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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!
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