This Can’t Be Happening

Posted: August 12, 2011 at 4:00 pm

So, I know just yesterday I posted about finally believing that I am a runner. Even still, I sometimes have runs where the fact that my body can carry me through miles and continues to adapt and grow stronger seems surreal. I felt that way during my run yesterday afternoon. It was hot. My legs felt a little heavy. Did I say it was hot?

My plan called for a three miler. I usually take this run at no set pace and just run in a way that feels good and care-free. Well, I felt on fire yesterday…and not only from the heat. The times I would quickly check my pace, it always fell in the eights and I thought “that can’t be right”, “this can’t be happening considering everything going into this run”. But I finished up three miles in an average 8:48 pace and it felt strangely…easy. Despite the hills. Despite the heat. Despite the last day in my training week since Fridays are my rest days. I ended feeling pretty dang good.


I also ended up making my super cute 4all by jofit top not quite as cute by rocking it with running shorts and a Bondi Band. Leave it to me. I would say “this can’t be happening” but we all know that would be a lie. What’s not a lie? I love this top! The Pretty Tennis Tank is yet another great piece from the team. I couldn’t get over how supportive and comfortable the top was…which I shouldn’t expect any less since every piece I have received fits that description. Plus I gotta say I think the cut is quite flattering and I love the different, classy coloring. Two thumbs up!

And now for the kicker. The true #thiscan’tbehappening moment. I took Makenzie to meet her preschool teachers today. She starts preschool on Monday.


This. Can’t. Be. Happening!


I thought I was sooooo ready. A couple extra hours during the week when she is in school and Braedon has his morning nap? A change for her that she has desperately wanted for months? (kid has talked about school since March) A break from the toddler mood swings which can only help me appreciate her even more? Yes, yes, yes! Or so I thought when her leaving me for 3 hours a day, 3 days a week loomed weeks into the future. Now, just a few short days away and I kind of want to cry. Okay, I will cry. I know it. You know it. No point in hiding it.

I have made sure to cherish every little moment with her this week. Not a single complaint about reading the insane number of books the kid will listen to repeatedly…

I took her to get her very first haircut.


She badly needed one. Plus, it was like negative $20. Yes. Negative. She got a $25 gift from being referred by me to my hairdresser. Kids cut = way less than that. My “referral” still earned me $25 on my next appointment too. Hey – they told me to do it! All I had to pay was a $5 tip. Score. Well, I also had that $4 in ATM fees because I didn’t realize you can’t tip on your card there and had no cash on me at the time. Lame.

But, back to my little M. It isn’t sinking in that she is growing up little by little. I still think of her as a baby bobbling around and barely able to communicate. But, no. She is full fledged little human who will carry on conversations with me, make jokes, and be the most excellent mommy I have ever seen to her beloved “Teddy”.

I’m going to miss my goober.


Even if she won’t make a crazy face with me.

  • Last time you thought “this can’t be happening”?
  • What is a ridiculous fee you hate? I think TicketMaster charges some pretty outrageous fees too. Oh! And the parking fees at many hospitals in our area. “Hi. We’re sorry you’re mother is sick, but pay us $10 to see her”. Ick.

**Gotta do that disclaimer thang: I was sent the 4all top free for review as part of their ambassador program. I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own.

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59 Comments to “This Can’t Be Happening”
  1. Ahhhhhh good for you girlfriend!!!! That is NOT easy, and it was hot out!! Your little baby is going to do great, you will miss her for those few hours every day but she is an adorable munchkin. I can’t wait to be a momma.

  2. Katie says:

    awww, sweet little girl! I can’t even fathom the feeling of my little one heading to preschool – the last three months have already flown!

  3. I’m with ya on the ATM fees. They KILL me when I’m forced to pay them in a pinch. Online registration fees for races get me too. If the only way you’re going to let people register for the race is through a 3rd party site you should include that cost to register in the entry fee not make people pay MORE $ than already stated.

  4. jobo says:

    Tricked me with your intro, thought something bad totally happened on your run or something and was worried! LOL! NICE JOB ON THE RUN!!! that is amazing! And your little girl is so cute, you cherish the moments, I know you do, and trust you will continue to do so even when she is in preschool 🙂

  5. Marcia says:

    Good run girl!!! Your 1/2 will be here before you know it!!!! Any plans or thoughts on what you want to do after that? 🙂
    Cute tank. I actually picked that as my first choice and then let Amara make the final decision!!!
    Wow..time flies Tina!! Monday and you will be the mommy of a school kid!! It’s such a bittersweet moment…. she will be great and you will do fine! 🙂 have a great weekend.

    • Tina says:

      I already know I will want to run more half marathons. And part of me fears/knows I will get an itch to run a full too because that’s just how I am. But I don’t know how realistic that would be.

