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Now That The Olympics Are Over

Now that the Olympics are over, I have nothing to live for I need to fill hours in new ways and look forward to new things. Or return to old things. So just what is keeping me going?

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Happy Adoption Day, Zoe! You are my kitty kat attack and Alex and I love you very much, even if you aren’t very smart.

Now that the Olympics are Over

I’m thinking about some of those weirder workouts that I mentioned (and that I’ve participated in!) on Tuesday. Thank you all for saying that my favorite sorts are not weird btw. Now, can we convince the rest of the world of that?

I'm the boss meme

I’m also thinking about making myself more accountable for my own fitness pursuits. I am a huge proponent of injury prevention (especially core and glute exercises!) obviously, and during my own marathon training, I’ve always been very good about getting my own PT, yoga, strengthening etc done. The problem right now? I’m a) still scared of pissing off my body and b) I’m doing just enough and just well enough to be doing fine. Because I’m doing “fine,” I’m not holding myself accountable for doing my PT, for really getting after my strength training. 

I mean, if I could do strength training with a broken back...

I mean, if I could do strength training with a broken back…

Well, now that the Olympics are over, I have reminded of how much I’ve let myself slip. Those fitness goals? HA forget the strength based ones! Fortunately, two circumstances have arisen to help get me back on track. The first is a studio review that I am doing for a newer fitness studio that has opened near my apartment (follow me on IG stories for hints!). I’ve gone 3 times and it is kicking. my. ass. Both humbling and also stimulating and I’m thinking about continuing on with them even after my starter pack ends! A full review will be coming!

Secondly, I’m going to be running the Magnificent Mile Half Marathon in two weekends! I also have an entry to give away, so stay tuned for that soon. I know I won’t PR this half, but I just want a strong race (and minimal bathroom breaks).

I also am going to be running the RUN10 FEED10 next Thursday (Sept 8)–come and join me and help feed the hungry by running 10k. Use my code WHPR5OFF for $5 off, and WHVESEY will also help out my girl Amber (so give us both some love, yo! And her code is good for anyone to use for any of the RUN10 FEED10 races!

Oh, you know, NBD Lauren Fleishman and me.

Oh, you know, NBD Lauren Fleishman and me.

I’m focusing on getting well. Unfortunately, the biopsies from my doctors appointment last week confirmed that my Crohn’s Disease is indeed active again aka I’m out of remission, likely as a result of taking me off the Methotrexate and the huge stressors in my life from this spring. Currently, I’m streamlining certain aspects of my life to give myself the best chance for recovery. And that includes putting the family making on hold until we know I am (physically) stable. 

While we are waiting to get back to the fertility pursuits, I’m getting serious about adding a fur baby. I even took a breed selector quiz yesterday, and we got Corgi as a 96% match! And then I saw this on IG yesterday, and it has been sustaining me since. 

Corgis are so cute!

Now that the Olympics are over, I’m realizing it is basically September, and HOLY CRAP. A) This summer has been crazy B) all of that stuff I wanted to get accomplished? HA C) Alex -> interviews and D) fall is around the corner. I am a big supporter of slowing the f down and not rushing the seasons, but I will admit that I did buy Pumpkin Spice Cheerios on Monday. I have no shame as the reviews have said that they are good year round.  But fall will bring winter, and winter wasn’t bad last year, but the 2 winters before were polar vortexes (vertices?) and I know that I can’t get excited about that!


I’m also hoping that I’ll have more time to work on my book. I’ve been a bit uneven about working on it, even though I’m thinking about it constantly!

And with September comes the inevitable decision time that I know is coming and that I’m pretty well and prepared for and ready for, but still: Boston Marathon Registration. I have a feeling that I am going to feel about it somewhat like I did during the race itself: excited for all my friends and checking in and congratulating people while being accepting of what has happened, but, at the same time, it’s going to be a long few weeks. I honestly hadn’t realized that Boston registration was coming until I realized that the Olympics were over and September was coming.

