Workouts were great. I am getting used to track intervals, and while Lisa writes me schedule by hours and minutes, it is hard for me to keep track of the watch while going fast, so I transport those minutes of effort running into track repeats. Mike, as always, showed up with me on early Wednesday morning, and we went through 2x400m, 2x800m, 2x400m. It is not a blasting speed, but it is consistent between repeats, and it is same times as I did in the spring – at least I didn’t loose any of it in the 6 months of shying away from speedwork. Hopefully it’ll get better, and I be closer to what I was in 2006 (2005 is out of reach still, but that’s ok).
I am in for a couple of longer mid-week runs and still crashing my legs at the gym. A couple of guys at the gym noticed I am tightening up (they said I must have lost 5 lbs what is not true, but I guess I lost some fat around). I am delighted – things are moving along, despite my fall out of good eating habits (with a family situation as it is I am staying away of prepping right foods in the kitchen and grabbing anything in site I can get my hands on, often it been a noodle soup or a slice of pizza). I’ll get back on it once things settle down…
I was thinking of what makes me happy. I remembered the trip we made to Mt. Hood to snowshoe back in January, and I was driving with the kids back home. There were three of us in the car, “King Diamond” was screaming in a stereo, and boys were cracking stupid jokes. And I suddenly started crying – this is happiness. Me, the kids, and total peace between us. There was nothing else I wished to see in this picture…
Friday night I visited with Russian girls, and we had a blast arguing about world and politics (weird, I often state I am apolitical, but apparently I have an opinion too). I got home past 11 pm, what wasn’t a sin in its own, but my alarm clock faked me in the morning!
I woke up to a door bell ringing – Mike was there to pick me up for a 5 hr run. Ouch! Thank God I packed and prepared the night before, so it took me 7 min to get out, but I was still half-asleep when we got to Germantown trail head. We had a good group there again: Bret and Gail, Sarah, Adrien, Mike and I. We took off for the first 2 hrs out-n-back and chatted on the way out (guys went into “guy talk”, and I tried to open my eyes). On the way back I took off for some hard effort running and worked my HR high, until they caught up with me a couple of miles before cars. We re-supplied with bottles and only 4 of us continued further (Bret and Gail stopped there). Taking a customary picture set at the favorite spot on this stretch of Wildwood gave me some recouping time.
I went into a slow mode for about 40 min for no particular reason and lagged behind, until I saw Sarah turning around, and that snapped me silly. Suddenly things fell in place, and I felt strong and fluid again. We ran to our designated turn-around point and from there on it was a “home run”.
I took pictures of the guys, and shortly after let Mike go blast last 6 miles, while Adrien and I stayed together. I finally figured out I need to have gel every 30 min, not 45, to stay on top of my fueling. All in all we did 26.2M, and Adrien joked we should have strapped numbers and called it a marathon. Good run it was. I am so glad I have my boys to train with, but as I told them that day, they are not simply my running partners, not even simply my friends – they are my soul mates. Somebody I feel completely comfortable with, completely myself, accepting even if disagreeing, and fun to be around any time.
Mike took pictures as I was changing, trying to make fun how I can’t reach for my shoes, and we laughed silly. (I paid back by snapping Adrien changing). When the three of us together, we talk real trail-trash and it all fun and games. After that Mike and I went for a lunch and poured over maps – we have a secret and can’t tell you.
That night Monika had a pre-Christmas party, where Stephen and I went to. After first 5 names I got lost, as there were over 40 people, and since I am crowd-shy, I hid in a bedroom. Not a half an hour later I was found and Monika, Stan, Kelly and many others moved there for some great talking. It was awesome to meet their best friends! I clean up nicely too:)
Max spent a night with Stephen, and those silly kids didn’t sleep till 3 am! I woke up to their laughter and sent them to separate rooms to get at least some shut-eye, because today is my kids birthday – Alex’s and Stephen’s alike! We get a phone call to Alex at 2 pm, and later on going to a laser tag game with our and Monika’s family, followed by cake and pizza/beer combo. This weekend is surely packed with activities! And I still need to fit in a 2 hr run today. The morning is crisp and the ground is covered with frost – time to get out!
Oleg seems to have finally signed my lawyer’s papers, so it is coming to the end. Now we just focus on next steps: him moving out, me putting house on the market, figuring parenting plan and finances. I feel good and calm – we all are going to be just fine.