Thursday, August 4, 2011

Scheduling Conflicts II

This is an eventful year for the Viper and his Enthusiast. Wait, I already said that. As you may or may not have noticed, my little running odometer in the righthand column hasn't budged so far this week. Unfortunately, that's not a mistake.

This has been just another instance of this summer streaking by unceasingly. My soon-to-be wife and I have been in the grips of a house hunt (yes, amid the remainder of wedding preparations), and these last two weeks have been quite eventful. House found, bid placed, bid accepted, yadda, yadda, yadda, loan rate locked and financing in process. Nobody told me how much work buying a house would be.

While I managed to fit in all my runs last week with only mild rescheduling, this week has presented a major challenge to my running plans. The only chance of getting my miles in now is to run the next four days. Doable, but not ideal.

Thankfully, I'm following a very conservative buildup training plan, which should at least keep my healthy if not optimally fit to race.


Sun Runner said...

Make sure you limber up your writing hand on closing day, because you will be singing your name and writing your initials more times than your ever thought possible.

Congratulations on voluntarily taking on some of the biggest headaches known to modern man! From now on, you have to FIX EVERYTHING YOURSELF. Or hire someone really expensive to do it for you.

At the same time, you can paint your walls any color you want, which is pretty awesome.

Paul said...

You think *buying* the house is a lot of work?

Robin said...

Congrats on the house and this whole adulthood thing! I'm cheering for you on your training since this year makes you VIP-so cool!

Ironman By Thirty said...

Whoa, whoa, whoa... They gave YOU a bank loan to buy a house?!?! Didn't the lenders learn anything during the mortgage crisis? I would think that a banjo playing, barefoot running hippie on the loan application would have sent of red flags all over the place. I suppose maybe the Enthusiasts stellar qualities trumped yours.

PS: Congrats! Home ownership is awesome!

Carolina John said...

it's amazing to me how difficult it is to buy a house today. That's the fallout from this banking crisis that caused the recession in 2008. In 2006 I literally walked into a bank for the first time, shook hands with a guy and walked out with a check to buy a house with an unsecured loan. Now they practically make you give blood samples in the mortgage application process.

I still own our residence and two rental properties and I'm about ready to sell them all and rent again until I can stockpile enough cash to pay for a residence outright.

Dave Ramsey says to only get a 15 year loan with at least 20% down, and the principal + interest should take up no more than 25% of your monthly income. I like Dave, he's got some really smart ideas.