3.03.2009

Is it bedtime yet?

I am wiped out. Ran just shy of 16 miles today (15.7, to be exact). This was day 6 in a row of running, including yesterday's 8 miler and 2 7 milers last week...46 miles in 6 days without a rest day. Ow.

Today's run wasn't so terrible...just 3 hours of my legs feeling pretty stiff and dead. But I was able to enjoy the (chilly) sunshine and listen to the first half of Chelsea Handler's Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea. audiobook. Awesome. Hilariously awesome. This was my first venture into the world of audiobooks. I have otherwise been listening to podcasts (mostly NPR, some WGN Chicago talk radio) on my long runs for almost the past year, but listening to entire books is really nice. Great way to kill two birds with one stone, too. I also have 2 David Sedaris books waiting in the wings, so now I am debating whether I should finish my current Chelsea Handler book via my computer. I probably will, since I am hooked. And it's not like there will ever be a shortage of new audiobooks to reserve from the library to listen to on the run....

Tomorrow DS is home with me all day, as his school is out for conferences for the remainder of the week (hence the screwy workout schedule). I may or may not doing some weight work. I did get the high step topper so that I can do my new Cathe DVD...but I don't think that would be a kind thing to throw at my legs right now. So I may just do the abs and/or upper body work on the disc. That's the thing that makes her DVDs worth the relatively high price. There are all sorts of pre-mixes and the ability to program custom mixes. Very nice.

DS and I also have hair appointments and a couple of other errands to run before heading out of town for our mini vacation at the nearest Great Wolf Lodge in 2 days, so we don't have the luxury of lying around in our PJs tomorrow, unfortunately. I think I have him talked into sleeping-in, though...phew!

Speaking of DS--we did his conference tonite. He's doing really fantastic in reading--a solid 3 years above grade level (no great shock, as his dad and I were always above-board readers), doing very well in spelling and Math--though he doesn't seem to love Math like he does other subjects (I can sympathize...a lot).

He also still has a hard time with penmanship. He writes legibly (finally), but it's a struggle for him, he can't write fast enough to keep up with his abilities, and his hand gets tired. Poor kid. Next year he's going to have to do a LOT of writing of paragraphs and daily long sentences, so that's something we need to work on over the next 6 months. At the very least we are going to work on some hand strengthening exercises, perhaps using one of those squishy stress balls.

I know penmanship and the ability to write are important, but I do also look forward to the day he can type such assignments. I'm a crummy typist and still type far faster than I write...which is important, since the words seem to flow from my brain faster than I could ever jot them down manually on paper. I already envision this being the case for Dane, as well. And I recall also getting frustrated writing by hand and developing a sore arm and hand from writing.

Ok...it is 9pm. Can I go to bed, now?

1 comment:

  1. I love to listen to audiobooks while I run too. But I can only do that when I'm on a trail or somewhere safe because I get totally involved in the book.

    Sounds like your little guy is doing well in school. Handwriting is hard - my son really struggled with it until recently. And now they make him do all of this stuff on the computer, so it seems like a lot of work for nothing!

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