I live in North Texas, about 70 miles North of Dallas. We had NINE earthquakes yesterday. NINE!!!! The epicenters of most of yesterday’s quakes were around Irving, which is between Dallas and Ft.Worth. The two strongest were 3.5 and 3.6, respectively, with the rest were under 3. No, I did not feel any of the quakes. I was in the area, just at the wrong time (or right time, depending on which way you look at it). I have several friends who did feel the quakes and the news is reporting several houses with damage. We Texans tend to use humor to deal with things that push us out of our comfort zone…
By the way, I feel much more prepared in the event of a tornado. I can spot a wall cloud easily, tell if it is rotating and know when to run for cover. Earthquakes?? All I know is that you’re supposed to stand in a doorway, but am unsure of that because didn’t that change??
A couple years ago, we had a handful of earthquakes in my town. I felt NONE of them, although I’m not sure they were strong enough to register at all. I was even awake and on the couch because I was unable to sleep during one when I read about it on Facebook. Another miss. I’m not sensitive to spirits either. Just call me insensitive.
Logan is playing in a soccer tournament Thursday-Saturday. Naturally, snow and sleet is predicted along with the coldest temps of the season. This time, I will be prepared!! My latest purchase was waiting for me when I got home yesterday. These new mittens, along with hand warmers (for my fingers and toes) and the SIX blankets I have stowed in my car should keep me from freezing to death.
Yes, these mittens feel HUGE….they ARE huge!! It will take some getting used to because I rarely wear gloves (I am 99.9% sure I have NEVER owned a pair of mittens). In fact, I couldn’t even tell you where to find a pair of gloves in my house. I don’t wear coats until it is too cold to venture out without them (read: below freezing and/or wind over 20 mph), so gloves aren’t even a thought in my mind. I never wear gloves when running because after a mile, my hands get sweaty and I feel like I need to strip completely. It’s better for all involved for me to deal with cold fingers for 10 minutes.
Speaking of running……I think I mentioned that I am using a rehab plan in a book I recently purchased. Monday was the first day I started truly following the plan. Last week I decided to take the week off and let things calm down, so all I did were the suggested stretches (3x/day) and foam rolling. Monday I added the strength exercies (3x/week) and bike trainer (every other day) for 15-30 minutes. I decided not to go ALL out first time and rode 22 min on the trainer. Yesterday I felt great!! I had no stiffness or soreness in my knee after sitting for the first time since my marathon! I will be doing the trainer and exercises again tonight and, for the first time, I am beginning to get REALLY excited about this rehab process and my eventual return to running!
BUT, I still have A LOT of things to work on, one being my arm swing. One of the first things that caught my eye from the book discussed your arm crossing your body and how that was a symptom of your body being out of sync. (I think we all know by now that I am out of sync, and not just physically.) When I posted this pic from the Plano Balloon Half Marathon in September, I commented about that left arm crossing my body. Other race pics have shown that I don’t cross my body with my right arm. I think it’s terribly interesting, but scares the heck out of me because I want to be balanced!!
I don’t often do Woman Crush Wednesday, but am doing it today! I am so blessed with all of my children, but Taylor continually surprises me with her kindness and compassion. And each time I wonder why she suprises me. I mean, I raised her and know what a tender heart she has! Surprised or not, I just love her “never take no for an answer” attitude. IF it can be done, she will find the way! And if you tell her it can’t be done – just get out of her way, because she WILL prove you wrong!
This past week, one of her college friends was involved in a wreck in which she was not at fault. The person that caused the wreck drove away. Her car was totaled, and since she did not have full coverage on the car, will not be financially able to replace it. She had a job lined up for the spring to help out until she can get a teaching job next Fall, but without a car was going to be forced to quit.
In true Taylor fashion, she immediately started trying to figure out a way to help out her friend. When she was discussing the situation with us, she asked if we could help her pay the tax on a car, because she was planning to buy it herself! As it turns out, Bobby has been wanting to upgrade a van that he uses for work….perfect timing, right? So Taylor cleaned up the van and delivered it to her friend Monday evening.
I wanted to leave you with a story that one of the volleyball mom’s shared with me this past weekend. She was playing a game with her daughter, Blair (who just happens to be one of Alli’s favorite teammates!). They were to answer the question, “Name a female athlete.” The mom’s answer was Misty May Trainor, but Blair’s answer was ALLI’S MOM, because she is a RUNNER! I knew there was a reason I love that kid!!
Happy Hump Day everyone!!