The Biggest DNS: How it feels Not Running The Boston Marathon. Uncensored thoughts from a runner who qualified, registered, and cannot run the Holy Grail of Marathons. @suzlyfe

To end on a lighter note, now that the Olympics are over, I (and Alex) are able to watch other TV nonsense again. That means that the Real Housewives of Various Cities are going to have new episodes again, and Alex and I can take back up watching The Last Kingdom, which is like the Tudors meets Game of Thrones (it’s on Netflix). 

Just what is Suz up to now that the #Olympics are over? Find out! #bgbcommunity #sweatpink #running Click To Tweet

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So tell me, what are you doing now that the Olympics are over? 

What are you watching now that the Olympics are over?

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  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    Ummm that corgi pic put the biggest smile on my face. I freaking love dogs.
    I’m sorry Crohn’s is rearing its ugly head again. Streamlining/destressing sounds like a good idea. ❤️ You know what you need.
    Still watching The Americans and loving it. My dad and I started Stranger Things and 2 episodes in feel like we could stop and not care at all…but everyone loves it, so we’re torn.

    August 25, 2016 at 5:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m not interested in Stranger Things. I’m not going to waste my time with it, I don’t think. And I’m sorry that your E-D is currently making things difficult for you. We are quite the pair, huh?

      August 26, 2016 at 9:15 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I feel like now that school started it really feels like summer is coming to an end quickly, and I love fall but am so not ready for winter. Now that the Olympics are over Im back to not watching any TV:)

    August 25, 2016 at 5:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Probably better for you!

      August 26, 2016 at 9:16 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Did you see the Real Housewives of NYC last night? Such a crazy last episode! In sorry to hear about the Crohn’s. Everything will fall into place and work out. This is just the weird F’d up path to getting there.

    August 25, 2016 at 6:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      At least I’m not as much of a shit show as Luann lol

      August 26, 2016 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply Gretchen

    So devastated the olympics are over. The only good thing is that Dan HATES them for some reason so we got into a few arguments when I wanted to watch them all day on the weekends (legit didn’t come out of our basement where the TV is)and he kind of wanted to hang out. So clingy 😉

    August 25, 2016 at 6:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Dan, I thought you were getting all sporty? Cmon boy!

      August 26, 2016 at 9:16 pm
  • Reply Bri

    Sorry to hear about Crohn’s kicking you out if remission, ugh. Hang in there girl.
    Also yes get a corgi!!! Short and long dogs are THE BEST.

    August 25, 2016 at 6:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I wouldn’t mind a doxie either!

      August 26, 2016 at 9:13 pm
  • Reply EB @ Running on E

    Yes, where did summer go? Not that I am missing out on the heat, just the time. I was all “I have all these weeks to train for fall races and pull life together because it’s not flu season” and now that is basically over. Ack. And the Olympics are over so I nothing to procrastinate with.
    Sorry you are out of remission. Sending you positive vibes and a virtual hug. Yes to another fur baby!

    August 25, 2016 at 7:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks E. I just a need a corgi to make my life better you know!

      August 26, 2016 at 9:17 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    I keep having realizations that fall is around the corner. It’s nice but I always mourn the end of summer. I love everything about summer and I hate winter. So it is hard to come to terms with it. I’m sure the Boston one is a tough one but after not being able to go for several years due to conflicts and other things, I finally have a guaranteed spot and I sometimes wonder if I should go this year. It’s hard to figure out if it is selfish to do or not. But I also know that there will be other Boston’s in the future too.

    August 25, 2016 at 7:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is so. Weird to think that you haves worked so hard for something only to decide to give it up. I’ll be interested to see what you decide

      August 26, 2016 at 9:13 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    I feel like im going through Olympics withdrawal…like what am i supposed to do in the evenings now?! So sad!

    August 25, 2016 at 7:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It’s like the world wants me to have a life. Not going to happen, guys.

      August 26, 2016 at 8:57 pm
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    Boo to crohns. Seriously it sucks and needs to go away! But I am so excited about the fur baby!! Corgi’s are the cutest! Well the Olympics ended and Aaron and I binge watched Stranger Things on Netflix ha and I’m being more productive during nap times lol

    August 25, 2016 at 7:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Everyone has been raving about Steanger Things. I just wish I was into that kind of show!

