The Ultimate Coffee Date April

Good morning everyone!  Happy Easter weekend to you all.  Wishing you a fun weekend filled with goodies, may they be chocolate, or nutty, or healthy.  Whatever they may be, I hope you are having a great time.  Are we REALLY already into the month of April?  Goodness, I believe the older I am getting, the quicker life is moving.  This coffee chat will be brief as I assume all of you are plenty busy this weekend.

Before we get started, please make sure to be kind and visit my co-hosts Deborah and Coco.  Leave your coffee related posts in the link and please take a few moments to comment and share.  Make sure to tag #UltimateCoffeeDate

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that … I have really noticed lately how fast the kids are growing.  I don’t know what has happened or why, but I can really see a change in them.  They are just so grown and mature.  Our daughter is 13 and as I hate admitting this, my hubby was right, she is giving me a run for my money.  Wow, I am finding myself becoming more and more a mother of a teenage daughter every day.  It is so strange.  It is frustrating and wonderful.  My feelings that have developed during the transition of my little girl to a teenager have been something like these …

I want to pull my hair out
I want to throw a tantrum
I want cry in my pillow
I want her to be seven again
I want my husband to “take care of it”
I want to hold her
I want to brush her hair
I want to snuggle with her in bed
I want her to want to be with me
I want to enjoy shopping with her
I want to make her laugh with me not roll her eyes at me
I want her to believe I know what I am talking about
I love watching her grow and just starting to become her own person.  I am looking forward to the journey and at the same time, I am holding my breath.  I have a teenage daughter and this is going to be interesting.



If we were having coffee, I would tell you that … The Zooma Race Series still has registration open for the June 20th run in Napa Valley.  Seriously, an AMAZING time in wine country for a girl friends getaway weekend.  Zooma Race Series is an “All women’s run” and they have some wonderful locations.  They put on great events and I am so honored to be an ambassador for a second year now.  Check out Zooma and see all the race schedules.  Use Code LYNDA15 for registration discount.

Napa Valley Zooma

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that … I have just been given an opportunity to run a half marathon sooner than I thought.  Unfortunately, a girlfriend of mine has had to withdraw herself from the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon, scheduled for Mother’s day weekend and was so kind and gracious enough to think of me and has forwarded her registration to me.  While this is super awesome and very kind, it is also pretty scary.  The race is less than 38 days away and I am not even close to my half marathon abilities.  I could not pass this chance up, however and really had to step out of my own comfort zone and go for it.   A challenge for sure and I have no idea how this will turn out.  I am not familiar with the area at all, I have no idea about the route and I am just a nervous hot mess.  At the same time, I am calm and at peace with my decision to challenge myself.  It is exciting and I need to go with an open mind and relaxed soul.  Just do the best I can and enjoy spending Mother’s day doing something that I TRULY love doing.

SantaBarbara Half

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that … A few weeks ago, I was able to see the senior project that I was mentoring come to fruition.   I had spent the last 5 months mentoring a local high school senior for her project.  She wanted to do a 5k run for ALS in honor of her late grandmother.  We had a lot of work and planning to do, many hoops to jump through and work with the city.  The event was a success as it raised about $2300 for ALS and the support from locals was wonderful.  It was so exciting to see the run come together.  I could not have been happier for my mentee.  What a learning experience that was for both of us.  I can now say that I can plan a race event if I had to again.

Okay, this is a busy weekend and I know we don’t have much time.  Thank you so much for joining us.  As always we take time to comment back and visit your links.  I have future posts coming more frequently and updates on my training.  I am looking forward to seeing you here again before next month.  Happy Easter

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  1. So many of your thoughts on having a teenage daughter are very similar to my thoughts on having a toddler daughter! Ha! How fun to see that senior project through!
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  2. That races sounds like such a great experience! I remember doing my senior project and the amount of work I had to put into it. So glad everything went so well!

