Do I Know Storm?

We did two half marathons one weekend after another. Man, it didn’t seem like that bad of an idea back in October when we signed up for the Heartland 39.3 Series. Of course in 2016 we did the Goofy and then we did the training for Superhero weekend in Disneyland. So we were still in better shape in 2017. This year we haven’t done any Disney races or any “official” training programs. We can definitely tell the difference.

I mean I still do a base level type thing that Galloway does for the Disney races. I run from forty to forty-five minutes two days a week and then one long run on the weekend. Although my weekend long runs haven’t been that long. That is probably my problem.

I was really, really dreading running another half marathon. It wasn’t the miles it was the . . . weather! It looked cold and rainy for Saturday which to me was worse than snow. I can handle rain as long as it is warm. I’m not big fan of the cold even if it is dry. I prayed about the weekend. I even asked for assistance from any mutant friends I may or may not know on Facebook. I just wanted the rain to stay away long enough to do the race.

My kids made out again at the expo for Garmin Half Marathon. They loved the Oz cutouts. We got some pictures with them. The kids also decorated some trucker hats from State Farm. While we were there I just kept looking outside at how beautiful it was wishing it could be that way race day.

 

My in-laws stayed that night again. We had pizza for dinner and I thought maybe it wasn’t a good idea. We were hungry and tired, and it was quick, easy and tasty. Hubby had to work a little late. He was so tired when he got home. It seemed to be the theme for the evening. Everybody was so tired. We just ate the pizza and called it good.

This race is even earlier than Rock The Parkway. They moved the route back to the Garmin headquarters. I believe it was the same route I did in 2014. It was cloudy but not as cold as we thought it would be that morning. I was so thankful for that.

I thought that finishing under three hours would be a miracle. The fact that I did worse than Rock The Parkway was still jarring though, but I’m jumping ahead. There were a lot of cute costumes. They were all Oz themed of course. I didn’t see any dragons or anything like that this year. It stayed cloudy, but it did not rain! There were some big drops that sprinkled on us around mile six, but it never let loose. Some people untied rain jackets from around their waist to put on or put up hoods and such, but it never really did anything.

I can’t think of anything exciting during the race. I thought I might have a good run during the first half of it. Hubby wasn’t doing well. Then I kept feeling like I needed to go to the bathroom, but only when I ran (Yup, I went there). When I walked I felt fine. I’ve never used the porta potty while running. So I just sucked it up and ran on anyway. I think if I had stopped and tried to use the bathroom, I might have felt better and had a better run. Hubby ended up staying ahead of me the whole time.

Near Arrowhead Park I saw some marks on the street that hashers make, but I did not see any hashers. I saw a true trail arrow, a beer near or BN, and On On. I thought there might be a beer check there, but I was bummed when I didn’t see any hashers. For a second I thought the hashers were doing and aid station like Little Rock and some other hashers do during marathons.

My time ended up being 2:42 and Hubby was 2:39. It was still cold. We grabbed a blanket that was prepackaged in a tiny Ziploc, but we didn’t put it around our shoulders. We grabbed a Chuy margarita. It was good. They had a band under the parking garage. We parked in the garage as well. So after drinking our drink we headed toward the car. We got some water and chocolate milk too. We changed our clothes and moved the car closer to the after party.

Before we went to the car we saw some people with yummy smelling burgers all wrapped up in foil. I really wanted one. I tried to get Hubby to get one before going to the car, but he really wanted to change clothes. Then when we got back he wanted, “something to drink while standing in line.” By the time we got in line to get the burger they had the meat patty but no buns or anything else. Now I know people who eat burgers with no bun and I just find that really, really weird. I can’t stand ground beef by itself no matter how well seasoned it is. I must have bun, cheese, pickles, mustard, mayo, tomato, and lettuce. I mean just about everything but ketchup. I know they don’t always offer that so I usually settle for cheese and at least one condiment like mustard. So when I heard there were no buns I gave my husband “the stare.” You know the one that says, “I knew we should have come here earlier.”

