This week was focused on one thing and one thing only: studying for my licensing exam next week. Which means there wasn’t much of anything else going on, unfortunately. It was head-down-in-the-books, and by the end of the week I was counting down the days until this will all be over.
On the baby front, I’m feeling her moving around more often and have also begun to experience the joys of swollen hands and feet. I did pick up a pair of compression socks, which have been helping immensely considering most of my day has been “sitting and studying” recently. I keep hoping that it’s just a function of the heat, and that it isn’t around to stay for the next 4 months, except that “heat” apparently means 70 degrees when it comes to increased puffiness and by the time it’s cooler than that on a regular basis? I’ll be far enough along that I’d have puffy hands and feet anyway. Woe and alas. Just part of the magic of life and all of that.
The one thing I did do this week was volunteer at an aid station for a local 70.3 race. From 8-3 on Sunday, I was outside, standing, and spending at least half of that time pouring water from gallon jugs into cups for the athletes. It was a blast as usual, but by the time I got home? Everything hurt. My feet and low back hurt from standing in essentially one spot all day, and my upper back was sore from throwing jugs of water around. Not to mention the raging sunburn I wound up with on my legs, which did not get as sunblocked as they should have. By the time I went to bed that night, I was pretty sure that I felt worse than I did the year that I actually raced the event.
Take home lesson: race volunteering is not for sissies. Of course, the upside was I had several friends racing (all of whom killed it on a ridiculously challenging course) and I got to see them on their run. Totally worth the end result.
Monday: 3 mile walk
Sunday: Volunteer at Lake Stevens
Total for the week: 3 miles walking and 20+ gallons of water poured out