Monday, June 11, 2012
Well, as some of you know, my brother is going through a nasty divorce. He's been married for twenty years. They started discussing it last August and signed papers to separate and start divorce proceedings in April. All was going amicably until mid april when she turned their 14 and 18 year old against him. She is making things up for lots of reasons that I will skip out. My brother came to my house last week (doesn't live near me). He looked awful and is hardly sleeping. He hasn't seen his kids in one month! We talked a lot and I let him do all the talking during our 8 mile run. He is home now and is calling me a lot. It's gotten quite wicked. I don't understand how someone could be married to someone for 20 years and then be so mean.
Anyway, after he left my husband and I visited my parents. We stayed the weekend to participate in a 5k near their house too. My parents are really upset about my brother so that's all we discussed.
This morning I was happy to go to work for a mental break! Then my BFF called and told me her mother is dying and she needs to rush up to Delaware from Texas. I am going to pick her up at the Philadelphia airport and drive her down to lower Delaware later tonight. Around 11 I should be at my parents, stay over and drive up to work in the morning.
Today I also went back to the foot doctor. The bottom of my foot was looking worse. He gave me novacaine and pulled the pin out! It was quite tiny and looked like plastic. It took him no more than 30 secs! I am so relieved that its finally done. So now I am soaking my foot, then I have to pack, eat dinner (nights like this I am glad I still have nutrisystem dinners!) and hit the road in an hour.
Needless to say, I am tired out. As I re-read this, I am going to pack running clothes and run at the beach before going to work. (just re-read this...running sounded good but i forgot about the hole in my foot -- ugh!) My parents are leaving early tomorrow morning to visit my brother for a week so I will get some time there by myself before I go in to work. It may sound selfish but I will need to recharge!!
Saturday, June 02, 2012
It was a fabulous morning - the weather was perfect for running. It cooled down a lot last night after the thunderstorms.
I drove down to Newark and found free parking, so I was off to a good start!
The race started at 9 AM, I got there at 8 AM, so after I picked up my racing bib, I went to the raceshirt table. The lady started apologizing like crazy because she didn't have any "smalls" left - I hadn't asked for my size. I really wanted to run around and hug her! She made my day. I am still not used to being a "small". I said it was "ok", took the large - held it up and it looked like a dress on me - oh well, new pj's!
I walked around Main Street then jogged a little bit near the finish line. I have learned that this little ritual helps me when I start; my legs don't feel tight. It also helps me stay calm.
I talked to the Mayor of Newark a little bit before the race. He knows my parents real well, and lived down the street from us when I was in my teens.
The beginning of the race was slow. There was a lot of runners mushed together, not sure why - there was only 350 today. Most of the run was flat with one sort of steep incline, the rest in bits and pieces. My foot felt great the whole time.
At the end, I found myself with a new PR of 26.24! I am still in shock. I never thought in a million years I would be able to run that fast. I shaved 53 seconds off my record in March, which tells me I still have room to go faster! ...I love competing with myself!
Anyway, here is a picture of me with the University of Delaware mascot, appropriately named "YouDee"...
I am pretty sweaty in this one, not sure why I didn't get it taken before the race!
P.S. If you ever are driving through Delaware, Newark is a great place to stop. It recently received the Best Main Street in the United States, righteously so. Main Street is filled with cute shops and great restaurants. The University of Delaware campus is intertwined all through it. After visiting several colleges with my son, I can tell you it is one of the most gorgeous campuses out there.
Friday, June 01, 2012
So, my youngest son moved out (partially) yesterday - his body went but he forgot all the crap he left in his room! Hoping he works on it a little bit today in between jobs.
My brother is coming next week and staying at my place. He is going through a nasty divorce. He lives in CA so I plan on catching up on everything that is going on while he is here. I will be running back and forth from work and home a lot. It's a big week at work, or I would have taken the whole week off.
Tomorrow I am going to run my third 5k of the season. It is an University of Delaware alumni 5k run (during alumni weekend). Tonight we are going out with friends for dinner, I will be having a light supper with maybe one glass of wine and lots of water with lemon. I want to get a good night sleep before the race.
I was planning on taking today off from running since I ran all week - that was until Roxy took off on me outside! Lately, she will hang out back with us without the leash. She is 4 1/2 years old, so I have been quite excited about this. My husband and I were on the side yard, I unhooked her leash and she totally took off up the road, then into the woods. She never looked back. She is very small for her breed, weighing in at 12 pounds (Boston Terriers go as high as 35 pounds), but she is solid muscle and can run really fast! It took us about 20 minutes to find the little booger, I kept hearing dogs barking - we have lots of big ones around here - and imagining her getting torn apart by one! My husband went down the road the other way and found a little girl holding her - said she was behind her house - she has a german shepherd!
When I went into the house she sat back away from me, looking guilty as sin. I scolded her, then gave her a bath in the sink. There is a lot of poison ivy and ticks where she was running. Now, she is sleeping; still knows she is in trouble.
As I was screaming her name and running through yards, I was thinking how terrible it would be to lose my dog the first day my son moved out. Ugh!
So, now I am going back to cleaning. This was a nice break! I hope you have a great weekend!
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
My youngest son is moving out tomorrow. My husband and I will be on our own! Several people have asked me if I am going to go through "empty nest syndrome". I don't think I will. This is the second time he has moved out. The last time was 2 years ago when he went away to college in Long Island, NY which was about 3 hours away. The only thing that got me was dropping him off at the train station and watching the train pull away. I learned to never walk him up to the train! This time he will live in an apartment 15 mins away and work part time for me, so I am not feeling bad. Plus he is 21 years old and it's time. I honestly feel that I did a fairly good job as a parent if he can do this, and he needs to mature.
So, I now look at how this will affect me and my habits. Now it will be me and my husband. We are in our late 40's. As tempting as it will be to eat out all the time, I am going to have to be the one to promote eating dinners at home during the week. We always go out on the weekends so I know that will not change. We also live on the water, so it's like we are on vacation every day. That means wine and beer and being lazy. I am going to have to make sure we do that in moderation so we don't end up with addiction problems!! Also the
high calorie intake!! And company with snacks, etc! Lots to think about!!
Thank God we still work!
So, I have a lot to think about so we both stay in line! How come the female is always the one who has to think about these things?
All I know is that I have worked to hard to lose weight and keep it off to go backwards now! I am glad I have the hobby of running to keep me focused, on a schedule, and in shape. Alm the races I am signed up for in the future really
help keep me on the straight and narrow - along with you guys, of course ;)
So, after all of this, I guess with the last kid moving out, it's all about keeping ourselves in line, out of trouble, in shape and happy!!
I can do this!!
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