Wednesday, April 30

Nutrition: Added a protein shake post-class. Nabbed a few Larabars at Elden's to save me, but really need to order a case. Also nabbed a ton of mixed nuts at Elden' tasty, yo!

Sleep: 7.75 hours in bed, 9p-445a, 77% quality. Solid as a rock until 3a, then in/out until the alarm buzzed at me. Got up feeling good but looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow.

Healthy Movement: Still a little sore, but class felt great. No boys today so it was a little free-er than normal for my participants, which is a delight. I don't find them intimidating in the least, but I can see how my women might. Nothing sounded too appealing as I changed for my lunch run, until at the very last second it occurred to me to run the fairgrounds to simulate trails. It was great for the brain, tough for the body. The bonus classes are catching up to me. Telling myself I will probably only need to suck it up for a couple weeks, then the body should adapt. I hope. Yoga was super fun, Jennah showed so there was mention of El Chupacabra, we were silly the whole time, and it was punctuated by Dustin's very loud deadlifting. Happiness.

Fun & Play: Class! Running! Yoga! More walk to run talk! Bought a little gift for agent Brett. So appreciative of how much he did for us.

Temperance: Today I listened to two coworkers discussing one winning the weight-loss challenge she was recently in. She lost a bunch of weight and inches, and she was pretty small to start with. Like she probably went from 130 to 112. I didn't participate in the conversation, even though this was right next to me, because what I most wanted to do was tell her to shut up. The other person is overweight and probably now feeling like shit that this skinny person could lose 18 lbs in 6 weeks, or whatever the insane amount was, and she would struggle to lose 5. But...the skinny person has zero muscle mass, and would be easily benched by person #2, and thus I'm far more impressed with person #2's badassery, and I'd rather hear how #1 was feeling strong and loving life.

Anyway, I'm happy to report my initial reaction was not "Damn, why can't I do that?" but rather "Damn, I feel sorry for her." Because she spent 6 weeks eating next to nothing, and she doesn't look any different. At all. Perhaps if I saw her in a bikini, sure, but I don't. And even if I did, I'm certain she would've looked pretty great in her "before." 

I'm so happy to be out of that cycle, so happy to think in terms of eating enough for recovery, so happy to be satisfied with what I look like again, despite the fact that, if I've changed at all, it's for the bigger (but not much). Or that right now my face is freaking out, and for reasons I can't pinpoint, but it doesn't even bother me. It just is, and it's okay

This is such a beautiful place to be. This is where I want everyone to be.

Tuesday, April 29

Nutrition: Crap, I'm outta Larabars. I shall soon be eating straight coconut butter to get my calories. I guess there are worse things...
Sleep: 8 hours in bed, 945p-545a, 84% quality. Had to get up and let Lexi out at 330a, blargh.
Healthy Movement: Feeling good other than sore lats. Wondering if the left shoulder is mainly about me sleeping on it most of the night. May need to flip our mattress? Fantastic session. Sweaty Prowler deliciousness.
Fun & Play: Great progress on the walk-to-run plans, tons of interest, makes me so very happy. Session, including making Dustin throw his hands in the air when I told him that I did not flip my tire after all the whining to do it pre-Boston. Poor guy can't win! Productive work day. Bailed a little early to pick up the hubs in Sauk, so a little bonus time with him. Plus knocked out a Fallon with my "lap dog" squishing my lungs. I is a happy girl.

Monday, April 28

Nutrition: I get to eat a lot now. It's awesome.
Sleep: 7.75 hours in bed, 9p-445a, 86% quality. Woke at 1a (dogs), 3a, dozed 4a onward. GAH.
Healthy Movement: Did class and loved it. Debated easing in a little, but with the downpour I had to run through, I wasn't certain I'd get a run in later, so I went all out. Hulk smash! Ran after work, before LAE meeting, and was short on time, so I logged two joyful miles around Lake Bountiful. Bliss.
Fun & Play: Class. Blasting got out the community walk-to-run program, and five TSers are planning to join the TS one. YAAAAAAAAAAAAY!! Great meeting on the LAE events; going to offer a discount to our walk-to-run participants. So fun to be involved in this stuff, my absolute passion.

Sunday, April 27

Nutrition: I was a food prep rock star today, plus tried a couple experiments. I have a great pizza crust mix, but it always ends up soggy after I add toppings & continue baking (perhaps my foodie Buddy will have tips); so tonight I just made the crust so that I had a flatbread, which was crispy garlicky perfection. I also made ice cream after lunch that turned out amazing: yam, coconut milk, coconut-flavored whey, & cinnamon. The texture was a bit runny since I added too much coconut water, but I'd made it again in a heartbeat. Also a total calorie bomb, but watch my workouts and tell me I'm not earning them!

