Friday, May 1

Nutrition: I was SUPER hungry today.
  • 515a-eggs, side pork, Brussels sprouts, Slawsa, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 745-Larabar
  • 9-pork jerky, apple
  • 1115-summer sausage w/ rice crackers, LB
  • (1245p-5.5m run)
  • 2-rice crackers, summer sausage, LB
  • 6-eggs, beef hot dog, Brussels sprouts, Slawsa, toast, decaf w/ CM, apple w/ SB

Sleep: 7 hours in bed, 10p-5a, 50% quality. In late due to hubs, slept like crap, flipping constantly (or so it felt), and woke early, naturally. Got up feeling surprisingly good, though!

Healthy Movement: Body feels mostly great; hamstring tight spot is non-existent. Left shoulder hurt all day; maybe I was sleeping on it weirdly ? Feeling some fatigue, mostly mental. Tired from the short night, and a hard-on-the-brain work day. Considered skipping my planned run, but then got angry that my unwanted job would yet again take away time with friends doing my hobby: NO I DON'T THINK SO. Ran the bike trail with BK, and he led me to a a delightfully quiet little patch of peace at a tiny park I've never seen. I shall have to return there again, as it was pure silent perfection, much like the bliss spot down at GLSP that I want to live in for all my days. We ran hard (okay, FINE: I ran hard, BK only coasted), and once again the legs were great but the lungs were working pretty hard. That's what I need to keep doing, though, or else I'm going to be a dropped pacer, and that's going to take all the fun out of it! Stretched thoroughly afterward, calves & left hip, which tightened up a teensy bit throughout the afternoon, as did that left hamstring, but nothing like it was earlier in the week.

Fun & Play: Super productive work day. Can get a lot done when I buckle down & focus. (Even when I don't really focus - as long as I don't have extra interruptions besides the ones I provide myself!) BK chitchat. Dad chitchat, logistics for tomorrow. Fetch with pets. Reading. Writing with my soft, sweet, adoring Clyde in my lap. Going to bed early.

Thursday, April 30

Nutrition: Nothing but shortcuts for a couple days. Outta everything at home!
  • 530a-eggs, side pork, Brussels sprouts, Slawsa, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 745-Larabar, CM latte
  • 9-macadamia nuts, Americano from my BB!
  • 1115-beef jerky, apple chips
  • 1245p-beef jerky, apple chips, LB
  • 245-macadamia nuts
  • 530-jerky, macadamia nuts
  • 7-apple w/ SB

Sleep: 8.5 hours in bed, 845p-515a, 90% quality. Pretty solid; woke at 330a and happily snuggled back in, but the coffeemaker overflowed & made enough noise to wake me at 515a. Not a delightful alarm, but it wasn't the mess I was fearing.

Healthy Movement: Feeling some good all-over fatigue from the deadlifts, but nothing is specifically aching. Left hamstring dealio is better. Took my rest day because of too much work.

Fun & Play: An indulgent Caribou visit. Chitchat with Timmy. A Caribou delivery from my BeloveBuddy! Good team meeting. Plans to hook up with DBB bosses to finalize THOSE job details as well. Weekend running plans with BK. Lunch with BK & AS. Afternoon at NSS, although far too quiet with everyone gone. Filthy digging-addicted pooches. Hubs time.

Wednesday, April 29

Nutrition:
  • 515a-eggs, chicken sausage, Brussels sprouts, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 745-pork jerky
  • 930-half Larabar
  • (10-Dustin session)
  • 1115-half LB
  • 1230p-pork roast, yam, LB
  • 330-apple, LB
  • 6-pork rinds w/ guac, SB&J toast, decaf w/ CM

Sleep: 8 hours in bed, 9p-5a, 62% quality. Woke often: 11p when hubs came home; 2a h/s/g but fell back easily; 330a but fell back easily; dozed 430a onward. Got up feeling okay.

