Been a busy week. First week of no school for the kids. Except of course I’m the mean mommy who makes them do homework all summer. When your son who just finished second grade says, “Ummm what’s 6+7?”, you know you need to make him to math drills all summer. We have to get into a new groove and routine for the summer….but I suppose that will take a few weeks.
Managed a few runs – including a group run today of 3.3 miles. (June lied and said we were only doing 3…she also burst off ahead of all of us turtles.) At least I wasn’t alone in the back of the pack. And it’s been awhile since we had a group run (i.e. more than 2 people). While I like being able to run with just me and my tunes, I also enjoy the time to talk, vent, and compare diets. By the way, we are not talking about my weight loss challenge this week. Suffice it to say that my metabolism is not getting any of the memos I keep sending it.
We’re also working on getting healthier habits into the whole family. I refuse to allow the kids to keep grabbing juice boxes out of the fridge. So we now each have our own water bottles – kept on the table from which to sip all day long.
Our son really likes the idea – despite a desperate need for a restroom while we were in line at the post office yesterday. Our daughter is coming around – as she does with everything that Mommy and Daddy suggest. In fact, as I was typing this, she came up and declared “I’m thirsty.” I pointed at the water bottle and she sighed, “oh I forgot.” Ah six-year olds.
I’ve been eking out a few miles here and there in my Merrells. Really really like the feel of the minimalist shoe. I almost ran the group run in them today – but Steve reminded me I need to work up to longer distances. But meanwhile I still love Merrells – and the fact that they have read this blog!!! COOL!
And sent me even more presents! I really can’t say enough good things about this company! I’ve started the Barefoot Running book. It’s rather good – although some of the people in it – run barefoot. Like really barefoot. Like no shoes at all. Ugh. The summer I turned 9, I was running outside barefoot in my front yard. Until I stepped on a piece of wire and had to go to the ER. It was a really thick wire. Hence, I’m rather fond of keeping my soles protected. But I’m encouraged by my, thus far, minimal strides into the minimalist world. And the book is encouraging.
Speaking of encouragement – I saw this sign at Downtown Disney last weekend. I don’t recall any stories of Walt Disney being a runner. But as a visionary – he definitely knew how to put his efforts full force into something. If only we all could be so determined…….
Now – put down the computer/smartphone/tablet and go RUN!