Sleep: 8.25 hours in bed, 10p-615a, 79% quality. Much better than that; woke once at 4a (dogs) and then managed to sleep in besides. Got up feeling very rested. Was sleepy after my extensive reading time, but it was too late in the day for a nap. Did a little hammock dozing instead. Feel like I could become an expert at such an endeavor.

Healthy Movement: A little tight in low-back, but did a nice thorough warm-up before hulking in the basement. So fucking fun, only could be improved with a buddy. Hank was a mostly-acceptable substitution, though he is the worst spotter ever, getting in the way of my benching.

Fun & Play: All Teh Lifts and feeling great! All the chores and feeling accomplished. Ton of reading time in the hammock. Skipped the niece's birthday party so the hubs could catch up on sleep. Debated following through on lunch with my Buddy, but I had less than zero desire to leave the house on this cold windy shitty spring day. (Hopefully I can catch you next weekend instead, doll.)

Did I mention I'm feeling great? I may have to see James about this shoulder thing, but otherwise I'm ready to kick ass, take names (no worries, it'll only be my own ass & name: I'm a lover not a fighter), and let nothing slow me down!

And feeling fantastic. Bitches!

Saturday, April 26

Nutrition: Breakfast at Trav's with the running group: muy delicioso! Food prep accomplished: baked a ham. A nommy, falling-apart, incredibly tasty ham. Wish my hubs hated pork; it's gonna be tough keeping his paws off it.

Sleep: 8.75 hours in bed, 9p-545a, 90% quality. Woke when the hubs came home at 3a, otherwise super duper solid. The alarm did wake me, but I got up feeling rested.

Healthy Movement: Body feels fantastic. Morning run was super slow due to partners, thus felt easier than pie. And next weekend I will surely be hitting the trails instead, and Heidi said to invite her with! Wore compression socks all day. Probably don't need after such a shorty, but a good habit to stay in. Laziness the rest of the day, some movement chasing pooches at the dog park. Hours on the couch made me feel crappy and low-back crunched. Lesson to take to heart.

Fun & Play: Group run. Group breakfast. Front page IN COLOR of the Echo Press this time! Many chores knocked out. Dog park outing with Hanky and the Danes plus their tiny new sister Sophie, a Schnauzer puppy. Hank slept like a champ afterward! Bunch of fluff TV caught up.

Friday, April 25

Nutrition: Super duper snacky today. I'm blaming reliance on snack foods due to poor food prep: haven't made so much as a salad since returning from Boston. That problem will be fixed right up this weekend.

Sleep: 7.75 hours in bed, 945p-530a, 79% quality. Could've used more, but body just loves getting up at 530, apparently. Bah.

Healthy Movement: I feel pretty great, and planned on running hills with Holea, but she felt rotten so we just walked them. Sun felt good. I'm happy to ease into All The Things, thoroughly enjoying feeling good and loving life.

Fun & Play: Friday! NSS! Hill walking with Holea. Mitzi time. Fetch with pooches. Fluff TV. Snuggling with Clyde.

Thursday, April 24

Nutrition: No problem getting back to real-life eating.
Sleep: 8 hours in bed, 915p-515a, 86% quality. Woke often, it felt, due to sunburn methinks, but better than it has been. Hanky woke me with whining, but I think I could have kept sleeping.
Healthy Movement: Low back a bit angry, doesn't seem to have liked all the back bends in yesterday's yoga, even though I kept them moderate. Possibly also the swings, may have been arching more than proper due to light weights. Really felt the swings in my hamstrings, they got pretty tight by day's end. Sure, no lasting anything from the marathon, but tight from lightweight swings, totally makes sense! Another perfectly senseless observation: it takes quite a bit of straining to find the pain in the ankle tendon. Seriously, what the hell is up with that? Had an easy-peasy session again, and was given clearance to Go Forth And Do All The Things. Hooray!
Fun & Play: All of today's meetings were shifted to another day. Nice! Lots of Boston talk with coworkers. Team outing for lunch. Session. LAPW style show night, won a necklace from Mom's raffle ticket, sweetness. Felt like a celebrity, talking to so many about Boston.

Wednesday, April 23

Nutrition: Lots of tasty fats today, including a slice of side pork straight off the smoker at Dad's shop. Super nom!

Sleep: 10 hours in bed, 10p-8a, no sleep app but judging it at 70% or so. Woke often, up at 230a to let out both dogs; hit water, bathroom, Larabar since I was up. Hubs got up to let dogs out at 430a. Then his alarm started going off and being snoozed 530-6, but he didn't actually get up til 630. Super UGH.

