Friday, August 10, 2012

Taking the Good with the Bad

Good: We had a fantastic vacation in Kiawah Island! It was so great to get out of town. The boys had a great time with their cousins, and they wore themselves out at the beach/pool every day.


Bad: We're back in Yuma. It's hot, ugly, boring and school doesn't start for another week. I am DONE with the summer.

Good: Running is going really well! This time last year, I was injured. I actually injured myself on our family vacation, and when we got back into town I began my relationship with this:

Alter G... We were together for about 8 weeks before I dropped her.

Bad: I'm still in Yuma and it's hot, ugly, and boring on my runs. My running partner moved away, and my husband's work schedule is precluding me from doing the race I really wanted to do next month. Plan B is now the Arizona Half Marathon on October 6th. Fingers crossed that it works out.

Good: I'm getting faster! Tuesday was my first official "track" workout. While Tuesday is my "speed" day, I've been doing repeats on the canal. I decided to head to the track to see if I was magically any faster than I am on the roads. I think I was! I'm not sure if it was because mentally, I knew how much longer I had to run based on my position on the oval. Maybe that somehow makes me push harder because I have the end in sight? Who knows? Anyway, my workout was 5 X 800 with 200 rest between sets. I logged a 3:22, 3:18, 3:17, 3:17 and rounded it out with a 3:08. Huh to 3:08? That's a great time for me! I think my Garmin was lying.

Bad: The track is ghetto, it's in a terrible part of town, and I have to drive there. There were about 12 shopping mall style walkers that I had to weave between during my workout. Boo. Also, did I mention that Yuma is hot, ugly, and boring?

Good: My husband put in for command and we should find out at the end of September where we will go. There are 3 possibilities, and all are good locations. We do have our hearts set on one of them, and at this point we are cautiously optimistic that we may end up there. We shall see! A few more weeks, and we'll know for sure!

Bad: We still live in Yuma. It's hot, ugly, and boring. 


  1. Aaaaah, so exciting to hear that you might be leaving Yuma soon! Very cool :) I hope you get the duty station you want!!

    I remember when you were injured - what a soul suck. I can't believe its been a year!

  2. So curious to see where you will be going! At least it's only one week of summer left... you guys start school early. It's after Labor day here. Awesome track workout! I'm antsy to get back to the track as soon as I know my shin is ready!

  3. Sure would love to know where your top 3 are! It is too dang hot in Yuma to run. Wasn't it 119 the other day?

    Great job on the 800's! Maybe your garmin was right! :)

  4. This was a fun post to read! I was just coming back after an injury (stress fracture) around this time last year too. What a difference a year makes!

    Slow walkers in lane 1 during a track workout are one of my biggest running pet peeves. Sounds like you didn't let them slow you down any. You were moving!

    And speaking of moving... keep us posted!! :-)

  5. I just got back from vacation too--fortunately it's not quite so bad here as Yuma, but I too am done with summer. School starts for us tomorrow!

    I can't wait to hear where you get sent. I think that half in October will work out. Those are some nice splits for your 800s. I bet the 3:08 is real. :^)

  6. I came by looking for an update!! Would love to know your top three :) Any of them in Washington or Oregon by chance?