He tried to fix it by asking them for a hot dog bun, but they were frozen. They had them grilling on the grill to get them thawed. We started to walk away, but then they handed me one thawed. I broke my patty in two and tried to eat it on a hot dog bun with mustard and no cheese. It was not satisfying at all. My husband was shocked that they would run out of stuff like that so soon. He was concerned about the slower people who ran the full marathon. He was right. It takes me about six hours to do a full marathon. If I had chosen to run this one there would be nothing left for me when I got to the finish. Actually that is what happened on my first full marathon. They basically had everything packed up and ready to leave.

When I got home I had to joke around on Facebook. I mean I asked any mutant friends to keep the rain away until the race was finished and there was no rain. I had to joke around that maybe I did know a mutant that could control the weather like Storm. I had some friends think it was silly. Oh well, I thought it was funny.

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April Be Cray Cray

So I don’t read a lot of running blogs. Honestly, I don’t read a lot of blogs at all anymore. I used to have quite a few that I read when the kids were little. Now I mostly read children’s books to the kids (which I LOVE to do by the way). Anyway when I have read some running blogs I get a little bored when they go on and on about the weather. So I will try to do just one short paragraph and leave it at that.

April be cray cray. I mean it has snowed two weekends in a row with a high of 83 degrees in the middle of the two. I mean I think I would have been less bummed the morning we did Rock The Parkway if it had been cold and crappy all week. I would have thought, “Huh, okay. It just is what it is and it’s been that way all week.” But Nooooooo! It was beautiful and up to 83 degrees two days in a row before the race day. Seriously, Mother Nature? Oh and since we signed up for the Heartland Challenge, we have the Garmin Half next weekend. I looked ahead at the weather forecast and it is going to be a smidge warmer with rain instead of snow. UGH!

So let me rewind a bit to one of the pretty days. I picked up our race packets with the kids. They always make out with candy or some other trinkets at one of the other expo stands. Little Man didn’t want to go in with me at first, but he was skipping and happy when we left. Both kids got a little plant, some suckers, and a light up wrist band. I picked both our Rock The Parkway packets and our Heartland shirts.

My in-laws stayed the night like they normally do. About this time last year my in-laws were upset with our cat for making noise all night while they tried to sleep. Little did they know it was a momma fox outside. She had pups under our deck. Well at least one fox is back this year. It didn’t make much noise because we turned the light on and peeked our heads out the window. It saw us and ran away. It was a beautiful fox. I mean it was big and picturesque. It didn’t look like the mom or dad from last year. Maybe it was one the pups all grown. Long story short, we know what the fox says.

Hubby was stressed about taxes and I was worried he was going to stay up all night, but thankfully he went to bed even if it was past midnight. We got up and got out without too much trouble or fighting. He was slightly worried that we were under dressed. That is unusual for Hubby. Usually I over dress so he follows suit. It was so miserably cold (oops, sorry, keeping the weather contained to one paragraph maybe be harder than I thought).

We lined up and of course the body heat kept us warm. Our training has been crap so I thought we would be lucky to finish at all much less in the 2:30 group, but that is who we lined up with at the beginning. One of the 2:30 pacers was my favorite, Cristal. We were a little ahead of her. I thought I would stick with her and enjoy her stories during the run. No such luck. She passed me at mile three and I never saw her again.

I was a bit dizzy two times at mile two and a little after mile three. I felt a little better after about two Dixie cups of Gatorade. I took my gloves off and pushed up my sleeves and thought things might be alright. Then I got passed by a guy not only dressed as a cowboy but wearing cowboy BOOTS! How on Earth does he run and not get blisters? I should have asked. He had a flask in his back pocket while carrying a huge flask in his hands. He also had on a cowboy hat. I wanted to take a picture, but I don’t think I could get to my phone. I did tell him he reminded me of a hasher friend of mine. He likes to dress in cowboy attire, but he also likes to show off his legs by wearing Daisy Dukes. This guy actually did not know what Daisy Dukes were.

Hubby was waiting at the beer stop. He was wondering how he was faster than me since I run more than him. The only thing I can think of is the fact that the cold we all got seemed to hang on to be a lot longer than the rest of the family. I think mine turned into a sinus infection eventually. All my training runs were crap. I would have a big wad of tissues on my treadmill to throw away later. He’s been cycling so it isn’t like he doesn’t do anything.