Healthy Movement: Back of left knee is still weirdly tight, somehow part of the hamstring but nothing up the chain feels off; also hurts to hang in a deep squat. Something is obviously inflamed, though I don't know why. Bit of squat soreness, but not major. Left shoulder is not worse. Angry guts today, not liking that one bit. Session went well; nothing stellar, but things felt solid, so there's that. Hamstring tightness abated somewhat after session. Still, didn't feel up to the usual Wednesday night trail run.

Fun & Play: Class. Session, with different people, a fun change. Coworker chitchat. Lunch w/ BK & AS again. Productivity. Fetch & reading outside on a gorgeous spring evening. Made all of my Relay luminaria (...far too many).

Stress Management: I just discovered my CPR & my group fitness certifications expire this summer. Crapsticks, do I let them expire? Do I take on the cost myself? Do I ask TS to pay for any of it? Do I ask NSS? And while I'm ad it, do I renew my CMA? Do I ask DBB to pay for any of it? Nothing is exceptionally expensive on its own, but all of it together adds up to something like $700. Oof. And: eff.

Tuesday, April 28

Nutrition:
  • 515a-eggs, Brussels sprouts, Slawsa, chicken sausage, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 8-Larabar, coffee w/ CM
  • 945-summer sausage, coffee w/ CM
  • 1030-LB
  • (12p-Dustin session)
  • 130-summer sausage w/ rice crackers, apple, LB
  • 445-LB
  • 7-salad w/ tomato dressing, toast, apple w/ SB

Sleep: 8.25 hours in bed, 845p-5a, 89% quality. Sure, after 10p. Hubs & I had ourselves a great little argument/breakdown/disaster at bedtime. THAT WAS FUN TIMES. Still not resolved this morning, either. Le sigh.

Healthy Movement: Tight lower legs, almost-pain in left foot; all better once moving. Going into session, developed a weird tightness behind left leg. No idea what the hell, but it got worse throughout the day, to nearly limping. Session itself was deload week, stupid lame nonsense, damn I hate deload week. And my pulls super sucked, what? Luckily, somehow, despite it all: maintained my good mood, happy chitchat with Dustin, great fun.

Fun & Play: W2R plans. BK chitchat. Session, with Timmy. Good meeting with team leadership. Fun, full class. Tahoe logistics. Fetch on a gorgeous night. A visit from the in-laws. (Kept expecting the hubs to come home, but he's still pumping. Local, but still pumping AMAP. Gah.)

Monday, April 27

Nutrition: Surprisingly hungry today, dunno why.
  • 515a-eggs, chicken sausage, Brussels sprouts, Slawsa, toast, coffee w/ CM
  • 8-Larabar
  • 945-LB, coffee w/ CM
  • 1130-rice crackers
  • 1245p-pork roast, roasted veg, guac, apple
  • 3-LB
  • 430-rice crackers
  • (530-7m trails)
  • 730-salad w/ tomato dressing, toast, apple w/ SB

Sleep: 7.75 hours in bed, 915p-5a, 85% quality. Solid as a mofo.

Healthy Movement: Again extremely-tight lower legs getting out of bed, better as I moved. Upper back tight when demoing RDLs in class, but everything else felt good. Ran LCSP and my lungs were a useless pile. Probably running too fast, then needing longer walk breaks, beyond the top of the hill, because my overall pace is same as always. Still, was nice that the legs felt jes' fine. Vague bit of left-hip tightness afterward, so I did my PT stretch like a smart person.

Fun & Play: Gorgeous morning. Class. W2R media logistics. BK break time discussing race logistics. Productivity. Lunch w/ BK & AS, thus much silliness & smartassery. Happy coworkers. Lovely lead. Gorgeous evening on the trails, w/ a couple fun boys. Hubs home, hubs home, hubs home!

