Monthly Archives: April 2014

Multiple Personalities. I Mean Many Faceted….

We all have facets of our personalities. Some we might want to consider hiding from the world but that might be a different blog post…. Many of them overlap and I doubt any of us show them all and certainly not at the same time. Here are what my facets are:

MOMMY:  I bake cookies, I kiss owies, I am a consummate pancake and cinnamon roll maker, I cuddle, my bed is the safest, warmest, most comfortable place on the planet, I go to field trips and award ceremonies, I teach how to ride a bike without training wheels, I’m there when life falls apart, I make my kids laugh, I sing and dance and I’m very silly, I will talk to you about anything regardless of how uncomfortable it makes me.  I am honest, I am your biggest advocate and most militant enforcer.

And I have four more than this.....

And I have four more than this…..

FRIEND:  I have a fierce loyalty, I swear like a truck driver, I am ballsy and a little perverse with a side of demented, I laugh a lot, I cry with you, I hug – a lot – I am willing to be vulnerable, I let you in, I am willing to show my softer side, I am a listener, I vent, I tell my secrets.  I am thankful to have you.

Some of my team having FUN after running up Galena to 8100 feet in elevation.  Brutal run?  Yes.  Fun?  Absolutely.  Love my friends!!

Some of my team having FUN after running up Galena to 8100 feet in elevation. Brutal run? Yes. Fun? Absolutely. Love my friends!!

WORK:  Here I am more reserved, professional, but still want to show a little of my sass.  I am there to make things better for you.  I listen, I offer unsolicited advice, I hope I make your day better every time we have contact.  I am enthusiastic, energetic and I really genuinely enjoy our time together.

Usually when I do hair I don't have my shoes off, but if you happen to be at my house and I'm trimming you up, it's barefoot.  Way to be a professional!

My Sis getting her do did

SISTER:  I love this woman more than I can express.  The same love that I feel for my children. You either get it or you don’t but it’s overwhelming.  I have no adequate words really.  She’s the best gift I had as a child.

I LOVE MY SISTER!!!

I LOVE MY SISTER!!!

ATHLETE:  I am competitive against myself, I have determination, drive and I love feeling strong, in good shape and healthy.  Winning is always a goal but finishing is the main objective.  Running and triathlons and doing weights is always a love/hate relationship but it’s also a life long habit.  It’s an integral part of my life.  I am focused, driven to be better, I push myself.  I decompress and battle my inner demons.  I am an example to my family.

My most recent half marathon

My most recent half marathon

RELATIONSHIP:  I am most myself with the love of my life  The good, bad and ugly, my best and worst, my most insecure and vulnerable, most loving, nurturing, I try to be a great communicator, listener, support.  I show every facet to this man because he and I are the glue to our kids.  In balancing, he is a priority.  I am his biggest fan, biggest advocate, he is the one I want to continue dating, who holds me at night, who rally’s for me so I want to give him my all every day.  I have respect, admiration and love for this man.  He knows it all and as amazing as it sounds, he loves me in spite of that.  He gets my kind of crazy.  We cook together, do diet plans, grocery shop, work out together as often as possible, stress together and balance each other.  We cheer each other on every single day.

At the end of a 7 mile run together.  Love this man

At the end of a 7 mile run together. Love this man

What are your facets???  The floor is yours……

RENO 5000 – Downtown River Run

The inaugural race this season!!!  One of my favorite events – my PR course as a matter of fact – and the best race director (and coach!!).  RENO 5000 started off the series with a bang!!!

Diana!!!

Diana!!!

Melissa, Diana and me

Melissa, Diana and me

Some of my favorite things....

Some of my favorite things….

My kiddos helped run the aid station at mile 1 – which was also the aid station with 1 mile left to go.  Lots of traffic and energy there.  Regardless of which race was chosen – 5K, 10K, half or full marathon, their aid station was passed twice.

My plan for this race – newly on my inhaler without having had a chance to build up my speed, was to run a 9 minute mile.  Logically this made sense and brought me in before the 2 hour mark.  When I got to the kids aid station at mile 12, Chris ran the final mile with me (then we walked back to the kids to finish up) and that was most definitely one of the best miles I’ve run.  I was tired and ready to be done but he gave me the encouragement that helped me make the final push.

Smiling.

Smiling.

Running the miles

Running the miles

I finished the race at exactly 9 minute miles, 7th of 48 in my age division and within the top 20%.  Not my usual time, but I was happy to have set a goal and completed it.  It’s a great race, good course and fantastic people.  I love the series since it’s right here in my hometown and my family can be involved.

FINISHED!!!

FINISHED!!!