*It probably doesn’t really need to be said but I’ll say it anyway: I’m not affiliated with or being compensated by any brand/company that I mention/link to in this post. Just sharing some faves.
What I’m eating:
Lentil chips (that are so good, I buy multiple bags when I see them at the grocery store like a hoarder) and ‘guacamole’ (mashed avocado and salt) is pretty much my daily breakfast. And as you can see from the photo, occasionally I trade my morning dr. pepper for a peach iced tea. Because I’m healthy. And a grown up.
Another new fave is some Justin’s maple almond butter spread on a tortilla-it’s become my new pre-long run breakfast. It’s got a salty-sweet thing going and good texture-I wash it down with some kona cola nuun, which doesn’t taste like my beloved dr. pepper at all but is fizzy and sort of cola-y enough to convince me I’m having soda before I head out the door.
Approximately 21 miles, including two early morning runs in my neighborhood, a 40 minute round on the elliptical and a sweaty-ass 12 miler at my favorite northshore trails yesterday.
When I went to the doc about plantar fasciitis last fall, he
insisted recommended a 3 day/week running regimen (two shorter runs during the week, a long run on the weekend) that I’ve stuck to pretty consistently. I’ve been wanting to add an extra day of running for awhile now but have been hesitant because I just DO NOT want to go down the PF path again.
The last few weeks, I’ve added a session of hiking up and down the hills in my neighborhood and didn’t seem to have too many issues so this week, I added the elliptical session as well. Unfortunately, I started to feel some twinges at the tail end of my long run yesterday. Ice and rest eliminated any symptoms but I’m backing off again and will only have either the hiking or elliptical session during the week-not both-until I see consistent weeks without any twinges or pain.
In addition to running/elliptical/hiking, I do one strength session per week and also do yoga a few days a week at home (for about 15 minutes/time) and this week was no different.
Yoga is something that is as much a part of my routine as brushing my teeth at this point. My body/brain/spirit feel more balanced/lighter/more at ease when I practice it and I don’t go too many days without a down dog.
What I’m watching:
I’m such a trail nerd that even on my rest days (like today) when I’m not doing anything running related, I’m watching/reading something about running, specifically trail running. Today it was the Tracing the Edge series by Patagonia, which featured Krissy Moehl, a well accomplished ultra runner.
Now I sort of want to go climb a mountain.
One Thing Wednesday (OTW):
If you follow me on IG you’ve already seen this but I was able to give two big bags of clothes to CPS (Child Protective Services). A coworker’s sister works for the organization and apparently, they have something they call the ‘rainbow room’ for kids coming into the system. They try to keep it stocked with clothes and school supplies and the like because many of the kids entering their fold have nothing-literally NOTHING-but the clothes on their back. Can you imagine? You are going through hell and you don’t even have basic comforts.
Jason and I cleaned out our closets and shared what we could with my coworker’s sister. I find more and more with this project that these acts may be small, but because they are direct actions in my community, they seem to be more meaningful. We can’t fix anything for these kids, we can’t take away whatever they went through to land them in the system, but we can provide a little comfort and that is something.
I keep thinking I’d like to create a facebook page or website that focuses exclusively on this little project of mine to see if it can grow..I dunno. To be determined.
What I’m listening to:
Jason turned me on to this group and I love the sort of island-y, sort of reggae vibe. Very mellow. Perfect for car trips or breezy, relaxed runs.
This is on your running playlist too, don’t even lie.
What I’m dreaming of:
Pretty much all my focus is on the Rockledge Rumble 50K-my first ultra race-coming up in November. I’m doing a lot of positive visualization, to the point of creating an inspiration wall in my cube at work that has quotes, images of runners I admire, the course map, time goals, etc.
But…occasionally I let my mind stray from that date and focus on other things. Like running in more states! The hubs and I are going to Colorado in September for our anniversary and I can’t wait to get out on a trail there. And I’d still like to see trails in at least one other state this fall when it gets cooler.
And that’s sort of my week. Now I’m off to read what ya’ll have been up to. Happy running, folks!