|Downtown Raymond, IL|
1. The Dollar General store is nearing completion! For those of you who aren't from a small town...you won't get this. BUT, if you are, then you know how big of a deal it is! When the ground breaking happened this summer, there were 30+ supporters in the photo in the paper. Seriously, for people to not have to drive 15 miles to the Walmart for essentials in a pretty big freakin' deal! I had been hearing from my dad about the big concrete pour for the parking lot (and it looked great!).
2. The high school addition is coming along nicely. I wasn't able to get too close due to the fences, but I was able to spy some basic structural steel construction. I don't know who the designers are, but found myself being very surprised at the small columns and bracing. Simple one story construction....I'm just going to just assume it's all ok :)
I had a running partner all lined up for Christmas Eve, my cousin Aaron. Aaron is about my pace and completed his first marathon this fall, a day before my fall one. He's in the Air Force and did the awesome one in Dayton Ohio in September, the day before my Fox Valley Marathon in Illinois. But - the weather just did not cooperate. To be honest, if it wasn't for this Marcothon craziness, I woulda backed out in a heartbeat. Instead, I headed out, and this is what the bank thermometer said. (windchill was nearly -14).
Thankfully, Christmas afternoon, the temperature was back up to 30 degrees, so it was fantastic! After two days of running the streets I realized - that to be honest, in the 16+ years since I graduated high school, hardly anything has changed :)
Today, Day 26 - I was back home and beginning the process of unpacking from Christmas. Anyone with 3 kids know that this is nearly impossible. New toys means the old toys need retired and dangit, the house looks like a bomb just dropped. My daughter had a new "spa" for her feet and really needed C batteries. I also had a marco-run to get in and my sitter was leaving in 40 minutes. Time for a challenge. I decided to "RUN" to the store. Yep, our Walt's grocery store is 1.6 miles from my home...perfect for some minimum mileage. I also got a FANTASTIC Garmin watch from my hubby and I was itching to try it out. So, I strapped on my new watch, brought my credit card and a backpack, and headed towards the store. All went as planned...until I got to the store and decided...Dang it, we need bananas too!
So there I was, running home with an overloaded backpack of 8 bananas and 8-C batteries (and fresh snow cover might I add). The temp was high 20s, so it was slick but not too bad. A few bruised ones, but I was home 2 minutes after the top of the hour and the sitter was out the door. Success all around!!! 5 more days!
Day 24 Run Data HERE
Day 25 (Christmas!) Run Data HERE
Day 26 Run Data HERE