UGH! It’s Thursday, and we’ve been to school a little over one-half day this week. We are now going to be going after Memorial Day, and from experience, I know the kids are finished long before the holiday weekend. Keeping them on task after Memorial Day is like herding cats. Teachers should probably start stocking up on Motrin now. I have cleaned my house, finished laundry (or so I thought until I discovered the stockpile of towels the girls were hoarding), and spent several hours on school work. I can’t leave my house because our hill is covered in ice, and I won’t even walk down it, let alone drive. And so here I sit. Writing about nothing particular. Just writing.
I am not going to go into my rant on Indiana’s government wanting to change our constitution to forever ban same-sex marriage, but I do want to let you know that almost 2000 people viewed my blog when I posted about gay marriage. To put that in perspective, the most read blog I wrote prior to that post was about the Ironman, and it had 270 views. Thanks to all of you who shared the post, and helped educate others that this is a real cause affecting real Hoosier families. Normal, Christian families.
Oh………I lied. I read something that annoyed me this morning. The Russian president, who is clearly an ass, said they would not protest gay athletes, but that they – the gay athletes – should ‘stay away from the children’. Really? Because homosexuals are always perverts? This makes me sick. Just because a person is gay is absolutely no indication that he or she would be a child predator, no more than being heterosexual makes a man a rapist. Why was Russia chosen to host the Olympics? Thus far I have seen nothing positive that supports their selection.
Fitness. I am really working to return to my former running self. Last night I made tremendous progress toward that goal. Since knee surgery in August, I have struggled to regain fitness and lose the weight I gained. These snow days don’t help because I am stuck at home with my new Kitchenaid mixer screaming at me from the kitchen, We can make cookies! Breads! Cake! Let’s stir things up! I have ignored the calls so far (if you don’t count the mashed potatoes I made last night), but I don’t know that I can resist today. Perhaps if I focus on last night’s run and the progress I made, I can ignore my mixer.
Last night I accompanied my husband to the gym; I was anxious just to get out of the house. I planned to run three or four miles on the treadmill while he taught spinning. That distance has pretty much been my max the past couple of months, and for anyone who has run on a treadmill, you know there’s a limit to how long one can tolerate the boredom. I much prefer running outside, but this winter has made that nearly impossible. And so I hit the ‘mill. Everbody’s is busy on Wednesday evenings, so there were people around to chat with, and I had my playlist cranked up. Someday I am going to forget I am not alone and bust out singing. Last night I just mouthed some of the lyrics (I don’t think any sound came out), which I am sure could have made a great video. As I listened and chatted and watched ESPN, I just kept running and running and running….six miles I ran! I don’t know that I have ever made it six miles on a treadmill. It might not be a big deal to many runners, but it gave me hope that I might be able to continue to increase my distance, which just a month ago seemed impossible. I was resigned to just getting in short little runs to get my running fix. Half marathons? A thing of the past. Today I think that I just might be able to once again run 13.1, maybe not as fast, but just finishing would be a thrill. Stay tuned…
Oooh…There it is! I love my mixer! Listen…it’s calling me….