June 13, 2009

New Phases

This morning's run could very well have been the worst run I've ever had. We meet at 6AM, everyone pounding the pavement by 6:15, and when I got back to my car at 7:45, it was already 85 degrees and so humid I could hardly breathe.

The humidity is kicking my ass. I told one of the coaches, "I need a sphere of sponges around me to soak the water out of the air before it gets to me."

I slogged through it; it was an absolute disaster.

We're talking of meeting at 5AM soon, but I'm really not sure it's going to be any better. The sun won't be on us, but our summer mornings before dawn, are still 80-85 degrees with 95% humidity... on a good day.

It needs to rain. We need to run in the rain. If it's going to be that frickin' awful, it needs to just rain.


Our Honored Hero for our Team in Training team nearly died this week. He'll be up at Duke with his stem cell transplant doctor on Monday for a long duration, figuring out what is next.

He keeps me motivated to keep training this week.

I feel like complete crap though, it's like I never got my electrolytes balanced... just... nasty. But I don't have cancer. Anything I go through is a nit... what he is going through, is scary as hell.

Meanwhile, I was telling my husband tonight that we are about to start a weird phase of our life, when boys just show up at our home. My eldest gets his permit in 9 months... he has buddies getting their permits in just a couple months.

That means within the next 14 months, some of his buddies will be driving. They can just drive over...

That is going to be odd... having teenagers just showing up at my home. Pulling in and wondering, "Whose car is that in my driveway?"


Posted by Boudicca at June 13, 2009 08:41 PM

You don't really have a problem with the boys who show up at your house. Just feed them and they'll be OK. Now, if you had a daughter.... that's a whole other story. Then boys would show up with something other than food on their minds.

Posted by: Angus of Dundee at June 13, 2009 09:07 PM

I know you're careful, but remember that overheating and electrolyte imbalance can be just as deadly as cancer.

As for the cars in the driveway - soon you will know them all. Heh. As Angus says - as long as there is food that will keep them happy.

Posted by: Teresa at June 14, 2009 12:03 AM

I know you are doing the mentor thing this year. So are you raising money as well, or do you want to point us to your team mates to support them? (I see the link to your Honored Hero, so his Mom seems a likely candidate.) Just wondering.

Posted by: jck at June 14, 2009 03:23 PM

Dad- Thank God I don't have girls!

Teresa- Oh I know. The electrolyte issue is a big deal with us. It actually wasn't running. We had something to do after my run, me and the boys, and it was hot. Holy crap, it was hot. We only drank water, and the sun just wore me out.

JCK- I am doing some things on the side and any money I bring in, I'm actually going to put towards our Honored Hero's Mom. She's the one I am pushing for. She's a GREAT person, an amazing woman.

Posted by: Bou at June 14, 2009 08:53 PM