It occurred to me the other day that not only am I in training for my second marathon, but I am also beginning my first week of a different sort of marathon training …..the marathon of waiting. Most of you know by now that Major Hubs left in the wee hours of the morning on Friday for a six month deployment …so the waiting marathon and countdown has begun.
We have endured a deployment before (12 months) and I can attest to the fact that it never gets easier. The stark feeling of loneliness upon walking in your home after their departure takes ones breath away and the quietness is deafening. However, like every other trial in life, time eases the pain and every day brings hope and a renewed spirit. It’s a process and I will find my way once again.
The past week included zero running. The only workout completed was the hour and half weight session the hubs and I did together ….it was the most romantic workout I’ve had in a long time! (Yes, even a workout can be romantic when you know it’s the last one for quite some time) We squeezed as much into the past week as we could and soaked up every single moment together. There was a trip to the Bird Family Farm for some peace and quiet, a college baseball game, a birthday family cookout, quiet dinners together, long walks with the dog, evenings on the deck and even dancing barefoot in the kitchen to our favorite songs. I regret absolutely nothing I did or didn’t do the weeks leading up to his leaving.
However, one can only feel sorry for themselves for so long. I’ve had my eye on a local trail race for quite some time and the fact that it was promoted as ‘the perfect race for beginner trail runners‘ made it even more appealing. So I put on my big girl panties, registered 10 minutes before the deadline and found myself at the starting line of my first trail run on Saturday. I’ll recap it soon but will leave you with a little teaser ….not only did I have a great time, I also discovered a little ‘hitchhiker’ from the trail on my body during church this morning!!! Eeek!
As much as I miss Major Hubs, I know that getting back to a regular routine is the best way to combat the blues. So this week I’ll get back to my regular running/workout routine. I am still dealing with an irritable hip flexor that just won’t calm down. Any advice regarding this will be greatly appreciated!
Thank you all for your kind words of love, support and encouragement for the both of us during this time. I’ve received texts and messages from so many of you and it truly warms my heart. I try to be intentional at keeping my political beliefs separate from my blog …however, let me just say that no matter which side of the political fence you stand, please never take for granted the sacrifices our service men and women make. Remember this …they do what they do because they love and believe in the United States of America and the principles it was founded on no matter who holds the office of presidency. They serve you, the American citizens, and fight for your freedom …they do not serve a political party. I am grateful for every man and woman who serves or has ever served and I am beyond proud to be a soldier’s wife.
Official hanging of the yellow ribbon
…..and that’s a wrap. Three days down and 150+ to go!
Trail runner? What’s your favorite distance? Any advice on cranky hip flexors?
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Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one day at a time!