It has been a sad week. My husband lost his best friend from high school in a motorcycle accident. It was a terrible tragedy and seeing the sadness of his friends and family at his service was hard. He loved the outdoors and his family held an outdoor service in a nature preserve. I went back to the nature preserve the next day and ran on the trails. I reflected on John’s life, his friendships, the pain of his parents and sister. It was a beautiful setting for the service and a beautiful setting for a run of reflection. I will certainly be back to run those trails again and reflect on life. Also, Mr. B’s wife lost her battle with cancer yesterday. He is facing the situation with bravery, taking comfort in the fact that she is no longer in pain. I’m aching for Mr. B and their daughters. The sadness between both losses feels constructing at times. I will try to run the burden of the sadness off and send positive energy to both families as they try to figure out how to move forward.
It’s a busy time of year for our family with proms, wrapping up school work, preparing for finals- and we have the closing of our house to add to the chaos. I’m glad it’s selling but it’s a lot at one time. On top of that, my job is going through a huge upgrade of our chemical storage system and we are relocating our entire stock room this week. I’m really looking forward to June. I got to visit my old running buddy, Mr. B, and his wife yesterday. She has entered hospice care and their family is rallying around her to ease her discomfort and support her in every way imaginable. It’s hideous and beautiful all at the same time. It was so good to see Mr. B and take a long walk together with my two youngest kids. I hope to see Mr. B and Mrs. C again soon and sneak in a run with my old running buddy. I had to look at my garmin’s running logs to even know what I’ve run this past week. I was a little surprised to see only one run over 1 mile but it is what it is. The good news is- I’m still streaking!
This past week has been busier than I would prefer. My twins are trying to graduate from high school a year early so they have challenging course loads and it’s getting to the time of year where the pressure is really on them. Typically, they don’t like to have me help them with homework. They have finally agreed to accept help to achieve their goal of graduating. I have to dust off my algebra 2 knowledge but I’m happy to be able to help. In other news, my cold is mostly gone. I have some minor congestion remaining, which becomes gross when I run, but can be cleared out with a little effort. I finally got back to my new 2 mile loop yesterday. I ran past the local elementary school for some pull-ups, dips, and a flip and then up and around one of the neighborhood lakes. It was a beautiful day. It felt great to get back to my favorite workout. I ran that loop on Monday morning as well after dropping off my youngest at school but I physically felt much better running it yesterday. I ran single miles the rest of the week. Tuesday, I ran around the neighborhood after work while my youngest rode his bike. Wednesday, I ran after dropping him off at school in the morning. On Thursday, I ran after work around the neighborhood. And on Friday, I ran after work but I ran to the trail from my work building and I love having the chance to do that. I would have liked to run farther but I didn’t have time. Another day. The best part about this week was certainly the weather. The temps have been perfect for running and the sun has been shining. Flowers have been blooming, the grass is getting greener, and trees have started getting their leaves. It really is a great time of year to be a runner.
Spring seems to have finally arrived here in central Illinois. It has been quite lovely the past several days. I, however, have an epic cold. I feel really angsty sitting on my butt when I would rather be outdoors. I’m completely miserable though so I have forced myself to rest. In the past week, I have had a few runs over one mile but not really much over a mile. I ran 2 miles before work on Wednesday but my husband has been out of town so my time has been limited. The arrival of my cold on Friday has also sent me back to running easy miles. My youngest has been riding his bike with me while I run since it has been so nice out. He has been enjoying out time out in the neighborhood together, which is an added bonus. I’m really looking forward to feeling better so I can enjoy the weather and get out into my garden!
This weekend was busy! The weather was also rather unpleasant. However, last Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday gave us our first real taste of spring. I really enjoyed going out without layers of clothing. I ran a mile before work on Wednesday and then ran during an afternoon break on Thursday. I was certainly not prepared for the heat on that run! It was 82 degrees and sunny. Luckily I had shorts and a tank top underneath my work clothes but I really should have taken water. I ran on our local trail and ran past the half mile mark so I could visit a water fountain. I was super disappointed to find that it was still off for cold weather. I was sweating a ton by the time I got back to work and it took awhile for the sweating to subside. I think afternoon runs at work will be off limits on hot days. On Friday, I jogged while my son rode his bike to the park about a mile from our house. It was crazy windy and he had a hard time peddling into the wind but the trip back home was certainly easier. I got 2.5 miles in but I did get a break while my son played at the park. It was a good run though. I ran on the treadmill at the gym Saturday and only ran a mile and yesterday I ran on the indoor track while my youngest played basketball and my daughter swam in the pool. It snowed overnight last night and is back in the 20s. I have no interest in running in the snow again. I might end up at the gym after work. Maybe spring will stick the next time it visits.
I’ve been able to start running more, which feels great. I’ve had several runs in the past week that have been 2 milers. Two miles can seem really insignificant when I compare it to the mileage I was running a year ago but I’m learning that I need to stop worrying about where I was in the past or where I want to be in the future. People often ask what I’m training for and seem surprised when I don’t have a race planned. For now, I’m just trying to enjoy the journey. I know I have longer runs ahead and my fitness will improve. I am also aware that I have illnesses and injuries ahead as well and my fitness levels will decrease during those times. I hope I can accept my limitations and continue my streak but I’m also getting to the point where I realize that even that will end someday and that will be ok. I really enjoy the challenge of my streak because it keeps me motivated to exercise even when I would rather not but I don’t feel the urgency to keep it alive like I have in the past and I think that is good for me. I fully intend to keep it going as long as I am able and as long as I continue to enjoy the journey though. I ran 2 miles on Saturday, Sunday, and today. I’ve run a mile every other day. I was able to do my pull-ups, dips, and a flip on Sunday, which was the first time since my knee injury. That flip really made me dizzy! It felt good to get back to something that is important to me. It also feels ok that I’ve been away for awhile too. My fitness will ebb and flow but that is part of the journey. This streak has really taught me a lot about myself and I’m happy to continue to learn.
I had a bit of an internet hiatus while I was working on our old house. It was actually quite lovely! I got a ton of work done and quite a bit of quality time with the kids too. I got to run through my old stomping grounds at the cemetery. I ran 2 miles one day, 1.5 miles another, and 1 mile every other day. Oddly enough, I managed to run into a fellow streaker while I was in my hometown! I was running laps around the local park while my youngest played basketball and his son joined my son on the court. He asked how far I ran and I mentioned that I only ran a mile but I make it a point to run a minimum of a mile every day. He mentioned that his wife has done the same for over a year now and he has joined her since the new year. I was so surprised to happen across another streaker and to have it be someone from my hometown. It was really encouraging and motivating. Then, on Easter, we got another snowstorm. I worked on the house and then drove a couple of hours to meet my family for our Easter dinner. By the time we drove home, it was snowing. It accumulated disappointingly quickly.
I needed to run when we got home from dinner so I ran in the snow. I really hope it was my last run in the snow for this spring. I think I’ve wished that before already though. I’m going to keep hoping for warmth and sunshine until it’s here consistently. On Monday, I ran at the gym while my youngest played basketball. Yesterday, I ran on the treadmill at the gym with my husband. It was the first time I’ve run with him in months. It was nice to have conversation to get my mind off of my exhaustion. I really prefer to run in the morning but sometimes our schedule doesn’t allow for me to get my run done before work. Today, I took a break at work to run. It was chilly outside but it was good to get some fresh air and natural light. I also appreciated having my run done so I didn’t have to run after work again. Tomorrow looks like it will be busy again but warmer. I might try to run on another break at work. Keeping the streak alive!