Sunday, April 26

Nutrition: ZOMG WHUT I ordered normal food off a menu, for the first time in over 4 years. Too cool. Surely too much sugar for me at once, expecting a reaction, which sucks. I couldn't resist the pancakes though, and I'm glad I didn't: they were GD delicious!
  • 630-fried egg sandwich w/ Slawsa, Brussels sprouts, chicken sausage, coffee w/ CM, SB&J toast
  • (8-lifting session)
  • During-some dry-roasted salted cashews 
  • 10-coffee
  • 11-Larabar, bootch
  • 1230p-chicken wings, pumpkin pancakes w/ maple syrup, fruit, crackers w/ guacamole, iced tea
  • 6-muffin, LB

Sleep: 8.75 hours in bed, 930p-615a, 91% quality. Um, no sir, you are quite mistaken! Woke h/s/g at 1a, but managed to fall back. Then Hank barked repeatedly at something outside at 2a; I just kept yelling at him to shut the fuck up until he did. Then at 4a, I thought I heard the doorbell ring & scampering dogs; wide awake, I pulled out an ear plug to listen...nope, I hear a dog licking her [grubby] paws, so that was a dream I guess. At 5a, Hankypank began his trotting back & forth, but I was far too tired to get up, and fell right back until I woke naturally. I mean, seriously, what the hell was all of that?! What if it was the next night and getting up at 5am is my only option, what kind of pile would I be?! Ugh.

Healthy Movement: Extremely tight lower legs upon getting out of bed, better once moving. Some of the all-over ache and fatigue that I was expecting on Fri/Sat. Hm, I drank almost no water yesterday, could that be it? Lifting went pretty well, things felt better than last week, so I did just a week bit more, but didn't go nuts. Sat in a car for 4 hours of my day, in order to hang with Amy: totally worth it!! We went walking for nearly 4 miles. Definitely wanted to run, but walking & chatting in nature with a bestie was enough. 

Fun & Play: Happy cats getting outside in the morning sun. Breakfast dessert. A solid strong workout. Driving to see Amy with the cruise set at 78, drinking coffee from my new Wonder Woman mug, catching up on old MBMaM podcasts. Eating at a restaurant like a normal person! Shopping for new-job clothes, eeee! Hiking & chatting. Caribou & chatting. Realizing we have discovered the perfect spot for future meet-ups! BKSP plans made for tomorrow. Hubs-home-soon plans!

Saturday, April 25

Nutrition: I ate All The Food today. Just steadily hungry.
  • 3a-orange chews
  • 5-egg, toast, chicken sausage, Brussels sprouts, coffee
  • (6-7m run)
  • 730-eggs, ham, potatoes, coffee
  • 12p-salty cashews, orange chews, apple w/ SB
  • 4-pork roast, toast, Larabar, bootch
  • 730-Daiya pizza

Sleep: 7.5 hours in bed, 915p-445a, 69% quality. WIDE awake 2-3a or so. After fighting it, I got up for bathroom, water, orange chews (quick carbs), but it still took a while to fall back. Got up tired.

Healthy Movement: Got up tired of course, but body felt good. The run was fast (on purpose), and the legs held up really well. Some ache in left shin, but not enough to worry. Felt like Wonder Woman to push a fast pace just 2 days after that boosted deadlift volume, and still feel good - yay! Pretty lazy rest of the day, although no nap, proud of that.

Fun & Play: ROUS run, mostly with with Heidi. ROUS breakfast at Trav's, including bonus celebrities Shawn & Andy & Soren, and even Tina, one of last year's W2R grads - woo hoo! BK chitchat. Hubs chitchat. Chores. Reading time. Silly pets. Figured out a way to be an official volunteer at Spring Superior, before crewing duties begin. 

Personal Growth: I asked Mike & Dustin whether or not they would be cool with me continuing to teach classes at TS. I feel 50/50 on whether or not TS would approve (nothing is predictable these days, besides chaos), but if NSS says no then at least I haven't wasted time. Not sure if they would care or no (maybe my attendees will come to NSS if I'm not available...but doubtful) but they matter first & foremost.

If they aren't cool with that, I'm back to just walk-to-run to fill my teaching bucket. And that's wonderful, but so not enough, at only two months of the year. Yet I'm not SO into teaching that I can get up to NSS standards of knowledge, at least not in my mind. Maybe they'd let me help with team trainings at some point? Could I lead some fall trail-running excursions like W2R, maybe something structured that trains people for the Norseman?