Monthly Archives: June 2012

A day…

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Nothing in particular – just some stuff – had a sweet 5k on tm at clubhouse accompanied by hubs. I was driven. His stop was not going to be my stop. Anywho…dimity’s blog entry yesterday made me particularly tuned in to spoken words….another mother runner blog – it’s a must! So I ran, fast, jumped on my bike & rode home, made three different breakfasts, jumped in the shower, was interrupted by youngest daughter who needed to show me a mole, got out and immediately yearned for the awaiting drive to literacy camp so I could at least sit down – even if it was to drive. Hubs intercepted me to watch his bath while he handled a phone call. All went well. I cooked more crawfish etoufee because I thought we had another kid sleeping over. Now I am at soccer camp – I have witnessed a mom jack an ice chest that didn’t belong to her – inadvertently, of course, and she eventually returned it – after the camp coach set kids in all the wrong directions to scout it out. I have overheard conversations all around me by parents & grandparents hanging out to watch their kids kick and sweat. I have overheard one kid recollect his own day of being forgotten at an arcade today while he was under the care of a “day camp”….hmmm…”bring your kid to us this summer! We’ll watch them and probably return them to you! Call now!!” heehee. I’ve overheard great stuff…dads encouraging their children…well not all great “I don’t want your stinky, smelly feet on me, ok?” anywho, it’s a great summer day…hope you are enjoying yours…peace…

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Unexpected

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Woke up LATE!!!! Never happens, but no biggie….but Mass will have to be this evening.

And, yes, living in South Louisiana is different….it is hurricane season and we might be getting our first taste of one next week…there are so many variables, though, so we’ll know more within a couple of days.

I’m still in the “Another Mother Runner” challenge, which has been great…even when it seems like there isn’t time to grab a 30:00 workout, knowing I’m filling out my workout calendar makes me do something!!! (30:00 is my default time:)

AND….drumroll….I made it into the Houston Marathon!!! Lottery style!!! Woohoooo! So excited about that!!! I ran my first marathon on my 40th birthday in Houston, so it seems pretty fitting that I’m going to run it again ON my 45th!!! 26.2 on 1-13-13….that’s gonna be a blast. AND happy birthday to me, I gain 10 minutes qualifying time for Boston…just sayin’ :)))

So…unexpected seems to be the theme…good thing I like to run in the rain…:)))

Peace.

get a grip…

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wow. dude. so, yesterday, i was running in the EXTREME humidity (southwest La.) – we’re talking 85 degrees, with a “feels like” temp of 95. humidity was 76%. H.O.T.

me & daughter were at Red’s – the bomb health club of the South, for sure. outdoor track. i had a good pace going, in spite of sweat pouring. daughter was getting her workout on on the machines & was coming to meet me. i enjoyed the solitude. it was even nice seeing the other brave souls on the track. there weren’t many…anywho, i just had this epiphany – check it out – i’m 44. i love to run. i’m pretty much like a hamster. i don’t need a lot of diversion. okay, ANY. i just want to get a good sweat going. i love to race. i’m not that great. THANKfully, i know who i am in GOD. i KNOW He loves me with all that i bring to the table – faults, etc. – so, i’m running along & i thought, ‘WHY am i doing this exactly? it’s not that i’m going to freaking win something. i get a bit of flack from hubs at times. what’s the deal?’ and then i realized, it’s not about winning something. it’s not about appeasing someone else. it’s about doing something I love because I LOVE IT, damn the rest. it occurred to me that even the serious cyclists i see mid-day are not out to win the tour de france; they are out there for the same reasons i am. they have a passion for something and simply love doing it. that little internal jaunt made me feel so much better. all the while, pounding away on the outdoor track. all said, i ended up with 5 miles for the day – some indoor & some out. it was great.

