Week in Review – Weeks 3 and 4

Well, like I said, I’ve been a bit of a slacker.  But my numbers aren’t that bad.

Last week’s mileage – 12 miles
This week’s mileage – 12.1 miles

The problem with that mileage is that I did weekend long runs of 8 and 10 miles.  So I’m clearly not getting in my midweek runs like I should.  That’s something I really need to work on, hopefully this week, though the approaching storm (AGAIN) could affect that.  I did today’s ten miler on the treadmill (ugh), so treadmill runs are definitely doable.  Not my favorite thing in the world, but it could be so much worse.

My goal this year is to run 600 miles.  That’s 50 miles a month.  I know that many months will be way over, but it allows me some rest months as well.  I hit 48 miles this month – not bad, but not as good as it should be, considering I’m running a half marathon in 28 days.

As I mentioned, I stopped lifting because I tweaked my shoulder.  Planning to pick that back up tomorrow.

On the house buying front, we looked at 4 houses yesterday and none measured up to the house I currently have a contract on.  So now I’m just going to wait and see what happens with the repairs they’re working on.  And hope that the snow doesn’t affect that as well.  I’m not sure what happens if they can’t get everything done in time for closing.  I’m okay with extending closing, but I don’t know what happens then with my mortgage rate lock, etc.  So I’m just waiting as patiently as I can.

Still a slacker

I’ve been a total workout slacker lately.  Sure, I ran 8 miles last weekend.  But other than that… nothing.

Stopped the weights for the week.  At some point last week, I did something to my shoulder.  I’m not sure what, exactly, but it hurt.  And not the good kind of hurt.  It seems better now, so I’m going to try to resume the weights next week.  It’s hard getting up so early though.  Sleep definitely wins out a lot.

Didn’t get in a lot of running this week either.  I blame the weather.  That snow was insane!  For those of you who didn’t see it on the news, on Wednesday, we had a crazy, crazy snowstorm.  Federal workers got out of work 2 hours early.  For me, that meant 3:00.  (For many of my coworkers, it was later.  I get to work at 7:30 to put in my 9 hours.)  I took the Metro home, and because Metro sucks, I didn’t get home til 3:45.  By that point, it was hailing.  It had rained all morning, then there was some sleet, and then the hailing started.  Once the snow started, it was all over.  It was coming down at a crazy rate – up to two inches an hour in some areas!  We were lucky in that we didn’t lose power, but the cable went out, so we weren’t really sure what was going on in the world.

I made it in to work the next day (though Metro caught fire again), but it was pretty much a waste of a day, as most of the city couldn’t make it in.  Would have made for a nice snowday at home.

In other news, I’m still waiting to hear on the house.  They’re still working on all the repairs, so who knows.  Today, my Realtor and I are going to look at a couple more houses, just to see.  I have mixed feelings about the whole process.

House inspection

Buying a house involves a lot of paperwork.  I am pretty sure that I’ve gone through an entire ream of paper just on the loan stuff, and my lender claims that I’m an “easy” borrower.  But it looks like all that paperwork might be for naught.

So my house inspection didn’t go well.  I really trust my inspector (he has told people to walk away from purchases before, and I like to hear that).  He didn’t say that on this one.  That said, there’s probably about $20,000 worth of work that needs to be done.

Given what I’m paying for this house, I want all those things completed properly before I sign anything.  I refuse to take a credit on them.  If they were small and I was handy, sure.  But it’s not worth it to me.  So now I’m waiting to see what the seller comes back with. If they’re not willing to fix the problems, I’m walking.  I love the house, but there are other houses out there.  I’ve got my realtor doing some more searches to see what else is out there while we wait.  Based on the way the contract is written, I can walk anywhere within 21 days of ratification (last Sunday) for any reason at all.  That’s reassuring.

I’m surprisingly not as bummed about this as I thought I would be.  But I think that’s because while I love the house, I want my house to be as close to perfect as possible.  Of course, I know there’s no such thing as a perfect house.  But I want it to be in good, solid condition.  Sure, things can go wrong, but I don’t want to move in knowing those things exist.

I’m really not sure what the sellers are going to do.  On some level, now they know these problems exist, so they have to disclose them.  On the other hand, they can simply say “Well, some inspector saw X, Y, and Z, but we can’t find any proof of that.”  And maybe a lesser inspector wouldn’t find the problems.  Who knows.  It just depends on how badly they want to sell.  They also might be willing to find a buyer willing to take a credit.  That buyer just isn’t me.

So now we wait.

Big week!

So one of my goals this year was to start looking at houses and buy one, preferably before my lease is up in September.  Looks like that may be happening sooner than I thought!   I went looking at houses this weekend and found one that is practically perfect.  I put in an offer and the contract was ratified this weekend!  Inspection this week, closing before the end of February!  Scary!

So with all of that, my workouts kind of fell off – as did my eating.  I’m totally a stress/emotional eater, and man, it felt like I was shoveling in the food this week.  Oh well.  Just have to make sure to tone it down as the home buying process continues!

Week in Review – Week Two

Week two wasn’t quite as good as week one.

Miles run – 9.2
Miles biked – 0
Weights lifted – 3 times
Pounds lost – 2.2 (some of which seem to have come back already)

I really need to stick to my running.  My first half marathon of 2011 is in 49 days.  My running partner and I just want to have fun and finish.  But I want to be sure to be in wonderful shape and ready to run when the day gets here.  It’s the beginning of my spring racing season and I want to do it right.