Kade had an ice cream social at his preschool on Friday night, where he performed “Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee” with his class. His version included “licking up” and “puking up” the bee, which I don’t remember doing as a kid, but I went to catholic school so it was probably censored in some way. It was pretty surreal watching him up on stage with his class. In an instant, he was so grown up and I stood there wondering where the time went. I’m predicting that there will be a few tears shed on his graduation day in a few weeks…
On Saturday, I ran with Julie and her husband at the race. It was great to see her, and she gave me some good advice on Kade (she has two boys). There was a whole group of Team in Training members in the race. They were going to run the course twice for the group’s 20-miler. They are such an amazing group of people and I feel so honored to have been a part of it last year.
I feel ready for the half in 3 weeks. I just need to keep my pace steady, and hope for a negative split. I have the confidence that I can run it in 1:50:59 or less, but I also know that if I don’t…it’s not the end of the world.
There was an article recently in the PD that highlighted the banning of headphones in USATF certified races, which includes the Cleveland Marathon and Half Marathon. I would highly recommend leaving the iPod at home if you are going to participate in a Cleveland race. When only one side of the road is closed to traffic, buses are zooming past you as you stand at the start, and traffic is only intermittently stopped at intersections to allow groups of runners to pass, you are taking a risk not being able to hear what’s going on around you. I’m a weaver when I run, and when my sugar gets low, I weave even more than usual. It would be nice to not have to worry about weaving in front of an oncoming car. So thank you, Cleveland for taking the time to only close half the course, and for routing us through the shittiest part of the city…up and down Marginal for 7 of the 10 miles, where we can take in the breathtaking beauty of the highway instead of the cool neighborhoods our downtown has to offer. Maybe the race director should run the race beforehand and ask themselves if they would return next year…doubt it.
We had a great Sunday. Kyle and Kade cleaned up the yard while I got the house ready for my grandpa’s birthday celebration. It was a last minute event. They were leaving for Florida and their morning flight was cancelled. They got on an early evening flight so they had time to come over to celebrate before heading down to God’s waiting room. I didn’t have time to bake a cake so I picked one up at the Eagle, and it was so freaking good…seriously. Grandpa had a blast playing with the kids, and we had fun spending time with family.
Today is a different story. Liv threw up at the table during breakfast, but we just thought it was because she got something caught in her throat. As I was brushing the kids teeth, moments before heading out the door for school, she puked again…all over the bathroom (easiest room to clean up…thank goodness). I got Kade to school on time, but when we got home she had a horrible bought of diarrhea. I cleaned her up and snuggled her in on the couch to rest, where she threw up yet again. I just had to stop typing as she threw up again…this time it’s dry heaves, but that’s even worse. She just looks at me with pleading eyes. It breaks my heart when she is sick like this. I’m hoping it doesn’t last long…better go do another load of laundry.