I’m trying really hard not to make all my posts about running. But as you can see, if I don’t write about running, I pretty well have nothing to say.
Sure, I could write about how much I’m loving my new role at work, especially now that I’ve been weened from my trainees, Mark and McMark. And how excited I am that the Cardinal’s home opener is next week, launching a fun-filled, crazy busy, couple of months.
And I could show you pics of all the goodies I made for the family to bring to Easter. (I worked most of Easter day.) There were Angel Food cupcakes – some topped with pineapple whipped cream and some with strawberry whipped cream. These were from a cake mix so Mario took these on herself. Then I made carrot cake cupcakes with yummy cream cheese icing. And finally, I whipped up a batch lemon cookies with lemon icing. It was nice to get a few pins off my boards!
I could also tell you how nice it was to see the in-laws again once I finally arrived. It was the first time I’ve seen everyone since my father-in-law died. He was missed, of course, but it’s what made being together even more special. We’re all a little nicer and more patient with each other. Hubby’s mom handled the day very well. Because of her cancer, she tires out easily and has become quite forgetful. It’s been difficult for my husband to watch, and difficult for him to stay patient with her when he hears the same stories over and over and over again. But since I only see her once in a great while, I was happy to listen to all her stories. As we were leaving, she looked at her calendar to see what she had planned for the next day. I couldn’t help but smile as I read through the notes with her. She had “High School Girls’ Lunch” written on Tuesday, but she was talking like it was on Monday. When I questioned her, she said “Well, see…. I have an arrow that points up to Monday.” Upon closer look, I noticed the arrow and also another note that said – “See the note about lunch. It’s by the chair in the living room.” and then a little further down was yet another note – “If you can’t find the note, call Carolyn.” My heart just melted. How sweet that she is learning how to deal with her forgetfulness, but how sad that a once energetic, active, intelligent woman has been dealt such a rotten hand. Thank goodness she has all her family members close by, and all are willing to help.
So yeah, there are other things I could write about, but at this point, my mind is very focused on the race this weekend. An email was sent out regarding the race rules, the starting time, lots of advice, and my bib number – 4058. I’m excited to have a number, but the email itself stirred up a lot of nerves. I registered my hubby’s cell phone so that he can receive text messages about where I’m at during the race. That way he can step out of the bars long enough to wave as I run by.
My knee is still not normal but I was able to run 10 miles on Monday, so I’m feeling pretty positive about running the 13.1 on Sunday. Gonna take it easy until then with a couple of 5-6 milers throughout the week. At this point, they’re calling for a chance of rain on Sunday. The running gods sure aren’t making this a piece of cake. But as they say: