It’s Fall Break here.
I’m enjoying a slower pace, less cooking (so I get a break from the routine, too), and continuing to work toward some goals.
1. Getting the kids scrapbooks caught up so I can clear the clutter in the craft room. Football season is a good time of year for me to tackle this. We have one TV, and football will be on 3-4 nights a week. I am next door in the guest room for any “must see” replays, but for the most part, I can let the guys have their time and have some of my own!
2. Getting back in shape, rebuilding my knees slowly. I’m running about 25 minutes nonstop now. How far is that? I don’t know for sure…I’ll know next week when I can get back to a marked trail, which I will enjoy, considering the current route near my home is uphill the entire last half. I teared up at the thought of a 25 minute run Monday–two lone tears actually slipped down my cheek after I was really working hard to gear up for another 20 minute effort when I turned on my podcast (Interval Podrunner) and realized it would be TWENTY FIVE. What???!!! I yelled. The kids all came running, and I was trying to explain the situation to my 13 year old son. He said, “Mom, are those tears in your eyes?” He chuckled. I kept explaining. He said, “They really are! You are CRYING!”
Yes. I did. It was a cold day. I’m not used to being outside in the cold and I was weak.
All the way home I just kept saying, “It REALLY IS uphill all the way home. I’m dying. This is killing me. I’m not sure I can do this. I can do this. I have to do this. I can’t stop now. What will I tell the kids?”
I did it.
I did it again today. No tears. No internal cheerleading. No thought to the uphill route home. I just did it. Amazing what one hard trip made does for the psyche.
3. Keeping the house on a schedule. This is a major triumph of my life. Some weeks I get off, but that doesn’t matter, because I did it last week, and I will do it next week. I’m trying to add some big projects into this mix, but that hasn’t happened to great extent since I’m cramming in running and scrapbooking. Soon.
4. The Love Dare. I’m not being as consistent with this as I need to be, but I am trying to keep up with my husband and am, for the most part, enjoying a new sweetness in our lives due to this class.