First, I moved the family to a new state. And I mean that literally. Since my husband was working crazy hours, I pulled off a one-woman show packing nearly the entire house, single-handedly loading the ABF truck.....and then upon arriving, unloading and unpacking.
Second, all previous running experience had been in flat terrain. I think I moved to the Alps, by mistake. Every workout seems like a hill workout.
Third, I went from knowing 75% of people out my hometown trail, to not knowing anyone. Luckily, I know this great website to hook me up with some running partners, but my call to
arms legs has yielded zero running buddies. I have faith. Hey - if you're in Austin, looking for a Sunday morning running partner, join my new group.
But, I've been here 6 weeks now and things are turning around. Thanks to a Meetup.com mom's group, I found one daytime running partner who has shown me trails that gently roll up and down rather than the others where I need crampons & harnesses. She, however, presents a new challenge: I swear she has roller skates on. I love it though - I'm moving faster than I ever thought I could.
Finally, this week, the locals felt like they could finally let me in on a little secret about this amazing town. Turns out, not only is it the "Live Music Capital," it's ranks the "Worst City for Allergies," too! Didn't know I had allergies until recently. Locals just looked at my puffy eyes and hacking green phlegm and simply chuckled "You must be new around here."
But - come Hell or Highly Swollen Glands, I am a runnin'. I'm a running and a running and a running. And if I survive then next 4 days, then I'll survive the Army 10 Miler.