Work was crazy this week. I traveled Wednesday through Friday so training was more difficult because of this fact. Late nights make early mornings hard to accomplish. I will say though I received one hell of a compliment from my boss. She told me that I was one of the most driven people she knew. I guess I have never really viewed myself as such. Yes when I have something in my mind I do it but I can honestly say that I haven’t gone about this race in the most conventional way. I lived life and I enduled. Yes this race has consumed me but I also feel like I have lived life as well. The way I view it is that you can’t put your life on hold for things. Almost every year for the past 6-7 years, I have lost a friend, always to soon and before they should have gone. Life is meant to be lived not spectated and so even though I’m training, I’m going to live life.

Sorry I digress but I will say those words stuck with me. It was a great work trip. I managed a run during my travel and made some really good connections. On the last day of my trip we woke up to a double rainbow. It was one of the most boldest rainbows I have seen in a long time. It made my heart smile. I knew it was going to be a good day. A metaphor for life…the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow or the light at the end of the tunnel. Work has been trying and the days have been long but I haven’t done it alone. I know it isn’t permanent and it will get better and today reminded me of that.

Saturday I spent the night at JD’s place and was woken with breakfast in bed. I won’t lie, it is my favorite way to wake up. I mean food and caffeine….yes please. I didn’t end up making my swim (story of my life) but I had yet another great day of R and R.

August was my slow down month. I was go every weekend during June and July and will be the same for September and October so I have relished in the down time that August has brought. I needed it oh so bad.