Yep, it’s that time of year again. Temperatures are cooler, a few leaves have started to turn and the kids have gone back to school. A whole new routine begins—one where I can write without constantly hearing, “Mom, do you know where my flip-flops went?” (As if they got up and walked away of their own accord!) “Mom, what’s for breakfast (or lunch or dinner)? Mom, can you drive me…” (Fill in the blank—the choices are endless.)
|Tara at the 2012 Championship Race|
In our house, the beginning of the school year means the beginning of fall sports. No, my girls didn’t get their athletic ability from me, thank heavens. My husband is a sports fanatic. (Not watching—doing!) While for most high school sports enthusiasts, fall means football, it doesn’t around here. My girls run cross country. My youngest, Kristen, is a freshman this year. Her older sister, Tara (a junior), spent the summer brainwashing my beautiful ballerina into believing she likes to run. Tara is a die-hard competitor (Nevada state champ last year—yes we live in CA, but Tahoe kids compete in Nevada since it’s so much closer.) This year Tara’s goal is not only to be personal State Champ again but to have her girls’ team win as well. It didn’t take a math whiz to figure out she needed at least one more fast runner to accomplish her goal. Kristen is a recreational runner. Tara decided that somewhere in her sister’s genetic makeup, there must be a competitive racer just waiting to be released. So she is slowly but surely torturing her into shape, determined to let the team’s missing link loose! LOL Kristen is improving. She has until the end of October to accomplish her sister’s (and what is becoming her) goal.
So, on most Fridays I drive an hour or two (or three) to races to cheer them on.
Since we are so immersed in the running world around here, it isn’t surprising I chose to make one of my heroines a runner. In Maybe This Time, Chloe runs into her old high school pal, Adam, on the course of the Lake Tahoe Marathon. A friendship turns into a romance in this story about finding love a second time around. There’s plenty of humor too. The book opens on the set of a reality dating show set in Hawaii. The show’s name—Get Lei’d. One of my more clever moments if I do say so myself. So if you enjoy running or reality TV or funny romances, give this one a try.
What’s the fall sport of choice in your house?