Kudos to all you moms out there who are taxiing your kids around all the time. Usually I’m the furmobile, as I like to call it. For much of this week, though, I was driving my mom around. Back and forth to the hospital every day. Shopping and errands. It was another intense week!
I am somewhat behind in replying to comments. I apologize if I haven’t gotten back to you. It’s going to be busy here for the forseeable future and I’ll do my best to read & comment on blogs — it just might take longer than usual.
And linking up with Jenn @ Runswithpugs, Brandi @ Funnerrunner, Anna Louise @ Graciouswarriorprincess, Briana @ Matsmilesmedals, Meghan @ Meghanonthemove, and Elizabeth @ Trainwithbainfor RIOTS(running is our therapy)
- Monday: 3 miles easy, Yoga (20 min), Soul Strolling
- Tuesday: Yoga (10 min), Soul Strolling
- Wednesday: Soul Strolling
- Thursday: Dogwalk, Yin Yoga (45 min), a much needed rest day!
- Friday: Dogwalk, 3 miles easy
- Saturday: Dogwalk x 2, PM Yoga (10 min)
- Sunday: Dogwalk, 8 mile LSD, hopefully Yin Yoga tonight
Mileage: 14 (-1)
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Initially I’d planned to go home today. I asked my mom Sunday if she wanted me to stay, but she couldn’t answer (because no doubt she didn’t want me to leave), so I decided to stay another day — in fact, I ended up staying two more days.
I hadn’t planned to run, since I thought I’d only be there a long weekend, but I’d packed one running outfit and brought running shoes just in case. Good thing. For my local friends, it was like running around Lake George — very hilly, and no shoulder at all (at least Lake George has a tiny shoulder).
Good thing I didn’t hear that bears had been sighted really close until dinner that night.
This was one of those runs: the kind you just completely drag yourself through, despite perfect running weather. I had hoped I’d feel better after the run, as sometimes I do when I’m feeling run down initially, but no. Well, it is what it is, and it wasn’t so bad that I needed to cut it short, although I definitely wasn’t going to extend it, either.
I had the dogs on my own, and there was no way I could do a long run Saturday & attend the party (more on that in the favorites) — I would have been gone at least 7 hours. Just doesn’t work for Lola, and she’s been quirky enough lately.
So I went to the party and ran today. I finally got a really good night of sleep, much needed (Friday Lola woke me up at 11, and I had a very hard time getting back to sleep — even if I’d been able to run Saturday, the body just said nope). Unfortunately that also meant I slept late, which had the snowball effect of me getting out a lot later than I’d planned, and wouldn’t you know summer was trying to make a comeback suddenly? It wasn’t summer hot, but it was 73F feels like 78 by the time I was done.
I happened to run across the snake above (almost literally) towards the end of my run. We had just been discussing fear of snakes at the party; generally I’m ok with little snakes like this. He seemed a bit angry, though, no doubt because the path full of bikers and runners were disturbing his sunbathing.
So it was a slog (slow jog). I still felt way better than I did on Saturday, and am very grateful I did.
Favorites of the week
Monday was a very, very bad day on so many levels, but the above did come into my email box at the end of the day. That was the one bright spot. Yes, I am a certified yoga instructor now. One that still needs to practice a lot at actual teaching! I have a lot to work on still, including developing a few hour long flows and memorizing them so that when I do get a job I have something to teach. Plus a lot of other business-type stuff.
My running group came together to celebrate one of our own’s 50th birthday this weekend. Or as I liked to say, her birthversary (because her birthday and anniversary are just days apart). I needed those laughs! The cake was as yummy as it looks; so glad she requested chocolate.
Getting back home! As much as I hated to leave my mom alone, sleeping in my own bed and not driving at least an hour every day felt really good. My father was discharged to a rehab center that is unfortunately a half hour away from my mom, and in order to get there she’ll have to hire a driver.
I expect to be going back and forth on the regular while he’s there so I can take her at least once a week. We have no idea how long he’ll be there, and even if he’ll be able to come back home to the apartment when he has finished with rehab. Getting old can be really ugly.
Are you part of the sandwich generation — sandwiched between the demands of kids and aging parents? I suppose I’m lucky it’s just the aging parents.
What was your proudest moment from this week?
Are you good at memorizing things? I never was. It definitely hasn’t improved with age!