  3. Oh, gosh! I think all of those things about my daughter, too. And she’s only three! Haha!

  4. Good luck with the half marathon – that’s one I would really love to run. And congratulations on your mentoring of the 5K run – that’s a wonderful project and I’m so glad it was a success.
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  5. I can 100% agree with the things you said about your daughter. Mine is also 13 and her brother is 16 and I have no idea how this happened. I swear they were just toddlers!
    Good luck on the upcoming half. How nice of your friend to transfer her registration. I know you can do it!!
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  6. Kids do grow up fast! I don’t even want to think about my daughter being a teenager. Good news is we all grow out of being a teenager! 😉
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  7. Good luck on your upcoming half marathon. Just take it day by day, I’m sure you’ll do fine. Congrats to you and your mentee on creating a great race with a great cause. It’s a wonderful thing when you see your hard work pay off. Happy Easter!

  8. Hi Lynda! Happy weekend to you. I agree that time seems to fly! And you know, I recall being pretty tough on my parents as a teenager. hehheh:) So I’m sure you are getting your fair share from your daughter right now. That’s pretty cool you’re running an unexpected race! Have a fabulous Saturday!
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  9. Running Napa would be so gorgeous! My husband and I honeymooned in Sonoma, but I wasn’t a runner then so I didn’t get the chance to explore the area the way I would now. Running is definitely a great new way to appreciate scenery!
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  10. I definitely remember giving my mom waayyyy to hard of a time when I was a teenager! But now I’m in my 20s and she’s pretty much my best friend. I understand her a lot more now, and we continue doing things we love together…like running marathons!

    Speaking of which, what a great opportunity for you to run the 1/2 in Santa Barbara, good luck on your training!
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  11. I love the idea of the senior project and also helping kids with it! Sounds like the girl you helped picked a great project.
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  12. Daughters…..I have a 4 1/2 yr old giving me a run for my money….I can’t image her at 13, 14, 15…….! I have started buying my hair dye in bulk already-hahaha! I am both nervous and excited about those teenage years.

    I am doing Zooma in Annaoplis! Super excited-I have heard such great things about Zooma!

  13. Ah just finally getting through all of the posts and comments today. Great turnout for a holiday weekend. Almost missed yours bc I usually get it my email first and I haven’t yet. Having a teenage girl is crazy and fun and crazy! My baby just turned 18 I can’t believe it. They do grow so fast. How exciting that you have 2 great races coming up! You so got this!
    Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner recently posted…Ultimate Coffee Date -AprilMy Profile

  14. My daughter’s teenage years were rough on all of us, but she came to her senses again eventually. 😉 Big kudos on that ALS fundraiser – that’s fantastic!
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  15. Good morning! I love your post! Is makes me smile thinking about my daughter, who is now 24! thank goodness I had her when I was young and yes, we still have some of those moments now, but who raised her to be an independent hard head OOPS! 🙂 Good luck with the training- you will be great! All that pure barre is making you stronger than you think! Happy Easter!
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  16. Both the Zooma Napa and Santa Barbara races sound wonderful! I’ve been thinking about the SB myself and wish it wasn’t on Mothers Day, due to travel it would require. I don’t know anything about girls…mine were all boys. 😉 Thanks for hosting the coffee date.
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  17. Life definitely seems to be going by super quickly!!

    A half marathon in Santa Barbara would be awesome! <3 I've only really been there once, but it's so gorgeous! :]! I hope you have a lot of fun with it!

    That's incredible that they raised so much mone for ALS! Props to the both of you for being awesome! <3

    Happy Easter!
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  18. Those are some awesome races in awesome places. Any chance you are going to be doing any of the SLO races on 4/25 weekend? I will be doing the half on Sunday 🙂
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  19. I was smiling reading about your daughter because my SIL is/has been going through the same stages with her two daughters (15 and 16.) Just hang in there, it does get better. My mom and I would have thrown down fights when I was a teen and now, she is my very best friend. It’s the struggle of trying to assert independence, I was really tough on my mom from an attitude perspective, I look back now and have to apologize now that I am a parent! 🙂

    I know as I watch Ashton, in just the three very short years he has been alive, I have found myself saying a lot of the things you have said/thought. I think its just the process of being parents and wanting everything to be as smooth as possible, ensure they are happy and healthy and doing the best for them that we can. It’s never easy, but clearly, always worth it!

    Good luck on your half, you will be great and it will be gorgeous there! I am jealous!
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  20. I cannot WAIT to link up for the next Ultimate Coffee Date!!! Love reading through these posts.

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