There’s no need for a long introduction, let’s just get right to it!
Things at work haven’t really gotten any better. Well, I guess I can’t say that entirely, since I am no longer leaving each day feeling miserable and beaten down. But that might be due to a change in my apathy level and less with the actual work. I am still working solo and responsible for more than I am being compensated for. I know it’s not ALL about the money, but if I’m responsible for things that are WAY beyond the scope of my job description, I’d like it to be acknowledge. And it’s not. So things are stressful at work, but fortunately it’s the kind of stress that I don’t take home with me. And, one of my coworkers sent me chocolates, and I love sugar!
I had jury duty earlier this week, and what a fun and exhilarating experience that is! The day started out well enough, dropped off Tysen at school and had plenty of time to get to work. Work. You know, at the same time I was supposed to be reporting for jury duty. Whoops. A slight freak out ensued as I frantically tried to figure out if I was about to be hunted down and arrested, followed quickly by a manic drive downtown and a mad dash from the parking garage to the Justice Center. I was already late, so when I was told I wouldn’t be allowed to take my soup spoon inside the building, I was forced to throw it away. Ugh. My good spoon, from my silverware drawer. I’m still pretty angry about that. This is how the day went:
Halloween is probably my all time favorite holiday, followed closely by Thanksgiving. I just really love the holidays that are celebrated with food. I have the Timehop app on my phone, and all week long I’ve gotten to look back on the last few years of celebrating Halloween with the kids. I love dressing up, and being silly, and I’m fortunate that both kids seem to feel the same. In the past, we’ve tried to have a family theme, and I’m glad my kids let us get away with that. This year Kaleena was having none of it and insisted on being a fairy princess. OK, kid, just get me some candy!
Thursday was a schedule tempo run day, and I was not feeling it at all. My leg has felt kind of funny since Monday’s overly enthusiastic mile repeats. I can’t pinpoint the pain exactly, it’s in my calf, but I couldn’t tell you much beyond that. It’s sometimes painful to walk, sometimes not. Because I’m better at motivating myself when other people are involved, I texted a friend I have run with a lot in the past but haven’t seen much of lately because of our different schedules and training plans. He was meeting up with a group I’d run with once about two years ago and I asked him if I could tag along. I’m so glad I did! I nailed my tempo run (aside from the whole warm up and cool down part, but who needs that anyway?). The leg pain was there, but more of a whisper than a full on scream of pain. Afterward the group had plans to head for dinner, celebrating the fact that a bunch of group members just finished Ironman 70.3 Austin. It was so nice to be surrounded by these amazing people and honestly, if I owned a bike, I would have signed up for a triathlon right then and there.
On Sunday I’m running the San Antonio Road Runners Member Appreciation Race. Originally I signed up for the 15 mile distance, thinking to align it as closely as possible with my training schedule. And at the time, that seemed like a really good decision. I wouldn’t actually “race” the whole thing, maybe a few MGP miles in the middle, but overall I’d treat it as a really crowded training run…A couple months later though, my body is feeling pretty off and I’m needing a step-back week. I think the smartest thing to do is drop down to the ten miles, and just run it at a very easy pace. Over the last few weeks I’ve been pushing a bit harder on my long runs in an attempt to see if I’m capable of holding faster training paces. I think I am, but I also think it’s starting to make everything ache a little bit.