Healthy Movement: Low back good again. Slightly tight Achilles, but all muscles and joints feel quite normal. Amazing! Had a lovely session, felt like I could have done tons more. Enjoyed yoga with Holea. Great energy levels, downright phenom when considering Monday & the poor sleep.

Fun & Play: PTO day to sleep in, cuddle critters, get unpacked, run errands, fetch Pepe. Session. Hanging with Holea. Hanging with the hubs.

Tuesday, April 22

Nutrition: Finally back into normal hunger range, which was surprising today, given the short sleep.

Sleep: 6 hours in bed, 915p-315a, 58% quality. Woke at midnight for bathroom, took a while to fall back. Very tired but coping. Got to nap in my own bed, gloriously so, 2-430p.

Healthy Movement: Feeling a lot better than expected. Walking is okay. Bending over isn't so much. Little bit of low-back tightness, but not the sharp deal I frequently get; it actually feels bruised, oddly. Headachey in the AM until I got coffee in me. Sunburn is really the worst of my problems. Ankle feels exactly the same as it has for past few weeks. What the? Wore new Bad Ass compression socks. Couldn't wear Vibrams as my feet are still quite fat. Kind of amazing I came out as well as I did. But that's the walk/run combo right there. I even hit up Holea for a Mitzi walk, and felt like I even could have logged a run. Hot damn! 

Fun & Play: Great seatmate en route to Chicago. He has run Boston 26 times including the last 20 straight. Had pics from a game preserve in Africa that were simple incredible, lions walking right next to them. Easy second flight, easy drive back. Pepe isn't finished but I got to talk to my papa and take his ride. Making plans for tomorrow's TV interview. My cuddly critters! Napping in my own bed. A walk with Holea. Carrying my 34-lb cat litter on my shoulder through Target without struggle, the day after running the Boston Marathon. Feeling like running is enjoyable again, looking forward to green spring trails and green newbies!

My people. I can't believe how many people were tracking me & the group yesterday. Amazing to imagine them all caring so much, I don't feel remotely deserving. And yet it also reminds me how much we focus on the destination, when actually the journey is where all the support is truly needed. If I'd had 200 people liking my 18-miler on the treadmill in February, or a million spectators lining the streets of Alex as my spikes took me up and down those icy roads, it sure would have made all of my training easier and enjoyable.

Still, even if they were "late" in a sense, I received so many wonderful words of support that I won't discount; I deeply appreciate every single one. If I inspired any of those people to tackle some BHAG of their own, or even inspired one single person to take a walk around the block, then I'm beyond thrilled. Beyond.

Monday, April 21

Nutrition: Not much water in the AM, anticipating long bus ride and long bathroom lines. Got a little behind on my nutrition during the race; was doing well for the first half and then struggled mentally to keep track after that. Obviously the heat did not help, felt like I couldn't get enough water; I kept thinking how badly I wanted to guzzle down an ice-cold gallon or so. Dropped all but water intake once I caught Shawn, and that's when I was feeling better. Hm, perhaps I was overdoing the salt tabs & cookies? Honestly I'm not sure there was a way to nail that race in the heat & sun, such a giant swing from training environs for the past 6 months. Surprisingly not very hungry post-run; total calories for the day around 1900 - tallied up later, wasn't worrying that day. Interesting.

Sleep: 8.5 hours in bed, 10p-630a, 90% quality. A big improvement but I don't think I'd rank it that good, still woke often.

Healthy Movement: Race day. Felt good and rested and ready. The first half was a cakewalk, and then the heat and hills sank in. I don't think I would have had such issues if it had been flat and cool, as the joints all felt good right up to the end. Yay, walk/run! So much kinder on the body. I only started to feel downright awful as we trudged through the finishing chute; I just wanted a goddamn banana, but it was blocks away. I was also overheating in the race blanket, until we caught some shade and wind to make it welcome again. Post-race I wasn't very smart about recovery. Spaced compression socks. Used The Stick briefly but pressure HURT like a mofo so a light once-over is all I did. IT bands felt just fine, ankle no worse than I started, feet swollen but not a blister to be found. Sunburn truly seems to be my biggest problem. Hip hip hooray!

Fun & Play:
This was a hugely emotional day. Near tears many times, couldn't hold them back as we entered the stretch from last year where I learned there actually were bombs, and people were hurt, and we wouldn't cross the finish line. I was so happy to have Shawn with me through that. At the one mile to go banner, where I was stopped last year, I was a total mess. I let the crowd bring me back out of it.

