towsonmama - Yay! That's one fast marathon time!
cornflakegirl - Good for you getting that 20 miler in! And yes, I think you're a weirdo about the snakeskin. Maybe you could go back and get it in the car, though? Definitely an interesting addition to a running log!
Plady - Planning for those long runs is the reason I won't be running another full mary anytime soon. My dh doesn't get too grouchy about it, but I do feel bad about leaving him so much, because I am gone so much anyway. (Today, since I'm on call, I was at the hospital from 9am-3pm, came home for a couple hours, and then took off on my long run at 5:30) The thing is, I'm a much happier person and a better mother and wife when I get my runs in. I feel so much better about myself and I'm better able to give to others. I do sometimes cancel runs because my family's needs really are more important, but I try to stick to it and not feel guilty. I think Penelope hit it on the head that there is no way staying with his own kids for a few hours ruins anyone's weekend. I'd definitely invite dh to help you come up with a plan that meets both your needs (trading times to run, or being flexible about which weekend day you long run, or whatever) but I'm make darn sure your needs get met!
Nick - I'b be pretty
: at the idea that my runs are less important if dh was a better athlete. You are 100% a real runner and deserve time to work at it! You can start your new pill anytime in the 1st 5 days of your cycle (counting from the first day of any bleeding) and still have it be effective that cycle. If you start any other time, you need a back up method the first 2 weeks. If you've been on combination birth control pills before, you may not notice much difference, if you haven't been, you may notice nausea when you are first starting. I feel pretty yucky on the pill myself (sluggish and bloated and slow) but I think that's a minority experience. Weight gain is not a common side effect.
tjsmama - Good luck getting your classes set up. I think it'd be great if you could apply in aug and know earlier!
RR - I ran 8.27 outside tonight and felt great. It was about 60, although breezy so my ears were actually sore (I'm such a weather wimp) after, but I was warm enough once I got going in my new dingo shirt and shorts. I didn't look at my watch once while running, just ran at a comfortable pace, and I was pleased to find afterwards that it was pretty much exactly 10 minute mile pace. My last longer outdoor run before the half felt terrible (and I felt sick during the half) so it was nice to see that I can run outside and feel good!
We have a crazy week this week between baseball games and end of year school events. I'm trying to work out my running plan for the week, but I haven't figured it all out yet.