Hey there! I just thought I would write a quick post to catch up. I thought it would be fun with pictures…So here is what is going on in life…
Yep, we put our house on the market. I have been driving the kids to and from school (and sports practices, and events…) 40-45 minutes one way for 4.5 years. Well, about a month ago my husband’s job relocated to Portsmouth (CLOSER to school). We put an offer in on a house, contingent on selling our current home, and it was accepted. We have now approached a new level of crazy in our household. There is nothing like trying to make our house ready for showings, while 5 people and 2 dogs live here. I hope and pray this process goes quickly! This is a big part of why I haven’t been blogging. I have been cleaning, decluttering, painting, etc.
Training is going well. I was a LOT nervous that the stress of trying to move would interfere with training. And, yes, it has added an interesting element, but so far so good. Since I have last blogged I did the last race in my training plan–The Smuttynose Half Marathon–and got a PR (1:40.15). The funny thing about that race was my husband and I didn’t leave ourselves enough time to drop a bag with our sweats etc. at the start, so I ran the first 2 miles with a sports bag filled to the brim with sweats, hats, gloves, and my winter jacket on, until I could drop the bag near the finish. It was awkward. I was happy our bag was still there at the finish! Here are the splits:
I have since completed my last long run–21 miles for good measure this past Saturday. It was cool, 28*, and I enjoyed watching the sun come up. I did not plan ahead for this run and drop a water bottle, so at mile 18, I ran back to the house to get a drink from the water bottle I left on the mailbox. I have to say, it was hard to turn around and head back out, AWAY from home for 3 more miles. I also didn’t enjoy the fact that the water was COLD (I guess sitting outside for 3 hours will do it). It made my stomach cramp a bit. I was THRILLED with my time. I didn’t look at my Garmin for most of the run because it was dark, and I have a really hard time reading the little mileage numbers after it gets up in the double digits. (But it is NOT because I am getting old! Ha!) I did read it when I got some water. My legs felt strong, and I am ready for the taper!
I did my last “speed workout” yesterday–6 pace miles, now it is just “hanging on” until November 7! I am maybe 3-4 days into the taper, and God help my family, I miss my longer runs. I guess it is safe to say that I use the “pounding” to get out stress. Well, with the extra stress of trying to sell this house and all of the crazy that goes with it, YIKES. I am looking forward to 13 miles this weekend!
XC: Our cross country season ends this Saturday with the state meet. We had 22 kids this year, and actually had a boys team! It has been great. Lily broke the school record for the 2 mile course (12:41)–and placed 5th in the league championship meet. I have had a ball, coaching the kids. If you are feeling burnt out, go run with some 12 year olds. They regularly, break into song, turn cartwheels, catch leaves, pet puppies, and jabber the whole run.
I have my plane ticket, I am feeling ready for November 7! I have modified my goals a bit. My PR is 3:41:54.
- Beat my PR
- Beat 3:40
- Beat 3:35
I am hoping to pace somewhere around 8:00 to 8:10’s depending on the day. We will see. One thing all this extra “life” has taught me is to roll with the punches!
I have enjoyed keeping in touch with all of you by reading your blogs. I hope to try and keep posting here 1x/week as life allows!
Does anyone have any “house showing” strategies? I found myself driving around in a car filled with laundry, 2 dogs, 2 guitars, and extra “stuff” while the last showing was going on!
Has anyone read any good books lately? As head chauffeur of 3 busy kids, I have a lot of time waiting in the car…