If you haven’t noticed recently, our lives currently revolve around getting our new house built. But all of that time and energy that we were spending for the last 5 or 6 months came to a crawl this week. We’ve gotten the majority of our decisions made and are just waiting for things to happen now. It’s been nice to relax for a bit, but we’ve also been defined by working on the house for so long that we were left with a little too much time on our hands. Luckily we had a couple of friends helped us fill the week out.

First as an update on our half marathon training, we have successfully completed the 2nd week of the training program, only 14 more to go. This past week our schedule got a little screwy because Jes had agreed to volunteer at a local 5k that was set up to support domestic violence against women and pets. Since it’s a cause we can both readily get behind, we decided that when Jes was done volunteering, we would run the race as well. But that meant that our long run Saturday would have to be moved to a different day. Thursday morning we woke up about 15 minutes earlier than we had been and set out to complete our 5 mile run for the week. Let me tell you, those 15 minutes made a huge difference in the amount of light that was on our usual running trail, but we were able to successfully complete the 5 miles. Next week we have our first major step up in mileage, but still nothing we haven’t done before.

As for the 5k, it was a wonderful time. Not only did Jes volunteer, but her good friend Caroline also volunteered and ran the race with her wonderfully sweet dogs Martha and Milly. We’ve been doing our training on the flattest ground we can find, and the 5k course was anything but flat, so it was quite the challenge. Adding to the challenge was that it was one of the muggiest days of the summer, so it was incredibly hot conditions to run in. But we made it, and completed the race much faster than I anticipated. It was a smaller event, but we got 20th and 21st place overall, putting us just inside the top 10%. And Martha and Milly loved every second of it, as you can see below:

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After the 5k we came back to the house to complete our first furniture project and then got ready to go out to Roswell for Tracee’s 30th birthday dinner. We will spending today getting ready for the week, and I have to fly to Tampa tonight, but we started today by completing the Ice Bucket Challenge. We honestly have nobody left to challenge out of the people we know, so we did not challenge anyone, but I didn’t want you guys to think we skimped out. Here is our video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sgHLPCvvH4

 

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