I guess I run now

or I’m trying to anyway.


4000 steps? Are you kidding me?

As soon as I finish this post, I have a date with the treadmill.

Okay, house hunting is really tough right now. Everyone keeps saying, “wow, what a great time to buy,” but they have no idea how sad it is to go through these wonderful homes and know that families are selling way below market value cause their jobs are gone or they can’t afford the mortgage or they got talked into really bad home equity loans.

I’d say 80% of the homes we look at are unoccupied and of those, quite a few are listed as “short sale” (they’re selling well below what they owe, so they need the bank’s approval since everyone will lose money…except the buyer), and some are bank owned (but I refuse, REFUSE to buy a foreclosed home).

So I’ve spent the last 4 days coming down from the high of the run by wandering through the skeletal remains of dozens of families’ shot at the American dream.

Wow, downer, sorry, but I needed to get that out & hubby & the realtor don’t seem to be as affected by this as I am. & we go out again tomorrow. UGH!

Meanwhile, I’m looking for another race…think I’ll try one in the UP in late June. & I’ve talked hubby into doing a 10-mile walking race in mid-July. Kinda fun…the race starts at the park (on Lake Superior) where we were married & ends down the street from his house…I’ve decided (but he doesn’t know this) that we’re going to do that race every year…a good way to celebrate a long, happy, and healthy life together.

Speaking of a long, happy, and healthy life…if you haven’t already, check out getupnow’s site…she has some interesting links for C25Kers (including links to a blog by a guy who’s now moved on to 1/2 marathons). & a new blogger blondemommy34 is trying to transition from running in the winter to running in the summer…in other words, how the hell do you keep your running shorts from riding up?

So I think my post-house-hunting workout schedule is going to look like this:

Monday: run outside
Tuesday: pilates and walking
Wednesday: run on treadmill
Thursday: pilates and walking
Friday: run outside
Saturday: long walk (6-8 miles)
Sunday: we’ll see what I feel like.

Food was okay, not great, today

Breakfast: special k & blueberries
Lunch: asparagus thingy & 1 cup brown rice
Snack: granola bar (gotta stop eating those things, but they’re great to have on hand after 3 hours combing through homes)
Dinner: 1/2 pork chop (broiled), asparagus thingy, brown rice, salad
Snack: 1 scoop of…wait for it…Baskin Robbins coffee ice cream (240 calories). That’s right, I drowned my sorrows in ice cream & that’s more calories than beer!
Exercise: Oh, right, didn’t I say something about the treadmill? Okay, I’m on it (literally)!

Oh, one good thing to close with…soclose was right & the race times were posted online. Silly me…I had the timer on my shoe, so I should’ve known my timer started when I crossed the starting line, not when everyone else did. Anyway, my actual time was 46.33…still not Periwinkle or tiny2b speed, but I was pleased with it.

Update: did 50 mins on treadmill…a very slow 5k

Filed under : General
By bigprof
On May 21, 2008
At 7:33 pm
Comments : 5

5 Comments for this post

getupnow Says:

OMG, bigprof. This really speaks to your character. Very thoughtful and compassionate of you to think of the families who lost their homes on a day when it would be easy to make it all about you and your life. I hope that you find the home that has no negative thoughts attached and you and your hubby fill it with decades and decades of great memories!! 🙂 And sheesh, that workout routine of yours! You go girl!

feathers Says:

I’m with getupnow, bigprof. Your compassion is a shining star. When everone else has dollar signs in their eyes, you’re thinking of those families. I hope you find the right home. Your workout schedule rocks. So do blueberries 🙂

soclose Says:

So humane of you to consider the history of each and every house; maybe you can find one where a family grew for years and years and the parents just downsized.

Great on the future race plans! I also confess to one scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream last night, ok, you caught the ice cream bug from me.

grabthebull Says:

asparagus thingy? eeeeeinteresting.


m3at49 Says:

Happier house hunting, kiddo! You’ll find a home for the two of you eventually, and when ya do…arrrgh all that packing and moving ha ha ha you won’t know which end is up! And when you’re finally all settled in you’ll be cozy as two peas in a pod. 🙂 Home sweet home at last!


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