Weather forecast for the next 2 days looks atrocious, so instead of taking today as my scheduled non-running/rest day I ran tomorrow's 5 miler today. It was nice. Cloudy and cool, but not windy...or rainy or snowy, which is what is in the forecast for the next 2 days. Ick. This is the sort of weather we expected a month ago, but not well into April.
So Tuesday's 6 mile race pace run will likely really stink...but that's more incentive to run at pace and get it over with. Weds. the weather should be more temperate and sunny, so Dane will be going over to a friend's house for a couple of hours so I can get my 12 miler in. Man, I am already looking forward to the end of Spring break in a week.
Oh, and the crazy thing I noticed on my running log...since I ran today (instead of my usual Sunday "day of rest") my mileage for the past 7 days is 53.2 miles...a record for me. Whew. No wonder I'm feeling pretty sleepy today. I'm not usually a napper, but right now am regretting not giving-in to the urge a few hours ago. I am tempted to make a pot of coffee, but I know I will regret that at 1am when I am still wide-awake. :p
We (heh, hubby) still haven't been able to conclusively diagnose our washing machine issues, but it's starting to look like the problem may stem from years of gunk built-up in the basin. We have SUPER hard well water...so combine that with soap residue, grime, cat hair, lint, and everything else that has collected over the course of 12 years and it's miraculous we've gone this long without problems.
If we can get things sorted out and fixed we will likely be changing detergent type and/or brand and doing some things to help prevent this in the future. One suggestion I have read in a couple of places is to occasionally run an empty load with a mix of dishwasher detergent and bleach...then let the solution soak in the machine overnight. This helps to dissolve all the built-up crusties and sludge, much like it does on plates.
If we aren't able to repair the machine then it's time for a new one. After 12 years we can't expect to always be able to perform simple repairs to keep a device like this working. Too bad the washer and dryer couldn't die at the same time--sure would be nice (though really $$, too) to have a stackable front-loading set. :D