Half the reason I went back this year was to complete that old dream, to cross MY Boston finish line. But I realized today that the other half was for them, to give the people THEIR Boston Marathon back. I felt like it was about so much more than little old me today, and that made it all worth it. I was GRATEFUL to have the honor of bringing back their Marathon Monday. Madly in love with those spectators.

It was a long, tortuous, painful three-year odyssey to cross that finish line, but I'm so very satisfied to have done it. I'm proud to have survived all those dark winter months and achieved that payoff, but I'm more than ready to move on to the fun stuff and let go of the struggling. Time to THRIVE.

Sunday, April 20

Nutrition: Time for salty carbs! And French toast! And crackers! NOM. Did not reach 3000 despite consuming the whole box of rice crackers. Still, I got damn close, around 2750, and half of it as carbs. That'll do!

Sleep: 8 hours in bed, 1045p-645a, 86% quality. Felt like I woke up less often than last night, but wish I could have slept longer.  No need for a nap, but had doses of quiet time with feet up.

Healthy Movement: Body good other than slightly angrier left ankle. Get over it, bitch! Did less walking today, focused on chillin'.

Fun & Play: My fellow travelers are a delight. Chatted with the parents. Hung out with a Janer, briefly hooked up with another, but very mellow and chill. Supped solo, but appreciated the peace and quiet. Took it as a chance to chat with the hubs. I miss my critters! Many messages from my favorites. Feeling very loved. 

Saturday, April 19

Nutrition: Had crab legs for supper; why do people add butter when they are so perfectly delicious without? Again a lot more food than necessary, but not 3000 calories like yesterday. Still, higher than needed, thanks to nuts. Pistachios, almond butter, and, um...THREE Larabars? Probably need to dial that back. And will, because tomorrow turns into a salty carbathon, dropping down the fats.

Sleep: 8 hours in bed, 1015p-615a, 89% quality. Felt worse, like I was constantly waking up. Got in two hours for an afternoon nap, 2-4p. Didn't feel I definitely needed it, but everyone else was heading out and I took that opportunity to baby the body.

Healthy Movement: Feeling good. Did a morning shakeout run with the whole group, 4.12 miles. Super easy pace and slowed down further by photo ops and the BAA 5k, it was very fun. Felt only okay, considering. Ankle still hurt of course, but it improved as I went, and I will be able to run through it easily on Monday, unless it drastically changes. Wore compression socks the rest of the day. Upper back and neck area has recovered from yesterday's flights. Probably walked 3 miles or so on our outings, all easy fun.

Fun & Play: Having a great time! Fun run, cheered on 5k runners, bought tons of fun things at the expo, hanging with my fellow runners and loving it. Nap. Texts and messages from so many peeps. Seafood supper of noms. Many new favors of kombucha. Saw a place with kombucha on tap, what!

Friday, April 18

Nutrition: Had just the right snacks along. Totally overate at supper, dove into some almond butter, no willpower after being awake since 3a. Hit up the grocery store so I have great fuel for the weekend.

Sleep: 6.5 hours in bed, 915p-345a, 65% quality. Yeah, that's just what I needed before a long travel day. Energy stayed okay.

Healthy Movement: Sitting all day makes me fucking mental. And apparently airplane seats fuck up my neck. SO happy to get the hell out and move. Couple miles of walking through airports and in Boston.

Fun & Play: Traveling to Boston with fellow runners is a delight!

Thursday, April 17

Nutrition: Slow, leisurely, quiet first breakfast at home. Chatty second breakfast with Holea at Trav's. THIRD breakfast at supper!

Sleep: 7 hours in bed, 930p-430a, 80% quality. Solid but not too long. Woke naturally and tossed & turned about 330a onward. Got up feeling fine, but suspecting it might catch up to me tomorrow, which will surely make travel day even more delightful. Had a long, slow, leisurely breakfast to make up for it.
Healthy Movement: Feeling great. Session was incredibly easy, childishly annoyed with Dustin. Told him he was no fun today, then immediately told him it was acceptable payback for my 4 months of no fun.

Fun & Play: Lunch with Holea was ├╝ber fantastic, great topics, and just plain old great friendship time. Bunch of fun at NSS. Totally emotional when leaving, so many well-wishes, even down to Holea having her four athletes wish me luck! Feeling the love. Fetch with Lexi in the sunshine. Laziness with all the critters & the hubs.

Wednesday, April 16

Nutrition: Solid, easy. Starting to chomp up the salty carbs already, NOM NOM NOM. Also got a grapefruit given to me, direct from a coworker's parents' tree in Texas. Shared it with my Buddy, and 'twas delicious!

Sleep: 7.75 hours in bed, 9p-445a, 85% quality. Dozing a bit in the early AM, otherwise nice & solid.

