WRD: The Decision

Hey Y’all, can you believe it’s already time for the Weekly Run Down? Sometimes I’m surprised how fast things go, especially since everything was turned upside down from covid.

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Plan vs. Actual

Monday – 3.25KM walk, GLI gym 1 hr intake – no workout (appt w/different PT), 3.5KM biking
Tuesday – 3KM walk (office day) to and from train station
Wednesday – 3KM walk, W6R1 run, 6KM, GLI 1 hour, gym 55 min
Thursday – 2.22KM walk, gym
Friday – 2.75KM walk, W6R2 run , gym 55 min
Saturday – 2.5KM walk, parkrun in Alkmaar 5KM, 17/17 Dutch parkruns done!
Sunday 2KM walk, long run W6R3, 1.4KM w/u walk, 10KM run (!!!)

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So what do I mean about The Decision?

I’m just going to get right to it, because you’ll figure it out anyway when I talk about my week in workouts. You may have heard about the NYC and Berlin Marathons being cancelled (if you didn’t, please do come out from under your rock, even if it’s comfy under there). It’s a matter of time that Chicago cancels and London is talking about elites only. The Majors aren’t happening for us mere mortals.

This week was all over the place as far as work and house hunting was concerned. By Wednesday we still hadn’t managed any of our scheduled Week 1 of 16 training runs and the weather had something to do with that as well! So HOT here in the Netherlands!

We also follow the news and we know things are not going well in the US right now. I started thinking “Do we really want to go to the US even if the race ISN’T cancelled? Do we really want to FLY to Chicago and participate in an event of 45,000 runners from ALL over the covid-infected world?”

And so The Decision was made. We’re not going. Hopefully they WILL cancel and we WILL get to defer (even when I already deferred to this year) or get our money back but I’m not holding my breath. We’ve made the decision and I’m actually relieved. My heart wasn’t in it months ago!

I’m still going to keep running, I’ve still got the Virtual Quad-City Times Bix 7 that I’m running on or before July 25th (thanks to Kim and I’m committed to doing my (not) parkruns every Saturday Morning.

On to the Weekly Run Down

This Week In Fitness

Monday – Back in the office again and another busy busy day. Ron had a meeting with a realtor, in case it didn’t work out with an investor buying our apartment. Since so many people are on vacation from work right now I only managed to get in a walk at lunch and I was glad I did! Good thing the runbet to keep me on my toes as well.

Workout: Walk 3KM

temperature is already rising

Tuesday – BUSY day today and I worked from home instead of going to the office because of all the appointments we had. I also started around 7 am because I wanted to be sure to make all my hours. Throughout the day we saw 3 houses as well – all “no go”‘s . And in the evening the potential investors came by to see the apartment and to talk about what both parties wanted out of a potential deal. Basically we agreed to a deal and paperwork has been started – we pretty much sold the apartment! No champagne yet, we need to sign the papers.

I wanted to like this house but it was just … not really functional at all. Ron hated it. HA! clear. this one’s not it.
This one was really cute but just too small. Also right around the corner from my favorite bakery. A blessing in disguise?
this was the 3rd house we’ve now seen on St Antonielaan. Popular street. Cute but likely will sell WAY over our budget.

Workout – nada. Our buyers came at 7:30 PM and left at 9PM! I actually wanted to get out for a little run but just didn’t happen.

Wednesday – work was a bit more relaxed and we only had one house to see in the late morning. We really wanted to like that house but it was just too small. Bummer, it was in a really good location, and our second favorite neighborhood, right down the street from our friends Gerrit and Marcel.

So disappointed that this one was too small. And we would have had to do a LOT of work in this house.

Workout – Walk after finishing work, 4KM. It was TOO HOT to have any desire to run. Yep, I wimped out.

steamy out here

Thursday – Another early start at work (I think I started at 7 or 7:30 all week) and a few things in the morning; Leonardo (our new kitty) had to go to the vet for his second shot and at 10:30 we saw our last house for the week. This one we also wanted to like, we spent a lot of time this week measuring our furniture, deciding on what we absolutely want to take with us, etc. So when we went to see the house we brought our list and measuring tape just to be sure! And basically, we ARE interested and we DID put a bid on it, but knowing what we know now about this neighborhood (seems the houses are bought around 30 – 60K over the asking price; we don’t have that kind of budget), we likely won’t get it. We didn’t bid extreme because there are things that need to be done – like a new bathroom for a start. You can see the photos here if you are interested.

good buddies
a view down the street
and the opposite view. There’s a bar on the corner…

Workout – another 3KM walk after finishing work

Friday – Day off! We basically just started doing more practical stuff, plus boring admin stuff and making new appointments for newly listed houses in the area. We’ve been spending a lot of time, as you know, purging and boxing stuff up. Which burns calories, by the way – ha! In the afternoon I went and did a tiny bit of shopping. I hardly ever buy new clothes and thought my weight isn’t where I want it to be, I was surprised to be the same size as I have been for YEARS. Bonus.

Workout – nada! Again.

poor priscilla is boiling in her thick coat
Leo is also quite the warm kitty

Saturday – of course we started it off with (not) parkrunday! I wanted to start much earlier (because of the heat) but nope, I shut my alarm off when it went off and we started when it was already quite warm. The rest of the day was more sorting and packing. Yep, we are packing already. I want this to be the last move and I want my packing to make sense. Not like quick and dirty and stuff in boxes makes no sense together.

Workout – 5KM running!

new parkrun shirts!
first run in a week and REALLY warm. I took it easy. 4.25km running, 750 meters walking – so three breaks of 250m.

