Rainy days

The past couple of days have been quite rainy but we really have been dry lately so it is good to see the weather shift. Also, we have decided to join a gym about a mile from our new place so rainy days don’t quite seem so daunting. I ran about 3 miles on the treadmill at the new gym yesterday but got too hot. I wore shorts today and felt much better. I ran another 3 miles today. I did have time to stretch this morning, which I’m sure helped with today’s run too. I think I’m going to take a rest day tomorrow and try to run with my older sister Monday morning. This morning, my daughter had her last cross country meet of her season and it was great to get to support her since the high school team had this weekend off. She really wanted a PR today but she got one on Tuesday and it’s so rare to peak twice in a week. She knocked over 2 minutes off of her time throughout the season. I’m really proud of her!

Busy day but still streaking

I have really had an intense week. Today was no different. I got a 1.5 mile run done at sunset. I had intended to run farther but a call from my mom made me stop. I can’t think of a better reason to end my run early. It was good to catch up with her. I remember her running when I was a kid. I thought she was such a bada$$. She had great stories from her runs too. She had a couple of teenage boys sing “Dude Looks Like a Lady” at her as she ran by them. She got a good laugh out of it. She has always been a glass-half-full kind of person. We even have a family joke about her famous phrase, “we’re lucky!” because she really can find the silver lining to any dark cloud. She is one tough chick and I’m glad I’ve had her example in life for how to be a strong woman.

Rest

Yesterday I rested. I ran an easy mile with a couple of pull-ups at the halfway point. I didn’t even get my 10,000 steps. It was glorious. Today I ran a lap with our cross country kiddos and then ran a little over 2 miles with Mr. B. It was nice to have a run together but I was also too tired to even carry on much conversation. I hope I get a good night of sleep tonight because this week has just been ridiculously busy. I’m really worn down from it all. I’m certainly looking forward to the long weekend ahead.

Recovery?

My Garmin told me yesterday that my long run with my sister would require 47 hours of recovery time. I knew my runs with our newer crew are generally at a recovery pace for me so I figured I would be fine for today. However, my newer crew wasn’t at practice today! I tried to hang with the big dogs but I just didn’t have it in me today. It didn’t help that I forgot my running shoes and tank top. Allbirds are great but not the best for a tempo run. Also, it got hot again. Boo. I ran almost 2 miles total at a faster pace than I intended but I still took it down a notch at a couple of points to honor my body. I’m looking forward to a good night of sleep tonight and an easier run tomorrow.

Best run in awhile

This morning I met my sister at a nearby park for a slow long run. We met our youngest sister for breakfast yesterday but we still found plenty to talk about for 7 miles. The weather was perfect and the miles passed quickly. I really can’t remember the last time I had a long run that felt that good. I did take time to stretch last night so I’m sure that helped.

Long night in the big city

The area we are moving to has about 100x the population of the town from which we are moving. The new town really isn’t that big of a city, especially after living near Phoenix, but it’s certainly large compared to where we have been for the last few years. Last night, someone on our street had their car alarm go off around 3 am. It was annoying but understandable. The car alarm is there for a reason, right? I even got up to make sure it wasn’t one of our cars. It went off for probably 5 minutes. I thought it took a little longer than it should but maybe they had their windows closed, right? Not even 10 minutes later, it went off again. This time it probably lasted for 4 minutes. They couldn’t have even been into a deep sleep yet. Much more annoying. At 6 am, I’m relaying the story to my husband, the deep sleeper, and the alarm starts going off AGAIN. Seriously, why has the car even been locked again at this point? It’s clearly malfunctioning. The car is nowhere near the nicest in the neighborhood. Needless to say, it wasn’t my best night of sleep. However, last night, I did get a great run in right at sunset. I ran 2 miles around a different neighborhood in the area. There is a bigger lake in the back of the neighborhood without any development behind it. The path around the lake was very peaceful. This morning, our cross country team had a meet at a lovely golf course. Before the meet, I met my sisters for breakfast. It was so great to have some time to catch up with them. I ate a delicious gluten and dairy free Cajun breakfast skillet with sausage, shrimp, and peppers. I burped it up the entire time I ran through the golf course to cheer on the kids and help record splits. It was like a gift that kept on giving. This afternoon, I took some time to log my own run. I went back to the lake from yesterday but took a shortcut home for a 1.5 run. I’m meeting my older sister for a long run in the morning so I want to make sure I don’t overdo it today. I’m also hoping the neighbors figure out a different plan for their car tonight so we can all get some decent sleep.

Forward movement

Some days are hard. Some days are hard for the people you love and that makes your heart heavy. Today was one of those days for me. As a mom, sometimes I just want to fix the problems my kids have to end their struggles but that isn’t always an option. It reminds me a bit of treadmill running. I feel like I output a ton of energy worrying but really get nowhere. I wasn’t able to help my son today but my husband was able to be there for him. I am incredibly grateful for that. I debated leaving school today to drive over to where my son is but I stayed at school once my husband was able to fill in for me. It was hard though. I really wanted to be there. I’m not sure that I could have done anything more than my husband did but I still felt like I should have been doing more for my boy. Instead, I taught other people’s children and coached our team. I leaned on multiple colleagues to get through the day. I’m hoping for a better day for my son tomorrow. I’m waiting anxiously until the end of the school day when I can drive across the miles to be back together as a family again for the weekend. I need to start a countdown to November 10th because that is the day I will officially be moving to our new town. In the meantime, I will do what I can from here to support my boys while doing the best I can finishing my teaching and coaching responsibilities at my old school. Thank goodness I have running as an outlet. Today I ran 400 repeats with one of our newer girls to help her keep race pace. She did amazing again today. She ran a negative split for the last of her eight 400s. It was a great workout for her and a decent one for me too. I’m glad that I can be there to support her. I can at least find some peace in the knowledge that my presence at my school continues to have a positive impact even though I feel torn between two places.