Healthy Movement: Feeling good, bit of low back blah but I was very conscious of NOT standing dumb and that helped. Snowstorm meant no run outside, lest this be the one I finally biff it and smash myself into pieces. Debated the treadmill, but given how much I hate it AND how often it's bothered me, it just plain didn't feel worth it. So I rested like a champion. Would've done yoga with Holea but she is a sad li'l sicko this week. Started my packing instead.

Fun & Play: Productivity! Lunch AND break time with mah buddy. Made plans to second-breakfast with Holea tomorrow. Great packing progress.

Tuesday, April 15

Nutrition: A slow-moving breakfast since I was up so early. Lovely.
Sleep: 7.25 hours in bed, 915p-430a, 76% quality. I think that's due to the low quantity. Quality was absolutely solid until 4a, when I woke and couldn't fall back thanks to a snoring hubs. Since I felt pretty rested at that point, and also he's on week two of a shitty cold, I resisted the urge to shake him awake. Got up feeling pretty good and had a leisurely morning that helped even more.
Healthy Movement: Still some left-low-back aching today. Knock it off, yo! Session was excellent; reached 11 pull-ups again, and even got to nail a 115x2 bench (not a PR, but still totally badass) - that Dustin boy sure knows how to happy up my brain!
Fun & Play: Session. Spent time working over my Boston inspiration file, 'tis a beautimonious thing. Yet another great Comm Ed class, and this time it really paid off, got a gift certificate for a flat of native plants from Glacial Ridge Growers!

Monday, April 14

Nutrition: Yesterday I didn't have the proper salad ingredients, so I roasted what I had: cauliflower, peas, peppers. Unlike a salad, that ain't no meal; so I turned it into a side for second breakfast, which was fantastic, of course. 

Sleep: 7.75 hours in bed, 915p-5a, 79% quality. Felt much better; SC shows a lot of awake time but it must've been me boy Oscar, because I was out like a light.

Healthy Movement: Body feeling a little better every day. Ankle & shoulder both improving, not significantly though. Logged sets of chins post-class & post-run. Run was solid, felt pretty easy to keep a fast-ish pace. Would love to feel this good all the time! Wore compression socks post-run. Am feeling a SLIGHT touch of low-left-back ache, but not concerned.

Fun & Play: Fun class. Fun Boston talk throughout the day. Fab email from Dustin regarding the great reporting I created for NSS. Delightful meeting with Mike & Brett on the walk to run concept. It's gonna happen, and I get to lead it, and we'll create more runners, hooray!

Sunday, April 13

Nutrition: Too much coffee and too much food. So, a great day!

Sleep: 9 hours in bed, 10p-7a, 76% quality. Up at 415a for bathroom, nearly h/s/g but would've fallen right back...but I had to also let Hank out within 5 minutes of going back to bed. Oscar also dashes out, but I left him out there. Fell back after that, made it all the way to 7a! Better than 76%, but SC doesn't like my deep deep sleep. Well, I sure do!

Healthy Movement: Ankle about the same. Left shoulder about the same. Dustin said I'm not allowed to play with my toys today. I can look at them or clean them, but that's it. MAN. So I did a few sets of chins and only used this basement toy instead: 

Fun & Play: Bill paying, which included a lesson to Hop about the state of our financials, which is damn awesome for kids our age. Lunch with the parents, belly stuffed with tasty, tasty meats. Many chores knocked out. Massive excitement that Mike is "in" on the walk-to-run plan. Pure & utter laziness.

Saturday, April 12

Nutrition: Easy peasy. Toast and coffee before the run, then three normal meals. Added an eve snack since calories were coming in low. I like!

Acne: 99% sure it's the banana chips, with their added sugar. Sadness, because they are god damn delicious. At least I still have bacon.

Sleep: 8.25 hours in bed, 930p-545a, 90% quality. Up to let Hank out at 330a, water/macaroon/bathroom for me while I was up. Took a while to fall back, and alarm woke me for the run. Got up fairly rested. 

Healthy Movement: 6 easy miles in the AM. There was walking in the second half for Heidi, but I could've nailed the whole thing. Happy feeling! After that, sheer proper lazying.

Fun & Play: Great fun run including chatting with Heidi about the walk to run, trails, & our doggy pooches. Breakfast with two of my besties. Lunch out with my "big sis" followed by hours of chitchat. Dad's bookwork. Supper out with the hubs. Snuggling with the Hank.

Friday, April 11

Nutrition: Craving fats again. NOM NOM NOM. 

Sleep: 9 hours in bed, 845p-545a, 93% quality. Woke h/s/g at 3a, but able to fall back, not soundly though.