today, we were back for more. but instead, i mixed it up and did 5000 meters on the rowing machine. then i did 20:00 on the elliptical. doesn’t sound like much, but on the elliptical, i actually asked the gym dude for a towel. i’m not like that. the majority of the screen was covered in brightly lit orange squares. that means i was totally kicking ass on that ellipitical. daughter was riding the bike. i think i am a little intense when it comes to fitness, but in a good way. i pretty much leave it all out there. i don’t care who looks at me weird. i don’t care what they think. i’m getting mine 🙂

and now…the tops of my quads are saying, “what in the hell did we ever do to deserve this? did we just run a marathon???” heehee. my arms feel like i did laps for an hour. i love it. glorious fatigue.

then…i realized something else….i’m homeschooling baby daughter next year. i relish in the thought. i’m trying to get my stuff in order, people!!! i have spent the last three mornings trying my darndest to find a teacher’s edition of her 1991 math book…which…truth be told, ain’t that great. same with science. science is very supplemented due to the age of the book. i think 1991. yes, that is correct, no typo.

so…the more i dug, the more i couldn’t find, BUT, something better happened…i realized, thank YOU, God, that I can do better. I can buy my baby the most updated, appropriate materials she will need for this school year. we are NOT at the mercy of outdated books. and why that is, i do not know. tuition is steep; books should be better. true dat.

anywho, so now i am putting together a better math & science curriculum for her with the assistance of Glencoe. i’m very much looking forward to guiding her and teaching her this year. bless my baby’s heart. she’s so smart and has so much to offer. i rejoice in the thought of homeschooling her.

peace, y’all…

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Loved today.

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Run

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I couldn’t wait to wake up yesterday morning….just wanted to run in what was sure to be hot, sticky, flowery-smelling, Louisiana air. I made on pb&j sandwiches for the girls breakfast. I got ready & hit the door…

I admire what other people (runners) can do while being immeasurably grateful for what I can do…that I could even get out there on any given morning was huge for me.

As a mom, I almost always think of my children’s needs before my own – I believe that’s the way it should be. I think by being this way, it makes me reconsider what my needs really are – they (my needs) seem to get simpler as the years go by. I love that.

Case in point – Friday past – dropped 2 girls off for swim party – I wanted to go run – at home – it was the first day of the AMR challenge. I wanted new shorts…there I was, in Acadamy, looking at pricy, not that great either, shorts! I looked around & thought, “Wait a tic! I’m IN running stuff!” wth?!?! I bee-lined for the door, went home and ran 3.04 miles, incredibly happily. I toweled off, threw on new orleansy clothes & hit the road again, feeling like a million bucks…and what I did was free, life-affirming, and incredibly good for me!

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Hopefully, I just inserted the pic I sent to my sister while at a red light, jokingly showing her me, without a shower, yet happy & fulfilled, heading to pick up children and go to New Orleans for the weekend.

Didn’t I call this post run? Maybe I should change it to ADD…

Anywho, I ended up grabbing a couple of pairs f shorts yesterday at Target – cheaper and cuter…

I was, however, pretty disappointed to realize I missed the mini tri I had signed up for – I totally thought it was next weekend – it was this past Sunday morning…sigh…

Sunday morning had me running…with my children to St. Louis Cathedral for 9:00 Mass!

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I love this beautiful old church…

Anywho, that’s it for now…

Peace.

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Summa:)))))

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Summer officially begins!!! Officially for us, that is…closing ceremony yesterday, swim parties, sleep overs, donut run for the kiddos…happy girls – lots of them, enjoying being together…I love this moment. I am so grateful my daughters have chosen friends who are good and sweet. The lady at the donut shop said, wide-eyed, “HOW many girls slept over?!?!” I laughed.

Now, I take back the reigns…thank you, school, you’ve done your job for all these months…I wish I could give you an “A” across the board, but, alas, I cannot…

And, I am also pleasantly reminded of the commitment I made to “Another Mother Runner” website – a challenge to get 5-6 workouts a week – there is a downloadable calendar & all!!! Check it out, yo!!!:))))

Have fun this summer….

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