Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Well, we've just about run out of hot weather for the summer, I'm afraid.  I woke up to 50's and walked (instead of ran) in the bright, cool sunshine.  A high of 72 is a bit disappointing for the last week for swimming at the pool, but I guess it does justify why they close even before Labor Day!

I have finally made some progress on my goal to be able to run 3 miles without stopping.  Unfortunately, at nearly the exact moment that I began to feel like I might, perhaps, one day, begin to like running, and that it may actually be possible for me to achieve this goal outside, before getting back to running on the treadmill in the basement, I started noticing a pain in my hip that continued to worsen. Ugh.  I am officially old.  Now I am plugging the Aleve and back to walking for a week or so, and not getting too far with that.

In researching hip pain in runners, and by talking to friends who are actual runners, I have determined that the whole "Oh, my bursitis" issue is most-likely due to running in the wrong shoes.  So last night Anna and I went out shopping and came home with a shiny (and very cute!) new pair of actual running shoes of a very specific variety, hopefully the exact shoes that will cause my joints to line up in such a way that I can continue to run and not be weary.  And get out of the car pain free, like a 42 year old should.  Time will tell!

...but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.  (Isaiah 40:31)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Time Keeps On Slippin', Slippin', Slippin'...

Wow! August already!  I want to assure you (I know really of only 1 dedicated blog reader) that we are still up here.  We are enjoying summer and staying away from the computer.  Stories are building up in my head, so maybe one day I will write them.  For now I will keep going to the pool as much as I can, and steaming toward arranging the Fall schedule for school which is, of course, more complicated than ever (I say that every year!).

This summer has been loads more summer-like than last summer because it has been HOT!  I like hot, so I won't complain.  But it's actually been in the upper-90's a good bit, with the "heat index" reaching over 100 more than a few times.  Humidity in MN, wow.  My kids asked what the heat index is, and I said it's kind of like the opposite of wind chill.  That struck home right away, no more explanation needed!

That's all for now.  There's laundry to do and boxes of school books to open before the pool calls this afternoon.  I hope all of you are enjoying summer as much as we are!