Healthy Movement: Good lazy day. 

Fun & Play: Friday mode. Afternoon at NSS, though sadly empty. 

Thursday, April 10

Nutrition: Doing fine. Ate supper in my car, and cold roast pork + yam is still delish!

Acne: Starting to get bad again in past couple days; thinking the blame could fall on the banana chips I've been vacuuming up lately (added sugar) and since they're now gone, will be interesting to see if it changes.

Sleep: 9 hours in bed, 915p-615a, 85% quality. Awake at 2a to a whining Hank, got up and let him out after a bit (plus bathroom, water, snack for me), then took ages to fall back thanks to the cats. Gah. Luckily I was able to sleep in, that was NOICE!

Healthy Movement: Ankle still whiny, all else is pretty good, except left shoulder. It does seem better without the swings; the pain is not as sharp, but it IS still there. I'm thinking that if it's still there after Boston (assuming that makes 2 weeks without swings) then I'll go visit my old pal James. Session was easy-peasy other than the pull-ups being significantly more difficult for unknown reasons. And being told over and over in so many ways that I need to not fuck around between now and Boston, specifically including no tires. When I asked, exasperated, what COULD I do with any of my toys in Sunday, Dustin said "Look at them. Or clean them." Argh! Even if he's right, and is course he is, I hate being so damn constrained. Hate it.

Fun & Play: Article recognition at work, at NSS, and in community ed class; feeling famous. Feeling like a runner again is pretty amazing! Plotting breakfast AND lunch dates for Saturday with some of my besties. 

Wednesday, April 9

Nutrition: Slept too late for proper breakfast, dang. But at least I had time for coffee, because there is simply no time for no coffee!

Sleep: 8 hours in bed, 915p-515a, 85% quality. Up at 4a to let Hank (& Lexi) out, back up 10-15 minutes later to let them in, debated staying up but was pretty tired. Figured I'd just doze for a while, at 430a I nearly got up, but I actually fell back asleep. Which meant the alarm woke me and I was not pleased. Blargh.

Healthy Movement: Body feeling good. Ankle a little upset during the run but came & went, and didn't really get worse. Compression socks afterward. Chatted with Monica about her wanting to do the 50k this fall, before she turns 40...and I might have told her I could be talked into doing it with her! Mostly because then we would train together, and that would be delightful! After work, went for a quick walk and did yoga with Holea. It was the bestest.

Fun & Play: Our Boston article is out and it quotes the crap out of me! I feel like a celebrity all over again. Plotting walk to run stuff both at TS and out in the community, and am so excited I could bounce all day. Plotting a Saturday run with a group of women, an hour later than the early birds and thus much better, AND may be able to follow it up with a breakfast date or two at Trav's.

Natural Environment: Lexi and I played fetch, Hank played chase Lexi, and I confirmed there is no snow left in our yard. SO HAPPY. Approximately two hours outside today, in sunny incredible perfect spring weather, and simply couldn't be more thrilled.

Temperance: My first thought at the Boston picture was: "Hey, I look good." GOLD STAR for my usually-insanely-overly-critical brain!

Tuesday, April 8

Nutrition: Now that I have no long runs for two weeks, there is a little voice in my head that keeps suggesting going low-cal for a while to drop some o' those unwanted ell bees. However, there is a louder, smarter, Dustin-toned voice that smartly tells her to shut the fuck up. Dieting is a stress that neither brain nor body need at this point in time. Go ahead & be dumb in two weeks, but be smart now.

Acne: Despite the giant influx of carbs both Friday & Saturday, 350-ish grams, approximately double my usual intake, my face has not freaked out like I expected it to do. A few little blemishes, but not the massive awful cysts I anticipated. Nice! A pleasant surprise, doesn't help me pinpoint what IS the cause.

Sleep: 8.75 hours in bed, 915p-6a, 85% quality. In late due to sick hubs (so I had to let Hank out but he was a wandering jerk), wide awake at 230a to a whining Hank, yet so thoroughly tired I couldn't get up (Hop took his turn), and woke to Hank tromping in/out at about 545a. No idea what Hank's problem was, but that 230a thing better not be a new trend! Felt more rested than the night would indicate, but definitely not the quality I want/need. 

Healthy Movement: Didn't even think about my ankle until I started typing this post. Yeah! It's still there, but feeling much improved. Had a fabulous session, except when I got into trouble with Dustin over my tire flips. I was totally not expecting that, because man, what I WANTED to be doing was so much more than that, I felt like I was being extremely conservative to limit myself to the tire! Argh. Very frustrated that I can do so little compared to others. 

