Hello Peeps! Miss me? Yeah, I thought not.
Life is busy — it’s picking up a ridiculous momentum that I can’t quite figure out, but I’m happy, so really there’s nothing to worry about.
Hadn’t been running much. Well, that’s not true. I’d been running, but not very far. I’d just run when I felt like it, for however far I felt like running. I made the decision not to run any more races this year after that horrid Marathon in June. I felt like I needed to take “training” pressure off of me because I half ass train as it is and the pressure just made me feel guilty and I just wanted to remember that I just love to run, because I love to run. That’s all.
So that course of action was going along fine, keeping me busy, allowing me time to go to Bikram pretty regularly, lift weights three times a week, throw in a kick boxing workout here and there. Shit, I even did a step aerobics work out that I hadn’t done in YEARS. Kicked my ass pretty good. All this because I scaled back the running.
Then the Portland Marathon happened. A fellow blogger, who I shall now refer to as my “friend” since we’ve met (:)), came from Texas to run it. Blue Eyes and I went out to Mile 21 to cheer her on. I hadn’t been to a marathon since that horrid previously mentioned one. Watching the runners with less than 5 1/2 miles to go, run by with smiles on their faces affected me. It made me want to run another marathon.
It was odd to be standing out there with a sign made especially for a friend I’d never met, waiting patiently (while loudly cheering for everyone who passed by) for her to run by. I’d only seen her in pictures on her blog. Wasn’t sure I’d recognize her. Didn’t know which side of the street I should be standing on, which side she’d be running on. Didn’t want to miss her, but wasn’t sure I’d know if I had! How’s that for an interesting afternoon?
As it turned out we were on the right side of the street, and knowing her bib number and how fast she was planning to run helped us NOT miss her. She zoomed by, saw her sign, smiled, and made some comment about dying, but DAMN was she fast. She ran that fucker in 3:33 and qualified for Boston. I was very happy to have been there to cheer her on.
After the marathon Blue Eyes and I met her and her husband at a bar for beer and food. While she was walking a little slow she was in fine form after running a marathon and it was a pleasure to spend the time with them. Here is a picture of us her husband took. Doesn’t she look great?!
Anyway I started thinking about marathons and while I will not be running anything more this year, this year is almost over. So I’m looking toward 2014.
I’m 98.9% positive I will run the Vancouver USA Marathon on June 15, 2014 — but I’ve been looking at a couple others. I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, but I think June is a good goal. Vancouver was my first marathon and while I’m not one who likes to run the same thing twice, I think since it was my first I’d like to see how much better I can do. We’ll see.
More recently, I injured myself and couldn’t run, do yoga or lift weights for 10 days. It sucked ass, quite frankly, and to add insult to injury I had the entire week off from work! On Wednesday (day 6 of NO exercise) I took my mother to Forest Park and we hiked about 5 miles up to Pittock Mansion and back. It was not what I wanted to do, but it did make me feel like less of a lump.
Injury has healed, however, and I’m 100% and released to run, lift and do yoga. Yay! I ran three miles yesterday and four today and it was heavenly. HEAVENLY! I’ll be going to yoga on Wednesday night if I can swing it and then again on Sunday. I’m volunteering at Autumn Leaves 50k/50m on Saturday morning. It’s my third year in a row volunteering and I love it. My volunteer position is at the front gate giving parking passes to the runners and volunteers. While I have to be there at 4:45 a.m., my shift is over at 7 — and I get to say Hello to all the runners and wish them good luck – I know many of them so it makes it that much better.
Thought I’d be running the 50 miler this year, but I have to say I’m glad I removed that from my agenda. I’d likely be a basket case right now. Next year may just be my 50 mile year. We’ll see.
In other news my youngest son is thriving as a freshman in high school and has a girlfriend. While my oldest son had may friends who were girls, he made it completely through high school without a girlfriend so I have no experience with this. The cute couple went to Homecoming together, and she comes to my house after school so they can “study” — (I find myself knocking and opening his bedroom door without waiting for a response just to see what they’re REALLY doing, but all I get is studying) — he’s gone to dinner with her and her parents (my picky child ate fondue!) and he took her to dinner at Red Robin for their “one month anniversary” — I told him he needed to get a job. Girlfriends are expensive! Here are a couple pictures from Homecoming.
The oldest had his court hearing with respect to the St. Patrick’s Day party, finally. He pleaded to noise disturbance and got a $250 fine, and he pleaded to not cooperating with a police officer and got divergence for that. He has to walk a straight and narrow line for six months, pay a $250 fine, do 20 hours of community service and attend a sentencing hearing and all other charges will be dropped. It was an expensive lesson and I hope he learned it. Only time will tell, however.
Blue eyes and I are talking about marriage. Yeah, really. Not going to happen soon. He knows my time frame for marriage falls after the kid graduates from high school. 44 months from now (yeah, I’m counting). But the truth is I WANT to marry this man.
We looked at rings together. That’s a big step, wouldn’t you think? It’s even bigger than you think, since money, as in a deposit, was actually put down on a ring.
I reminded him that even though things aren’t happening conventionally, he still has to officially ASK me to marry him — he says he knows and he will, so now I’m trying not to wait and expect. Ha ha ha. Yeah, if you know me at all you know that’s a stretch. But I’m coping. I’m pretty sure he’s going to wait til he gets the ring in his hand. I’ll keep you posted.
I think that’s it people. I hope you’re all well. I’ve been keeping up on the blogs as best I can. Jon and Liana are getting ready for the NY Marathon in two weeks, exciting. Becelisa is getting ready for Marine Corp Marathon THIS WEEKEND. Rocks has been quiet (yes, I notice). The Dancing Runner still has unimaginable energy every-single-day! Wendy Spin has been writing some amazing blog posts about self image, reality and training. I love this woman and wish I lived in Colorado so she could be my FRIEND. Seriously. She’s the real deal. No bullshit.
All this to say I may not write often, or comment, or “like” a post, but I’m reading.
Take it easy, and be well!!