My head is spinning

I took yesterday off from work to get my older boys registered at their new school.  My husband got set up with a townhouse in the district where we decided to send them on Thursday.  It has been a whirlwind.  My husband works remotely so he can stay with them in the townhouse while I teach the first term at my school and get the house ready to put on the market.  This is a move we had considered making before now since both our families live in a town about 90 miles away and we drive back and forth quite a bit.  Since the boys are entering their junior year, it felt like we needed to either make the move now or keep them at their current school until they graduate.  This is especially true since the high school where they had been attending is on trimesters and the district we were looking at transferring them into is on semesters.  Transferring during a school year becomes much more complicated when going between trimesters and semesters.  I am still confident that we are on the best path for the boys but it is still hard on the rest of the family.  Balancing the needs of 4 children in a blended family is challenging. Sometimes I feel like working full time and managing the needs of my family and doing well at both is impossible.  The new townhouse is more expensive than our current mortgage though since we are moving to an area with a higher cost of living so I will likely still need to work full time.  It is really difficult to balance.  Thankfully, I have running.  It is really a fantastic way for me to focus my nervous energy and clear my head.  I ran a quick mile yesterday morning before hitting the road to get the boys’ their schedules at their new school.  This morning I ran 2 miles around the new neighborhood and it was lovely.  It is a really nice, quiet area and just about a mile from both of my sisters.  I think it will be hard for me to go back to my mostly empty house tomorrow and pour myself into the new school year as my older boys and husband start this new adventure without me.  To cope, I will run.

Tired.

I woke up early today with a lot on my mind. I got some work done and then ran a mile because I wasn’t sure what to expect from cross country practice. We ended up running 2 easy miles with the only student that could make it to practice. We should have a few more tomorrow. It was good to run our usual after school route with Mr. B again and have a young runner to mentor while we did it! I felt like I was riding a roller coaster of emotions today as I’m realizing I won’t finish out the year since we are moving my older boys to a different school. I will miss some of these students!!

Busy, busy

I go back to work tomorrow. I’m not ready. We are considering moving our older boys to a different school to give them an opportunity to expand their horizons as far as friends go. It’s super last minute and feels very overwhelming and stressful. I do think it’s the best decision for them though. The next week is going to be insanely busy. Yesterday I ran 2.5 and walked a half mile to wake up. Today I was exhausted from trying to make this school decision for my boys so I just ran a mile. I’m going to bed with a headache tonight but I’m sure sitting in back to school teacher meetings tomorrow will make it all better!

Back to reality

We got home Saturday night around 8:45. I got a few things unloaded, changed into running clothes, and then checked on the garden before heading out for a mile. I really don’t like running in the dark. I realized quickly that I need to replace the batteries in my headlamp. I was thankful I was on familiar streets and the temperature was blessedly cool. I actually ran much faster than I expected because the change in temperature was so great. I was completely exhausted and felt stiff from sitting so much but I was glad to keep the streak alive!

Yesterday, I got to meet Mr. B and his wife at the local lake for a run. It was so great to get to catch up! Neither of us are ready for school to start though. We walked 2 mikes with Mrs. B and then jogged 3. It was lovely. The sun was warm by the time we were done but the air was cool and surprisingly not humid. I did take some time to stretch and listen to a meditation in the afternoon yesterday, which was awesome. I was super tight from beach running and car sitting.

Saying goodbye to summer

Yesterday was not an ideal day for a run on the beach but I did it anyway. It was our last day on the beach and I just wanted to enjoy it as much as I could. I woke up late so the sun was higher, which meant it was really hot. Also, the tide was coming in so I was chased by water and had to cross a few areas of water running to and from tide pools. Their beauty was worth the moisture in my shoes though.

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My husband joined me for the last mile. I ran 3 miles total and walked a little extra just to enjoy the beach. We got to see the tracks to a new sea turtle nest, which I always love seeing. It would be amazing to get to see one of the gigantic turtles lumbering up on the beach to lay her eggs sometime but it seems like the chances of being in the right place at the right time for that would be like the chances of winning the lottery. I wish we had gotten pictures of the sea turtle tracks but I didn’t realize my husband had his phone until later. You will have to settle for these adorable birdie tracks from the end of our driveway as a replacement.

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After the run, we were so hot that we took off our shoes and walked out into the water. The waves were huge for the gulf but very refreshing. It was hands down one of my favorite moments of the trip.

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We spent some extra time lingering on the beach at sunset last night to enjoy the last few minutes of summer. I go back to work this week and the kids start school next week. I love the time at the beach with my family. I’m already looking forward to next summer.

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A run on the beach

Running on the beach requires a certain combination of factors. The tide needs to be low, the sun can’t be too high, and the sand needs to be hard. Yesterday was the perfect combination of conditions. I ran a mile away from our beach house, walked a half mile to enjoy the scenery, and then jogged the mile back. It was a fantastically beautiful morning.

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Unfortunate restroom incident

I intended my first adventure off my Whole30 to be red wine. Then, my mom made her famous brownies. They were absolutely delicious. It didn’t surprise me at all when I had to stop during my run to use the restroom this morning. What did surprise me was the unfortunate series of events that occurred once I got to the restroom. There is a public access point for the beach about a mile from our beach house that has a nice indoor toilet. I was sweating by the time I got to the restroom. I barely made it. I didn’t even take time to lock the door on the single use room. The park is rarely populated, especially that early in the day. As I prepared to hover over the throne, I noticed a used feminine product was sitting in the bottom of the toilet. I quickly hit the flush lever and continued to prep for the emergency evacuation. As I looked down, the water just kept rising. I started fearing overflow and subsequent contact with blood borne pathogens. I ended up plunging to get the water to recede. As I was plunging with my shorts around my ankles, I heard footsteps on the deck outside the restroom. I quickly shuffled to the door and wrestled the lock into place. It was rediculously dramatic. I got the clog moved, finished what I came to do, and thanked the restroom gods for three distinct gifts. 1. The plunger. 2. That the water didn’t overflow. 3. Running water with hand soap. It was one of those experiences that made me wish I had just ducked behind some shrubbery. Luckily, it was toward the end of my workout. I had run to a neighborhood where my aunt and uncle have a condo so I could do my legs and back workout and use the monkey bars there for my pull-ups. I ran about 4.5 miles total. It wasn’t a bad workout overall. Just a bad restroom experience. Even after all of that, I ate another brownie after lunch today. Maybe I’ll just ensure I have some tissues with me on my run tomorrow. Before all the drama, I got this pic of the sun rising over the bay.

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