Don’t call it a come back..

I stumbled upon my blog last night while trolling my old instagram posts.  Ever done that?  It’s like a trip down memory lane.  It was brought to my attention that I haven’t posted anything in two years.  That stops today.  *celebratory dance*

Lets see… in the past two years;

I got married – yep! Took the plunge.  In May of 2017, on a rainy but perfect day, I married the man I’ve loved for the better part of my life.  Instead of going the traditional Greek Orthodox route (didn’t work out – we tried), we got married at Ripken Stadium, on home plate.  Our favors were peanuts and sunflower seeds, and the groomsman played baseball after the ceremony.  It was a pretty epic day.  Enjoy a *brief* snapshot below from our amazing photographer Lauren Mudrock. 🙂 19243288_10103576267817605_8211860964092132088_o.jpg1.jpg3.jpg4.jpg5.jpg56.jpg

I got a new job!  After two years of service at PinnacleCare, I resigned as a full time employee and accepted a position at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine at the Wilmer Eye Institute.  I also accepted a part time, contracted, position at PinnacleCare as a researcher.  (Obviously I wasn’t ready to leave entirely)  Working at Johns Hopkins has been pretty excellent.  In the three months that I’ve been employed, I’ve seen 4 different world class specialists… that were less than a 5 minute walk from my office door.  Also, I just finished my first research report for PC for Orthopaedics.  Pretty awesome considering I hear about eyes all day.

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I got sick.  Let me preface this with saying, I’m ok, I’m not dying, but I’m not well either.  I mentioned previously that I’ve seen 4 specialists in the last 90 days.  So this is what I’m working with right now.  I started to lose my hair, my body ached like I had the flu,  my energy level went straight to the crapper, and I gained some weight (*gasp*) even though my eating habits and activity level hadn’t changed.  There were/are some other symptoms, but I wont bore you/gross you out with those. 😉  Long story short,  I have some type of autoimmune issue.  Plainly… my body is attacking itself, for one reason or another.  Fun right?  Eh, not really.  Now, It’s important for me to mention that I’m still a fully functional adult.  Apart from missing a few hours here and there to attend appointments, I’m ALWAYS at work, ALWAYS running around with my munchkin, and ALWAYS at school.  I refuse to let whatever is going on mess up my life.

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I (almost) finished school! I graduate (finally) from University of Maryland in May of 2018.  To say this is a long time coming is a bit of an understatement.  As most of you know, I moved to Germany in my early 20’s and then popped out a kid.  So, I obviously put school on hold for a bit.  I’m pretty pleased that I’ve been able to knock out school, work full time, and be a “super cool mom” (Als words, not mine) all while feeling like a steaming pile of hot garbage.

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And finally, I got to play nurse.  My husband, in his almighty wisdom, broke his hand.  I’m not sure if you remember, but my ex husband was injured, pretty severely, requiring surgery and a LONG rehabilitation process in 2007.  I believe this is what sparked my love for healthcare.  When my husband called me and told me he broke his hand, I jumped into nurse mode.  (Let me be clear, I’m NOT a nurse, nor do I claim to have more than minimal medical knowledge)  I love helping people, everyday, every instance.  When the person who needs my help is my husband, I get to channel my love for him into care.  (*shifty eyes* I’m not sure I worded that correctly, but you get my drift) Knowing that someone needed my help, even if for little things, made my everyday routine more worthwhile.  I’m one of those women who like to be needed.

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As this is usually a running related blog, and I’ve already bored you with my personal life (har har) let me fill you in on some neat running things going on in my life as well.

I got into BERLIN! I entered the Berlin Marathon lottery on a whim as I’d never done a lottery race before…. ever.  I waited patiently until the last week of November when I 100% expected to receive an email saying “Sorry!”  Yep, well… not quite what happened.  I opened the “CONGRATULATIONS! YOU’RE ALREADY A WINNER” email (which made me smile solely on the title) to find out that my number was drawn and I was invited to run Berlin in 2018.  [[ Brief history time – Germany holds my heart.  I lived in Germany for a few years and was blessed to be able to travel frequently while over there.  I saw parts of Germany that made me realize that my view on the world was entirely wrong.  There were so many other things that needed to be explored outside of the continental United States.  Also, the most important person in my life was born in Germany – my kiddo.  After moving back stateside in 2010, I realized just how much I loved and missed living in Germany and I vowed to go back as soon as I was able.  Getting accepted into the Berlin Marathon is my chance to finally get back to the country that fills my heart. ]]  Get ready for some Berlin training and packing and freaking out posts to come in the future.  (also, take note that the background photo on my blog is from an adorable town in Germany called Rothenburg ob der Tauber.)

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I finished my 6th full marathon at Marine Corps in October 2017.  Running with the Marines is something that brings me more joy then I can explain with words.  I’ve run MCM twice, and plan to run every year for the foreseeable future, be it through the 17.75k guaranteed entry, through charity, or through lottery.  I know many runners that refuse to run the same race twice, which I completely understand and respect, but I hold Marine Corps in a different category.  As an Army Veteran, I love the idea of any race built around the military.  The fact that Marines line the course at this race is amazing.  They are kind, encouraging, and pretty adorable (I didn’t see any that were over 20 years old this year).  To have the finisher medal put around my neck by a member of the armed forces is … well, it’s just epic.

