Today we had one of those runs. One of the good ones. The kind that make the other horrible, crappy runs worth it. Thank goodness! I’ll be honest; our training for the half-marathon hasn’t been the greatest. Our September was absolutely insane. Between our weird schedules (Matt’s long days, my late classes), our living situation (being out in east bu-fu), and LOOKING FOR A HOUSE TO BUY!!, we have been crazy busy. So we’ve done about 2/3 of the runs that we were supposed to do. Our first runs were terrible. I think I’m not built for running in the heat and humidity of east Tennessee. At least, I’m not acclimated to it. I mean, the last time I was training was January in Boston. So our runs haven’t been the greatest, but we’ve been doing the miles (mostly).
Anyway, yay for finally a good run! They’ve been few and far between these days.
So about that buying a house thing, it took use about a month (and one losing out on a house) to find one that we liked. We put an offer on it; they accepted. We just had our inspection last week, and everything went pretty well. We’re looking at closing in four weeks. That’s Halloween! I’m wondering if it’ll be a great way to meet our new neighbors. “Hey kids! Take a candy bar! But first, carry this box into the house. Thanks!” We’re so excited to be moving in four weeks. Four weeks left of doing our dishes by hand. Four weeks left of doing the laundry in the garage with Matt’s car in the way. Four weeks left of having to drive April to a place to go walking. Four weeks left until we can unpack our boxes and find all of our kitchen utensils. Don’t get me wrong, our situation has been convenient, but we’re so excited to be moving into our own home! Our first home!
April is excited, too. Her September was a bit stressful. She’s not so happy about her short walks. Although she loves our neighbors’ horses. She even gave herself a hot spot and had to wear a cone for a little bit.
But now she is excited for fall (and her own backyard, that she doesn’t know about despite us telling her everyday).
That is her excited face.
How was your September? Exciting things happening in October? Any good runs?
Well, it’s definitely been an adjustment moving to Tennessee from Boston. At the moment we are staying at a family house in the country while we look for a house to buy (an adventure unto itself). While we are incredibly grateful for this opportunity, it means that walking April is a bit trickier. See there’s not much of a road for our house (although there are horses to visit), so we have to drive about 15 minutes to find a decent path to give her a long walk. However, five minutes down the road is a beautiful natural area. The hike is pretty intense. It’s 0.8 miles up to the overlook, and you gain 1000 feet in elevation. The trail is pretty steep at points and then incredibly rocky. April does pretty well at it for a short legged doggy!
My first two attempts at the hike, the bugs bothered me too much. Two weeks ago, April and I made it to the top (thanks to Off bug spray). Our trip up took about 1 hour and then 45 minutes on the way down. It was definitely warmer that day. Today, with the wonderful fall weather, Matt and I took April up to the top in 45 minutes!! And we remembered a camera!
I feel like there should be a Lion King reference here. “Everything the light touches is yours!”
Matt and April at the overlook! It’s 2100 feet above sea level.
HAPPY TIRED PUPPY!!
On the way back down, there were lots of people on the trail. April decided to jump up on a rock to get out of the way.
I feel as if she’s looking down at her subjects in this picture.
The hike is really challenging, but it tuckers the puppy out! I wish that I had more time on weekdays to take her up there more often. Maybe we’d even condition ourselves to get faster. It’s seriously like nature’s stairmaster at some points.
What did you do on your Sunday?
We picked up April today!
We picked her up at the Whisker Walk (a fundraiser out in Lancaster, MA), then we drove to my bells show in Medfield, MA. On our way, we spotted a park for a little jog.
Matt took her home and kept her occupied with running and walking until I got home. Then we went over to our friends house to play with their puppy, Trouble. That’s when the “adventure” started. We weren’t sure if she could go off lead, but she was being very good. So we kept the leash on her, but let her go in their 3/4 fenced backyard. The two were playing so great for about half an hour. She took off once, but she didn’t go far. We got a bit too cocky! After a while, she BOLTED! She ran down the street, across the street, to the grocery parking lot. Nobody could stop her. We were screaming and running after her (in flip flops). It was so scary. People were helping us. We thought she was cornered, and then she took off again . . . holy crap! We finally caught up with her (actually these guys helped us and so did our friends). I can’t believe that happened. We learned our lesson . . .
After that, we decided to settle in and watch the new season of Bridezillas. April took my spot on the couch!
So, the first episode of Bridezillas takes place in Cincinnati. It turns out, we were out for Amy’s bachelorette the same night that she was out for her bachelorette. Therefore . . . we made national television!
From right to left are: Jeff, Nikki, and Sheryl. In Beckey’s picture you can also see Amy:
She swears I’m there somewhere as well. I’ll find out. We don’t have it in widescreen, so we can’t see everything. CRAZY!
Time for some more Bridezillas and to calm down from today’s excitement.