Deep Thoughts with Gabe:
I might be nervous and anxious about ODP (Olympic Development Program/ Tryout), but that’s not going to stop me from sleeping with my soccer ball on the way there. If I have to get up early enough to leave at 5:30 AM to drive 3+ hours to Casa Grande, by God I will to sleep with my Santa or a Soccer Ball if I want to!
Two (married) friends of mine texted me this morning to wish Gabe well and to remind me how cold it still was in Flagstaff. I know how much they love their girls so I know they are fully aware how much those texts meant to me. I’m going to stop talking about it because this isn’t a post that is supposed to make me cry! Amy also wished me happy Mother/Son time! Done!
Gabe is officially on Instagram and posted this photo complete with #butterburger since we were at Culvers. Good Lord I have teenagers!
Maybe, somewhere down deep in his soul, Gabe is a future running blogger, He had the idea to set out his clothes tonight before he went to bed so everything would be ready for tomorrow morning’s practice. Look familiar runners?
New SWEET shin guards and already-been-worn socks he’ll wear again tomorrow. Gabe knows how to keep it real.
He is switching groups tomorrow (coaches, too) because he thought he was ’02 (which he is, in league play) and he is really ’01 (year he was born) for ODP. He practiced with the wrong group today. This change made him very nervous again tonight… He’s growing up, though ~ gaining perspective. He said, “You know, I had a good day (many things listed here). I don’t want to ruin it tonight by being nervous.”
Well said, my little man.
December Challenge Update:
Push-Ups: Seven at 5:00 AM before I was even awake enough to realize I had done it. Can I be honest with you and with myself? I don’t believe in my heart of hearts that I can do 20 push ups. That said, I can’t WAIT to be wrong on December 30!!
Plank: 45 seconds
Run: 1.1 miles on the Best Western treadmill while Gabe discussed how the goalie workout went with Glenn over the phone.
Mary was looking at old videos and came across the NH Barn Party video from the summer after Glenn and I got married. Mary paused the video so I could take these pics…
My grandma is alive and well ~ she’s in her mid-eighties and is still in a bowling league. She bowls 200 games on occasion, folks. She’s no slouch! My grandpa passed quite a few years ago. He had a one-of-a-kind relationship with Andrew when he was a toddler. Andrew would be gentle as ever with his oxygen tank/tubes, and my grandpa would (though getting around was a struggle) figure out a way to sit on the floor with him so they could play Matchbox cars together. These images of my grandfather ~ in motion b/c of the video ~ brought tears to my eyes. I sent the pics to my mom, but not to my grandma. I’ll show her at Christmas.
Ah! Tomorrow Gabe has another workout from 9 – 11 before we drive home and I’m thinking that would be a great time to get in a long run. It’s especially important to get it in before heading back to all of Flagstaff’s snow!
I’ve got my clothes (not enough of them, though, because apparently Phoenix is NOT WARM in the mornings in December ~ I have been here long enough to know this!), shoes, belt, Garmin, phone, and fuel.