I didn’t see hubby again until about mile eight when I started to hit my first big wall. The longest training run I’ve done since Eureka Springs (St. Patrick’s Day) and my cold is eight miles. So I was feeling it here. Then it started to mist. It was getting really cold. I noticed my arms were really red where my shirt sleeves were pushed up to my elbows. I pushed them back down and realized I couldn’t feel them. I was worried. I could feel my fingers, but my arms were numb. I put my gloves back on my hands just in case. Then Hubby passed me again after he was done at the porta potty.

I picked things back up again at mile nine. I think this is where it sleeted on us a bit. I was worried it was going to do that on us the rest of the way, but it cleared up before mile eleven where I hit another wall. That was also about where I lost the icicle that was on my hat. I hoped that it would be there until the end so I could take a picture, but it broke off at some point. There was a lot of walking from mile eleven on to the finish.

I don’t normally get the mylar blankets, but I sure did grab one this year. I was so sore. I don’t think I’ve ever been able to get my foot up on the bucket for them to cut the timing chip off my shoe. I decided this was the second worst race I’ve done behind Pike’s Peak Half. Of course Pike’s Peak Half is a great story.

I called Hubby and he finished first this year. My time was 2:38 and his was 2:36. It is hard to believe I’ve finished the race in 2:20 in the past. I think it might have been the year I had just done the Goofy Challenge. So I guess that makes sense since I trained for a half and a full marathon back to back just a few months before Rock The Parkway.

Hubby was waiting at the beer truck. All the good beer was gone. They had some horrible fruit beer. Hubby and I are not against fruit beer if it is good and this was not. We got chocolate milk and a few small pieces of soft pretzel. I just wanted to get the heck out of there. We did our usual picture in front of their backdrop though and headed home.

We asked my in-laws to take the kids to their Taekwondo lesson while we ran. They were still in their uniforms and playing when we got home. Hubby took a shower first because he doesn’t like it that hot and doesn’t take a long shower. I knew I would probably use all the hot water. It was the only way I could feel somewhat like normal again.

Sorry I didn’t contain the weather to my one paragraph, but it was just MISERABLE! I’m so crossing my fingers for better conditions next weekend. I’m going to take it easy this week. I’m still going to do my regular runs, but I don’t think I’m going to push it. Now to be fair, this is a great race. My experience has more to do with the weather and my training than anything that the race officials or anybody else could control. We will probably do this one again. We usually do.

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Irish Goodbye

So we signed up for the Sweet 16 Challenge at the last minute. My husband’s whole family was out of town for the first race because of spring break. So unlike years past, we hired a babysitter to watch the kids and even she was leaving town later that day. We had to basically get there, do the race, and then get back home as quickly as possible so our sitter could catch a flight to Texas to spend time with her grandparents. Like I said . . . spring break!

I went the day before the race to pick up our race packets. I had been out all day with the kids. I can’t remember where. Maybe we were at Science City. I hate driving in the Westport area. So I was a little stressed. I made sure to warn the kids about talking to me while driving in that area. They are pretty good about it and I try to be nice about it too. We got our packet and I got a “kilt” for the green dress run we were planning on doing in Eureka Springs with the Little Rock Hash House Harriers.

The next day was, well, uneventful compared to the years past. We got there and wanted a drink or two with some of our Kansas City hashers that run the race. They said they were meeting a McCoy’s early in the morning. We got there a little late, but McCoy’s actually wasn’t open yet. We went to Kelly’s Westport Inn to have our drinks. We messaged and called our friends, but we never found them. We took some selfies and posted it to our group page to say, “Hey! We are here. Where are you?”

We lined up at the starting line after our cocktails and ran a good race. There is nothing I really remember that was outstanding. It was a different route this year. I saw a sign that said free beer, but I didn’t see anybody giving it out or any Bloody Mary’s for that matter. I guess the change in the route might have kept the people who do the beer stop away? My time was okay. I’ve done better. It was 43:13. Hubby was 42:57. We only grabbed a few treats and left. There was no chocolate milk, but there were pickles. Yum!

We hurried back home and our sitter was happy. She had time to get down the street to her house and catch her flight. The rest of the day was pretty basic.

