I learned how to use a circular saw and perfected my sanding this past Saturday. I won’t post about HOW-TO build these, since the details are well outlined on this home depot post, but let’s just say it is definitely worth it!
Me, 3 weeks after the Boston Marathon. A personal best of 3:28:21, 6000 places ahead of where I was seeded. I thought I’d train like crazy (which I mostly did), PR (which I did), and quit running for a while. Yeah, right.
New challenge: How many of my family and friends can I get to qualify for Boston 2014? Did a local Burns Park 5k the other day to get me back in the spirit, a race my parents dragged my brother to in his middle school pre-running days… Nothing like seeing folks awake early on a Sunday to enjoy the neighborhood, the springtime, and running. I suppose I can’t stop running for a while.
I mean, I knew. But that just nicely reiterates why I need to stop with my not-so-secret relaxation method of painting my nails. (Maybe it’s the toxic fumes that are relaxing me so much?) Okay new Seche Vite polish from my cousin, you’re done! (Or should I at least wait I finish these last bottles before I quit? I hate to be wasteful…)
This last week has been good.
1. I came to a new clarity with impulse driven second order differential equations while listening to “protest music” as my dad called it. (It was actually just the awesome song from Les Mis, ‘Can you hear the people sing?‘ that I had going on a very loud repeat…)
2. I ran 23 miles with the PR Fitness group and survived! Then I gorged on chocolate covered caramel corn and watched a GREAT film: The Central Park Five. I openly apologize to those of you next to me at the A2 Film Fest, I tried to keep my sobs to a faint hiccup but ’twas hard. I also developed an infatuation with Ken Burns and can’t stop talking about his “articulate, thoughtful and eloquent commentary”.
3. STRONG KIDS is going Strong! Here we come final week, and I’m only $200 from my goal! It’s going to happen, I’m highly optimistic.
4. I love basketball, thus March rocks.
5.. I’ve been crafting up a storm. Photographic evidence:
I’m definitely having a rough post-weekend internal tear-down fest. I went to Chicago with friends to celebrate St. Patty’s Day, see an INSANELY GREEN river (weird), and watch some BigTen bball. I had a blast, but over did it on the drinking and not-sleeping. I sacrificed two days of critical peak training (and although I’m def going to run today, it looks horribly windy and snowy out and I have a notion the run will not be feeling so spectacular on the system) and I just did not display the control/self discipline that I’ve been working hard all year to master. Argh. Over indulgence for sure! My punishment, today is already a day of self-inflicted mental whomping about how I need to be a better individual, every two minutes. And I really have a lot of work to do (which should distract me…). Anyways, I will raise my cup of tea to Prefontaine and the green river, and hope this week improves.
“To do anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”
I ran 22 miles yesterday with the PR Fitness group and got my bum kicked, clocking sub 8min/miles at some points! It was extremely hard to walk up and down the staircase afterwards, but the folks were cool and the run felt good, minus the extreme fatigue.
I biked 22 miles today along Huron River Drive. It was in the 50s in Michigan today!
I’ve moved from crocheting to beading. My new goods are along the lines of “glam friendship bracelets”, whatever that means…
And I’ve found my new life theme song: Hopelessly Midwestern. I heard it while at a Mustard’s Retreat concert at the Ark with my dad last night. Awesome sauce.
I’ll cut to the chase, please donate to the strong kids campaign! (If all you needed was that, you can donate online at the YMCA Give page and please list me as the honoree!)
Still need convincing? Or perhaps you find babbling mesmerizing…
Why should you donate? Here’s my reasoning: I spent many a year at Camp Al-Gon-Quian, and they were amazing formative years that completely shaped me as a person. The Ann Arbor YMCA collects donations all year, but during the month of March a few of us volunteer to really amp up the donations for our most prized programs. Mine is definitely YMCA camps, though obviously listening to MPR’s State of Opportunity has got me rooting for pre-school education programs as well. I would really appreciate if you checked out my story on the YMCA site and considered donating to a truly wonderful program. ONE HUNDRED % of the donations go to programs that help kids, whether its Camp Al-Gon-Quian scholarships, after school care scholarships, Ypsilanti youth programs, Youth Volunteer Corps, or other awesome youth sports and health living activities.
Plus, in line with my current sewing/crocheting/cooking binge, all my donators will receive a hand crafted thank-you, probably edible if you are in the Michigan area!
Here are some photos of my years as staff at Camp AGQ…