Well, another week in the books. I'm finally starting to feel like I'm getting into my winter routine and forgetting LESS things...not to be confused with remembering MORE things....Last Wednesday morning, I got to work and I realized that I had forgotten to drop a hockey bag off at the rink for after school practice. I work 20 miles away from the rink... A random stranger ran an errand for me for which I was VERY thankful! I am back to driving with post it notes on my steering wheel reminding me of all the stops I must make. This is working!!
Life bullets that I'm totally pulling out of my A$$ while I type:
*My husband has been away working for 2 weeks and I've been playing hockey mom, chauffeur, maid, chef, homework helper, lunch packer, mediator, disciplinarian and marathon runner...I don't always feeling like I'm winning this game but I am so very thankful for these 3 beautiful kids that I have to play for:)
*Ryan's hockey team is right up at the very top of the state rankings. Little podunk town ranked way up above the handpicked talented teams of the metro. Really excited to see where this team goes in March. We were talking after her game last night and realized Ryan has never played on a team that hasn't made it to the state tournament. This is SO rare. Such an opportunity she has had to play with such great talent and such a joy it's been to watch her play! Have I mention I love being a hockey mom yet this year. Maybe not. Get used to it because I blab about it ALL winter...
*I was talked into late night happy hour with some friends on Thursday night and then a trip to the midnight premier of "Breaking Dawn". Now, this is totally not up my alley but being as there is actually nothing to do in this town we try to jump at any opportunity to justify a night out. I was also enticed by the thought of movie theater popcorn. Anyway, I cannot sleep at home but somehow I have NO problem sleeping through a movie about vampires and werewolves. My good friend told me she is going to bring a handtowel in her purse to put on her shoulder next time so I won't drool all over her suede coat again......
*Reese (11) lost her winter jacket. We live in Minnesota. This is just not possible. The next day she left her new Ipod Touch which she got as a birthday gift in the pocket of her jeans and it got trampled accidentally on the locker room floor.....I was a little frustrated after the Ipod incident and maybe lost my cool a little bit. I don't yell necessarily but my frustration was WELL known. We had the famous talk about responsibility and the less fortunate yada yada yada..... Anyway, prior to these unfortunate events, Reese had made her Christmas wish list and it was hung on our bulletin board. (My kids really are not demanding spoiled kids at all. They know ALL about the joy of giving and truly don't EXPECT....They are kids, however, and love and dream for things as kids do) For fun, I tell them to list EVERYTHING they would ever want even if they know I won't buy it and I often don't.....Her list included Bailey Button Ugg boots, an Ipod dock for the locker room, a new cell phone.... ANYWAY, I looked last night and saw she had now quietly revised this list. The big ticket items were crossed out and replaced with Nail art Pens and Colored Duct Tape. I am human and I actually shed a tear over this gesture (in private). She felt SO BAD about the Ipod. Not only was she upset that her prized possession was now broken, she was upset that she had disappointed ME.... It took me awhile to soak this in. Also, it's very easy in life to imagine what the right thing would be to do in terms of parenting and teaching and learning etc. but when it comes down to your own kid, it sure isn't easy sometimes. Not only do I want to replace the Ipod TODAY, I want to buy her the stupid dock to go with it even BEFORE Christmas.....This isn't a motherhood blog. I'm not sure where this holy ramble came from-ha!
*I am SO behind on Christmas. I'm usually at least halfway done mentally shopping and I even have my tree up by now. Now, my idea of fall decorating means putting a pumpkin on my front steps, so I generally put a little more effort into Christmas. We almost always have a holiday party here. I'm thinking a party elsewhere sounds wonderful this year.....
*Joe came home on Friday night. SO great to have him home. I don't believe he will travel again except for one week for the rest of the winter. Unfortunately our weekend reunion was cut short as he is traveling again today for an all day hockey coaching clinic.
About 70 miles
Monday- 5 lunch TM, 7.75 easy outside after work
Tuesday- 9 miles-6X1K @ goal 10K with about 2:30 AR. (4:17, 4:07, 4:11, 4:09, 4:13, 4:03) It was wet and snowy but not cold or windy. Hard to find pace and had trouble actually seeing my Garmin (dark) so a bit scattered but felt great after I finished. Really liked running a little faster and felt like I had a little more purpose to a run which I've been missing somewhat.
Wednesday- 5 lunch TM easy, 6 outside in the evening-brought final 3 to MP. My legs felt REALLY good the whole second run and I almost wish I would have just gone with them. I held back a little at first as I was initially planning to run a tempo on Thursday.
Thursday- 9 easy
Friday- 11.2 tempo attempt of sorts. (8:41, 8:21, 8:18, 7:24, 7:17, 7:02, 7:12, 6:48, 8:47, 6:44, 8:28, .2-1:41) I felt VERY rough during mile 7. I had slept about 2 hours the night before and this run felt WAY harder than I wanted it to. WAY harder. Was not planning to take a cutback mile at 9 but mentally, perhaps physically I had to.
Sunday-13 this morning (1:42:41), Will run about 4 easy this afternoon.
I'm running easy tomorrow and then I will rest Tuesday before I run a HM TT on Wednesday. Not sure what I'm expecting out of this since I'm not trained for a HM but I'm trying to view it as a simulated race opportunity. Pretty hard to simulate a race without water stops and other runners etc. at least for me. Even so, I think I can run well. I have a generous speedy friend pacing me and she has a history of bringing out good things in me:) Thank you friend!
Anyone interested in a Christmas Bloggy gift exchange head over to Run with Jill to sign up!!! I did this last year! It was fun:)
Best of luck to a special friend currently at about mile 5 of a HM:) CHEERING for YOU!!!!!