Welcome to Baltimore!

Hi everyone, remember me? I’m happy to be writing again here, because it means I actually have some free time in my life again!

This weekend has been very fun and relaxing so far and I feel like I’ll actually start Monday feeling rested and ready to have a good week. The past week or so has been crazy. My movers arrived in Atlanta last Saturday at 9 a.m., finally finished at 2 p.m. and Tim and I hit the road with Nittany (who is not a fan of either moving or driving) at 3 p.m. We drove straight through, arriving at our new house in Baltimore at 3 a.m.!

Where are all my things? And where are you taking me?

We lived like nomads for a few days, survived the earthquake on Tuesday (another thing Nittany’s not a fan of – earthquakes) and the movers arrived on Wednesday afternoon with all my furniture and boxes. Sleeping in my bed after sleeping on an air mattress for four nights was heaven!

The epitome of comfort

Since then, we’ve been settling in and unpacking, and it’s really starting to feel like home. I’ll post some pictures this week.

Running has been going well too. We are six weeks into our 18 week training plan for Philly, and so far, so good. We did have to skip our long run last weekend, due to the move, but we got back on the horse this week, running 12 miles during the week (three on Tuesday, six on Wednesday, and three on Thursday) and nine miles yesterday. The Thursday run was two loops around Patterson Park in rain that progressively got more and more intense until we were running in a downpour. Here’s me on the front steps of our house, dripping after that one!

I’ve been feeling great running the past couple weeks, but that nine miler on Saturday was not pleasant. It was 78 degrees when we left the house at 7 a.m. and extremely humid due to Hurricane Irene’s approach. The humidity just killed me. It was one of those days that I felt really lucky to have a training partner, because Tim was very supportive and encouraging, and he helped me through it. It would have been difficult to stay motivated if I was running on my own. I was very happy it happened to be a fall back week in the training plan (every third week, we drop back in mileage to recover and prevent injury). Next weekend, we have a 14-miler, so I’m hoping I feel better. I’m not worried, because until yesterday, I’ve been feeling great. I know that part of training means that I’ll have a bad run every once in a while, and that’s okay.

Training gets serious this week! We have runs of 4 miles, 7 miles, and 4 miles during the week with a 14-miler this weekend!  We are both excited that the stress of the move is behind us and we can focus on eating well and getting plenty of rest to prepare for the longer mileage weeks that are now upon us. It feels great to be in our new home and settling into a normal, less stressful routine.

Miles run since last post: 102.5; total miles for the year: 442.9.