Biggest endurance test to date

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A few months ago I optimistically signed up to do the half marathon in the Canberra Running Festival. Sunday is the date. I am so nervous! My training was going really well and then I had to take 2 weeks off after some day surgery. Then a few weeks ago I hurt my back and was out for another 2 weeks. I could see my dream of completing this 21km run slipping away. However, I am back on track and after a few good runs over the past 10 days, 13km and then a 10km plus my usual daily 5kms, I am ready for race day. I wanted to have actually done 21kms before this time to know that I could really do it, but time has gotten away from me. Anyhoo, I am going to give it my best shot on Sunday and give it all I have to get it done in 2 hours (or as close to as possible).

Today is important for 2 reasons. Firstly it is Mum’s last day of work. Ever. After 22 years as the face of the front Office at St Vincents Primary School, she is retiring. I went along yesterday to a beautiful liturgy by the children and teachers. They were speaking of their memories of Mum and talked of bandaids, ice-packs, cakes and Easter eggs and the newsletter. It was so touching that they all think so much of Mum. I mean, I know she is amazing, but it is grea to think that other people think that as well. She will be greatly missed down there, but I am looking forward to her being more available for coffee and movies and lunches etc. The best is yet to come!

The second reason for today being special is that 2 of my four school girls are getting special awards at school. I guess this award is the most prestigious, for want of a better word. It is the Quiet Achiever and is awarded for exemplary behavior, and recognises the contribution those children make to the peaceful and caring nature of the school. So Meg and Amy are getting it this term and I am the proudest mother around!

Easter was last weekend and a really special gathering for all of us. Kate and Rohan came up from Melbourne, James and Sascha came down from Sydney (as well as Kaye and Brian) and we had 30 over from Sunday lunch. Raucous and festive, it was great fun. Egg hunts (even the chickens laid some chocolate eggs) and the Easter bunny visited. Meg made her Alter Serving debut and with Holly’s guidance did a marvellous job.

School holidays for the next 2 weeks. Things can be a little more casual and laid back for a while. We will enjoy it while it lasts.

BAS time, gotta get into it.