Wednesday, August 28, 2013
No, not Christmas time, although that really is the most wonderful time of the year in my book. It's coming, soon enough folks. The *other* most wonderful time of the year, at least for parents. Back to school. After weeks of "I'm bored." "What are we going to do today?" "She hit me." and the screaming and fighting and poking and looking at each other cross eyed, respite. I am extra excited this year, because my middle child started pre-k, which means she joins her big brother at the elementary school, for nearly a full day of school, 5 days a week. Last year she only went to preschool, 3 days a week, for 3 hours each day. It cost a pretty penny each month and gave me just enough time 3 days a week to begin to enjoy a bit of peace before going to pick her up. My youngest child is still at home, but she is a completely different child when her sister is not around. She's calm, she's focused, she's sweet and she's quiet on her own. Put her with her sister and she goes from zero to banshee in 2.7 seconds. Finally, a break. Monday was the first day of school for my oldest, but
the real trouble maker my middle daughter didn't start until today, as they stagger the young kids in, a few each day. I was quite excited after drop-off this morning.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
I kind of hit the jackpot with my local Moms Run This Town group. Our chapter puts on some awesome events. A few times a year, the national group holds a virtual event. Most people sign up through them, they do their miles on their own time, get their medal in the mail. But my local chapter makes it a big deal. We set a time and place, and we all do it together. There is a well mapped course, great moral support, lots of local moms and swag. We did the Winter Runnerland in January, and our group got together this past Saturday to do the Running Mad 5k/10k. I went into this race hopeful. The previous week I had killed my 6 mile run. I knew I was looking at a PR for this 10k. Now to be fair, the last official 10k time I had is from last October, and I was still rather fresh from the running mother's womb. I've run that distance here and there, but not for several months and I had not beat the time of 1:09:54 that I had last year. I was so close last week during my weekend long run, but the end of my route stopped me 1/10 of a mile short, so I refused to count it. One thing was different from last Sunday though. It. Was. Nasty. Outside.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Oh-oh, I've got to keep on movin'. Admit it, you just sang that to yourself. Well, I did at least. Rock N Roll St. Louis Half and Disney's Wine and Dine Half training is in full swing(the two races are 13 days apart). My mileage is climbing, and so far, so GREAT! After being a bit too under trained for PHM, I've been more of a stickler about sticking to my training plan this time around. It's definitely paying off. My pace is improving, big time. Now I am a keeper of records. I keep all of my run info, not just to add up all of the miles I've covered, but so I can look back and see how far(figuratively) I have come. I started running last summer. It was hot and I was slow. I looked back at the first time I did more than 5 miles.