All this rain reminds me of the Spring of 2008 when we ended up with a devastating flood in Cedar Rapids that my city is still recovering and rebuilding from and trying to move away from those horrible memories. We have our annual Run the Flood race in June to commemorate that awful time and all fees for the race are donated to local programs to help people who are still affected by the flood. I didn't run this race last year, but this year I plan on doing so--it's a great race to run and my sister wants to run it this year, too.
All this rain has kept me from running outside pretty much all the time. And when there is a nice day outside, I'm working! Needless to say, I get the shame award for the yard that hasn't been cleaned up yet from the winter. My tulips and daffodils are pushing through all the junk anyway, and there is green out there.
So what have I been doing? Working, cleaning out that darn basement, and detrashing my house. I have found more junk to toss that I ever even knew I had tucked away. It's amazing what we can do without. My method is simple: have I thought about this item at all in the last year? No? Then it's gone. It's very cathartic.
My sister and I have decided we aren't going to run the half-marathon in May. Neither of us has been able to prepare; both of us are having leg problems--me my hamstring, her a lovely sciatic nerve issue. Combined with the weather, it has stymied our plans. When Michelle does run a half-marathon, I want her to be well prepared and enjoy the run. Right now neither one of us would enjoy it at all. I know how hard it is to run that 13.1 miles! We're okay with this decision and instead will run shorter races this summer. She's a single mom with 3 kids (one special needs child), two jobs, and not much time. I admire her taking up exercise as a way to relieve stress and have some time to herself. I feel like a slug. I have all the time in the world, yet it seems to always be filled with projects, books, blogs, and things that keep me running around and pooped.
So. I do have some good news. My other blog, http://bookaliciousbabe.blogspot.com was graciously awarded this lovely prize from http://storycartel.com: Can I say how much this made my day?!