      August 26, 2016 at 8:57 pm
  • Reply Emily @ My Healthyish Life

    ALL the same feelings, about Olympics, fall, life, health etc. Not surprising. I’m so sorry you are out of remission.

    Is this special new workout the megaformer, maybe? 😉 If so, it’s awesome and humbling! With everything from this summer, the highlight was definitely getting my/our puppy. DO IT.

    August 25, 2016 at 7:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Working on it! I love the mega former (and yes you are right)

      August 26, 2016 at 8:58 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    We’re back to binge watching old seasons of Supernatural now that the Olympics are over. And yes you should adopt a corgi! As I mentioned yesterday, Ryan and I are ready to grow our fur family and want an Australian Shepherd or something apartment-sized but active and playful.

    August 25, 2016 at 7:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I really wish they were so blasted expensive. Want to Shari a Rhodesian ridgeback?

      August 26, 2016 at 8:59 pm
  • Reply Lesley

    It still feels like summer in Dallas! Schools and universities are underway now, and it feels just like yesterday kids were getting out for the summer. I didn’t have a true vacation this year, and yet I look back on this summer and it has flown by. Maybe I was so focused on the Olympics and now that they’re over, crap! it’s almost fall!

    August 25, 2016 at 7:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The olympics gave us all tunnel vision I think!

      August 26, 2016 at 8:59 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    May time continue to fly by I say! Summer did go by way too fast though. I can’t believe my kids are back in school. Sorry about the Crohns crapola…that sucks hon. But you are strong and I know you will get through it! xo! I’m watching MasterChef, of course…:-)

    August 25, 2016 at 7:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You love your Masterchef! And thank you…

      August 26, 2016 at 9:00 pm
  • Reply kat

    Ugh I feel so hopeless without the Olympics. So sad. Thankfully I’m a pretty well rounded sports fan so I still have baseball and football will be starting soon but still – there is something so special about cheering for the USA instead of for a specific team or person! And corgi’s literally have the cutest dog butts out there, so I vote yes 😉

    August 25, 2016 at 8:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yas fluffy corgi butts! And I totally agree– I love cheering for all, not just one!

      August 26, 2016 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood

    As someone who hates winter, I feel weird rushing fall but OMG I CAN’T WAIT. Like, give me fall and pumpkin and pumpkin spice (and early bedtimes, because I’m OVER this whole light out until 9. I have a toddler, yo.)
    Also, can’t wait for TV to come back. Only so much the Bachelor in Paradise i can watch. (I can’t look away..)

    August 25, 2016 at 8:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Omg you would watch Bachelor in Paradise. Luckily for you it comes after it gets dark 😀

      August 26, 2016 at 9:02 pm
  • Reply Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.

    I didn’t watch much of the Olympics at all 🙁
    That pic of the puppy in the helmet! Ahhhh!

    August 25, 2016 at 8:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Doesn’t it kind of make your life?

      August 26, 2016 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    SHITTY TUMMY ISSUES GO AWAY! There. Hopefully my magic spell works.

    August 25, 2016 at 8:33 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Booooo for Crohns! That really stinks. Glad you are getting help though.
    We are a few days behind on Olympics viewing since we were out of town and just saw the closing ceremony last night– it was kind of lame. Time to go back to House of Cards!
    You just need to make the corgi thing happen 🙂

    August 25, 2016 at 8:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Crohns sucks but I’ll win. I plan on it. I am going to make the damn corgi happen. I need it in my life!

      August 26, 2016 at 9:11 pm
  • Reply Sarah @ Sweet Miles

    Yessss what am I supposed to watch at night now that the olympics are over? Serious withdrawals are happening over here!! And hooray for Corgi!! I will keep my fingers crossed that maybe a corgi fur baby will be just what your little heart needs right now 🙂

    August 25, 2016 at 8:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you Sarah! I honestly agree– I think I need a little fur baby for my head an heart as well.

