I'm back y'all! I survived the conference in DC, then I had two days of staycation. August 31 is fiscal year end so I took the extra two days as vacation time to recover from the conference and get ready for year end. There's a big push every year to get as many expenses as possible to hit the ledger, and there's a rush to get last minute expenses in. Even after the cutoff, we still have more expenses than normal to approve because during all that, the semester starts and payroll needs to be approved for student workers.
DC turned out to be a lot more fun than 2013 when I was last there for this conference. I have family in the area and I reached out to them that I was going to be in town. Best idea ever! After checking in to the hotel Sunday and walking to the zoo, seeing the pandas, and walking back to the hotel, I navigated the DC metro out to Pentagon City to have dinner with the cousins. Then on Tuesday we went to the Nats game. I hadn't been to a baseball game since 2006 in Houston, and it's much more fun in person than watching the sport on TV. I also found out these cousins are runners too! A bunch of them (and more than I saw this trip) are doing the Army 10-miler in October, and they've done multiple ATMs before. 3 of my mom's cousins were in the army, and one of their daughters is married to an army guy in the field artillery. I'll definitely be watching Facebook for pictures of the race :)
I got back home Wednesday, picked up Allie from the vet, and the staycation commenced. I owed her lots of snuggle time since I boarded her, and she doesn't hold a grudge for long. Her normal routine after vacation is to run around the apartment to check on things, and make sure they're where they're supposed to be, all the while fussing at me. Thursday was lots of snuggles around my dry needling appointment, quick stop at the grocery store, and another errand. I made sure to tell my PT about the tendency of my calf to knot, so I had dry needling along my IT band and that spot on my calf. It's high up, almost near the knee, so I'm not sure if it's connected to the IT band or something different, but I felt the needle working.
It also felt a little like Christmas Eve on Thursday since Olympic track and field started Friday morning. So far I've watched the men's 800m heats, the women's 1500m heats, the women's 10k, the women's marathon, the men's 10k, and the women's steeplechase. Whew! I've also decided to stick with the live streams because at least they didn't have commercials during the marathon coverage, and hey, it stayed with the marathon! Imagine that, NBC (nothing but commercials). And no sob stories. I just want to watch the race, is that too much to ask
The marathon did inspire me to my best run since Tink. I played around with the intervals to 2/1 and did 2.35 solid miles. I felt good, then I felt tired and hungry. Damn the Olympics, I wanted McDonald's. I caved because I knew I'd just cave eventually if I didn't do it yesterday, so I got a happy meal and it hit the spot. Happy, Olympics?