Our crazy costumes in Eureka Springs

We signed up for the Heartland Challenge again. In case you didn’t know, it is two half marathons in April and one in May. It includes Rock the Parkway, Garmin and Running with the Cows. We would have already had one half marathon under our belts in preparation for the Challenge except Disneyland canceled the Star Wars Light Side and all their half marathons until who knows when. We really wanted to do that and then go to Florida to do the Dark Side to get another Coast to Coast Challenge. Since they canceled the Light Side we did not bother to sign up for the Dark  Side. Hubby did get a little bit of the racing bug by seeing all the pictures from the Disney marathon weekend. He has already declared that he wants to do The Dopey some day.

Our training has not gone well. When we got back from Eureka Springs with the hashers both Hubby and I had a terrible cold. The Westport St. Patrick’s Day run is all Hubby has done this year and my runs have been terrible due to all the coughing. I’ll let you know how we do.

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Catching Ya’ll Up

I haven’t posted anything in while. Most of that is due to a broken computer. I hate doing anything other than social media, phone calls, and texting on my phone. I have a tablet but it is actually an outdated Nook. Needless to say I was in a bad way for my computer for a few months, but Hubby got her back up and running.

The other thing I’m sorry to report is more loss of loved ones. I was actually checking social media back in November when I saw a post on a closed group about a friend of mine, Debbie. I couldn’t believe it. It said she had passed due to a stroke or heart attack. I mean she had just posted a beautiful Colorado sunset only days ago on Facebook. I also remember talking to her before the Summer came. I asked if she wanted to visit us. I thought we could go to a Royal’s game or something. It was never mentioned again. I guess maybe she saw on Facebook that we were having a tough Summer. I totally forgot my invitation with all that happened here. I wished I hadn’t forgotten. It would have been nice to see her again. She was only 61 years old.

Debbie and Bo 2001

December wasn’t any kinder to us. My grandmother who had been a in bad way for a while passed away two days before Christmas. I thought of my Mom and how tough it was just spending the first Christmas without Dad, but to also lose her mother was just unimaginable to me. My heart ached. I thought how hard it was on all of us for Mammaw to go so close to Christmas and then I felt selfish. It wasn’t about us. It was about her and she wasn’t in pain anymore.

Mammaw

My Mom held off the funeral for a few days. We celebrated Christmas at home and then immediately headed for my Mom’s town. My son started to get sick and have a fever. The funeral was difficult enough, but with a sick little one it was that much more of a challenge. We powered through it. I was so proud of Mom. I think she did well, but who knows how she feels when we are not there. I know I tend to cry a lot when I’m alone. That is when I allow myself to think and feel things about all this. It feels safe to do it alone. It doesn’t feel like I’m bothering anybody. Then again something can trigger a thought that makes me sad. Then I just have to excuse myself to go some place else and cry.

Keeping ourselves busy helps to deal with it all. Not that we weren’t already busy. We signed up for some more races. One we have already done and others are quickly approaching. Some we planned to do, but got canceled. We were very disappointed. I’ll do some more about the running later. I will let you know that we have the yuck right now and our training is nonexistent.

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Is September A Summer Month?

If you’ve read any of my other posts you know that our plan A since the kids got too big to ride in a stroller for our races is to have my husband’s parents watch them. Plan B is to have my husband’s sister to watch them and then plan C is to pay the girl down the street to watch them. Well somehow we skipped all that and ventured upon a whole new plan.

My husband’s parents went out-of-town to my Father-in-law’s high school reunion. My sister-in-law agreed to watch the kiddos several months out from the zoo run. We knew that far in advance. As we got closer to September I wanted to confirm with her one day when her family was visiting our house. They totally forgot and made plans to be out-of-town, but her husband’s parents were going to watch her kids. They thought his parents wouldn’t mind watching our kids for an hour or two. Sure enough they were okay with it.

My kids are twins (I mean I’m Goofy For Twins after all) and they were born early which happens a lot with twins. We usually have a family day at the zoo when we do the run, but this year things went a little different. Overland Park Regional has a NICU reunion every year. This year they planned it the same day as the zoo run. At least it didn’t conflict with run. They were a different times during the day. The zoo never does anything special inside for the kids or the run or anything. So we decided to do the run, check out the after party in the parking lot real quick, and then leave to take the kids to the reunion. We haven’t missed a NICU reunion yet.

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Our shirt and medal this year

I looked at the weather forecast and holy hot jalapenos! We had some weeks that were  in the seventies this September but all week before the race was going to be the upper eighties and the day of the race was going to be eighty-nine. Why? I mean really. Why can’t it be a nice seventy degrees for the race and NICU reunion?