  6. Samantha says:

    This post is so sweet and your little girl is adorable! And it’s totally ok to cry! My mom has cried at every major milestone in my life, even though she thinks I don’t know it 😉 First day of pre-school, first day of high school, HS graduation, first day of college, first big move for an internship in NYC, college graduation and most recently, my very first big-girl move to live in NYC after college. She thinks I don’t know, but it only makes me love her even more.

  7. Aww…they grow so quickly! She’ll enjoy it though! 😀

    Awesome job on the run!!

  8. Sheesh – you are turning into quite the speedy lady!

    I can’t stand “processing fees” on race registrations. Some are just completely outlandish! I paid $9.95 once for a race registration that was already over $75 – would have done it via a paper form (for no fee) but it wasn’t even an option!

  9. Kelly says:

    Sweet baby M….she is going to LOVE preschool!! 🙂

  10. Mellissa says:

    Preschool, how is that happening already! But just think how much she will flourish.

  11. Kiah says:

    That’s awesome that your run felt…easy?? I know the surprised feeling, when you finally get over that hump! It’s pretty empowering. Congrats and have a great weekend!

  12. Awww, Makenzie is so adorable! I’m sure she’s going to do great in preschool, and while you’ll miss her…I bet that those 3 hours will go by a lot quicker than you think! I’m having my “this can’t be happening” moment now. Tomorrow, my bf and I are road-tripping it to Florida to move him. Of course I knew we would be doing this, but now that it’s here and I only have a week left with him I’m getting really sad!

    • Tina says:

      I can imagine how big of a shock to the system that is to have a big thing like a move suddenly approaching. I’m sure you guys will be fine though. 🙂

  13. Maria says:

    I’m so excited for M and my heart goes out to you! I can’t even imagine…you’ll both do great though!

    So not only are you a runner, you are a SPEEDY runner! Woo hoo!

  14. I really enjoyed this sweet, heartfelt post, Tina! Makenzie is so precious! Even though the separation will be tough, I’m sure you’ll enjoy hearing the adorable stories she comes home with…AND the extra free time to rest and rejuvenate.

    Congrats on the great run! I love days when I feel extra energized…Running becomes such a joy, and so invigorating!

    Have a wonderful weekend! I’m excited to meet you next week!

  15. Rebecca says:

    I think little Miss M is going to love preschool. 🙂

  16. You are a natural born runner! 🙂

    Little M is growing up so fast! I can’t believe it!

  17. Cutee pictures!! The last time I said this can’t be happening….this afternoon…I kid definetly pooped in the pool I work at, then the health inspector came in for a surprise inspection…ugh!

  18. Mackenzie is going to LOVE preschool! And once it is in full swing, I’m sure you will love it too 🙂 I always knew you would get hooked on running! I can’t wait until I’m back out there.

  19. She’s gettin so dang big! She’s so cute! I can’t believe it–preschool!

  20. What a sweet post! It made me a teary-eyed for you.
    My stepson is turning four this month and I just can’t believe it. Thinking back to when he couldn’t even talk or walk very well and then seeing him run and jump and ride a bicycle today is sad (I miss baby D) and euphoric (he’s his own little person) at the same time. Isn’t being a mommy awesome?!

  21. omgosh how crazy! Mackenzie is getting so big! And as precious as ever :)_

  22. That last picture of you two is TOO CUTE FOR WORDS!!!!

  23. Looks like you are progressing…way to go!

  24. Helen says:

    I totally know how you feel! My little one started kindergarten this year!!

    Time flies – he did go to pre-k last year so I was ok this week, but last year I cried for the first two weeks of school – every. single. morning.

  25. Awww! She’s growin’ up!
    I hope she has a great first day 🙂

  26. Awww lil M, she is so precious…I bet it feels like time flies by so fast when you have kids. And I love that last picture, too cute 🙂

  27. Okay, I am going to cry with you. What a little lady!!

  28. Danica says:

    Love that top–cute and flattering! Congrats on the “easy” run! : )
    Mine is cheesy, but the last time I thought “this can’t be happening” was in June when I got engaged. Planning a wedding is so surreal!

    I promise that your daughter will appreciate the fact that you’re so sad she’s old enough to go to preschool. That might sound silly, but knowing your mom loves you so much she’ll miss you those 3 hours a day or amazed at how wonderful of a little lady she’s turned into are things she’ll really love to hear about later on!

    • Tina says:

      I bet that was a “can’t believe its happening” moment. And an EXCITING one too. Wedding planning is crazy – surreal, stressful, fun, and so much all in one.

  29. I actually wrote “This can’t be happening” on my FB status tonight — Braeden is starting Kindergarten!!! Ahhhh. We got his Kindergarten letter today and I swear I was 2 seconds away from crying. Livie also starts preschool (same day – not sure why we did it like that – ha!) and I can’t believe she’s almost 2.5. This can’t be happening!!

  30. Oh my goodness. it’s so weird that I’ll be in your shoes i na couple of years. Why do they grow up so fast? Love your running outfit and awesome that your run was easy. 🙂 yay! I hate that they charge extra when you get soymilk in drinks. Kind of silly, but it always bugs me. Happy Friday!

