I Know, I Know…It’s Been Awhile. I Think I Have a Good Excuse

So I realize it’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted.  It’s not that I have been lazy, I promise.  Just really freakin busy! 

On April 5th, my sister in law and her little squishy (son) arrived for an almost month long visit.  It was a very nice trip, and I’m sad to see her leave.  It’s the first time we’ve all met (ridiculously long story) and having her here was awesome for D, the kids, and me too.  It took D and his sister 23 years to meet each other – watching her drive away today with her little boy C just made me hope that this isn’t the last time, or that it won’t be a couple decades before we see them again. 

So in an oversimplified summary…In the past month I’ve…

*Spent 3 days in FL with my eldest daughter A for a few days of art auditions (her), Busch Gardens, Ybor City, MGM Studios, and Downtown Disney.

*Did a girls night out in celebration of B’s visit

*Threw a Vegas themed party (which was a blast – blackjack, poker, roulette, dancing, and drinking)

*Went to Williamsburg with B and C

*Still had to work – ugh

*First Outdoor Movie Night of the year!!!  (we have a really big inflatable movie screen we put up in the backyard, chill on the deck, kids lay on blankets with their friends, and we have our own private drive-in!)

*Our weeks break down like this:
~Monday – Tae Kwon Do for A and M
~Tuesday – Dance for R
~Wednesday – TKD for A and M
~Thursday – Gymnastics for R
~Friday – Music Lessons for M
~Saturday – Swim Lessons for R (and general gym time/swimming with the kids)

Rinse.  Repeat.

And through this all, I did manage to get a few runs in and hot yoga classes.  Maybe not as many as I would have preferred, but considering the major events going on in our family, I think I did okay.

So what cool running thing has happened since I posted last?  I have a running partner!  My neighbor across the street is my age (mid-30’s) and D saw her out running a couple weekends ago.  Probably scared the poor woman when he stopped our mini van and said “Hey, my wife likes to run!  Wanna run with her??”  While absolutely adorable that he thought to do that, I think it’s to absolve himself of any guilt he has about NOT running with me himself!
Anyway, MG came by the next day to introduce herself, and we’re trying to run together on Monday and Wednesday evenings, and the occasional Saturday when we can.  She has two little kids, so between my family’s frenetic schedule and her’s, we do our best, but don’t feel terrible if one of us flakes out.

I’m about to map out my marathon training plan – that’s a goal for this weekend.  I’m basing it off a book I’ve been reading – 4 Months to a 4 hr Marathon.  It’s going to be tough and I’m totally scared to death.  I told D that I may not get to help with the carting around of the children as much because my training will suck up a lot of my free time.  He was very cute and said he didn’t care if he had to do a lot of the heavy lifting with things over the next 5 months until the Chicago Marathon.  Ya know…I don’t say this enough, but I am one exceptionally lucky person. 
My sister met a couple marathoners when she was at the Final Four games in IN.  They were talking, and she mentioned that I was doing Chicago as my first this fall.  The one guy – who’s apparently no running neophyte – told her that he’s afraid of the Chicago!  That the weather is so unpredictable (last year, someone died in the heat/humidity) that it frightens him.  Lovely.  As if I wasn’t scared enough.  Alas – hopefully since my training is in the summer in VA, I’ll be well prepared for heat and/or humidity.  Ugh….what the heck did I get myself into?????

So now I’m off to get ready for a retirement party, and then ANOTHER backyard movie night.  Watching Avatar!

And tomorrow – I complete the marathon training program and post it up here.  Official training starts May 10th!!!

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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