I got up early that morning and tried to wake up Hubby. The plan was to let the kids sleep until the last minute and take them to my sister-in-law’s with a change of clothes and breakfast. I tried to wake Hubby since he told me to get him up a little after I was awake. I figured fifteen minutes was enough time. He acted like he was going to get up so I went back to the bathroom. Five minutes later he still wasn’t awake. I tried to wake him again on my way downstairs to get something quick for breakfast. He said he didn’t want to get up until 6:30 am. I shrugged and went on down to the kitchen. I wasn’t down there but a few minutes when he whispered from the top of the stairs. Work had called him and needed him to come in for a bit. He asked if I could get the kids to his sister’s house by myself. I surprisingly didn’t say anything sarcastic because I’m usually alone with them during the week. I just said yes.

It was actually kind of nice to NOT have to be the one pushing my husband out the door. He got ready all on his own without any nagging from me. So nice! Then it was time for me to get the kids up and out the door. I spent ten minutes trying to get them up when I decided to just carry them one at a time into the car. Sissy was a little easier not only because she is lighter but she was more cooperative then her brother. He was tired and did not want to go. I had already warned him that his cousin’s grandparents were going to watch them. He had all the knowledge before he went to bed. There were no surprises. He was just tired.

I left the house a little later than I wanted, but I thought that was all okay because the last two years we got there so early we just stood around for what seemed forever for the start. I got them to their aunt’s house okay. I got them in the house and breakfast in front of them. The kids have been around their aunt’s in-laws because they have had several Thanksgivings with us. Our brother-in-law is an only child.

I’m only familiar with the roads between my sister-in-law’s house and our house. The other roads I do not know well. She lives kind of close to the Plaza. So I used my GPS to try to get to the zoo. At first I thought it was taking me some crazy way, but then I recognized 63rd Street. We usually enter the zoo from the other end of it. I wished I was coming from that direction today because my side was barely moving. Nobody was letting us in the line to the zoo. Even though the other side had to cross traffic to get to the zoo, once they were over, they had the right of way and we had to yield. The only time our line moved was when there was traffic from the lane on the other side of us which didn’t happen often. There was a police officer at the intersection but he did not seem too concerned with letting any of us from the side I was on into the street. I spent fifteen minutes or more in traffic. I guess that is reason enough to get there early and just stand around the starting line.

I was on the phone with Hubby while I waited in traffic. He left work to meet me. I had his arm band for his phone. He complained about the traffic as well but he realized he was driving on a road near the start. So he did like a lot of people did and parked along that road. I finally got parked and walked to the starting line. I had a hard time finding him because he wasn’t being real descriptive about where he was standing. I finally spotted him, but I had to stop for the National Anthem. I got him his arm band and we started together just fine.

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After run party

The run itself was okay. It was hot and muggy. I took off too fast. They did not have any water stops until after the second mile. I did see one of the cheetahs up close. It was lounging on a rock. They do not do that often or at least they don’t during the times we have visited the zoo. One of the runners actually stopped to watch it.

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Kudos to the dancing doughnuts. It was hot!

As I got closer to the finish I recognized some runners from last year that finished with me. My time was okay. It was 42:24. We grabbed some waters to cool off for a bit. We got our Sweet 16 prizes which were hats and beanies. I had asked the gentleman at packet pick-up if we were okay with our make-up runs. He was the same person I had emailed. He said we were fine. Speaking of packet pick-up, I wish we could have more races with the packet pick-up at the Overland Park Gary Gribbles. It is so much easier for me, but of course that is probably just me.

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Star Wars characters at the NICU reunion

We looked around the after party in the parking lot a bit before heading out to get the kids. I was disappointed that Shatto Milk wasn’t there this year. I didn’t see any chocolate milk at all. I didn’t get anything except water. I just wasn’t impressed. The band was playing some fun songs. They even had some people dressed as doughnuts out dancing. It was super cute.

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More Star Wars

I got the kids. They had a great time with cousins. We went home and got cleaned up since we got the gas back on our water heater. The NICU reunion didn’t start until one in the afternoon. So I figured if they had any food it would be snacks and dessert and I was right. We grabbed some quick food at nearby McDonald’s. I mean three dollar happy meals and one dollar McDouble for the Royals double play is pretty good deal. That is when McDonald’s doesn’t forget about the double play deal.