Sunday – Basically more sorting and boxing. Started to have a mini-breakdown while going through all the crap I seem to have collected. At the same time I find it hard to let go of things. But honestly, I don’t want to cart all this stuff I don’t need to my new house. Regardless of whether I have the extra space for it or not.

we’ll be taking this little guy with us for sure <3

Workout – nothing

If I were to grade myself on this week based on my June goals… I’d have to say it was a NEAR FAIL. I ran once, I only power walked a few times and I did no bike or strength training workouts. Ah, well. You win some, you lose some.

That’s a wrap!

How was your week? Was it HOT where you are? Are you a collector of stuff or do you have less emotional attachments to things?

I found a box of only concert tickets and yet I still can’t throw these things away. WHY? WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH TICKET STUBS BACK FROM WHEN I WAS STILL IN CHICAGO??? (I left in 1990)

17 thoughts on “WRD: The Decision

  1. Congrats on the apt sale. Good luck on finding the right house.

    Leo is so stinking cute!!

    No fails!! Walks are fine. Besides,you have a lot going on. Runs will come when yo actually have a race to train for. (At least that’s what I am hoping).

    I think you made the right call on Chicago. I am sure it will be cancelled.

    I collect some things…actually too many but I am basically a purger. My hubby is a hoarder but we have a BIG house so…..

  2. You totally made the right call on Chicago. I do wish that they would just announce the cancelation already – I can’t figure out what the hold up is.

    I’m also doing the Quad-City virtual 7 miler – seems like a lot of us are doing that race. Hopefully we can coordinate to do it on the same day or weekend :)

  3. I don’t have a ton of emotional attachment, BUT we’ve been in our house for 12-ish years and just have way too much crap! Its feel great to clean it out though, right?

    You made the right call on Chicago- there’s no way it’s going to happen. No way. I just don’t understand what’s taking them so long! And yes…the U.S. is a bit of a mess right now :(

  4. My fall race was canceled this week too. I am also relieved bc I would have been so nervous about it.I will be the Bix 7 as well it will be fun to have a few of us running it together. Happy house hunting and thanks for linking up

  5. Uhh…all the house hunting is so stressful! Congrats on your place selling, though. I am such a saver (not a hoarder, but def a saver LOL). I love your Parkrun shirts (and I saw the bracelet, too). Excited to be Bix’ing with you!!!!!

  6. We had hot heat on thu and fri, it was a bit unpleasant I have to say. The kitties have coped quite well, finding places with a breeze from the windows or fans. Well done on making your decision, and I would have done the same.

  7. Congrats on the sale of the apartment! And the new kitty is so cute :). Also, congrats on making the decision on the races. Sometimes it’s just a relief to have a decision made one way or the other.

  8. Oh, my goodness! House hunting can be so stressful! I hope you find the one soon! And congratulations on the almost sale of your current place!

    It’s hot AF here. I just want to sleep through the day lol.

    I keep some things, but I’m not super sentimental. I’m actually getting ready to do a really big purge, and I can’t wait.

  9. So, you didn’t do your planned workouts, but house hunting is so time consuming! Thanks for sharing the photos — it looks like it has some nice character and great light — unless that’s a photography trick. I feel you on Chicago. I think that’s how my son and his now-wife were feeling about their July wedding. So far MCM is planning to go ahead, but they are saying they are expecting a field of “only” 11,000 and are going to stagger the start to have 500 per wave (if permitted).

  10. I can’t believe Chicago has still not made the call! I think you made the right choice – keeping my fingers crossed they let you defer.

    It’s been ridiculously hot here too and my motivation is struggling!

    Congrats on selling your apartment! Best of luck with your house hunting.

  11. I think you made the right call. I wouldn’t want to travel this fall either, especially to come here where things aren’t good. As much as I would love to do a race this year, I just don’t think I would feel comfortable with it. Glad you are feeling relieved to have a decision made!

  12. I think I told you before I don’t see how Chicago can possibly happen. It escapes me why they’re being so cagey and inconsiderate about pulling the trigger on it. I hope the house hunt works out for you in the perfect way. OMG Leo is so cute! I definitely have emotional attachments to stuff. Especially to certain things the kids had as babies or craft/art they made. Lots of it has gone out but not all….

  13. Oh, this sounds like SUCH a hard week, Renee — hugs! I think you made a wise decision about Chicago — I really don’t see how it could be held — but I’m also sure that it hurt. Good thing you have Leo to hug. So cute!

    This has been my year for some major decluttering. Still SO much to do.It is definitely hard to do, but it feels good when it’s gone, so there’s that. At some point we plan to move, and I hope that’s our last move too, but I suspect maybe not. Because we don’t know where we want to move to!

    Congrats on selling your apartment so quickly!

  14. Sounds like you’ve got a lot on your plate! Something’s got to give and I guess it was the workouts. They announced today that the EU won’t let anyone visit from the US, so I think you made the right call. I’m disgusted with the way the COVID management has been here. But that’s a conversation best had over a few glasses of wine.

    Good luck on the house hunt!

  15. I think I would have done the same thing regarding Chicago. I really don’t want to fly anytime soon if I don’t have to…

    Leo is a cutie! I love how he’s waving in the first picture and sticking his tongue out in the next.

    Congrats on selling your apartment! I hope everything goes smoothly with the closing. Also, I hope you find the perfect house. If the house you put in a bid in for doesn’t work out, hope you find an even better one soon!

  16. I knew about the NYC Marathon but not Berlin. I am sure Chicago is next. Not sure why it is taking so long. I understand your reason for not coming here. I wouldn’t want to either.

    That is great news about the apartment! I also saw your post that you found a house. That is also great news. I am so happy for you.

  17. I think you made the best decision about Chicago. And the fact that the first feeling you had was “relief” once you had done it shows that it was the best decision for you. Hopefully they actually cancel so your entry is deferred.

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