  31. Your little girl is adorable! I remember my first day of kindergarten…they took my picture and somehow it ended up on the front page of the Detroit News…I think my mom put me in a blue and white sailor type dress… too funny! Have a good weekend girl!
    xoxo from Trinidad

  32. Kids grow up so quickly! I am amazed at how quickly my nieces and nephews are growing up. My oldest niece is now driving and her brother will be starting soon. Yikes! My ‘this can’t be happening moment’ surrounds the transition I will have this weekend as I get my new place ready to move 🙂

  33. Awww…my sister is prepping to send Sophie to Mother’s Day Out (about 6 hours, twice a week), and her little backpack came in the mail today and my sister started crying. Must be so hard to see them grow up so soon!!

  34. I can’t believe M is starting preschool- it must seem so surreal for you!

    Love the workout top- it looks great on you!

  35. Lauren says:

    Awww, this post is too precious!

  36. Awww, this is so sweet, Tina. My mom cried like crazy when I went to Kindergarten. Time seriously goes by SO fast. I know you two will enjoy your time together! 🙂

  37. Amy Lauren says:

    What cute pictures! I guess it has to be pretty tough to see Mackenzie go to preschool though, but it looks like she’s super excited about it and hopefully she will love school! Plus it’s cool you got a good deal on the haircut.

    I hate ATM fees! I had to go to the courthouse the other day to get my car registration/taxes changed since I moved. Well, of course they don’t take debit and the ATM charged $3. It was either that or have to go back to the courthouse (which would stink) so I sucked it up and paid it. I secretly think my county must get a cut of that ATM fee.

  38. Lindsay says:

    preschool already?? OH MY! she’s growing up fast! and you are getting speedy. Yes, this is happening and its awesome!

  39. Mandy says:

    Sighhhh I know exactly what you are feeling! I am totally mixed up about Bella starting school. Excited but so sad too! When did our girls get so big? 🙁

  40. 1. Daily Feats is AWESOME. Signing up for that ASAP!!

    2. You inspire me more and more every day! Literally, I’m so glad I discovered your blog because I look to you and your faith for strength on days that I’m just not feelin it.

    3. Your family is beautiful (but that’s a give 🙂 )

  41. 3 miles at 8:48 is a great pace!! You go girl!

  42. Hilary says:

    My this can’t be happening moment? My “little cousin” is going into high school!!!! And I hate cell phone fees/money grabs in general.

  43. Efka says:

    Parking and banking fees 🙂

  44. Khushboo says:

    Omg your daughter is simply the cutest, ADORABLE! Good luck on her first day. I hope there are no tears (from your part, that is ;))!

    ATM fees drive me absolutely bonkers. It also irritates me that restaurants will freely give glasses of water to their customers yet charge for hot water and lemon- gah!

  45. Amy says:

    Firstly, congratulations on your run. That easy feeling is the best, once you’ve got that down you can recapture and remember it even if a run goes bad.
    Secondly, Makenzie is so cute! Although it is a little daunting to be dropping her off at preschool she is going to have so much fun and learn so much. When she comes home she’s going to want to share all of that with her favourite person – you!
    Even though I have only experienced this journey from the child’s eye view I still love coming home from ‘school’ (work) and sharing my day with numero uno – Mama 🙂

    • Tina says:

      Thank you so much for this comment, Amy! That puts it into good perspective. It will be exciting seeing her joy and having her wanting to share it with me. 🙂

  46. Katie says:

    Good for you girl! I am so happy you have discovered that you are a runner ; ) I think its great and even better that you love it!

    I love the pink outfit you have on too ; )

    Awwwwwww preschool! I remember when Anthony was in preschool, so long ago, Anthony will start 6th grade Monday!!!! That is my I can’t believe this is happening moment!

    Time flies : p

    Your daughter is so cute! Im glad she is excited!

  47. Tina, I’m tearing up just reading about you sending Mackenzie to school. (Hello pregnancy hormones!) Meghan starts after Labor Day and while on one hand I’m totally ready to send her, on the other hand I want to freeze time and say “Wait! You can’t grow up!” It just doesn’t seem possible that I have a preschooler already.

  48. You have to pay hospital parking fees?? I’ve never had to pay that! This post is so sweet! She’s going to have so much fun in preschool, but she’ll be excited to come home to Mommy everyday!

  49. Oh my – Makenzie looks JUST like you! so cute!

    I remember feeling the same way about running when I did my half marathon. I always thought the hardest part about running is making the time to do it – if I just show up REGULARLY (which I haven’t been lately…), it’s amazing how much my body will do for me!

  50. WOW I cannot believe it! What a big girl. I’m looking forward to and yet dreading this moment with my little Peanut. Watching them grow up and change and learn all sorts of new things is so rewarding and so much fun, yet I keep looking at her and wondering how time can go so fast. Now I’m all teary eyed….dang it.

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