Three things, Thursday


It’s time for our Three Things Thursday post! 
We’re in week 3 of marathon training, and so far, so good…I’ve been using a modified version of Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 training plan and am admittedly happy that this weekend is a cut back week for my long run.  His plans have a progression of miles for 2 weeks, and then a slight cut back on the 3rd week.  This gives my weary legs time to rest which is exactly what this middle aged runner needs.  My knees have been a bit achy this week, and I’ve yet to determine if it’s the weather, or just the increasing mileage.  Regardless, I am thankful my long run is only 6 miles this weekend.  I haven’t decided if I’ll go back to the track, or try and knock it out on my treadmill.  We shall see!!!
Hal Higdon
Hal Higdon


I often hear people tell me that they don’t have time for this or that…”I don’t have time to run like you,” is probably the best one I’ve heard. We all have busy lives between work, family, maintaining a home etc.  But it’s a choice we EACH make to MAKE time, or make excuses.  I choose to make time for things that are important to ME.  Running happens to be one of those things.  I have no need for snarky comments on how I make the time, either.  Thank you very much. 🙂
This one is near and dear to me, as I don’t trust very many people with my heart.  Be it friends, family or coworkers, the people I chose to spend my time with are held very dear to my heart.  But sadly sometimes that trust is broken. And it hurts.  The snarky comments from people when you’ve repeatedly given of yourself, well, hurts.  I suppose no matter how hard you try, it never is enough for some.  So be it, right?  It’s all about movin’ forward.  THAT is something I’ve got no TIME for.  Ha!
Questions!  Do you use a training plan?  Do you hear snarky comments about how you make time for things, and if so how do you deal with them?  What are you thoughts on trust, and forgiving past hurts repeatedly?
Thanks, y’all!!
❤ Michelle
goals, moving forward, running, strength, training

Three things Thursday on my birthday eve

Life is short.
All too often we get caught up in THINGS. But life isn’t about STUFF. It’s about moments, lives, love, family, friends, and moving forward. This week I was told I am losing my job in the spring due to cut backs in budget, healthcare, etc…I found myself heading in a downward spiral, and it terrified me. But instead of throwing in the towel, I maintained my work out schedule after coming home from work, preparing meals and keeping my crazy household maintained.

Life is good.
I have my health so far…and I have made it through almost 41 years without any major illness’s. At work today, I had to process a specimen on a very young (40’s) man that has stage 4 cancer. It never gets easier….23 years in the same field, and it. never. gets easier.

Life is meant for living.
People often ask why I continue to put the work and effort in to my Facebook page, when I am not making a profit from the efforts.
Because just today, I received two messages in regards to my efforts.
The first:

“Cheers to you my friend. I know this birthday will be filled with lots of emotions. What a great year, you’ve made so many new friends, Moved so many people with your page, food, photos….just remember that you do not have to be defined by what you ‘do’, be defined by what you ‘love’, and who loves YOU. May all your wishes come true.
The second:
I wanted you to know that you have a follower (keeping name private), she does your AB challenge with her daughter, she reads your posts every day and loves your page. Your page is awesome, she loves it. Just wanted you to know you have a strong reach…
Touching lives, inspiring others, MOVIN’ forward is such a joyous part of living to me…

Despite a rough week, my heart is full tonight. And I realize…Life…IS. What it IS, is up to YOU.