Sunday, July 07, 2013
Summer is truly challenging for getting in consistent workouts. It has been chaotic around here all month and even though I made a gung-ho effort to get in as many workouts before school was out for the year, the end of the month I just barely hung on to get in at least one run a week.
3 weeks ago my oldest boy decided to go on a bike adventure with our dog, Biscuit, and it was a very hot and humid day. He ended up getting lost and my husband found him crying in the woods about a mile and a half from our house. He was covered in ticks and needless to say he had his bike taken away and we hoped he was scared enough not to do it again. WRONG! A week ago after dinner he decide to jump on his old bike, no helmet on, and took off again with the dog in tow. It was about 7 PM and by 8 PM we had about half the neighborhood searching the woods for him and the dog and by the time it was almost dark at 9 PM we had no choice but to call the police for help. 10 minutes after the police were notified, an off-duty police officer from one county over called our home phone to say she had found him a few miles from the house and across a major, busy road. I was so grateful. So the cop from this county who showed up at our door, talked to the other officer and went over to pick him up. Brought back DS and the bike, but had to leave the dog behind which commenced a 9 day search for our lost dog. A day after DS was lost, we got a tracking device put on his ankle through the local Project Lifesaver program and the Sheriff's office since he is autistic and it will make it easy to locate him if he decides to do this again. Spent a couple of hours each day riding around the country roads looking for Biscuit when he was lost so pretty much ate up my exercise time and the stress of the whole thing didn't have the best influence on my diet choices.
Trying to pick myself up and dust myself off and get back on track with all of the fresh melons and vegies we have available now. I have decided to utilize the county rec center's deal of $5 a month to use their treadmills to get my long run mileage in every week while the boys are at day camp. Why should I torture myself in the heat and humidity when I will not have to deal with these kinds of weather conditions in November for the marathon? Yes, I can get up to a 10K run in this weather without it killing me, but anything over 8 miles seems like unnecessary torture. By the time I get out the door after I drop the boys at camp the heat index is close to 90 degrees. Yuck!
Here's to taking it one day at a time and aiming high but not kicking myself if I'm a little off target. Summer comes but once a year and I want to make a point of enjoying some pool time with the boys, help them reach their summer reading goals and make a few family memories to treasure. Keep the fireworks alive inside you and keep Sparkin'!