Jo, one step closer to your real home, and school getting squared away - this is good news! I hope the passport thing goes well. Will you still have to remarry your DH? Kind of a pain to have to jump through hoops, but it makes a great story!
Bec, that sounds awesome! Great times, and what a confidence builder for your tri next weekend.
JG, bummer about that pool situation. It would be so nice to have a nice, clean public pool at a reasonable price. We have the beach here, but ... it's less than refreshing already, and it's just June. I get kind of jealous of the folks with community pools right around this time of year. Every year.
Nick, yeah, Marine Corps is so popular, I would love to run it someday just for the thrill of running through DC and the support there. What a great experience it would be to run it with your brother.
Mel, Good luck with those job applications! They each seem to have their own advantages/disadvantages. I hope that the right one comes through for you.
So here's another good reason to run... it seems to make these petty arguments with spouses magically disappear. Who knew?
I did manage to make it to the beach yesterday afternoon, coordinate with DH and another family who was meeting us down there - all in time to get to the 5k, get signed up and still have a chance to chat with some folks before starting. A friend went with me, and had some knee problems mid-way through, but she had already told me early on that I didn't need to stay with her, and so I didn't feel too bad pulling away around a mile into it. It's an out and back course, just 1.5 miles down the beach and then back, and the second half was hard work for me. I did not have my Garmin, so just going on feeling, I though I was keeping a fairly good pace. I really ran hard (for me) for the last mile or so and was breathing pretty dang hard. No HRM either, but I bet it was pretty high toward the end, higher than I like to ever train, for sure. I could see the clock ticking toward 30 minutes as I approached the finish, and if I could have sprinted any harder, I would have made it under 30. I suppose I came in at around 30:02 or so. I ran this same race 2 years ago at 29:45, so I was a tiny bit disappointed at first, but that feeling faded. I worked hard and feel fine about this time.
After walking around and waiting for my friend, I suddenly noticed that my (bad) knee had sprouted a bump! Almost as big as a marble, on the front inside, close to where the patellar tendon hooks up to the bone there. I naturally have a bump on the other side of the patellar tendon, but not on this side, ever! It was hard, barely tender at all, and didn't effect my gait nor feel swollen in any way! It was scary though, I was like holy cow, what is that thing on my knee?! I iced it last night and took ibu, and today it is gone.
Any ideas? Could some swelling in the joint push some cartilage outward?