Saturday started out very low key. Since it was a rest day, I was able to enjoy my Kodiak pancakes and coffee.
After slowly getting ready, I went to target to pick up some more of Chloe’s school supplies. I like to do it a little bit at a time so that I’m not scrambling to find school supplies along with everyone else. After that I went to meet my half sister Tamara at The Corner Bakery.
So here’s the story. When my dad passed away in 1999, my step-mom moved along with my brother and sister. Before today, I hadn’t seen them since then.
My sister, Tamara met me and 3 of my other sisters for lunch. I was very nervous at first. But once we started talking, things just fell into place. The nervousness turned into joy. We spent 3 hours learning about each other. I loved how natural it was to talk to her. We talked about music, shopping, hobbies; anything you would with your sister. The funniest moment came when she asked, so didn’t you used to be fat”. I have no idea why, but I just loved how she said that. Many people try to ask other questions first, then make me come out and say it. She knows I used to be fat because of my old pictures on Facebook.
Geez, they all look alike except for me. Oh, and the wind was not cooperating.
My step-mom and brother picked her up. I was so glad he came. It was nice to see them both. As kids, we were always together laughing and enjoying every moment together. I know my Dad is proud that we can finally be together again. I’m looking forward to getting together more often.
Then, I got ready for a special evening.
Do you remember last week when I mentioned our drive through Mckelligon Canyon. We decided to go ahead and attend the show; Viva! El Paso. We arrived a little bit late. Rudy is such a workaholic. He loves his job and wants to make everyone happy. He just doesn’t know when it’s time to end the day. Anyway, at least we didn’t have to wait in line. It wasn’t a full house, which was nice.
Amani was smiling from ear to ear the entire night. She loves music and dancing so much. There were a few times where she couldn’t stay in her seat and just had to dance around. Chloe loved the guns, sword fights and comedy. There were a few local celebrities included in last night’s show. After running for 35 years, I love that they are able to change it up. When it’s over the cast proceeds to the exit and says goodbye and wishes everyone a good night. That is a nice touch.
Viva El Paso brings back so many fond memories for me. The whole experience is always so much fun.
We got home around midnight. I knew it was going to be hard to wake up Sunday for a long run. It sure was worth it though. There was no way I was going to wake up at 5. It’s a god thing I’m an early bird though. I was able to get up at 6. It was so hard to open my eyes. But I knew I had to get going before my mind knew what was going on. Ha ha! I drank my Genetix shake and half of a premier protein bar. I took the other half with me for some energy and protein half way through my run.
The first 3 miles were HARD. The sun was already starting to come out. It wasn’t too bad since it wasn’t too hot out. It’s amazing how much progress one can make if you just take it one workout at a time.
Mile 1: 11:37 min/mi
Mile 2: 10:17 min/mi
Mile 3: 10:16 min/mi
Mile 4: 9:36 min/mi
Mile 5: 11:23 min/mi
Mile 6: 9:43 min/mi
Mile 7: 10:12 min/mi
Mile 8: 10:31min/mi
Mile 9: 10:10 min/mi
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