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Dental bills, travel and running.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

There was a time when something like having to pay a gigantic vet bill for my cat to have all of his teeth pulled (he's allergic to the plaque on his teeth and there's just no way to keep them clean enough) would've sent me to bed with said cat and a good book.

Last night, I stuck with my schedule and went to the gym. Finished week 3, day 1 of my C25K program and then did an hour of Vinyasa yoga with one of the worst instructors I've ever had. That said, I still feel good today and the hip opening exercises she did (pigeon, I love you) were amazing and will only help my running.

This week I've got my diet more under control. This is partly because I bailed on actually planning lunches and opted for the calorie controlled, but not necessarily a good choice option of Lean Cuisine and Weight Watchers frozen meals. I'm supplementing them heavily with fresh fruits and veggies.

Speaking of fresh veggies, this week we're starting to try a company that delivers fresh produce (and other groceries, but we're focusing on the produce). Weekly free delivery and many more local options than I get in the grocery store. I'm kind of excited. We almost went for the CSA option, but living in Canada the seasonal aspect is a little disappointing and so is the limited options for things grown here - particularly the fruit selection.

The worst part about my cat's dental woes? On Sunday when we were on our way back from visiting family in Saskatchewan, Mr. Moose and I spent some time discussing vacation plans for the next year. I finally brought up the fact that there were two 10Ks I wanted to participate in over the winter - destination races - if we could swing it. He agreed to both! BOTH! And we would work a vacation around them.

It's not hard when one is in California and the other in Florida, but the Florida one would've been a bit more spendy overall. We were going to start the vacation with the 10k and then take a caribbean cruise out of one of the Florida ports. Awesome plan, right? Race, then rest.

Well, Florida is absolutely off now. Unless we win the lottery. Even with my guaranteed bonus in the spring (they really really really wanted to hire me but wouldn't give me an extra week of vacation) I don't think we can justify it at this point - but that may change. We just have so much going on and the unexpected vet expense isn't going to destroy us financially, but it is going to involve some adjustments.

I'm sad about that because the race I was planning to attend is one I would run with a friend of mine.

It's not going to hurt my 1/2 marathon training. The half that we're all attending is in September next year. A 10k in Feb isn't essential to that, but it was going to be a bit of fun. I'll still run my local 10k in the spring and maybe find a warm race closer to home - vancouver? Oregon? Utah? for the winter months if our budget frees up a bit.

Oh! And in other news, I signed up for my first 5K - it's late next month, local and small. I'm bummed that they don't allow MP3 players (boo!). I had to be careful when signing up because I've been so busy thinking about the 10K races that I almost clicked "10K" on the registration.

It is kind of ridiculous that I'm running my first 5K after my first half marathon.
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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/11/2013 11:01AM

    I ran my first 10k after I ran my first marathon!

Looks like you have everything under control! emoticon

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