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Wonder Woman and the top of my daughter’s head. I’m still not comfortable putting their pictures out here.

The theme for the NICU reunion was superheros. They had characters, inflatables, face painting, snacks/desserts, and balloon artists. Sissy got her face painted like Wonder Woman and Bubby was Spiderman. She got a butterfly shaped balloon and Bubby got a Spiderman balloon. We did everything and stayed almost the whole four hours.

It felt soooo good to be home and in the air conditioning when it was all said and done. It was a long, hot, and fun day.

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More To Add

I mentioned a whole list of things that haven’t gone well this year in some of my previous post. Unfortunately, things have not really improved much. I don’t want to recap because it is just too depressing to go down the list. I will tell you what is new and shine some silver linings like the fact that Hubby finally did his CCVI Trolley make-up run.

First I’ll give you a little background since my last post. My grandmother has not been doing well. She is in her ninety’s. She is a tough bird. She can’t walk real well anymore. My cousin is a nurse and lives next door to her. She asked Mammaw to move in with her and her family a while ago. It was so nice of her. They have always had a very special relationship. It also helped out my sister.

My sister wasn’t having a good time with bills. She did not like the idea of moving back home, but her job has her on the road all over the United States. So it isn’t like she is stuck in “Small Town USA.” She gets out, explores, works, has fun, etc. Plus the internet connects people in ways we never had in the past. So she sold her land in Mississippi and moved back to Arkansas. She is paying Mammaw rent and taking care of the place while Mammaw lives with our cousin. It makes me feel a little bit better that my sister is there for Mammaw and Mom especially since Dad’s death. I know my sister’s job has her out a lot, but to at least have one person there to check on Mom every now and then is great. I know my cousins still live there, but they have their hands full. I mean you can only ask so much of someone even if they are family.

We saw everyone back in May at Dad’s funeral. It was a good visit even if it was under really sad circumstances. We should still go back as soon as we can to see Mammaw again. Things keep popping up each weekend. I feel like we are just going to have to choose something to cancel soon and go.

We did a video call recently. My cousin was home and showed Mammaw what to do. She “talked” with my kids. They love the faces and filters on the app. I was worried she was getting annoyed with them playing with the phone while trying to talk. My cousin assured me that Mammaw enjoyed seeing them.

This weekend is the zoo run. It is because of all this other stuff we’ve scheduled that Hubby has waited so long to do his make-up run. Well that and the broken ribs after his horrible bicycle accident. He was able to do the Royals 5K and then he did some of the MS150 bike ride last weekend. It was crazy that he hasn’t done any cycling since his wreck and he jumps on his bike and does about eighty miles. I thought he would run with me the next day to get it done, but he was sooooo spent after that bike ride. He waited until we could run with the Garry Gribble store group.

It was a crazy busy day Wednesday. For the kids it was school, martial arts class, and then church with the grandparents. When we came back from one of our outings, I smelled a bad smell in the house. Our cat hasn’t been doing too well. He is about fifteen years old. He has some age related conditions that has me either cleaning pee, puke, or poop. So I thought maybe it was the cat. I went looking with a rag and cleaner in hand to search for the source of the smell. I did find something and cleaned. So I thought I had cleared up the problem.

Then I needed to put something in the basement. Our basement had some damage recently that we are trying to repair so when I smelled what was like rotten eggs I thought it was mold or something. It wasn’t until I spoke to Hubby about it a few minutes later that it hit me that it could be gas! I freaked a little internally and called the gas company.

At first I thought it was a false alarm because the gas guy wasn’t picking anything up with his tools. I had turned off the gas to be safe. Then he turned on the gas to our water heater and there was a small leak there. We are okay to be in the house with the gas off, but we’ve gotta get the water heater fixed or no hot water.

My mother-in-law graciously offered to take the kids to martial arts class since she was taking them to church later anyway. Hubby and I got a game plan for that night and the next few days to get things fixed. We went ahead with the Garry Gribble run. Hubby got his four miles in for his make-up run. It was hot and muggy. I mean no breeze at all. Thank goodness I already turned in my time because it was not a good run for me.

