Sunday, March 22, 2015

Weeks #9-12. The Move, The Funeral, The Flu :(

Lucky you, today you get a special "4 for the price of 1" blog update! We have had a lot going on the last 4 weeks, so much so that the training--and thus the blogging--has been sparse as-all-get-out. (Did I use that phrase right?)

Week #9. Last week in Bethesda = no work = all packing + one last run club!
Actually, run club was the only workout I did all week. 5 miles of running, plus lots of lifting and carrying boxes up and down stairs.

Last run club...why're you all pointing at me??

Reynolds mini-Eagles with big, tough guys
...And bicep curls during our good-bye happy hour...when unfortunately, we found out my Grandmother had just passed away. WHAT! NO! We knew we had to go home for the funeral...we packed up the moving truck the next morning and made our way back to Delaware on a somber note.

the sibs and I with Grandpa & Grandma,
in happier times

Week #10. First week in Delaware! I worked for 2 days and then got on a flight to California. Kevin was to follow me later that afternoon, but he was stranded and delayed thanks to a snowstorm. He finally got in another 2 days later on Friday. Of course we had to see the ocean right away, and get fed by Mom immediately.

The only workout I did was a 7-mile run on good ol' Sawyer Camp Trail on Thursday. In shorts! Hello, California! Other than that, exercise consisted of keeping up with my favorite little rugrat, baby Harvey the wonder-nephew, who can now crawl and kick and is potty trained at 6 months old.

A lot of catching up with all of my family, consoling each other over and sharing our favorite memories of growing up in Grandma's house with my many, many cousins. My sister and I got to give the eugoogly/tribute from the 15 of us grandchildren at the church.

It was really, really tough to see our parents' grief, but of course so good to be there for each other. Most of us cousins grew up very close in age (we're talking about 10 of us in a 7-year span) and it was fun to bond again as older kids now, with the younger ones past legal drinking age and the oldest of us getting married off and spawning new babies. As good as it was to see everybody, I had a new job to get back to in Delaware...

Week #11. The first full week of work. We got in Sunday night, and I felt the 4-hour jetlag all week. 3-hour time zone difference plus the bonus +1 hour of daylight savings time. I did a 6-mile run after work one of those days (Thursday? Friday?) and then Sunday rode the new TT bike for 2 hours on the trainer while catching up on Once Upon a Time (which I got re-hooked on during one of my flights...they started having Frozen episodes this season).

We also signed up for the gym: Delaware Swim & Fitness Center, which is where my old tri club, DSFC Tri-Dawgs are based out of. $19.99/month is so much cheaper than the $70/month we were paying at Washington Sports Club in Bethesda! (Which wasn't even the fancy Equinox gym! That was over $100/month!)

Week #12. This would be it! No longer jet-lagged, this would be the week I get back into training every day! We had some gorgeous 50+ degree sunny days after work, and I ran 7 miles after work on Monday.

Of course I then felt feverish by bedtime and knew by Tuesday morning my poor immune system had finally succumbed to the evil flu-ish thing going around at work. NOOOOOO...

This would NOT be the week I got back into training every day. :( Instead, I slept a ton and then slept a ton more. Did not do any more exercise, as clearly my body had been through the ringer the last few weeks and demanded a rest. Rest it would be!

Today, Kevin and I went into downtown Wilmington in our Team RWB gear to support whatever RWB Eagles might be racing. We got tipped off that a fast guy from PA would be there, and our intention is to help start our own local RWB chapter in the Wilmington/Newark chapter. We got to meet Mike from Bethlehem, who ran a speedy 1:21, and also met 3 local Eagles running who would love to be part of a local chapter!

So here's to another week. This will be THE WEEK! 10 more weeks until the Rock Hall we go!

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