Hello, it's the mutant Colemans here :) We are currently hunkered down for a while, while our bodies process Covid. So far it's been an interesting ride. Get ready for some memes because pictures from my yard and the house are kind of boring and those are the only places I have been lately.
Sunday, June 20, 2021
Sunday, June 13, 2021
First let me start out with an Andrew/Covid update. We got the lab call Sunday night that Andrew was positive for Covid. I immediately texted anyone we were around/near the last 48 hours which luckily was mostly my own vaccinated family as my mother in law is here. We also notified boys and girls club since Tuesday through Thursday was his all day gig. We were told by the lab that we would be notified of all things quarantine Monday morning via the health department or KDHE.
Tuesday I got a run in and also started getting calls from the Covid tracers. KDHE called as well as our local health department. Andrew was to be quarantined for 10 days and then my quarantine would start afterwards. Sigh. I figured they wouldn't honor my 2 vaccines since I was only 1 week post the second shot but I mean really, how much more immunity am I going to gain in the 2nd week post the shot versus the first week? I am a rule follower so I am stuck in the house and in my car till June 24th. I will miss yet another race, but Andrew and Tony can go. I did find a statement that I could get tested 7 days post exposure and if negative could forgo quarantining past Andrew's quarantine period, but our health department does not honor it, even though it is a KDHE policy. I do not envy their job, but I do see why people just don't get tested or don't follow their protocols. Andrew's grandma, Uncle Cayce, and Tony all can forgo quarantine because they are more than 2 weeks post their second shot. I guess an invisible forcefield goes around them and they can't transmit or transfer the virus? Sigh. I don't think that is how it works, but at least that means my hubby can get supplies we need to be in lock down. Andrew's grandma made him a chocolate cake and some frosting and helped him turn one of his drawings into a cake. He did all the artwork on the cake and now wants to be a cake maker when he grows up. I could live with that!
Boom also enjoyed his sign since technically his birthday was Friday. Happy 3rd Barkday Boom! We have been heat acclimating this week and he is doing really well. Both he and I have become quite fluffy so we both need to get some weight off. I know why I have, but not sure why he has.
Monday, June 7, 2021
I will say this week starting out much better for me. I was a little more regular with my running and even went as far as contacting a lifting coach to start the process of getting a strength cycle started. I am very low on motivation right now for anything outside of running and my kiddo's racing, but I need to get back to my bike and back to my weights. My hubby made a little home gym area for me at the shop and I am ready to start using it!
Monday was a day "off" which I put in quotations because I truly never take a day off since we own our own business. It was nice that banks had been closed two days and that I couldn't do a lot of the accounting stuff I need to do. I did go for a run in the rain with Stella and then we headed off to a BBQ where I got to cuddle some insanely cute kittens. I would love another cat, but I really really want an indoor only cat and this cat has been outdoors exclusively. It was dog savy but still, it would have to be kept in a room by itself till I felt like it was big enough to defend itself while I was at work. My dogs are sweethearts BUT prey drive can kick in at any moment and I do NOT want the circle of life to happen in my house.
Tuesday we headed to the track to practice. We made the car slower not faster. It's so nice to have andrew not be part of the equation now that his lines are good and he is keeping his foot in the gas. There are SO many moving parts on these cars that need to be fine tuned to get faster (and sometimes slower).
Sunday, May 30, 2021
Now on to Michelle is serious. Have you ever said something that you instantly regret? Something that comes out of your mouth and the second it leaves your lips, you want to take it back? I did this very thing this week. I am not proud of myself, it should have never been said, even if it was the truth. I was and am insanely stressed and tired, and am reacting off of emotion lately and it sucks. It's not the first time, sometimes I speak before I really think it through, and I am sure it won't be the last time, but I am embarrassed and frankly disappointed in myself because it affected someone else, not just me. I try so hard to fight for the truth, to do what's right, and sometimes I just slip up and fail when I get this emotional. I need to go back to my girls on the run lesson about toothpaste, how once it comes out, you can never get it back in. I also need to say things out loud to myself first and not just pop off immediately to my friends, as you never know who is listening or who something will be repeated to and how it will affect the end party. I have thrown myself on my own sword several times this week and I still don't feel any better, but I have to move on and i hope by blogging my feelings this will help. Onward.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
The third week of the month is always a doozy for me. We normally have our big BNI regional meeting on Mondays, PTO Tuesday night, our normal BNI meetings Wednesday morning and then our quarter midget track club Wednesday night. It's emotionally draining because I put 1000 percent into every organization I participate in. It's also hard because I am stepping way out of my comfort zone in several of the new organizations I am in, and so to be questioned about my efforts, well, it's hard. I do take it personally because I feel like I am doing the best job I possibly can. I also feel super guilty because I feel like I need to put forth more effort than I am, even if i am giving it every minute that I possibly can and work, be a mom, run, and just plain old exist. It really makes me question why I am a part of these groups if my effort is going to be questioned and scrutinized instead of welcomed and appreciated. Anyway, just needed to whine a bit now moving on to nicer things!
Well, take a step back, this isn't nicer, but it is a reality for me right now. As summer rolls around, I am moving back to early morning running, not only for me, but also for the comfort and safety of my dogs. Thus far we haven't had any high spikes in heat or humidity, but we are so busy at night right now that if I am going to try and do any base holding at this point, I have to get up early and run. Last year I noticed a big difference in Stella's heat tolerance or lack there of. Heck, even I seem to supremely struggle with training in the heat, which kills me because there are SO many good ultras in the fall. I also had the scare at the 50 miler where I knew something was wrong with Stella, but couldn't figure out what. She had NO obvious injury or limp, just was running head down, not really engaging in me while she ran. I quickly switched her out but still. She had a chiro appointment with her beloved chiro Dr. A on Monday and she just had so many things wrong that were painful to adjust that it just made me know that retirement from any long runs/long distances is the best thing for Stella. We can still do short runs and Dr. A is going to put her on some herbs to help with any inflammation or soreness, but she probably will no longer race and will have very limited training with me. I haven't really processed all of this fully yet. I knew it was coming and had odd hope that she could somehow do the 50k and the 50 miler but I knew in the back of my mind that this was probably not going to happen, thus the reason I brought Boom just in case. While he has a super long way to go before he is the awesome trail and running dog that Stella ever was, he is settling in and getting better.
Have a great week y'all! Humidity is back so boo but hopefully we will acclimate and make it through!
Sunday, May 16, 2021
Another week of three runs, no strength training (ooops), and Points Race #2. Going to keep this short and simple.
Have a great week y'all!