100 Mile Challenge: Miles 4.75-7.16


Frustrating afternoon led to me looking for some relief in running, which did not come. I’m not going to whine about what caused the frustrations or the additional things that happened on the run that added to them, but overall it was a decent run. I was only aiming for two miles, but after a GPS failure on my phone, I accidentally ran 2.34, which is nice to be able to add on that additional distance without really struggling.

Miles Run: 2.34
Time: 25 minutes, 27 seconds
Miles to Go: 92.84
Days to Go: 127
Average Miles Per Day Needed: 0.73

It was really a perfect evening for a run, with it being cooler today than it has been the last few days. Not really a surprise, but it is amazing how much easier it is to run in cooler weather. I couldn’t help but think about how I’ll need to put in miles during the winter. That is not something I am looking forward to, so I’ll enjoy this nice weather while I have it.

The weather did cause me to think about change, a bit. In fact, it seems, that everything around me is all about change. The remodeling of our kitchen began this week, we are preparing for a new puppy, Benjamin starts high school next week and Matthew will be back in school. And this all just feels like the tip of an iceberg, for some reason.

The big thing, though, is that, obviously, the four of us have been under the same roof for 99% of the last 5-1/2 months and now, suddenly, Ben and Matt will be out of the house. Covid-19 has caused so much death and has destroyed lives and finances of so many people. However, and I really hate to say it, these months have been wonderful for my family. Yeah, there has been a lot of anxiety, but the four of us have just learned so much about each other and have grown closer. I hear nightmares about other parents relationships with their teenagers, but I could not ask for a better relationship with my sons. The last several months have really solidified that and I know that we will look back at this time as an enormously special time for us.

So, it is difficult to see them getting ready to go back to school (Covid anxieties aside) and to know what we have know for the last almost half year may be over. While I think it is likely that they will be back to 100% virtual before we know it, it is still sad to think about them going back.

However, while change is tough, I usually welcome it. You can’t move forward without change or you get stuck in the past. There is so much to look forward to and I hope this is the beginning of a lot of great things.

Andrea found this challenge online to run 100 miles between now and the end of the year. I have been wanting to run more consistently and have also been wanting to write more often, so I thought it was perfect. I figure I could run and document it here in my blog.

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