Happy Leap Year Day! Hope you made the most of your bonus day.
So that’s it. I made it to the end of the month without missing a day. It’s been fun for the most part, and it’s probably good for me to take note of moments I wouldn’t normally stop to appreciate. I’ve loved seeing Dan’s, Siobhan’s and Julie’s daily pictures too; it’s given me a little glimpse into their lives that I’ve never had before, especially since none of them live in Manitoba. Dan and Siobhan are courageously planning to keep the photo challenge going, which I’m thrilled about, but this is the end of the line for me. I found it took up considerable mind space (which is always at a premium) thinking about photo-worthy moments, as well as time – downloading, choosing, and posting the picture every day. Maybe I’ll do it again down the road, but never again in the middle of winter when the only photo inspirations are snow and bored children. But thanks to everyone for humouring me, tolerating my photography, and for all the comments. I will kind of miss it. Maybe I'll just cut back to a weekly or monthly moment. It will be a surprise.
The next month or so is going to be super busy with a gigantic work project, the other two children’s birthday parties, Easter, spring break, the any-day-now arrival of a new nephew/niece, and my New Thing – training for the half marathon. And now that I’ve actually put that in print, there’s no turning back. Running is not something I enjoy, and running a marathon has never been on my list of things to do before I die, but I really really really want to get in shape. So this is Week One of training. Dale (who is also planning to run) found a training schedule on Runner’s World dot com, and it’s fairly civilized. It’s only three runs a week, which is something I think I can commit to. On Monday morning, I did two things I’ve never done before – run outside in the winter (besides between my house and garage), and get up early enough to run before Dale left for work. On Wednesday I ran on the track at the University during the kids’ swimming lessons. Tomorrow is a six mile run, which I’m nervous about. I’m supposed to run to Sobey’s and back. That doesn’t sound humanly possible, especially in Week One of training. I'll be taking the cell phone in case I need a ride home. Wish me luck.