This summer has gone by too damn fast. It’s already the last day of July??
- Wednesday was the Ironman day of my week. I sweated through a difficult-as-usual (outdoor) Fit to Run class at 5:30am, ran a couple of miles with S afterwards, then went up to school to finish the moving job I started on Monday. Thanks to a couple of custodians, all my stuff has been relocated to my new classroom. They moved seven bookshelves, four file cabinets, a couple of tables, and a gazillion boxes and bins. After our workout+run, my Vivofit showed 8,000-ish steps; when I got home from work after five hours of pushing carts/moving/boxing/unboxing, I had more than 18,000.
- Rogue CP has a new home! It will be a training-only facility adjacent to my sports doctor’s office. It’s closer to home but slightly more difficult to get to because of traffic, and the parking lot is small, but I’m excited that my fears of the whole thing falling apart will not be realized. Training moves there September 1st. Kudos to Rogue and the Tri Doc for making this happen!
- I ran four miles on Thursday evening–a weirdly cool breeze joined me for the first mile or so, but unfortunately it didn’t hang around. Not only that, when I got to the park, I discovered the water fountain wasn’t working. I had brought one bottle of water, but in the summer I can easily go through more than that and appreciate being able to fill it up at 1.25 and again at 3.75 miles. Alas, I had to make do with the water I’d brought.
- Saturday’s long run–eight miles–was another slog through thick humidity. The cloud cover helped keep the temperature down but prevented the haze from burning off, so the soupy air added a degree of difficulty to the kinda hilly route. We started mile seven at the bottom of a long, gradual incline and finished it at the top. My legs were tired and every inch of my body was drenched in sweat. I didn’t want to, but I made myself run the whole thing. I’m thinking of running that hill once a week between now and the first week in October as mental prep for the bridge at the end of the Army Ten-Miler. Maybe get some use out of my playlist titled, “ATM bridge, you asshole.”
- They say pets begin to resemble their owners, but I didn’t think that meant my cat would get asthma. He’s been having several wheezing attacks per day, which has now resulted in a $235 prescription and a $65 feline inhaler system. Dude.
- B went straight from our South Padre trip to a week with Grandma. After ten days with his cousin, he’s in his room having some quiet time. I’d imagine she’s doing the same thing. 😉
- Summer vacation is winding down. Monday through Wednesday of this week and next week, I’m working at my school’s Transition Camp to teach incoming students about campus and help them make new friends. B is earning some NJHS service hours by (in)volunteering, so tomorrow we start the
familiardetested morning drive to school. I may also be pressed into service on Thursday to help interview candidates for an open Language Arts position. Adulting is kind of a bummer.
- Thinking ahead to fall races, I’m trying to decide on a couple. The ’80s 8K (which I loved last year) is the week before the Army Ten-Miler. It was a great tuneup race two weeks before ATM last year, but I’m not sure if I want to race just a week out. I don’t have a PR goal for ATM, but I still want that thirty seconds back from last year. And the Run for the Water 10-miler is 13 days before the Shiner 5K. It’s RFTW’s 10-year anniversary and I think it’s a great race, but I’ve already committed to Shiner and I don’t know if they’re too close together.
- My car is still on its second tank of gas since June 6. I can’t decide if I’m doing summer vacation right or if I need to get out more.
- And I’ll leave you with this: “When any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone. When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit.”