In my defense, to say the last month has been busy would be a gross understatement. In fact, life threw me a couple of curve balls that I had to deal with and I attempted to do so with aplomb. Time for writing was not part of the game plan, though.
So, when last I wrote, Hubby and I were headed to Door County for the Fall 50 relay race and a weekend away. We had a great time with that - very fun and relaxing. If I recall (sweeping the cobwebs from my brain), my runs were pretty good although I paid for them. I was on a four-gal team and had two six-mile legs for the relay. I pushed the pace as well as I could, but my hips and hamstring acted up and I got to about four miles in each leg before my hip would start to spasm. Not fun. So, I would say I had a good eight miles for the day and a struggling four miles total. All in all, a good experience though. Now that I have tasted success with a four-person team, I am sorely (pun!) tempted to try a three-person team next year. I figure if I downgrade by one person each year, then by 2015 I'll be ready to run the whole thing solo. Ha!
Coming back from the Fall 50, we cleaned up the house and got ready to welcome Hubby's mom for a five-day visit with us. Traveling from across the country, this is always highly anticipated by everyone, the kiddos especially. They love seeing WCGM. Unfortunately for WCGM, on the second day of her visit she had a biking accident trying to ride my bike to the park with the kids while I went on a run. The result: a broken hip and a partial hip replacement. Her five-day visit stretched into almost three weeks as she worked on recovery. I did the best I could to help her along - mostly so she wouldn't be bored off her gourd for the duration (we don't even have cable TV!), and strangely I think it all worked out for the best. The kids and WCGM (and I!) got to spend some serious quality time together, and WCGM got to take part in a lot of things she normally would miss - Halloween, extracurricular activities, LG's birthday. She also was here long enough that she could enjoy some "normal" kid behavior. The kids are usually so wound up when she visits that I always get the feeling that she doesn't see them as they really are. With this longer visit, though, she got to see the real deal, and I think that was almost worth the price of admission. (Not quite, though. No one should have to pay for anything with a broken hip.)
After WCGM was cleared for take off and we said our good-byes, we had two days to turn around, do laundry, and pack up before heading out of town for a 10-day driving vacation to Maryland and Washington DC. That wouldn't have been so bad, but unfortunately for me I had a school fundraiser distribution to work that sucked away about six hours of my day on the Tuesday between. To say I started our vacation a bit stressed is my second understatement of the day. Once out of town, though, I can say that I finally started to calm down, and in fact the vacation was really nice.
I'll gloss through the details of the trip, but will say that the whole reason for going to Maryland was a success.
|Wrangling kids after the 50-Miler.|
|Exploring the battlefield - day 1.|
|Exploring the battlefield - day 2.|
|Washington Monument on our nighttime walking tour.|
|At the National Zoo.|
The fun didn't end in Washington, though, because on the trip back, we stopped and visited some old friends in Ohio (we hadn't seen them in 15 years or so!) and then on to a family Thanksgiving in Michigan. Finally, getting back home this past weekend, I thought I was ready to crash after a month of topsy-turvy.
Running-wise, I managed to hold my own this whole time (and that may be part of the reason my sanity is still intact). I am following a new training plan that a friend put together and so far, so good. I still have my hip/hamstring issue, but following the plan, which has me running a lot slower than normal but with speed work days added in, I haven't felt that bad. The past two weekends have seen me becoming the Treadmill Queen, though....10 miles last weekend at a hotel in Maryland and 16 miles (!!!) on my treadmill at home yesterday. Although I made it the 16 miles, the run was a bit of a failure as I was really supposed to do 18. Ah well. I felt okay for the run yesterday; nothing really barked at me pain-wise (although the base of one of my big toe's did bug me for the last little bit), but overall my legs felt kind of tired. Mentally, I broke the run down into two-mile chunks - that's the only reason I could get so far. I was pretty determined to finish the 18 miles, but by the time I reached 15.5, I was just done. I walked it out to 16 and called it quits. Strangely, I feel okay with the effort, despite being shy of the goal. I think it's just what I needed yesterday. We'll see how the rest of the week unfolds.