  I am trying to use some positive mojo to my advantage right now. 🙂

That’s all from me today…have a great week!

What did you do this weekend?

How do you deal with stressful times (like finals week)?  For me, one thing always does the trick: exercise, exercise, and more exercise.  Hitting the gym works wonders on my stress levels!