Left side of neck/upper back tightened up a little after session, blaming the FG hang testing, despite being very tentative & light. Delicate. Fucking. Flower.

Fun & Play: Put in a price alert on NZ flights in December. Super expensive ($2500) but hey, doesn't hurt to track. Enthusiastic chatting with Brett on the possibilities around starting a community walk-to-run coaching program. Eep! Time with my Emmers at a KITC event. 

Natural Environment: I can't tell you how much it means to me, being able to spend time outside again. I can play fetch in the yard, I can plot trail outings (starting in two weeks), the dog park visits will soon resume, all of it warms my soul. I am a child of the earth, and winter takes all of that bliss away from me. Thank bejesus for Spring. 

Monday, April 7

Nutrition: Strangely hungry today. Stomach growling on my walk, and again when I left work. The latter due to a well-timed meeting that prevented afternoon snacking. But the former makes no sense, a I had TWO morning snacks after breakfast, weird.

Sleep: 7.5 hours in bed, 9p-430a, 75% quality. Awake 2a, 3a, dozed 4a onward. Couldn't wear right ear plug, very sore ear; plus an antsy Clyde. Didn't need to get up, but was awake enough at 3a to debate it. There was a bonus: having plenty of time for a long, slow breakfast.

Healthy Movement: Ankle angry when I'm in bed & rotating it - like, seriously angry. But once up & moving, better. Did variety pack of pulls, chins, claps pulls after class. Small sets of 5; they felt tough today. Both forearms ache a lot from flips. Went out for a lunch run but it turned into a walk because it felt so very terrible - I'm talking middle-of-January terrible. But as a walk, delightful! 

Fun & Play: 5 people in class! Immense sunshine. The ability to enjoy the walk. Good meeting. Great idea, potentially, for a walk to run program. Moonroof open. Tasty new brand of jerky discovered. Fetch with the pooches in glorious weather.

Temperance: With the weather change, I feel like a brand new person. A happy person. I like this person so much more.

Sunday, April 6

Nutrition: Nice big meals, no snacky feelings. Slightly higher calories than needed, but nowhere near the last two days, feeling close to normal again. Low on water, though, tried to catch up in the eve but then I gave myself a gut ache: genius!

Sleep: 8.5 hours in bed, 10p-630a, 74% quality. Wide awake & up at 3a for bathroom, water, macaroon; dozing in/out 530a onward. Legs uncomfortable in all positions, basically. The night after the race will be the very same, minus the bit about going back to bed at 3a, as we fly out at 6a Tuesday. Yuck!

Healthy Movement: Stiff lower legs, tight Achilles, but that's it; joints feel none of yesterday's 20 miles. Walk/run is amazing, yo. Best of all, the ankle is about the same as it was yesterday morning, hip hip hooray! Did an simple, fun, relatively easy workout: chin-ups & tire flips. Freaking loved it! Could have done more, but wanted to keep it conservative (Boston = two weeks and one day!). Also figured I should see whether the flips have a delayed impact, since I've done them just once before, years ago, and certainly not 50 of them. But I foresee many flips in my future, I quite loved them. Super lazy the rest of the day, but I got in immense amounts of sunshine and spring warmth and total happiness.

Fun & Play: Beautiful early-morning deer in the backyard. Lunch and lounging at the SIL's for nephew's birthday. Sat outside in the sunshine for the whole entire time. Dogs and kids chock full of mud, me full of vitamin D and even a touch of color on my face. So lovely and relaxing, this grin may get stuck on my face forever!

Saturday, April 5

Nutrition: Ate a ton again, once again over 3000 calories (this time thanks to banana chips NOM NOM NOM). No worries, today is recovery day!

Changed in-run nutrition to macaroons instead of Larabars, ditched whey protein completely, and drank tons more water.

Sleep: 7.75 hours in bed, 10p-545a, 84% quality. Pretty solid, just not long enough. Blame the hubs and the Hank. 

Took a nap 4-645p. I was so keyed up that the run went well, didn't nap until I ran outta steam; happy symptom of a happy long run!

Healthy Movement: Body was feeling fine pre-run, ankle seemed much improved, though it was a little loud right off the bat. Run couldn't have gone much better: two partners, sunshine, happy body. Serious confidence boost (rocket boost!) for the race itself. So freaking great for the brain, I can't even tell you. Typically stiff and sore lower body, nothing out of the ordinary. Forgot compression socks until post-nap. Ankle felt the same at the end of the day as it did at beginning. Senseless, but I'll take it, happily!

Fun & Play: Great run. Sunshine. Happy brain. Afternoon nap. Evening Fallon. 

