I’m back from the unplanned hiatus :)

Hello blogging friends!

It’s been a challenging 2+ weeks for me and I needed time to rest and recharge. Actually, more¬†accurately, I needed time to process and work through my feelings on Boston. Thank you to everyone out there for your posts related to the bombings and for feeling comfortable enough to be so vulnerable so publicly.

Winter has seemed unending this year, and like most Minnesotans, I’m suffering from a severe case of Seasonal Affective Disorder. We had a lovely weekend this past weekend (we hit 70!), but are expecting snow to return this week. I don’t think I can handle much more of this mentally, but, it doesn’t look like I’ll get much of a choice!

I’ve been busy with Body Pump (increased weights last night!!), went for a swim for the first time in years, and of course have been running. Moms On the Run has started back up officially, and I’m really looking forward to the structure of the runs and am hoping it will help me get faster. I’d really like to be able to run a 5k in under 30 minutes at some point in my life!

Choir has been hectic, too, as we had our first concert last Saturday. I’m happy to report it went splendidly and am looking forward to the two we have left this week. I feel so blessed to get the opportunity to sing with such wonderful people and make beautiful music. I am looking forward to the break this summer so I can focus more on running prior to my two upcoming half-marathons!

Additionally, I went up to Fargo last weekend for my friend’s son’s baptism (she finally had the baby!). I was (and still am) incredibly honored to be asked to be his sponsor, so it was a really special weekend that helped me remember the wonder of life and reflect on all I have thankful for. I really hope that I’m able to be a positive influence in his life and help him grow and learn. He’s already such a lucky guy to have such amazing parents!

I have so much to catch up on, but promise I’m back and will be blogging more regularly again! ūüôā

How is the weather in your neck of the woods? Enjoy it twice as much for me, please, if you are experiencing legit spring weather!!

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Everyone has to start somewhere!

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Dan and Katy on our Disneymoon in 2009

Recently I have been searching online for reviews of runDisney races, as the husband and I are planning on running in Disney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon later this year. Through the many recaps I’ve found, I discovered a wonderful community of bloggers who seem just as obsessed with running and Disney as I am, and I discovered that this is a community I want to join! Thus, running&singinginthepark¬†was born!

I live in St. Louis Park, MN with my wonderful husband, Dan, and our two cats, Alma and Gustav (named after the composer Gustav Mahler and his wife Alma). I started on my running journey three years ago while we were still living in Columbus, Ohio, and after a brief break in 2010, I have become more and more of a running fanatic. I joined a couple running groups here in the Twin Cities and haven’t looked back.

In addition to running, music is a very large part of my life (hopefully that’s fairly apparent from the naming of the cats! :)). I¬†recently began¬†teaching voice¬†lessons out of my home on a part-time basis last year, and it has turned out to be one of the most fulfilling journeys I’ve ever embarked on. I’m also the alto section leader in a community choir based here in the Twin Cities.

So, without further ado, let’s get the show on the road!