I have felt very busy and overwhelmed by life lately. However, I have managed to keep the streak alive with a mile run between school and a doctor’s appointment for my son yesterday and a mile run between school and driving to spend time with my older boys and husband today. I did take some time for a leisurely walk tonight. The temperature was absolutely perfect. It was dark so I took my headlamp. I stopped by the park behind the neighborhood elementary school to do a few pull-ups and dips. I also did a flip over one of the bars. I like to keep my vestibular system on it’s toes. It felt goofy and freeing. I think I’ll be doing that more often! I’m looking forward to having time for a couple of longer runs this weekend.
This morning I continued exploring the new neighborhood that I will live in on occasional weekends but that my husband and older boys will call home for now. I jogged to the boys’ school again to make sure my distance estimates were correct from yesterday. I was pretty close. Then, I jogged to the park behind the nearby elementary school to do some pull-ups. After that, I jogged toward the neighborhood where my sisters live to see if I could find a path between our neighborhood and theirs without too much traffic. I did find a path but it was less direct than I had hoped. I do think the longer, less busy path will be great on bikes though. I am really excited to be so close to my family. Soon. But, for today, I ran a little over 4 miles. I also got to take my boys clothes shopping before I left town. It was a gift. They won’t always want me or need me there for these moments. Before I left, one of my boys said with a bit of sadness, “Oh ya, you’re leaving.”, which somehow simultaneously made my heart happy and sad. I didn’t want to go. I do need to be back here to support my daughter, fulfill my commitment to my teaching job, and get our house ready to list on the market. But, none of that makes it easy. I won’t get to see my daughter until Thursday and the house seems too big and too lonely. I’m glad I have my youngest boy here with me although he is struggling to make sense of all of the changes too. Life is rarely simple or easy. In other news, I really hope it isn’t cloudy tomorrow. There is a lot of hype around this eclipse and as a science teacher, it has the potential to make my day. We have our first cross country meet tomorrow too. I also hope I remember to run at some point. It is going to be a really busy day.
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.
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!!
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!
Yesterday I ran 3 easy miles although they didn’t feel very easy. My legs were tired, my mind was tired, and it was hot. The scenery was still incredible but I didn’t enjoy the run overall. Today I decided to take a “rest” day and just jog an easy mile. My youngest asked if he could join me. He has jogged with me several times before and I know he can run a mile so I agreed. I was out of floss so I was going to make it a destination run to the little trading post down the road to get floss. We got about 20 feet from the neighborhood and he said, “I need to walk.” I was thinking that he would recover quickly and we would be back to jogging in no time. The second jogging stretch lasted about as long. By the third one, he was flailing his arms and stumbling around dramatically. It was fun. *sarcasm font* We made it to the trading post and I was relieved to be in air conditioning with out him complaining for 5 minutes. It turns out that he wanted to buy everything in the trading post. He didn’t find it significant that I had only brought $5 to buy floss for $3.88. That was also fun. *sarcasm font again* I didn’t even push him to run on the way home. I just wanted to get him back to the beach house without swearing under my breath again because he is very quick to remind me that I’m not supposed to say those words, which adds to the fun. *sarcasm font part 3* After I dropped him off in front of a show at the beach house, I finished my run about an hour after I had intended to start my run. It was really hot. It was a bummer of a run. When I got back, I did get to stretch on the porch and chat with my family though so there was a bit of a silver lining to my whole rest day attempt. In other news, yesterday was the end of my most recent round of Whole30. I don’t plan on taking measurements because I don’t have my original measurements but I do plan on doing another round when we get back. I will try to be more intentional about my saving my measurements in 2 locations for that round. I know I’m not quite where I want to be yet with my weight so that is why I want to do another round. Also, the start of school is stressful for me so I think having a plan for my food consumption will help keep me on track. I’m a stress eater for sure. However, my first order of business between now and the start of my next round will be sharing a bottle of red wine with my sisters!
Today I ran to the little park that I scoped out yesterday and did my legs and back workout. I really didn’t enjoy the run to the park. I felt sluggish and probably should have walked a bit to warm up first. However, the legs and back workout went well. The jog back felt better than the jog there. I ran a little over 2 miles total. This morning’s adventure with my son took us to Cactus Park where we collected literally 100s of cicada skins. I have loved collecting the skins since I was little and just realized last year that they have cicadas in Arizona. The rains earlier this week must have encouraged the larva to emerge from the ground because some of the trees were just covered in skins. It. was. awesome. Here is a picture of my boy making his mama proud!