So the last two weeks have been kinds busy. Two Saturdays ago, my son Peter and his family, wife Missy and daughter Zoe moved out of Missy’s parents house and into a new apartment. The apartment is right in Riverside and is a small commercial strip of stores that have been renovated and converted into six really nice apartments.
After we moved Peter in my daughter Elizabeth who lives with us decided that she too would like to move into the apartments. Peter and Missy have rented a three apartment. It is the largest of the six apartments. Elizabeth wanted a two bedroom apartment and one of the ones that is on the second floor.
So within a week she reorganized her school loans to reduce the monthly payments and rented the apartment. This weekend she moved in and made her mother and I empty nesters again! And while I didn’t have to go to Ikea to help pick up her new furniture. Nor did I need to help carry it all up the stairs. I did have to put some of it together last night. Actually, I don’t mind putting Ikea furniture together. The pieces are all well-built and they always give you a tool to need to do most of the putting together!!
I did manage to get to runs in last week. They were both 4.25 mile runs and were both over courses that I have run many times over the years! The first was on last Monday, The course I ran I call Harper Loop and it is one of the few courses that has hills as part of the run.I think the elevation change is from elevation 20 to 80 plus! Anyway, I have avoided Pancoast’s hill so far, but I thought I could handle it now and I was right! I was surprised though that I went up the hill comparatively fast and my hear rate was only 148 beats per minute (bpm) Overall, it was a good run Anyway, you can read more about the run here.
The second run was Thursday. I usually don’t run on Thursdays because it’s a Target work day. But because I knew it was supposed to snow on Friday and there could be a chance we would be moving Elizabeth on Saturday – I ran! Surprisingly it turned out to be a very good run. Like I said it was run over a course that I haven’t really run over the last several years, but was a staple twenty years ago!! I did adjust the end of the course though which is why it turned out to be 4.25 miles.
It turned out to be a great run. It is the first run that my average pace for the total run was under 11 minutes per mile! Additionally, my average heart rate was 139 bpm!! The splits were: 1 – 11:06 min/mile 2 -10:47 min/mile 3 – 10:50 min/mile and 4 11:03 min/mile and 10:30 over the last .25 miles. Any time my pace is faster over the last mile than the first, I am a happy camper!!
The soundtrack for the run was a playlist that I made at Spotify composed of several artist whose names I got from the Euro-Americana Chart! The artists include: Matt Haeck, Reto Burtrell, Mercy John, Paul Cauthen and Tiny Legs Tim….. all household names, eh?? They weren’t at my house!! While I like them all I think my favorites are Reto Burrell and Tiny Legs Tim. Check them out and let me know what you think!! Hopefully, I’ll write more about a couple of them in the near future!
Finally, I also finished two books last week. First, Rise the Dark from Michael Koryta and then Red Right Hand from Chris Holm. Both were really good and I will write about them soon! But for now I want to get this posted before granddaughter Zoe gets up from her nap!!