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The last weekend of summer…

   
Nothing like $30 to feed a couple parakeets…

 
Enjoying his first Thundercloud sub.  Ingredients?  White cheese and white bread. He said he is allergic to everything else.

  
His taekwondo gear bag that was a surprise after advancing belts.

This was the last weekend of summer.  It was a super, super busy week leading up.   The additional responsibilities/ volunteering of kindergarten are all ready starting.  This weekend we packed in a ton and I was busier than a weekday.  Welcome to the school year!

I started with my unconventional long run with a chunk of speedwork in the middle.  It was really hot and humid so mile repeats were extra fun.  Then we rushed off to Jasp’s belt test and I am so proud of my angel as he advances.  This was the first belt test that we finished and he said he couldn’t wait to go to taekwondo again.  Score!   Anyone who puts their kid in a time demanding activity knows the rewards are few and far between.  

Sunday I met Steve at Brushy Creek and enjoyed running in trail heaven. Once again, super hot.  Next I hit up hot yoga.  Then we went to a small water park.  Heat index 108.  I was soooooo tired by the evening.    That was a lot of heat.  The water park was small enough that it wasn’t that tiring but I predict it will be a gateway to real waterparks.   I predict next summer to be our first season pass…

I took today off to have the last fun day before kindergarten tomorrow.   Jasp picked the activities:  Austin Aquarrium (pretty sad place, his choice though. We looked at fish for 5 minutes, fed parakeets for 5 minutes and spent the rest of the time on an indoor playscape), lunch at Thundercloud, Jumpoline, frozen yogurt and school clothes shopping.  Jasper scored a pair of Sketchers Go Meb shoes for kids on clearance.  I was just impressed Meb now has kids shoes.  I’m glad Jasper has the perfect biomechanics that allow him to wear what are basically racing flats.  Meanwhile I’m still in my orthopedic clunkers.  At least someone in the house can wear Meb’s shoes even if acquired on the clearance rack.  They have been declared the first day of school shoes.  Do you think Meb would autograph our first day of kindergarten picture if I sent him one?

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I touched a kettlebell…and the end of summer. 😥

I’m sore, chaffed and tired. Yes, it’s Sunday night of a marathon training weekend.  To rewind, I learned how to do more gym stuff this week and have an hour long full body strength workout now. Yay!  Saturday Mike was out of town again and Jasper’s taekwondo was canceled so he and I went to they gym and I did my strength workout….which normally I would not do before a long run, but it’s all about fitting it in when I can.  Today I had 17 miles on the schedule.  I woke up pretty sore in the back and upper body, as is to be expected.  The 17 went pretty well, it wasn’t speedy, but I never hit the overheated, “I’d like to die now” feeling. But boy, I was sore the rest of the day.  And chaffed.  I am convinced there is no clothing on earth that won’t chafe once it hits over 100 degree days.   I’m pretty psyched about the strength training though…I really enjoy it and it’s 100% new to me.  I’d love to go 2-3 days a week, but for now the goal is one gym day of yoga, one of strength training.  One of the new things I learned is a squat with a kettlebell. Yes, you read that right.  The trainer asked me “you seriously have never touched a kettlebell?”  Uh, nope.  I was unaware this is something most people did.   I can run 17 miles on a hot, humid day but I was totally uninitiated to the world of kettlebells.  Now I can say I’ve touched one. 

Summer is coming to an end way to fast.  We will have a whole new schedule after next week.  Jaspy is pretty anxious about kindergarten so we are trying to work in some extra fun activities (today he earned a trip to Pinballz arcade).   He “graduated” from OT this week and I’m pretty happy to have one less thing on the schedule. We have a very busy week with meet the teacher night, a belt graduation in taekwondo, some appointments and some promised swimming trips.  

Which means I’m turning in.  I’m also a touch under the weather so trying to rest up and conquer our last week of summer.  I’m already looking forward to winter break.  🎄⛄️

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Hot days and speedwork…

  
More time at the climbing wall this week…

What does it stay about your week when you resume playing Candy Crush after a long lay off?  Stress relief needed?  Perhaps.  

I was on the ‘mill most of the week.  Yesterday I got to run outside and I needed a long run.  Perhaps not the best way to do speed work, but I met the group at the gym in the middle of my long run.  Run to the gym, stop, warm up, 6x 400, run home.  I am definitely the only one in the group who favors longer distances, but anyone who is willing to meet early on a Saturday is pretty committed, so it makes for a good bunch.  I’m getting to know some of the folks a bit and that’s nice.  I admittedly spent a lot of time doing kid things and don’t get out with friends much at all….so like minded adult company is welcome….and work does not count!   I have to admit that speedwork in a group is fun as heck….on my own, not so much.  As far as marathon training goes, I’m at the point where I need to buckle down, but I still feel like there’s a lot of weeks to go.   We’ve also been hit with the hottest weeks of the year.  It cools to about 80 but a lot of heat still radiates off the street.  Slowing down is inevitable, so it’s difficult to tell if I’m getting in my prescribed paces.   

I hit the gym a bit this week to combat stress and take advantage of some childcare time.  As of now,  Jasp really likes the childcare so I’m going with it.   I did hot yoga, the TRX strength stuff, and the stair climber.  Funny story is the trainer who showed me how to use the TRX ropes said he starts strength training beginners on them. Today Mike joined me for gym time and I was excited to show him what I’d learned. There was a couple of 80 year old ladies taking up the TRX ropes.  My first thought was 1.  Good for them… But then, 2.  How appropriate the trainer started me on the same exercises the 80 year olds do.  Plus they did them a lot better than I do, but you gotta start somewhere, right?   I hoping the extra gym work will help get me faster but if not, at least it’s fun.  I also rode my bike one night on the trainer in the garage.  I’ve been wanting to pick this up 1-2 nights a week.  But,  that’s a tough time to go sweat hard,  and even with the door open and the fan on it had to be 110 degrees.  I took a shower and then proceeded to be wide awake a couple hours past when I normally go to bed.  Not my smartest move.  Biking may have to wait until fall. 

Well, I got some Candy Crush calling my name and an extra early wake up. Onward…

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Little things and toasty paws…

  

Doing his second favorite activity at the fancy gym.  Swimming is always first choice.

I’ve rewritten this blog post a few times trying to make my week sound interesting and I realize it’s pretty boring stuff to anyone but me.   Sometimes life is all about the small, little victories.   Jasp and I are flying solo for awhile and when that happens the days can often feel like a a big long checklist that just goes until bedtime and then repeat in the morning.  This isn’t to say things are bad, there’s just a lot of things to get done each day, and it’s just not all that interesting.  That makes for a blogger challenge.

The running related gems that stuck out in a week of routine were several.  I got my watch back!  Actually it’s a completely new watch, but I was happy to geek out again.  Plus it makes for a nice, sleek daily watch and as a minimal jewelry wearer a nice watch is my fave accessory.  I got a babysitter this morning and ran a long run outside with Steve.  So, so worth every penny.   I managed a little time at the fancy gym and am moving ever go slowly to not feeling like a fish out of water when I’m there.  At this point I’m about a freshwater fish that’s been dumped into saltwater but at least I’m not completely out of the water.  

A not so great thing this week:  it’s so hot now that when I tried walking the dogs after work (peak heat) they burnt their paws, and whimpered, licking at their feet while they walked. Now that’s hot!  (Not to mention I felt terrible).