Three 5K’s in a row

So in April, Mike signed up for three 5K’s on back to back Saturdays! I like to say I got Mike into running when I suggested he start to run to burn off steam. After all, like Elle Woods said, “exercise gives you endorphins”, right! Mike started signing up for 5K’s last year by doing the RAINN 5K and the Roberto Clemente Middle School 5K. This year, he signed for those again.

The first 5K of the month was on Saturday, April 7th for the Clarksburg 5K. I signed up spontaneously when he went to pick up his race packet the night before. Worst decision ever. I had not trained at all and the weather was absolutely horrible. I believe it was in the 20 degrees and I had not dressed appropriately because I assumed I would get warm from running. Nope, it didn’t happen because I spent more of my time speed walking due to not being able to breathe through the running in freezing temperatures. Mike was so sweet though. He stayed with me throughout the entire course. I felt so bad because I was obviously holding him back, so not only is his time (which he usually cares about) going to be “late,” but it also meant I was keeping him in the cold weather longer. Luckily, I somehow survived and crossed the finish like. Looking back, I can’t decide which was worse… the freezing temperature or having completed the course and no medals being given. The Start/Finish area had a lot of vendors and snacks to give out, which was nice!

The second 5K of the month was on April 14th. Mike did the Roberto Clemente Middle School 5K. We randomly found it last year and all the money went to the school. It’s nice to know that the funds were fully helping a school. I grabbed myself a good book and waited for Mike at the finish line to make sure I got the picture shot of him crossing the finish line, since I completely missed it last year!

The third 5K of the month was on Saturday, the 21st, to benefit RAINN. Mike signed up for this one last year as well (you can read about it here). This year, the race was virtual and I signed up to run it as well. We got out packet a couple of days before race day in the mail. It included a shirt and race bib. Even though we had all day to complete our 5K, we started our run super early morning because we had a wedding later that day.

I think we are likely to do these all again next year and hopefully the races I sign up for will give out medals, so I can finally earn one from a 5K. For some reason, whenever Mike signs up by himself, they always give out medals but when I sign up they aren’t provided. They aren’t important but I kind of just want one.

 

New Year, New Lesson

Can we all agree that January has been dragging? It’s crazy how much can change from the beginning of the month to the end of the month. When the year started, Mike and I wrote down our goals for the year. The biggest goal we had listed was traveling. On January 1st 2018, we had six trips already planned and booked for the first six months of the year. We never imagined that during our first weekend getaway trip of the year, to Orlando, we would be hit hard emotionally and financially. On January 19th,  as I headed out the door to get breakfast and then rush to the airport, I kissed my dog and told him how much I loved him.  Mike and I were having one of those mornings where everything seemed perfect. We grabbed our favorite breakfast bagels from Einstein Bagel, we got to the airport in the nick-of-time, had zero wait time at the TSA line, had a smooth airplane ride – watching Netflix of course, we got our rental car with no problem and then spent a nice afternoon in Orlando. I guess you can call that the calm before the storm. While at dinner with friends, we got a phone call from my mom telling us that Diggy was not moving and was convinced that he was unable to stand or use his legs. I brushed it off as her being dramatic and Diggy being stubborn and maybe a little depressed– knowing Mike & I were away.  I’ll go into more details in another post but after two different vet hospital visits, it was determined that Diggy had become paralyzed and needed emergency spine surgery in order to save his life and have any hope of being able to walk again. All of this happened within a 48-hour span. I cried uncontrollably all weekend wondering how and why this had all happened while I was out of state. My dog made it out of surgery with zero complications and has been progressing tremendously these past several days.

 I can’t begin to explain how much God answered my prayers and the different ways I continue to see Him speak to me regarding this situation.

Through Diggy’s hardships, I was forced to view a few relationships, which were not always positive, in a different light.

Also, although I have always been good with managing money, I have been forced to really analyze where I spend my money and be more focused on my financial goals.

 I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned from Diggy’s hardship is not to save materialistic things. To enjoy what you have, while you have it, and while you can. I was faced with this lesson right away. When Diggy got out of surgery we were told he needed to be on strict “crate rest.” No problem, Diggy was crate trained as a puppy and although we gave away his crate years ago because we felt he no longer needed it – we knew he would be ok with it. He loves crates, he views them as he’s room…he’s personal space.” I remembered that I had gotten him a beautiful crate made out of real wood about a year ago that doubles as an end table –  call me bougie. I had been saving it for when Mike & I bought our own house, literally never even opened it from its box! Well we pulled it out and realized that although it would have been an amazing crate, it just wasn’t ideal for what Diggy needed at the moment. And so I felt the need to sell it. Diggy’s medical bill had gotten pretty hefty and I figured I’d sell it and put that money to good use.  I know its just a crate but it’s the idea behind the crate that made me sad to sell it. I also have a crystal glass water bowl, still in its box, that reads “King” on it… you best believe I am now going to get it out of storage and make sure my pup gets to use it. Mike & I hoard dog toys because my Diggy destroys them so fast! So we had only allowed him to have three out at a time, and when one was destroyed we would then take out another one… well forget that! Diggy gets to play with all the toys his heart desires now. I can’t wait for Diggy to get completely healed and cleared to go long walks… He deserves to see more of the world. This notion of having Diggy live his best life and enjoy everything he can has carried on greatly to other aspects of Mike & I’s lives as well.   Don’t get me wrong, Diggy was already living a spoiled life like the true King he is, and Mike and I were living a darn good life! We just want to amplify it even more, and make sure we aren’t wasting anything.

 So, January – you sucked but I learned so much. I can’t wait to see what February has in store for us ❤