In my old life, this weekend meant the 20k race Saturday, the Dick Evans 112 mi cycling race Sunday, and the Waikiki Roughwater 2.4 mi swim on Monday. Sometimes, I actually do miss Kona training. But it was nice to get up before the sun Saturday and run 21 solo miles with a freshly-loaded ipod and still-new shoes while the moon set and the sun came up. And to know that my biggest workout of the weekend is done! I ran for 2:45 before the rush to football practice and busy day began. My mini kept me company. Henry wouldn't let us walk him into football - something about my apres long run look...
She has learned the girl stance. I haven't.
15 miles or so into my run, I ran right by this:
Yes, that's a knife as big as my leg. I didn't run home with it - or else I'd be writing this from the ER, given my tendency to fall. I just stashed it in the bushes so no 12 year-old boy would find it and hurt himself, since that's what one of mine would do. As I stashed it, it cut the grass, a branch, and the fence it came in contact with. Ikaika wanted it, so we went back. I figured it was a gardener's or a murderer's, but some googling (ninja knife worked) showed that it was a "zombie survival knife" that you can order online for $11. All I know is it's not staying at my house. And I guess I'm lucky someone was out there ahead of me slaying the zombies on Kahala Avenue.
The rest of the weekend was filled with event set-up and events. I'm volunteering with the Joyful Heart Foundation. It's an organization led mostly by strong, dedicated women with a focus on ending domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse, founded by Mariska Hargitay, who is absolutely real and lovely in real life. Sky helped me with set up:
(Delivering centerpieces is hard work and requires recovery)
A snippet of the pre-event dinner, at the most fabulous Dowsett historic mansion I've ever seen.
After the event I came home to find this one lighting lanterns and setting them free over the ocean. They're gorgeous to watch float away, and made of paper so they dissolve away to nothing when the fuel burns itself out. Boys and fire - they just can't resist, can they?
I'm headed off the grid and the rock for the week - we're taking a much-needed vacation! It's a top-secret mission that involves boating and camping in remote areas! Look for photos on Instagram and FB when I can find service!