Not much has changed since my last post. Still running a shit ton of miles. Still not racing. Still walking my dogs about seven times a day. Still drinking more coffee than I should. Still going to bed at 9:00pm. And, if I'm being honest, I have to fight to make it that late. I am a real winner, aren't I? School did start this week but my girls are only in the building for two days a week. Who knows how long that will last. That said, I am beyond grateful that they now have something to do that doesn't involve me or the use of my vehicle. And Grace is finally playing soccer again after six months off the field. No heading, throw-ins, corner kicks or human contact of any kind and a mask has to be worn for the entire game. But, hey, they're out there. And she's just happy to have some social interaction with her teammates. So what if they can't really hear each other. Next week, my high school XC season kicks off. There are about a thousand rules and the kids have to run with masks on. Which is still one hundred percent worth it as far as I'm concerned. Fingers crossed we can make it work. So, yea. Things are about the same with the addition of modified school and sports. It's worth noting that I am currently registered for two ultras, one in October and one in December. Whether or not they actually happen is still to be determined. But I might as well train for them. And it's fun to dream. Ultimately what it comes down to is this. My family is healthy. We have what we need. Fall is coming. Life is weird and challenging and there's no end in site. But we're doing okay. And that's gotta be enough for right now. No surprise that running continues to be my saving grace. It's keeping me sane and healthy and relatively happy. I get as excited about hitting the road as I do about my first cup of coffee. Now that is saying something. Seriously, I am running to live and living to run right now. Below you'll find a playlist that I put together this summer. All the songs have RUN in their title. Now, I'm a big music fan and I love a good Bruce Springsteen song, but 'Born To Run' is not on this list because the classics just aren't cutting it for me lately. These are a bit out there. Hopefully there are a few new ones on here that you dig. And maybe they'll get you fired up to run or cut a rug. Regardless, they'll have to hold you over until my next post. Which may or may not be a race review. We shall see. Rock on, my friends.
Listen to this: