The End of the Month, 10x
I have nothing objective to complain about except a) migraines and b) the weather.
Literally nothing! There was nothing wrong with this month. There were epic highs, in fact! Glaciers! School started, overall successfully! Etc.
But yeah, it’s been a month.
September 1 does feel like another shot at a fresh start, since Quintile 4’s opening was sort of a bust.
General Life Things I will work on in September:
✅ Getting more sleep. This is absolutely related to marathon training. I am often aiming to run 8-9 miles before 7 am which means starting early. I really am into it (obviously), so I don’t want to give this up! But if I get 7 hours or less for a few nights in a row everything just feels impossible and all humans become instantly irritating — not good at work OR at home. I need to prioritize going to bed early on some nights and hopefully shifting at least one weekday run a little later (Thursdays, probably).
✅ Tracking my migraines. I need to figure out what to do if they are happening 2x/week or more. Will track more carefully this month (I had kind of stopped)
✅ Actively work on being more patient with the kids. This does not mean not setting boundaries, but I know I’ve been extra reactive lately and it doesn’t help.
✅ Generally work on slowing down. I have had anxious flitting around type energy these past couple of weeks and it feels bad. Things that help with slowing down: Reading. Journaling. Just reminding myself not to rush!
Thinking of my West/Gulf Coast (of FL) friends. This graphic will be out of date by the time this post goes up ~10 hours from now so I will hope it all fizzles out.
Activities . . .
A returned to dance after a 5 year hiatus (and enjoyed it!) and G had a rocky start (someone told her to go to the wrong room and she couldn’t recover . . . ) but hopefully her next class will be smoother. We survived the soccer tournament and C scored his first goal of the season.
I kind of feel like I will be in heavy kid activity season for perhaps the next decade but honestly I’m here for it. I was thinking back to my own childhood which was pretty heavy with activities too, and those things (concerts! plays! music festivals + trips! cheerleading competitions!) weigh heavily in my memory and shaped me in many ways. I have no idea who taught me high school science (actually my physics teacher just came to me but mostly negative memories and not because I was bad at physics, because I wasn’t) but I remember my music teachers, cheer coach, etc. I hope my kids find these experiences valuable and memorable too.
Okay so. The VIP registration for 2024 is tomorrow. BUT I don’t think Josh is as excited about doing it as I am. And maybe I am becoming less excited about it, because if I am going to train for another marathon this spring (and I might), I probably want one that is fast.
Big Sur is not that.
So I think I may table the Big Sur idea for a while (maybe I can run Boston to Big Sur someday instead!). Ideas for a fast marathon in May/June that is usually COOL? Eugene? Bayshore? Grandma’s? Bayshore actually might be a top contender since I already requested off that weekend for our anniversary . . . hmmmm.