This year has been one I really don’t ever want to repeat. It actually started in October 2010 when the IRS let us know we had been selected for a field audit. Yes, we were getting a visit from the revenuers. Thus began a 12 month odyssey which included the audit, massive hail damage to multiple properties, the entire family getting head lice, me in the hospital with kidney stones, DH in the hospital with skin cancer, the death of two dearly loved relatives, and a rental house fire.
Honesty though, it could have been worse and it looks like we’re finally coming out the other side. We just got the official government letter saying that they found no issues, will require no changes to our existing returns and require no additional monies. (Of course this does not include the 20K we had to spend in CPA fees, Gee thanks IRS). We are working with the insurance company on the roofs but it looks like we will only have to go into litigation on a couple of them. I’m still washing laundry from the head lice debacle in January, but on the bright side the house got thoroughly cleaned for the first time in 15 years. The Doc’s changed my meds a bit and it looks like the kidney stones are back under control. It looks like everything is fine with DH’s skin cancer and he just has to go in yearly now. (And wear a hat and long sleeves when he’s outside, yeah that’ll happen). The family is moving through the loss of a beloved Great Aunt and Uncle. We are still being reminded of how much they meant to all of us. And with the rental fire, it looks like we have a path forward though it also will require litigation.
…and I’m still at 152 lbs. (good or bad news, you can take your pick but I’m calling it good)
So to celebrate the end of all that as well as my and SIS#3’s birthdays, my sisters and my Mom came down to participate in the Shun the Sun Half Marathon. All the sisters in my family, there are four of us, decided to run the half together. Everyone flew in on Thursday and we had a great time making a monster salad and catching up. Friday was spent just lazing around and doing packet pick up (which was just down the street). SIS#1 sent me a pie maker as an early birthday present and so we had birthday pies (and cake) on Friday.
I really like this race. The swag is always good and the shirt was super this year - a long sleeved bamboo which is perfect for Arizona winters. Plus you get to cross home plate where the Cubs play during spring training. How cool is that!
Saturday was perfect racing weather, overcast and about 50 degrees. Because the starting line is only a half mile from my house we walked there as a warm up and timed it so that we reached the line just as the gun went off. The race was an out and back on the Consolidated Canal path. This means it was a bit boring as far as scenery but this was totally made up for by the fact that it was FLAT. Woohoo! As a matter of fact SIS#3 who was planning on walking it ran it in 2:17. Yes, 8 miles in the Utah hills = 13.1 on the canals. The race was well supported. I carry my hydration and so I stopped for a water fill up only once and when one lady's little boy who was running with her for a short bit before his Dad picked him up just decided to run the other way. It took a little while to explain to him that his Dad was waiting for him by the tree instead of where he started out, LOL. But we caught him back up with his Mom and then they ran on to Dad and all was well. But even with that stop I got a PR at 2:35:58
There wasn't much crowd support but from a fan’s perspective, this was an exciting race to be in. I’ve decided I really like out and back as you can see all the elites as they fly by. Andrew Lemoncello was running it and got a 1:05:49. I know he’s trying for an Olympic qualifier. Fukuoka didn’t go as planned but he was in great form in November and based on what I saw he’s got all the right things going for him to get back from his injury and get his time in London. Tere Zacher got 1:22:20. She’s also working to get on the 2016 US marathon team and with times like these she’ll be sure to make it. (She just shaved another 5 minutes off her half in Tucson at 1:17:08, 5 minutes in one month, Holy Cow!) Anyhoo, I was a total fan and geeked the whole way, but was too shy to say, Hi, at the finish. I was even too intimidated to take any stalker pictures (I know, I know).
SIS#3 also got to watch a fellow propose to his honey as she crossed the finish line. How cute is that! Of course the gal said yes (he brought her roses - smart guy).
Anyway we got our medals (‘cause it’s all about the bling, folks) and stayed and cheered everyone in until the last runner while the kiddoes jumped themselves silly on the 12 bouncy castles, and ate their weight in cotton candy and popcorn. DH sat and watched the chaos swirl and was the calming presence in the storm: making sure SIS#3 had an extra jacket, SIS#2 had enough water, and SIS#1 got her sunglasses back and Mom had all the pictures she needed. I know, he’s awesome and… girls, he’s taken. The rest of the day was spent lazing about, and enjoying the day. The sun came out at about 2:00 and it was just a beautiful end to a great race and a perfect start to a better 12 months. (Fingers crossed)
My splits are below for anyone who’s interested.