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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Being chased by the storm

This morning I checked the weather and it said thunderstorms were expected for our area starting at 8:15am. I had to leave at 8:30 for a professional development presentation so I knew I would be back before 8:15. As soon as I left the house, I heard thunder. I decided to trust the weather app and took off. I planned to walk to the cemetery, run a mile, and walk the half mile back. When I heard the second rumble of thunder, I decided to jog first so I could make sure to get my mile done before the storm hit. By the time I got to the back of the cemetery, the sky looked like this:IMG_0574

I promptly decided to cut my loop around the cemetery short and head straight home. By the time I got to the top of the hill you see in the picture above, the sky looked like this:IMG_0573

I realize that this pic is blurry but I stopped running long enough to turn around and snap this before taking off toward safety. It started sprinkling shortly after I took this pic. The wind really picked up halfway home and then rain started coming down in sheets when I was about a block from our house. I really didn’t get to do any walking, which was a bit of a bummer since yesterday was such a taxing workout. In Whole30 news, I was super grumpy all day yesterday and went to bed at 8pm with my youngest. The storms had woken me up early yesterday so that was part of it but I also wanted to drown my grumps in some potato chips. I used all of my reserves to stay out of the kids’ chip drawer so I just went to bed. Today has been better but I also spent the whole day out of the house, which was a nice change of pace. The PD provided pizza and sofa for lunch. I found that disappointing. I took all of my own food anyway because I never expect to find Whole30 compliant food in a setting like that but I was still surprised by how unhealthy everything they provided was. I did get a comment about bringing my “heathy” food but I’m not as embarrassed about it as I used to be. The presenter also brought her own plant based food, which was good to see. She got a snarky comment about her healthy food too. I felt some solidarity with her. For dinner tonight, the family was having pasta and meat sauce so I grabbed some greens out of the garden and sautéed them up in place of noodles. It was quite delicious! The purple kale, red Swiss chard, and arugula made for a colorful combination. I was too hungry to stop for a pic! I’m hoping for a storm free run tomorrow.

Walk/run at the lake

Mrs. B was feeling well enough to join us this morning! Mr. B and I walked with her for about 2 miles and then we ran 4 together. It was a beautiful morning with awesome company. It felt great to go a little farther this morning and to have my running buddy to help the miles pass quickly.