Whenever I feel like I’ve gotten behind on blogging and don’t feel like playing catch up writing individual entries on each topic, I find it just easier to do a quick sum up of each item. Here we go…
Chicago Trip – Cancelled. The Saturday morning we were due to leave I was changing clothes and received a text notifying us that our flight was cancelled due to something traffic control related (I forget the wording) and we were booked on flight later that evening. To say I was crushed was an understatement; I think I was so stunned that I couldn’t even cry. I hadn’t seen my high school best friend, Alecia, and her husband, Ryan, since we went on our New England/Canada cruise with them last year. I called United Airlines to find out if we could get a full refund if we cancelled or a partial refund if we took the later flight. I was told we could get a full refund to cancel, but I would have to inquire at the customer service desk at the airport about a partial refund. I nicely explained that I wasn’t going to drive an hour to the airport just to ask. I really still wanted to go, but if we took the later flight we wouldn’t arrive until almost 6:30pm, essentially giving us an evening, a day and a morning to spend in Chicago. Jason and I talked it over and agreed that it wasn’t worth the over $700 we spent on airline tickets. We chose to cancel. Alecia and Ryan were disappointed as well but understood, and we had a fun speaker phone chat among the four of us. We’re hoping to reschedule for the spring and possibly do a longer weekend out there. Here’s hoping airfare drops by then as I looked up a long weekend in December and it would cost over $800.
Personal Training – Under consideration. I keep toying with the idea of getting certified as a personal trainer, possibly as a group fitness instructor. Overall my job isn’t bad (I have awesome benefits), but I think it would be fun to have as a side job especially if it means I could go part time at my current job. I just feel that sitting eight hours a day wreaks havoc on my body, and I have to do so much additional strength work and foam rolling to keep my body in its best running shape. Jason has come across two different youth strength and conditioning positions that would be of high interest to me and pay decently. I’m going to explore the options more this winter. Jason and I are also looking into getting non-member passes to the York Jewish Community Center to take some classes so I could get a feel of what it’d be like to work in that type of environment. I wouldn’t act on anything until after spring track season would end if I do decide to act upon this interest.
Track – Not too far away. I went to a cross country meet last week and talked with our head track coach (his son was competing) and apparently he wants to start off season practices twice a week in November. Last year we started in December. I’m not a huge fan of the idea mostly because I burned out by the end of last season, and I don’t know that starting earlier will help with that. That said, myself and the one other coach did mention we’d like to only be at practice twice a week this winter instead of three times if we can manage it. I am excited to work with my kids again, I’m just being a tad selfish with my time in not wanting to start in November.
Volleyball – Almost finished. I line judge my last volleyball game this coming Thursday. The girls have had a great season so far, and if they advance in districts I may try to go see them play. Last Thursday saw some very intense matches, and I was reminded of why I only line judge and don’t referee. My skin just isn’t thick enough to have fans/parents/coaches yelling about my calls. Once in awhile I have someone yell about a call I make (I just say if the ball is in or out when it hits near the line), but it’s never that often or that drastic.
Glow in the Grove – Successful but short. Jason actually decided Friday afternoon he wanted to run it with me so I quickly got his running gear together and filled out a registration form and check. I picked him up after work and we arrived with time to spare. I was out for “revenge” as last year I felt robbed by the first place overall female not being pulled from my age group thus depriving me of an award. Originally I wanted to go for a lifetime 5k best, but recovering from the Hands on House half marathon took longer than expected, so I nixed that goal. We were told the course was slightly changed. Due to recent rains/flooding part of the rail trail couldn’t be used, so we would be turning around sooner than the previous year and would run a little part of a road out and back instead. I assumed that meant it was still a full 5k. Jason and I ran well the entire race and were trying to determine at the turn around if I was the first female – a downfall to running in the dark, it was hard to see faces. It was fun having him alongside and sometimes ahead of me as there would’ve been portions I would’ve ran alone had he not been there. With around a quarter mile to go (so I thought) I pulled away from him. I was approaching the finish and saw a low 22 showing and thought “Am I breaking my high school 5k time?” I heard someone call out “First female” and I clicked stop on my Garmin as I crossed the line. The course was 2.83 miles and I ran it in 22:21. Jason wasn’t far behind me. We were both bummed it wasn’t a full 5k. I did receive a nice medal and snack bag at least for winning my age group. Again I wish they would pull the top overall male and female out (I did make that suggestion last year) as I likely preventing another person from placing, but I’m not the race director. Not as many people ran this year as last year, so I’m hoping they do continue to have it. It’s a fun event and they give out great shirts.
How has everyone else’s lives been going? Have you ever had a trip cancelled? Have you contemplated career changes recently?