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That’s about all I have for you today.  I’ve missed you – hopefully you’ve missed me enough to have read through this lengthy post. As per the usual, I’ll end with a few questions!

  • How have your last two years been??
  • Have you ever run a race in another country?
  • Do you have any “must do” races that you’ll run over and over again?



10 Things you have to get used to when in a relationship with a serious Athlete…

I’ve been meaning to write this for a while, but never actually got around to it!  I’m engaged to a man who also happens to be a serious athlete.  Some of the things that I’ve had to get used to aren’t a big deal, some are.

  1. Get used to NOT having weekends.  Your mans’ scheduled becomes your schedule.  Wanna go out on Saturday night?  Can’t… he has an early game on Sunday.  You’ll actually find yourself enjoying staying in and going to be early. You might even find yourself reminding him that he needs to sleep.
  2. If he’s not talking about his teams, something is probably wrong.  You will undoubtedly know EVERY name on each of his teams.  You’ll probably learn things about these men that you, in any other world, wouldn’t care about.  But because there are SOOO many to keep track of, those little tidbits of information prove vital when you remember said guy and catch your man off guard.  (Listening is important!!)  If your guy stops talking about his teams abruptly, someone is wrong.  Yes, men cause just as much drama as women, if not more.  Maybe there was a fight within the team; maybe someone quit unexpectedly causing your guy unnecessary stress; either way, you’ll know when he stops talking that someone happened.
  3. He’ll forget things that are important to you, because they aren’t related to him or his teams.  For months, you’ll be talking about YOUR event, because its important to you.  You’re training, you’re making plans, you’re excited.  He’ll most likely not be there.  If he’s not playing a tournament, he’s training.  You need to make sure you’re prepared and excited in the things YOU think are important. Because most of the time, you’re on your own.
  4. Your house will begin to carry an… odor.  Even if your guy is meticulous with cleaning up after himself, sweaty man isn’t a smell that just goes away.  The car, the bedroom, the home itself will smell of old shoes and sweat (for at least 2-3 days after an event) so much that you can taste it.
  5. You will become a therapist if his team loses.  All though it might not last very long, a big loss can be catastrophic to your man, especially if he knows the other team.  He’ll need you to reassure him – it wasn’t his fault that the team fell.  He can’t run an entire team, even if that’s what he thinks.  If you’re an athlete also, try to give him advice on how to have a better game next time.  (Supportive and helpful!)
  6. Be prepared to have plans cancelled at the last minute.  Pick up game? surprise practice? Eh no biggie, you’ll get used to it.  Be sure not to plan ANYTHING without being “ok” to do it alone.  You will find yourself spending a lot of time with… yourself.
  7. If he gets hurt, so do you.  This is his life and all the sudden he can’t play.  His attitude will change, his behaviors will change.  He’ll try to do things at home to make up for the lack of sports, but that hurts too.  He will gripe and will complain.  Do NOT take it personally. He’s bored, he’s angry, he wants to be doing ANYTHING that involves him running around, and he can’t.  (small silver lining – you’ll be able to spend time with him without spending time with his team). You’ll also become somewhat of a nurse to your guy… when he’s in pain you can’t stand it, so you’ll try everything in your brain to make the pain stop.  Trust me though, he loves when you take care of him.
  8. He is ALWAYS hungry. Always.  He’ll polish off an entire pizza, then look for more. Keep the house stocked at all times so the beast can feed. If he’s not able to feed, you’ll experience something called “HANGER” (he’ll get Hangry). These times are when unnecessary fighting occurs.  He burns a lot of calories when he plays, he needs to replace them or he gets grumpy.  ALWAYS HAVE FOOD!
  9. The end of a season is the end of his world (temporarily). He’ll pace the house… not really knowing what to do with himself.  He’ll go completely stir crazy and clean the entire house in a day… or channel his inner child, and climb a tree. (yes, there’s a story there…) Makes sense though, all the sudden a HUGE portion of his life is gone.  Make the most of this time.  He’s yours again!  For the brief off season (very brief) make plans, go outside, soak up as much time as you can!
  10. You find yourself trying to get better at sports. You constantly see your man succeed, you want a bit of that happiness for yourself.  Hopefully you’ll already have an athletic outlet, if not, you’ll find one fast.  Your man and his abilities on the field will make you want to try to be more successful at whatever you do sports wise.  This can be REALLY beneficial because you’re now as busy as he is.  (i.e. training runs – those can take HOURS!  And you feel amazing afterwards!)

It’s not easy dating a serious athlete, but it can be fun as long as you make it!  It’s the beginning of a new season, so I might come back to this frequently.  I’m happy to be my guys cheerleader – all day.  When his team and he are successful, it makes me so proud.  The happiness he has coming away from an excellent game is contagious.  Life is what you make it… that goes the same for being in a relationship with an Athlete.