Not that I was doing too well with my blogging anyway… it turns out I got even worse. Since I last gave a substantial update, A LOT of things have happened!
I spent 3.5 hours active on cardio equipment!
I took a GU at 1hr, 2hr, and 2:45.
I rotated every 15 min in order to keep myself entertained.
Biking is no joke. My quads were on FIRE.
My brother and his wife (James and Rachel) opened their home to me for the few days I was in town and to a couple friends of ours for Halloween night.
We chowed down on pizza and these festive things. Rachel made a delicious trail mix too! I ate guilt free. haha.
Arnold is the lady bug cat and Lilly is the bumblebee dog.
We enjoyed our evening watching Ernest Scared Stupid while trick-or-treaters made their rounds. (there was a lot of pausing).
While I’ve been living life and enjoying movies and freedom…. my husband was working his ass off to earn his Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB). He went through a week of on-site train-up and then a week of testing. He survived land navigation at day and at night. He completed 3 different lanes with like a dozen tasks to accomplish. He passed a written exam that asks questions from a wealth of field manuals and things available to study. and Nov 1 he had a 12mi ruck through loose footing (most of it) with a 3hr deadline… when he passed that, he had earned the EFMB. That is a huge deal. 11-17% pass rate depending on who you ask. I am insanely proud of him, and equally jealous. Now, it’s my turn… but that’s another story for another day. I have to fight for the opportunity, but I have Paul to help me train.
Then on Nov 2, at 5am, I drove 2.5 hours to my friend’s house in Murfreesboro because it was drill weekend.
We did land navigation (which I was really looking forward to so that I could work on that since I’m awful) but I was the acting medic so that meant I was just responsible for the people. I found a giant leaf and overruled a E6 Staff Sergeant when he was just going to leave the 2 people that wandered off and got lost.
I went to bed pretty dang early and was thankful for daylight savings.
I am in the process of doing everything in my power to get the opportunity to go to EMFB to earn that for myself. It will not be an easy journey. The gov’t shut down cancelled our range trip and I have a qualification requirement I need to fulfill. Our PT test is cancelled for 2 change of command ceremonies next drill. On top of that, I don’t know of anyone in the guard that has gone to compete. I did get to speak with the commander and drop the idea. He joined my challenge group on Facebook, I used that to open conversation. Where there is a will, there is a way. Dream big, work hard….. that’s my game plan right now.
When I got home late Sunday night, I hadn’t seen my husband in over two weeks. I was practically attached at his hip for the next 48 hours. We accomplished a lot actually. In our time apart, I got overwhelmed mentally (very easy for me to do. VERY easy) and vented everything under the sun to him. Now we are making lists, plans, and brainstorming. We are making decisions together and working together. It only took 9.5 months for us to figure it out. haha.
Paul and I have picked out a half marathon next month and it will serve as his first. We have already reserved our hotel in Panama City. I will probably register for the race later tonight. I’m excited.
In other news, Paul and I have made the executive decision to put a hold on CrossFit for a few months. We both have a lot on our plates. Strength training is still insanely important and we are in the process of developing a plan.
There you have it. You are now up to date.
OH! MY FIRST MARATHON IS ON SATURDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Soldier’s Marathon on Ft. Benning! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