Phew! I just turned in my final grades for my final semester of online teaching. Saying goodbye to teaching is somewhat bittersweet — goodbyes always are — but I am so excited to see what God has next for me and my little family. I have had a somewhat steady influx of freelance editing and web work this spring, so we enrolled E in preschool “full time,” that is, five hours a day, four days a week, for the summer and fall. I have leads on a few jobs that I’m applying for, and I’m hoping to find something that will allow me to work part-time (during those 20 hours a week that E is at school) and allow me to leave my work at work. I’ve grown tired of having work in the same place that I’m supposed to have my fun. We’ll see what comes of this.
In the meantime, I have five weeks to execute the second annual Duck Waddle 5K Run/Walk. Marketing is going well; I’m making good use of Facebook and Twitter to build a social presence for the event. And I am busting my rear to get our registration forms into area stores and race packets. Over 2000 are scheduled to be distributed in the next few weeks. Registration is going well. I don’t have the numbers and dates from last year to prove this, but our registration numbers are well ahead of where they were at this time last year, so I’m very pleased about that. Our goal is 200 runners this year, which is a bit more than double last year’s numbers. It’s a big goal, but I believe we can get there.
Last weekend, I wrapped up my spring base training phase of my year with the Go Girl Half Marathon. I finished in 2:34 and change, and I PRed. This was by far my best half marathon to date. Granted, I’ve only completed two others, but I’ve never felt as strong physically and mentally in my other races. In fact, my last mile was the fastest mile of the race. In addition to the running and miles I put in this spring, I owe much of my finishing strength to the upper body strength training I’ve done this spring. The pull-ups, push-ups, and tricep dips have rounded out my upper body strength, especially around my spine and core, and I didn’t find myself falling out of form at all during my race. I haven’t selected an event for the fall; I’m waiting to see if a new job pans out first.
To celebrate last weekend’s finish, I met some other runners yesterday for a trail run at a state conservation area about 20 miles south of Springfield. I had such a fun time running up and down hills, through mud and creeks, and taking my sweet time while enjoying the scenery. I wish I had brought my phone to take pictures, but I hate carrying my phone when I run. So believe me, when I say that it was beautiful and that I came back a muddy mess. :)
And that’s been my week. The fam and I are resting this afternoon. And by resting, I mean that I’m going to go take a nap.