RunningMommy - Ugh, on the bullying. And having read your facebook today, it sounds like poor Ds is having a hard time in multiple venues. I don't understand enough about the interpersonal dynamics of kids who bully or are bullied, but I think Geo is right that maybe there is a way for him to learn some skills to help him be less of a target. But ultimately, school/church/anywhere else must deal with the bullies themselves. Speaking as a kid who was pretty mercilessly picked on in school, having some area of life where I was really competent helped a lot. For me that was piano and running - they were things I was good at and having that bit of confidence went a long way to making me feel better about myself. For my oldest DD, swimming was a huge confidence booster. Does DS have some outlets that he can really enjoy and hopefully excel at?
Geo - Yay for a plan! Let's hope this kindergarten teacher surprises you. And ending a long run at DQ sounds like a brilliant idea to me.
JenLove- I love the idea of you doing yoga on the beach! I can't believe you are getting so close.
Plady - Congrats on run/walk #1. And you are so right, it's ok to start over again and again and again. Hope your life doesn't get too crazy the next couple months.
MelW - good luck with all the transitions your family is experiencing.
Shanti - !!! It's so nice to see you!
NRR - My kids seem to be settling in to school pretty well, thankfully. DD1 is excited about several of her classes. She has what seems to me a really rough fall schedule (AP Physics, AP Calculus, AP English Lit, Psychology, Sociology, Band - which has lots of outside time required, and Intro to Theater, as well as Geography online, and "home school PE" which requires her to log 90 hours of physical activity this semester.) The first home football game was Friday night, and both DD1 and DS2 marched with the marching band. It was a lot of fun for Justin, and pretty sad for Catherine, who is missing "her" band a lot. They both seem to be making friends, though, and overall are settling in better than I expected. Caroline has a teacher who is very structured and organized, which suits her well. But, she is pregnant. With twins. So we'll see how the whole year pans out. My oldest turned 23 last Wednesday. 23. Still hard to wrap my brain around being the parent of an adult.
RR - Yesterday was my first 20 miler of this training cycle! I was really pleased with how it went. I run with the big running group on Saturdays, and in particular a group of 5 women within the group, and we have so much fun. I even managed to plow up the great big hill at the end. I broke my monthly milage record again during the 20 miler. (Last month was an all-time record 128 miles for me, and this month I'm at 137 so far!)