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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

It's The Final Countdown!

I'm still in a state of shock that the Ragnar Relay is exactly one month from today! That's 30 days until I get to meet the 11 incredible people that make up our team. 30 days until the trip and experience of a lifetime. 30 days until I get a much needed mini-vacation alone with my husband! We haven't been away on our own since our trip to the Poconos for our 10th anniversary in July '05! Seven years is a long time. I know some people that go away every year. Not us. One, we couldn't afford it, and two, I'd feel so guilty going away without my kids. I don't even like going out to eat without them. It's a problem of mine.

Since it's ONLY a month away, I broke out the pen and paper and started to make some lists. I have the "pack" list and the "to-do" list. I have to make sure I have at least three running outfits with extra socks and underwear, clothes for the finish line party, our Sunday adventures and to return home in. I also pack for Charlie, but he won't be as difficult since he's not running. Then there's the "getting-all-of-my-ducks-in-a-row-at-home" list; the sweep and mop the kitchen floor, buy bagels, chips and pizza rolls kind of list. I always leave a clean house so I come home to a relatively clean house. My niece is staying with the kids so there's an adult around, just in case. I made the lists, but I really can't execute any of it until about the week before! Oh well, I got the ball rolling.

Not much else going on in this neck of the woods. My running streak is still going strong. Today was Day 13. I don't think I've ever set a challenge for myself like this. It's surprising to me how easy it has been to stick to. Of course, there's no work getting in the way. That could have thrown a wrench in things, but let's not dwell on the fact that I'm still not making any money.

On Sunday I ran 6 miles in 1:01. It was about 54*, so I was OBLIGATED to run outside!  The run was tough, but I think I did okay. I'm going for 8 miles next weekend, and then I have to go for it and take a day to run my 3 legs, 8 in the morning, 6 as late in the day as I can and then 2 as early as I can drag myself out of bed the following morning (as per our captain, Rik). Unfortunately, that's not when I'll actually be running in January, but I think I'll save my 2 am run cherry for Miami! On the days I'm not running a certain distance, I've been doing 1 or 1 1/2 miles. I break up my workouts into 15 minute segments, so I'll just run for 15 minutes, usually after doing 15 minutes on the rower and arc trainer. Today I ran 3.2 miles in 30 minutes, a 9:20 pace. I think my quick miles are helping with my speed.

the birthday girl

Yesterday was Molly's 7th birthday. I made her some peanut butter cookies in the toaster oven to celebrate. I finally called someone to come fix my oven, because after 3 small fires in the toaster oven and the noxious fumes it emitted after the cookies, I had to toss it! There's not much else to report. Thankfully life has been uneventful the last few days. (I shouldn't have said that!)


  1. wow way to go on your running streak. You are an inspiration!

    Happy Birthday Molly! Sorry about the toaster oven.

  2. I am so excited for you on KW and your running streak!!! PLEASE be careful when doing your 2am run!!!