Ok, let’s be honest, the meetup may be virtual, but the coffee is absolutely not. I’m pretty sure I would not survive without coffee to start my day. I’m joining Deb and Coco for a virtual meetup – some day I’ll get to meet up for real with people again.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I signed up for another virtual challenge. Some of you may remember my 7 half marathons in 7 states in 7 days that I’ve done in the past with Mainly Marathons. Well, they offered a virtual where you can run up to all 50 states between October and February. I decided to aim for 15 states. Why that number? That’s the option that is just over what I have left to run a half marathon in all 50 states. Running them virtually is not the same, but I’ll take what I can get…
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that the last week was hard. We keep our circle pretty small and have only socialized a handful of times since March – always distanced, outside, with no more than 2 other people at a time. Our kids are both taking classes 100% virtual from home. While the strict behavior is mostly our choice, it’s still starting to wear on me. I’m just tired of weighing the risk/benefits of every choice I make.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’ve been fairly consistently doing weight training this summer. I have a pretty decent collection of weights, but I found myself needing a few new ones. I still haven’t found a 25 pound dumbbell or kettle bell I’m willing to spring for, but I managed to buy some new 3 pound weights (affiliate link) to fill the hole between my 1 and 5 pound weights. It seems like such a small difference, but there are actually exercises where I’ve moved beyond the 1 pound, but can not do more than a handful of reps with 5 pounds.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I am nearly a month past my 50th birthday and I’ve almost completed my “50 things for me” celebration. It was actually harder than I expected to come up with the self care options – apparently all I need is to work out and eat chocolate. I will share my list once I manage to complete the last few things. I will say that finally buying a weight bench, despite the current lack of room in my fitness room, was the best gift I’ve gotten in a while (except for some hard to get beers that Beer Geek got me.)
October is normally both my favorite and my busiest month with birthdays and races and perfect fall weather. All of those things will still happen, but somehow it’s just not the same. But I will admit I’m trying to spend as much time outside as possible before the weather gets colder.