When chatting with Heidi about my summer plan to train Hank to run with me, she said I should come run with her & hyper Harper, see if a fellow doggy can help to set him a reasonable pace. Yay!! 

Friday, April 4

Nutrition: Decided to load up on both carbs & calories, and somehow I reached 3000 calories today. Whoa! I'd better feel like a champ tomorrow, that's some serous energy load. Or perhaps I'll feel like a lethargic slug for overeating. Fingers crossed. 

Sleep: 8.25 hours in bed, 9p-515a, 100% quality. Wha? Not quite. Tossing & turning a bit from 230a onward, but I do feel well rested - woken by Hanky, though I probably could have slept a little longer.

Healthy Movement: Feeling about the same, which is good given yesterday's lifting, bad given the back is still achey (for what damned reason?!). Did not enjoy sitting at NSS, back was a little angry and it was tough to find the right posture. 

Fun & Play: None of the snow we were forecast! Plotting my last long training run. Friday. Echo Press interview. Busy productive afternoon at NSS. Sunshine. Hanging with the whole fam. 

Thursday, April 3

Nutrition: Easiest day in a while, but I'm out of my (fake) bread and miss it. 

Sleep: 9.5 hours in bed, 9p-630a, 80% quality. Up 2-230a due to an annoying Clyde (hit bathroom, water, macaroon) compounded by a sore right ear that wouldn't accept an ear plug anymore, plus a snoring husband, plus a licking Lexi; then up again 4-430a due to Hanky wanting outside, but I could NOT stay up at that point. I was nearly in tears waiting for him to come back inside so I could go back to bed. So. Tired. So when my alarm went off at 5a, I shut the fucker right off. Best idea evah!

Healthy Movement: While dozing in bed, ankle seemed worse again, yet I couldn't stop stretching my lower legs an angering it, 'twas odd. Also have a sore left lower back, first time in ages, but that is usually a results of high stress or low sleep (or both). Left shoulder also very crunched in bed. Session was easy, good, fun, chatty. 

Fun & Play: Productive day. Session. TV time with the whole family. 

Wednesday, April 2

Nutrition: Oddly hungry today despite, shall we say, "robust" eating.

Sleep: 8 hours in bed, 9p-5a, 90% quality. Solid other than another 330a wake-up from Clyde. Jerk! Woke to Hanky rather than the alarm, was hovering at doze anyway.

Healthy Movement: Ankle is a lot better. In class warm-up, discovered forward lunges hurt, reverse do not. Didn't do it long enough to tell whether it was the deceleration of the lunge or the push-off, just immediately stopped. Left shoulder slightly worse than yesterday. Remembered to do some chins after class, two sets of 7, significantly harder than the same on Monday. Why?? Logged a lunch run that felt decent, which was nice, and it barely bothered the ankle, which was AWESOME. Stretched (tight) calves and (okay) chest afterward. Had an invite to walk with Holea & Mitzi, but my feet were oddly puffy all afternoon. No fresh pain, but I played safe, declined and settled for yoga instead. And that was lovely, Mitzi joined us, what fun!

Fun & Play: Sunshine. A highly productive workday for my team (less for me, damn). Another batch of deer in my backyard, including a tiny little fellow.

Temperance: I had the most geniusest idea ever for race-day motivation. And when I went to add it to my Boston Inspiration file (last updated a year ago), I read through the amazing things people told me, the kind and generous words that I took with me to Boston. It was flat-out beautiful, and it brought tears to my eyes. I had to skim some at a VERY high level to keep from bawling at my desk.

I have THE BEST people in the whole wide world. I do.

Tuesday, April 1

Nutrition: Ran out of breakfast veggies, and it felt weird. That's weird. 

Looked back at my long-run nutrition, and of the two successful treadmill runs, the 17-miler was fueled by Jennie's Macaroons, the 18-miler by 2 Larabars & a TS brownie. Then after those runs, I had switched to LBs & UBs. Guess what I'll be eating THIS weekend!

Sleep: 8.25 hours in bed, 9p-515a, 89% quality. I was dead to the world until Clyde woke me at 3a & KEPT waking me, by twitching his stupid tail in my face, kneading the bedspread, angering Oscar, etc. Good morning and happy birthday, Clyde. Now get the fuck away from me!!

Healthy Movement: Ankle is feeling better but overnight when I'd point toes or rearrange myself, it really fired up. I was staring at my Aleve bottle this morning, wondering...avoided it. Session was good, deload so the body should be happy with that, plus we cut back swings that might be angering the shoulder. 

Fun & Play: Session. Productive work day including a great meeting. TONS of pretty deer in my back yard, including the mama and two fawns. Sweetness.