This week I desperately tried to keep my running more consistent. I managed some decent snowy runs at Apex. Those were some tough runs. The snow isn't packed down enough yet so even with screws you just slip and slide every where. It's seriously like running in sand...cold sand. Its frustrating to see your times get so much slower, even though you know the conditions just aren't going to allow for fast running. Runs get shorter because they take longer and it gets darker quicker so miles just don't pile up as quickly.
Dan and I met up Friday afternoon for a decent run. We opted for the relatively dry trails at Bear Creek. It wasn't the most exciting run, but it was great for both of us to get some much needed leg turn over. Not to mention we didn't have to wear screws for the first time in what felt like forever. It was pretty windy though so we had to cut out the dam which cut the run a bit short, but overall it was a great run. And Saturday was Parent's Day out at daycare which meant we got another run together. After easy trails on Friday we headed to Staunton for more slow trudging miles through the snow. No matter how tough those trails are and how rough the conditions I just love that park. It was great to get out there with Dan for a bit.
It's been a stressful time deciding what is the best option for James for preschool and getting him ready for preschool. I got another call from Child Find this week reminding me to look at the school with the special ed classroom. I just don't feel like a special ed classroom is where James will succeed. I know they're great for certain kids and maybe one will be great for James later on, I just really think that for preschool he will excel in an integrated classroom where he can learn from his peers. Child Find is worried that the teachers won't be able to accommodate his use of sign language. But seriously if you've met James for more than 10 minutes you have learned he will let you know what he wants. He does get frustrated if you don't understand his signs, but he finds a way to tell you anyways. I'm also hopeful that he'll have a few more verbal words by the time school starts. Needless to say the decision has been consuming most of my time and while I know it will all work out and he'll end up where he needs to be it doesn't make it any less stressful. Not to mention throwing in a full time job to the mix! Well the decision will have to be made by January 20th so at least after that it will just be getting us all ready for the big change.
Week December 15 - 21
Miles Running: 36
Hours Hiking and Running: 7.5