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Welcome to the World & 2013 Goals

Posted Jan 16 2013 9:13am

For a few minutes yesterday time stopped, and nothing else in the world mattered.  In my 36 years I have never experienced anything quite like it.  Being their for the birth of our son was one of the most amazing things I have ever experienced.  Not only did time stop for a little but I had a rush of adrenaline when I first held him, it was like drinking 57 espresso’s at the same time.

My wife and I proudly welcomed Brooks Albert to the world yesterday.  A beautiful 6 lb 4 oz nugget measuring in at 19″ long, our new little addition came three weeks early via a planned c-section, which went perfectly.  Momma is relaxing at the hospital and we awoke this am to a Boston snow.  Well, I really didn’t “wake up” since I really never slept last night.

I owe my blog a goals list for 2013,  however what I was going to write just got tossed out the window.  I knew our little guy was on the way, but what I didn’t know was how I was going to feel and what being a father was all about. It has been less than 24 hours since our addition, but I am quickly understanding what it means to have your world turned upside down over night (in a good way) and changing all your expectations.  Amazing how powerful 6 lb’s can be!

My 2013 goals:

  1. Develop a better work/life/running balance. I’ve been know to be obsessive in the past when it comes to running and missing a training run, and this year I want to work on that. I want to be able to live a healthy lifestyle and keep a balance that allows me to be okay when all doesn’t go as planned.  Balance, that is my calming word of 2013- have to embrace the chaos!
  2. Learn a lot. I want to be open to learning a little about a lot of different things.  With the new nugget I am already opening myself to being curious and learning as much as I can.  Not only is this going to be about learning a lot about my son, but also in my professional life as I continue to adjust to life at a new job. I also want to keep an open mind about training for races and learn how to have the fitness/quality of life balance. I need to be like my sister, a mother of two who runs marathons.  Awesome!
  3. Become a morning person. Those of you that know me and those that read my blog know that I SUCK as a morning person. Here is the reality, though- to continue to run and be physically active I’m going to need to get out early.  To have that balance, something has to give.  Coach Jerry, who is also Brooks’ Uncle, gave me the best advice “Take time early in the morning for yourself, set this time for you to get out and do a workout whether it is yoga, a speed workout or tempo run.”

Life has changed and we couldn’t be happier about it. It will be a challenging year but will be filled with joy, love and happiness.  My growing family, amazing! I’m a Dad. Holy crap!

What are your goals for 2013? How do you balance work/life/fitness? Are you a morning person, how do you do it?

- Scott (aka iRunnerDad)

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