The rabbits and squirrels will probably eat this bloom too, but here it is. I grew it from a seed and I’m quite proud.

Today, the scale says I now weigh the same as I did in 10th grade. Rather than thinking “yay, diet and exercise”, my first thought was “oh no, cancer”. I blame WebMD.

Up all night with the dog because of thunder and lightning. No rain though. I tell her that she’s safe but she doesn’t believe me.

My youngest (23) is driving across the country far a new job. Her car broke down yesterday. After calls to AAA and charges on the credit card that’s “only for emergency” she’s back on track. I don’t think I’ve ever felt more helpless as a parent.

Since I work from home, Summer vacation for my family is always disruptive. School is starting for everyone again and I can finally get back into my groove.

Hawaii always tells us they are “the land of rainbows”. Perhaps they’ve not visited New Zealand. It’s hard to swing a dead cat without hitting one.

In today’s adventure in pies, we have the Wrinkly Rams. Can’t linger too long though. A big snowstorm is working its way down the valley.

We are learning about little savory hand pies, which seem to be a thing here in New Zealand. Line out the door when we got here, line out the door when we left. They were good pies for sure.

The Outback reminds me of Arizona and Texas but also feels like no where I’ve been. Isn’t this world amazing? 🗺

MCM Workout 10/56

3 miles easy. I could taste the smoke today from the Canadian fires. Not as bad as running in Havana in the streets, but remarkably similar. 🏃🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

This week I will get on a plane on Wednesday and land on Friday. Thursday, 20 July 2023 will not exist for me. I still can’t wrap my head around this. 🗺

Either all of my instagram friends have stopped posting or the algorithm has changed again. My feed is just ads and videos from people I don’t know. Might be time to delete the app for a few months.

On Wednesday we head to Australia/NZ to watch ⚽️

MCM workout 9/56

8 miles at an easy pace. My body is changing. It takes me a mile or two to “warm up”. Funny that for some, a mile or two would be the whole workout. I’m worried that my three week holiday is going to mess up the plan. 🏃🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

MCM workout 8/56

6 miles at pace (8:43). First run with new shoes and first run with new water vest. Aside from the sloshing sounds, the vest worked well. Left shoe needs the laces adjusted. When running pace runs, I need to set the alerts wider. At 20 seconds Siri was constantly interrupting me.

MCM workout 7/56

3 miles at an easy pace (about 9/mi). I’m still not convinced these easy runs are doing anything. But, I can reevaluate after the race. 🏃🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

MCM 6/56 2:00 easy pace. Went about 12 miles. Ran along the river most of the way. Lots of ducks. 🏃🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

MCM workout 5/56 5 miles Ran at 9:18/mi pace. I’m running much slower than I did in Jan/Feb. I wonder why. Tried to run early before the heat sets in. Will need to stretch more if I’m going to stick to this part of the day.

MCM workout 4/56 was 3 miles, easy pace. So hot. “Feels like 94F (34C)”. Ran about 8:45 min/mile. These shoes just went over 300 miles. Probably should replace them soon, so that I’m not replacing them near the end of my training. 🏃‍♀️🏃🏃‍♂️

MCM workout 3/56 was 1:45 easy pace. About 10 miles. AQI was 105 and it was hot and humid. My right knee doesn’t seem swollen, so that’s good. 🏃‍♀️🏃🏃‍♂️

Training run #2 (of 56) completed. 5 miles at pace (8:40). The AQI is over 150 and it’s hot, so I’m not too disappointed that I was slower than planned. 🏃🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

Canadian wildlife smoke is expected to arrive soon and make our air quality poor. Isn’t it convenient that we happen to have a bunch of masks by the front door, in the car, in jacket pockets?

Training run #1 completed. 4.1 miles. Funny how to train for a marathon, you do lots of short, easy runs. Not what I was expecting. 🏃🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

My training for the Marine Corps Marathon starts tomorrow. Though this will be my first marathon, I’m pretty confident I can finish. So, my BHAG is to run in under four hours. 🏃🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

Making the trek back down the East US Coast to home. This drive has gotten steadily longer over the years. Fingers crossed that the new holiday and a mid morning start being the time back down near 6 hours.