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I am so many things, but most importantly I am a wife, a mommy, and a woman. Most recently I am a RUNNER.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

On the Road Again!!!

So this is the view from my driveway as I head out for my first long run, 6  miles, of my official MARATHON TRAINING!  It was beautiful!  Since the move, I've been very un-motivated, to say the least, to run.  It's been such a whirlwind and finding making time has not been a priority of mine (I say as I hang my head in shame.)  BUT, I can't put it off any longer or when November gets here, I will be in a world of hurt...or October for that matter.  I have my first half marathon, in a pack of 4 with the  Florida Halloween-Half  That's ALOT of running this year and into early 2013.  But I'm really looking forward to the races. 

Running in my new hood is not nearly as fun as running in the old hood.  I don't have the beautiful beaches to keep me entertained, and I don't have all of the other runners and bikers to give the much needed, nod of the head or good morning, or even keep it up.  Instead I have dogs running beside me as I pass their chainlink fences.  Not the friendly kinda dogs.  The HUGE growling and barking like they want to eat me kinda dogs.  I miss my aligators!

However, as I was running I heard an odd noise.  As I look over, I see a beautiful swan in her private lake.  My how gorgeous she was.  I had to stop to take a picture, but it didn't turn out very good.  Here it is so you ca get an idea.

So I finished my 6 miler in just over an hour, with more walking than I wanted, but less than I expected,  I'm calling it a SUCCESS!   I did run into an old face.  I used to chase her at the beach...until I caught her.  Now I'm chasing her again...until I catch and pass her.  :)

Feeling strong and nothing's wrong.  Have a GREAT weekend and I'll see you at the races!!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The day finally arrived!  We moved into our new house!!!  We are still trying to weed through the boxes and find places for everything, but I don't feel like I'm staying in a hotel anymore.  Although building a home and moving is full of challenges on many levels, getting our townhouse ready for the renters, was harder than I EVER imagined it would be. 

Of course things just couldn't go smoothly for me. Don't get me wrong, finding renters was fairly easy.  With a listing on Craigslist, we had it rented within 2 weeks.  However, with the cost of having it professionally cleaned being around $600, I decided to clean it myself.  After all it was our dirt and I have cleaned that too many times to count, so why pay someone to clean it now?  Right?  The jury is still out on that. 

My husband and I split the house and I took the upstairs and he took the down.  Sounds fair.  Not really.  For some reason the upstairs bedrooms and baths ALWAYS take longer than the kitchen and living areas.  Not sure why, but we finished it.  All of it except the trash.  We had 12 bags of trash to set out and in our community, unless it fits into the actual trash can, it doesn't get picked up.  Sooooo, I had about 8 bags of trash to set out, after I called and asked the county to pick them up, which they agreed to. 

The bad part of that was that the electric was shut off a day early...one day before the renters were to take the keys.  Doesn't sound like a big deal, right?  Wrong!  I had a few friends over to swim in our new pool on Thursday morning and got a phone call from my old neighbors letting me know that our alarms were going off.  I know that they weren't set because that was a "discussion" with my husband and I the night before.  When I got to the house I called the alarm company, and they determined it was the fire alarms going off because the electric went off and they automatically went to back-up battery mode...which just meant I couldn't turn them off, unless I removed the batteries from them all.  You can imagine my problem being 5 ft. tall with no ladder, no chair, no...anything in the house.  Unfortunately, the alarm kept sounding until the batteries died.  Luckily you couldn't really hear the alarm from the outside of the house. 

As if that wasn't enough, I had some touch-up painting to do AND I had to set the 8 bags of trash out.  Because I didn't know the electric was off, I wasn't prepared.  I wouldn't have been able to get the garage door back down if I'd manually opened the door, so I had to literally feel my way through a VERY dark garage and drag the BIG black trash bags through my house and around the yard to the driveway in the back of the house.  Not an easy job!  I was able to patch the nail holes in the walls but the paint was in the garage and I had no idea where my husband had left it, so that would have to wait until the next day.  The day the renters were moving in.  UGH!!!

Anyway, it all worked out!  Thank you Lord!!!  BUT after that whole thing and the clogged pipe in our new house the night before, and...well I could go on and on about this experience...I WAS READY TO RUN!!!! 

So I ran on the following Saturday morning!  It felt GREAT!!!  The new Hood is not the beaches, and I don't have the friendly familiar faces running along with me, but I'm sure I was able to find some of my sanity along the way.  I rested on Sunday and Monday...well I didn't run. Today I hit the pavement pushing 60 lbs. of daughter and stroller.  I ran the 3 miles Hal has set up in his training and felt really good.  

After a way too long vacation from running, I have officially started my MARATHON TRAINING!  Did I really just say that?!  Of course I did!  I'm super excited to take this journey!  Thanks for joining the party!!!  See you at the races!!!