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Spring forward - signs of spring, running, gymnastics, and other random thoughts

Monday, March 11, 2013

Yesterday was so nice out, it was in the mid-fifties, sunny and felt warm. My oldest daughter had a gymnastic meet. I took the three littles out while my DW took my daughter to the meet. We came back for the awards ceremony to see her get ribbons for individual events and a 4th place trophy for the overall (she is 6 and a level 1 gymnast). It has been really good for her - she has so much extra energy and it has been a good outlet for that. Plus it is so good with strength, flexibility, body awareness, coordination, and balance. I think it was good for my DW to spend some time with just one kid too! After the meet, we went out to Friendlies for lunch. (veggie omelet, not too bad).

In the afternoon, we spent some time cleaning out our old VW bus (1976, looks like the bus from "Little Miss Sunshine") It was a lot of fun when our family was smaller, but with 4 kids we don't fit in it any more and don't use it anymore. It would be nice to keep it, but we don't have the time or energy to keep it up, so we are getting it ready to sell. We put up for sale signs in the window Saturday and have already had at least 4 inquiries! One of the inquiries is pretty interested and came by to check it out and give it a test drive. He is interested in using it as a project with his son and going touring and camping in it with his wife.

Here is what it looks like (from the front with my daughter):

From the side, camping at a state park during our move from NY to KS:

And with our goofy dog, Lacey:

After the test drive, the DW wanted to take the two big kids back to the Y for open gymnastics, leaving me at home with the two littles. I took them out on a variant of one of my favorite runs (blogged about earlier at:
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Along the way we saw a farm with llamas (including 4 baby llamas which were pretty cute) and goats, two farms with horses, and two friends who we hadn't seen in a while who were enjoying the nice weather too.

We saw a lot of runners out in the afternoon, most going the other way. We did score one run kill (I read that is runner slang for overtaking someone and I have co-opted it into my vocabulary), a mom pushing one baby in a jogger who was surprised to get passed by someone pushing two babies!

The hills were killer (between not pushing the jogger most of the winter and those darn kids keep getting bigger!) but I managed to keep a slow jog even on the up hills and then was able to run a bit faster on the flats. I didn't have my garmin on, so I went onto after to see how far it was. 8.8 miles in 1:18:30, at a 8:56 average pace. Not too shabby! I did have to stretch a lot afterwards, my quads and hamstrings were pretty sore!

Anyway, back at work now, I need to stop blogging and work on my dissertation! (This dissertation isn't going to write itself!) I need to turn in a draft to my committee on or about 21 March and then defend it on 4 April. I need to have the signatures and all corrections complete and submitted by 15 April in order to make the May graduation timeline!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KANSASROSE67 3/14/2013 1:11PM

    Love the bus and the pictures! Sounds like a wonderful weekend.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 3/13/2013 8:46PM

    Sounds like a great run - especially pushing little ones and overall a very positive and fun weekend. Love that your family is so active as well!

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VISUALLYRICS 3/13/2013 10:02AM

    Fantastic running! Impressive pace too. emoticon ....::::Love that bus! 1976 is my year ( birth year ...that is.) LOL! .....what a great family! We have 4 blessings also...ranging from ages 6-11. We love the Family Y....everyone has the fitness bug here. emoticon

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JESSIKA_56 3/13/2013 9:43AM

    Cute pix!

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HEALTHIERKEN 3/12/2013 2:55PM

    Wow! Your dissertation date is getting close : ) Aren't these last bits of tidying-up just the pits?? You'll be fine, no worries. Best wishes for every success, and think about the Big Bucks you'll be able to earn afterwards : )

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    Way to go - love the Vanagon. I would love to have one of should get a pretty penny for her.

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MERRY_XMAS 3/12/2013 2:55AM

    Sounds like a great day with the kids!
Good luck with your dissertation!!!


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WINDSURFNERD 3/12/2013 12:34AM

    Phew, you had quite a weekend! I've never heard the term "road kill" in that context before, but at that pace you would've made me, too! emoticon And boy, I hate it when a DOUBLE stroller passes me...but it HAS HAPPENED! Be nice to us as you whiz by as we slog and suffer! emoticon

Good luck with finalizing your dissertation...I'm sending you some California sunshine for more good runs (a good run always helps clear my mind)!

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GETSTRONGRRR 3/11/2013 9:40PM

    Sounds like a great Sunday afternoon family time.....glad you enjoyed it.

Time to hit the keyboard and get to typing....don't want to be an ABD guy!

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    OMG!!!! That is my dream vehicle!! It is gorgeous! I would really love one of them. It will sell fast I bet.

You are a busy busy guy. You and your wife sound like amazing people.

The Springlike weather has been awesome!

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BOILHAM 3/11/2013 6:36PM

    You know I love that VW bus. Excellent time for pushing a stroller with two little ones in it! You are a beast!


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NATPLUMMER 3/11/2013 1:42PM

    Nice day :-)

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IMARUNR 3/11/2013 10:59AM

    Way to go!! That's my pace for flat and no stroller! :) Sounds like you had a great weekend, overall!!
Now..get to work!!

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KA_JUN 3/11/2013 10:46AM

    Sweet run, good luck on your dissertation!

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BLITZEN40 3/11/2013 10:43AM

    Jogging while pushing not one, but TWO kids in a stroller, up a hill in the midst of an 8+ mile THAT'S something to brag about! Wow! Awesome pace too! WTG! The picture of your daughter on the front of the van is absolutely adorable. One for the memory books for sure. A lot of people really love those VW buses and yours appears to be in mint condition so I am sure it will sell quickly. Great that even with the pressures of schooling, you are balancing your time so you can still stay focused on the family as well. emoticon

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POISONGIRL999 3/11/2013 10:05AM

    What a great weekend! I can't wait until our little one is old enough to start doing some sports. And what an awesome van!

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DEBBYFROMMT 3/11/2013 10:00AM

    You sound busy! With all those little ones and you're trying to write a disstertation? Holy cow! Keep it up! Great running "kill" LOL!!!

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DOUGDC 3/11/2013 9:50AM

    You've got a lot on your plate and you're handling it well -- an inspiration to all of us.

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CARI2012 3/11/2013 8:55AM

    You're so close! Just a little motivation to push you in the right direction and we'll be calling you "Doctor" in no time!

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BIGPAWSUP 3/11/2013 8:47AM

    Sounds like an awesome weekend for everyone! That's a great looking VW too!

Good luck with the writing! You can do it!

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FITFOODIE806 3/11/2013 8:36AM

    What a great weekend. The van is so cool! Hope it sells soon.
I'm nervous to put my kids in the jogger now :)

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