Hello! Given the craziness that is going on these days with elections and marathons and all that nutty stuff; I opted for a little lighter post today. I’m going to take a quick moment to catch up on what is going on in life lately.
I had the most amazing week hanging out with Rock in NYC. We had a blast working our tails off and eating plenty of delicious food. I even took a nice break from running. I will have another post about this soon, but that hiatus and alternative active time left me refreshed and feeling great. My mileage is back up and my pace is working wonderfully for me. I’ve noticed that my stride is starting to get back into that great place it was at back when I was near the end of my training for the Poconos Marathon.
When I returned to Michigan, it was so wonderful to see my Mary again. But the reality of home ownership quickly settled in. We have a great backyard with a gorgeous black walnut tree right off of our kitchen and deck. I quickly fell in love with this tree and for a long time, I was collecting the nuts and harvesting them.
If you are not familiar, walnuts are encased in a green hull that has a lovely, almost citrus fragrance. However, looks and scents are deceiving. If you touch the flesh of the husk with your fingers, they immediately turn black for days. Therefore, I had to collect the nuts when they fell before Mary could get her hands on them and then harvest them while she was napping.
Harvesting these things requires running over them in the driveway with our car and then peeling the husks back and drying the shell. It is definitely a labor of love.
Imagine my horror when I came home to a yard full of walnuts! My first day back, I picked up over 4,500 walnuts and dumped them behind our barn for the squirrels to forage for winter. The problem with having a smart little toddler is that she once saw me picking these up and now grabs them herself. Nothing like explaining to daycare why her fingers are all black!
One thing that I am super excited about is that I got an interview at the local YMCA in Traverse City. I was online earlier this fall and saw that they were hiring a Health and Wellness Coach. I applied and was thrilled to get a call a few weeks ago asking if I would come in for an interview. Um, of course! The interview was great and I left not only as a Health and Wellness Coach but was also asked to be a Personal Trainer.
I am so excited because this facility is practically brand new and has a few great locations in the area with over 10,000 members. Working in a space full of wonderful people and incredible equipment is pretty awesome! I have had a blast meeting with new members and getting them started on their path to a healthy lifestyle.
We spent Sunday glued to my phone tracking a few runners at the NYC Marathon. Marathon weekends are always exciting events with us. The season isn’t over yet with a few more races and runners in the next couple of weeks. It’s always running season in our house!
I of course made it to the polls and did it Coach Sarah style. I ran to and from the polls. You have to love small town living when you walk inside and half the people know you and tease you for getting a run in despite the rain. Happy to say I voted!
We finished yesterday off with Mary’s swim class and then Subway for a lazy dinner. We all hung out and watched the news for a bit and then some snuggles. Life is good these days when we are all snuggled up together as a family!
Did you run to the polls? How about a fun life update?