revolting~Welcome! Gear check is no biggie, really! Usually, you just put whatever you want to check into a bag (either provided or one of your own, smallish-size) and hand it over. They either give you a claim check (a sticker with a number for your bib) or attach your bib number to your bag. Run the race, retrieve bag. Simple. Depending how long the race is and how close you can park to the start/finish, I might not even bother, though. Most shorter races I've run haven't even had the option. The last 5k I did, I parked a few blocks away and left everything except my car key in the car.
Yay for a full bonus!! I don't know about the orthodontics. Did the dentist mention whether getting your teeth into better alignment would help keep them healthy in the long run? That was the clincher for me in getting my teeth fixed at 38. Quite an expense, but if it will help you keep your gums healthier in the long run, then maybe it is worth doing. Can you shop around for prices?
Tonight was curriculum night at school. I discovered that there are 18 boys (!!!) and 8 girls in DS's class. Holy moley! Lots of other good info. I really like his teacher. She's new to the school, but I like her vibe. I think she's going to be great. And our awesome room mom from Kindy last year is room mom-ing again this year. Good stuff, all around. Except that I had to miss kickball for it, which was a major bummer, but necessary.
rr~Ugh. I did it. That's about all the good that I can say about it. I accomplished 17 miles of forward motion. I can't really call it a run, because the last two were almost entirely walking. I realized just a few miles in that, hello...only had 2 hours of sleep yesterday after work, even if I did get a respectable 7.5 last night. Remember when I barely made it 3 last week after doing the same thing? I didn't! And then, of course, I ran out of water around 14, it was 90-ish degrees, and not much shade. Sigh. I'm actually wondering a little bit, too, about my hypothyroidism. My dosage is apparently dialed in and my TSH levels are back to normal, but I don't feel back to normal. I am literally tired all the time. Now, I do have poor sleep habits on top of working night shift, but still. I don't feel like it should be this hard. Even my short runs are a struggle these days. I've trained for two marathons before, the second one while in school full time, and those training cycles were a cakewalk compared to this. I've already decided that it's time to get serious about sleeping. No more taking the kindle to bed with plans to read for "just a few minutes." No watching pointless tv. No pointless internet surfing. Go to bed and get some sleep. Period. Hopefully, I can do that and maybe things will turn a corner, cuz if not then I have no idea.