We got super quick showers with what hot water was left in the tank and then grabbed a bite to eat before going the grandparents place to get the kids. They ate before church. I asked if she could give them a bath and we would bring the PJs. We timed it just right. They were ready to get out of the tub when we arrived. Everybody was cleaned up and ready for bed when we got home.

I don’t know. Maybe I’m getting used to things going crazy or maybe I’ve just learned to roll with it. Wednesday was a little intense at times, but it seemed to all work out okay in the end. Maybe writing about it helps too. Now we just need to finish our basement repairs including the hot water heater and find time to get to see my Mammaw in person. Until then we will take one day at a time. Maybe that could be that title of my new country music song (see previous post for the inside joke).

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Waving At Your Fat

I think I have mentioned that I belong to several running groups. One of the groups I joined is a virtual running group. I belong to the Whovian Running Club. It is a club that runs for good causes and it’s members are all fans of the British science fiction TV show Doctor Who.

I’ve been a fan of Doctor Who since I was a kid. Our PBS station in Arkansas would play reruns. They mostly showed the Tom Baker era. That is when Baker played the part of the Doctor. This show is awesome! I mean if you wanted a show to just keep going, you come up with a character like the Doctor. He is an alien that looks like he is human, but he has two hearts. He doesn’t die. When he is badly injured he just regenerates. Brilliant! I mean say you have an actor that leaves the show for whatever reason. Does the show die? No! You just get another actor to play the same character and add their own little quirks because he is an alien after all. You can do that!

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The front of my hoodie and medal

I first joined the group back when they did not run with a phone app called Charity Miles. They just ran and you bought a medal. It was all on the honor system. We got our first medals, but the second medal we decided to purchase never came. I loved the design of the Hello Sweetie medal. “Hello, Sweetie,” is something one of the beloved characters says on the show. Dr. River Song is a smart and sassy character. I tend to like the sassy ladies. I like to thing I’m kind of sassy. Anyway, there was some drama over the admin who was running the show. There might have been some laws broken. I’m not sure. There sure were a lot of mad people. I wasn’t very happy myself. There was also a lot of angry Facebook posts.

Another group of ladies offered anyone who had purchased a medal to join a new group. They promised that this new group was legit and planned on staying that way. It has lived up to all of those promises. We never got our Hello Sweetie medal, but they did give us another medal instead.

Since then the group has had several running challenges and formed some sub groups to get people involved in some friendly competitions. The sub groups are based off of the companions the Doctor has had. That or spin-off shows. I loved them all. It was a hard decision, but in the end I chose Donna which was Catherine Tate’s character. She was the companion that I related to the most. She was like most people you might meet, but she was sassy. She was also very special, but she just didn’t know it.

So with everything going on here in the real world there wasn’t very many virtual races I could afford to run. Then this cute little medal popped up with this cute little kid. How could I refuse?

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The back of my hoodie

This particular medal was with RODS, Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome. There was a cute picture of a little boy name Charlie that was trying to get to his forever home. So I just had to do this one. Charlie is cute and the medal is cute. I love Donna and the episode with these cute little aliens made from human fat (Adipose) was one of Donna’s episodes, Partners in Crime. That is what is on the front of the shirt and on the medal, a little Adipose. I love it when she says, “I’m waving at fat!” It was just meant to be.

I didn’t make any particular day my special Adipose 5K because my regular runs are little over a 5K. Now one might think that makes it trivial for me, but it doesn’t. I mean just because I didn’t say that August 27th was the day and took pictures and posted it doesn’t mean it wasn’t special. Every run I do is special. I’m lucky because I can get up and run for a healthier me. It is a time when I can reflect. It is a time to center myself and be a better wife and parent. I also always use my Charity Miles app when it works (Charity Miles is having an issue with the Oreo update. So I have missed logging my miles for the last few weeks). That is how I make every run special. I figure as long as I do the distance, get the medal, and use my Charity Miles; it is all good.

I love this medal and the shirt is so soft. I can’t wait for the cooler Fall weather to wear it. Whovian Running Club did a Timey Wimey event to open up old races to give people a chance to get medals they might have missed. There were a lot of cool ones, but I just couldn’t do them all. Congrats to all that did and got to be a Key Holder.

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