      August 26, 2016 at 9:09 pm
  • Reply Sarah @pickyrunner

    I can’t believe the Olympics are over already. It always flies by! I watched a lot more of it than usual though so I feel like I got my fill. I cannot wait for fall and will eat pumpkin foods year round. I don’t like that it means winter is on its way, but I do love the crispness in the air.

    August 25, 2016 at 8:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Maybe we can freeze frame the weather? Do you think? I definitely got my fill of the Olympics as well. But it is still weird that they are over!

      August 26, 2016 at 9:09 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Watching the Olympics was probably my most favorite thing to watch besides cooking shows. 😀 That would wonderful if you got a fur baby; God’s creatures are such a joy in our home. They also teach lots of patience.

    August 25, 2016 at 9:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Don’t they though. Another life to love and care for!

      August 26, 2016 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply San

    I can’t wait for fall. Have you tried the pumpkin spiced cheerios yet?

    August 25, 2016 at 11:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m holding on to them until I finish my other cheerios! Then it is ON!

      August 26, 2016 at 9:06 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    I have no interest in winter.

    That is all, carry on.

    August 25, 2016 at 1:01 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I will raise a pumpkin beer to that!

      August 26, 2016 at 9:07 pm
  • Reply Ellie

    So this is funny because I was unable to watch the Olympics when they were on #noTV so I’m watching all the post competition videos that are now on YouTube. 🙂

    August 25, 2016 at 1:09 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I watched a lot of them on the NBC sports app. It was pretty sweet to see everything that way

      August 26, 2016 at 9:07 pm
  • Reply Catherine @ A Cup of Catherine

    Now that the Olympics are over…I can go to sleep at a decent hour!!! 😉

    August 25, 2016 at 8:21 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha you mean you aren’t up at 10-11 shouting at the tv!

      August 26, 2016 at 9:05 pm
  • Reply Marcia

    Bugh. Sorry to hear about the Crohns. I can’t do pumpkin spice just yet, although I’m thinking about it. If it cools about 20 degrees, I’m there. Bummed I’m won’t be able to make Run10 this year. Those weeknight races are impossible especially with the kids in school.

    August 25, 2016 at 9:24 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Marcia. And I hear you about that. Not really sure why they are doing it at night this year. But whatever.

      August 26, 2016 at 9:06 pm
  • Reply lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    I can’t believe fall is right away the corner. The summer went way too fast! Now the the Olympics are over I am actually catching up on my sleep. It has been lovely!

    August 25, 2016 at 10:01 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha getting your gold medal in it, huh?

      August 26, 2016 at 9:04 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    OMG so much I agree with in this post! I miss the olympics and it also made me realize that I need to get my shit together and get back on track with PT. It’s fallen totally off track this summer between buying/decorating a house, getting a puppy, and hiking. My goal is to get back into my PT work again and then try careful running again in a few months. Also, you need a puppy! Mine is insane and a ton of work but he’s the best!

    August 26, 2016 at 3:13 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I really need to do my pt again! And not just sporadically

      August 27, 2016 at 8:04 am
  • Reply Farrah

    That corgi! <3!!! I can't wait til I'm in a place where I can actually get a dog someday. <3

    And holy crap I am not ready for September to almost be here. WHERE DID ALL THE TIME GO!?

    I'm sorry to hear about the Crohn's. :[ Sending a virtual dropkick its way. Hang in there! <3

    August 27, 2016 at 9:21 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I honestly don’t know what happened to the month. And thank you, Farrah, I know that you are one of the few that really understand what it is like.

      August 30, 2016 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    You really really REALLY need a fur baby. I’ll happily prescribe one for you as they’re pretty much magic.

    August 29, 2016 at 2:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Do you think insurance will cover it?

      August 30, 2016 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Linda @ Veganosity

    I’m sorry you’re out of remission, Suzie. Sending good vibes your way!

    One of the best things about my long runs is that I don’t feel guilty sitting on the couch binge watching the Real Housewives and Chrisley Knows Best while I stuff my face. Marathon training has its perks. 😉

    August 29, 2016 at 4:13 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha you and I both know it! I’m eating as if I’m training for one, lol

      August 30, 2016 at 2:10 pm

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