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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Grounded

...not like a you've been bad type of grounded (because who has time for that?).  More of the way planes are grounded when they aren't fit for service or because conditions won't permit take-off.

After my fall last Tuesday, I didn't manage any more runs during the week. 

Wednesday: Straight from work to class to pick up J from PSR.  Since Jeff had taken N to practice and I wasn't willing to leave my 8 year old alone while I ran OR run at 11 when the guys got back, I substituted 40 minutes on the bike trainer.  Still not sure how I managed to ride 62 miles on that thing.

Thursday: Didn't get home from work until 9.  After a 12-hour day, I really could have used a run, but I had  homework.

Friday: Headed north to Chicago for a volleyball tournament.  It was a surprisingly quick trip, and we got there before 7:30.  I changed right away and headed to the fitness center since I had 14 miles scheduled for Saturday and wanted to get them out of the way.  Well...I managed 9 and was then lured away by the promise of drinks and socializing with friends I don't see nearly enough of.  It was a good trade.

Saturday: The temperature was a crisp and sunny 30ish in downtown Chicago, but you couldn't have proved it from inside the UIC gym, where I spent the entire day.  N's team didn't have as much success as we'd hoped, but he played really well.  This is particularly nice because, as you might remember, he's only been practicing for two weeks after missing 1.5 months due to a bad ankle sprain and then surgery.

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Scenic, no?
N is #9
I don't remember being at any previous tournaments that were set up like this one.  They played all day on Saturday, and then for our boys, Sunday was single elimination.  Usually the days are split a little more evenly.  The long day inside made it difficult to manage to meet up with anyone else, but Bobbi was nice enough to come downtown to hang out with me while I watched the last matches of the day.

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Blogger meet up!
It was so great to meet in person after getting to know her via her blog, and just like the other bloggers I've met, she's exactly as wonderful in person as on the screen.  I felt like I'd known her forever, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next time we meet up...hopefully NOT in a gym.  :)

Sunday: No run because I was still sore from Friday's blisters. Watched N's last match and then his old team play, then we headed home, pulling in around 4.  With a big project due in my Tuesday class (it's supposed to be a group project, but as luck would have it, my partner dropped the class),  I spent about 4 hours doing research and then crashed because we had to get up early on...

Monday: Took N and J for a college visit/volleyball tryout.  While the very last thing I wanted to do after spending the weekend driving was go and drive some more, it was well worth the trip.  N liked the school, and the coach really liked him.  If they come through with a big enough scholarship, he may have found his place...which would relieve a huge load of worry for me.  Luckily, we got home early enough for me to get back on my project.  Luckily, I finished the project.  Of course, it took me until 1:30 a.m., but I'm really pleased with what I turned in, and I learned a lot doing it.

Tuesday: Did I say the last thing I wanted to do was take another long drive?  No, the last thing I wanted to do was jury duty...which just happened to be today's assignment.  It was a very long morning, and we were called to go in for a case.  As soon as the judge said they anticipated the case would be 3-4 days, I knew I would be chosen.  Long story short, I wasn't. :)  Back to work tomorrow.

So life carved a gigantic hole in my training this last week.  Not only did I miss 3 runs, including my long run, but I had to read about all the awesome outdoor things my friends were doing.  On the other hand, I'm so glad that sedentary isn't my normal life now, and I'm beyond thrilled that my project--the last major thing for my Tuesday night class--is finished.  We're getting closer to figuring out where N will be next year.  He has one more local club tournament, and then we'll have a break from the numerous weekly drives to St. Louis for practice.  Life as I know it will be much closer to normal, and I'll be able to run and ride again.

After I take a nice, long nap.

19 comments:

  1. So disappointing we didn't get to meet you this trip, but we are getting used to you ducking us.

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  2. Sounds like a full week (plus). Hope life lets you catch a breath sometime soon. Hang in there. ((HUGS))

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  3. Some weeks are like that, Kate! It sounds like you did pretty well given all that was going on.

    Wow, picking a college....we just got finished with kindergarten enrollment. College seems like a long way off (thank God, because we have no money for it!).

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  4. At least you didn't get assigned for jury duty? Bright side?

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  5. You didn't MISS your long run - it just got cut a little short. 9 miles is better than nothing right? And 9 on a treadmill is extra super duper mental training...

    I hope things get back to some sort of normal for you now. It's always stressful when there's so much craziness.

    It was so great meeting you and hanging out. We will definitely have to do it again :)

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  6. Who's the dude with the vaulting pole in the poster behind you?

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  7. Crazy week for you! Here's hoping things will settle down and give you a little training time. Jury duty? Yuck!

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  8. Jury Duty....yikes...see a good way to escape this is to be Canadian...Crazy weeks happen...they usually disturb me..leads to me being in a really bad mood...like I would want to divorce me sometimes!!!

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  9. Looking at colleges........not always a friendly process. Good luck with it and hope the money comes through.

    Yes, how great sedentary isn't your usual life style. Good way to look at it. I travel with a friend who is very sedentary. I was thinking how the running was the best part of my weekend and how IMO she is missing out on something wonderful.

    Fun to meet a bloggy friend!

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  10. I'm convinced that marathons indoor rides are necessarily followed be a few weeks of really crappy rides where you can't imagine sitting on the bike for a second longer than you have to. It's the cycle of life. Or training. Or something :)

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  11. Yeah, crazy busy can put a hitch in yer gitti-up! But...ha ha..better than pushin up daisies! :O) sorry, I'm not good a jokes am I!?

    hey-have you ever read Born To Run by Crhistopher McDougall? What are your thoughts on the book if you have?

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  12. Wow, I'm getting tired just reading about how busy you are!

    9 on a treadmill is worth 11 outside in my book, the 20% rule applies to the trainer as well. Besides, you can't pass up drinks with friends and be "that girl" that gives up life to train.

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  13. Sorry the week didn't go as planned (do they ever???) but you're doing the best you can and honestly, it more than most can juggle so hats off to you, girl! I've been away for a few days and a bit behind but glad to hear that your son played well during his meets, even if the team didn't win. And how cool you got to meet Bobbi, I think she'd be a blast to chat with for a few hours!! Lucky you!

    Hang in there, girl - you're doing awesome!

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  14. Busy as always and I don't think you can operate if it was not like that. As long as you get in some training it is OK. Have a good week Kate!

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  15. A busy busy week and 12 hours at work are too many!
    Now you need a long relaxing run.

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  16. Oh my goodness, what a week! That is exhausting. And very little way to get around the missed training. Hope you have some good time coming up for yourself soon! Get that nap you mentioned :)

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  17. Hate those weeks where life gets in the way of our ... um ... life. Oh well, there's always next week!

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  18. Bummer we didn't meet up - maybe next yr:)

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  19. Honestly I don't know how you do it. You're pulled in so many directions. Most excellent you met Bobbi! May that scholarship for N come through!

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