If you were a child of the 80’s your mom or dad likely told you that a messy room equalled a messy mind.  While the phrase is catchy and easy to remember I doubt at age ten I really understood what it meant to have a messy mind.

I did learn and fully understand at that age that making your bed, if it is the only thing you do to clean your room all day, makes it seem much cleaner than it probably actually is.  I’d love to say this meant that I have faithfully made my bed every day since I was little.  I haven’t.

2011 is my year.  11 is my favorite number, my birthday is on the 11th and it’s 2011.  I know great things are happening in my life now and will continue to happen.

What do I mean by great things?  Well great things don’t have to be BIG things.  They can be little things that make great changes in your life.  Some great things will go unnoticed until you realize the effect they have on you.  Other great things might be seen in the moment.  The only consistency of them is that they all affect change in your life.
I’ve been making my bed more in 2011.  Every day I do, my room looks cleaner, and my mind feels just a little bit less messy.

I ran my first race post baby #3 this weekend.  The By George 10K on Haines Point in DC was what I would describe as the windiest run of my life [to help you fully understand the pain of not being able to breathe with the wind in my face – I thought to myself that I might actually rather be running Freedom’s Run Marathon with all the hills].  The winds that day toppled the National Christmas tree and seriously made me feel as if I was standing still in my tracks while running full speed.  43:46 for 9th overall female.  I’m pleased with my performance considering the wind.  I say this because my average pace was about the same as my 8 mile tempo with 5 miles at tempo pace, so I feel that this race does not accuratly give me an idea of my fitness level at this point.  I’m not complaining though, a little human popped out of me 3 months ago and I’ll be completely honest and tell you that though I wanted my fitness to return this quickly, I certainly did not think it would. I’m really, really, really excited to race again!


  1. this IS your year! congrats on a great – windy!! – race.

  2. Great race!

  3. i cannot function unless i make the beds in the morning…it is totally weird i know and perhaps a little too type-a of me, but alas when beds are made i feel better :o) it's one of the little things that make a big difference for me.

    i believe that 2011 is going to be an amazing year for you! not just with running, but with lots and lots of things. congrats again on your first race back – woooooohoooooooo!!!!!! you amaze and inspire me :o) xxxooo

  4. 2011 is going to be a great year. I can feel it too! That is your bedroom? Beautiful! Just looking at it makes me relaxed.

  5. SupermomE12 says:

    Congrats on the 10K time! That is awesome, especially given the conditions. You rock! :)

  6. Melissa Cunningham says:

    lovely post!
    job on your windy windy race! i ran my first post partum race 7 weeks after delivery,and even though it was no PR(far from it!) i did get 3rd in AG!
    im sure your next race will be less windy,and you will rock it!
    2011 WILL be a good year!
    rock on chica!!!

  7. Puddles of Run says:

    Congrats on a great run post baby! I'd be thrilled with that run PRE baby!!! :)

  8. Congrats on your race! It was insane on Saturday, staying upright for the entire race is accomplishment enough :)

  9. AMAZING RUN!!! Dang girl, you kicked butt.

    I should probably start making our bed. *sigh*

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