Morning, guys! It’s a beautiful morning and I’ve got quite the view to start my day:
I’m currently flying from Calgary to Toronto and am finally Healthy Living Summit-bound! That means that yesterday involved packing – which I actually put more time into than I normally do as a normally last-minute packer! – and spending time with Mikey. But before I get to that, let me back up to Wednesday, because something exciting happened (in my little world!): I took my second ice bath!
You might remember that one of my goals was to run less and eat cleaner this week. Well, I think I’ve done ok on the clean(er) eating (could always be better, but I think the few extra pounds might be worth those extra handfuls of chocolate chips and occasional ice cream! ) and I’ve definitely scaled back my running. I’ve enjoyed every-other-day BodyRock workouts and have worried less about my mileage (after all, I’m not actually training for anything). However, after my breezy 6.71 miler on Tuesday, my body felt like it wanted to run and run long on Wednesday, so I listened to it, knowing I wouldn’t run Thursday or today (travel day!), and headed out the door without a set plan in mind. The only thing I did know was that I had a dying iPod and I was in the mood for music and that I wanted to be on my feet in my Vibrams for a while. Well, just shy of 12 miles later, I’d completed my longest five finger run to date and listened to music the entire way! When I got back, I was unbelievably sweaty and ready to cool down. That coupled with the fact that I didn’t want to be sore after flying and while at the HLS this weekend led me to crank on the cold water, toss all the ice in the house in, and take my second-ever ice bath.
I highly recommend this practice after long runs – I’m not even the slightest bit sore today after those two back-to-back days and after going such a long distance in my Vibram shoes. I assumed my calves would be screaming today after lots of forefoot running yesterday, but I’m feeling great! In fact, just writing about running makes me wish I was doing that right now. I.love.this.sport.
During my unplanned long run, Mikey was golfing with a friend, so when he got back I rounded up some dinner for us to enjoy as the afternoon heat turned into a pleasant evening.
Falafel “burgers” with tzaziki, salad, (raw) corn on the cob, and Angela’s salt n’ vinegar “chips!” …on my favorite homemade place mat with the Golden Gate Bridge just barely peeking through above!
It was an early to bed kind of night, and the next day began with both of us in our robes enjoying some morning reading (some chunks of the Bible and the Calgary Herald) together in the kitchen. I’m so grateful for Mikey’s part-time work and the chance to spend times together, and even if/when I do begin working, I’m thankful we’ll still have moments like that with one another as my job (Lord willing) will also be part-time.
The rest of the day went a little something like this:
BodyRock workout + an “extra burn” circuit that I love to do:
100 Jump Ropes (side-to-side, wide then narrow stance, high knees, etc) & 20 Kettlebell Swings. Repeat 10 times for 1,000 jumps & 200 swings.
Finish unpacking the basement (we’re totally done now!); it’s starting to feel like home!
Chores around the house (dishes, clean out the fridge as we’ll both be gone this weekend, garbage etc).
Dinner & a movie with Mikey & bed!
Actually, it was more like sneak-snacks-into the movie! There wasn’t much food in the house and when I suggested half-jokingly we go out, Mikey smiled and said that was plan all along! That’s my man! We decided to spend our time together by seeing a movie – one of our very favorite things to do! – and saw “The Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” It was pretty good! I liked the ending and best of all loved seeing shots around San Francisco. Between the film and my place mat, I was happily nostalgic about my hometown! Although I didn’t snap a photo ( we were being sneaky enough as it was ), we brought in pre-made sushi from Safeway, a pint of blueberries to share, and some bulk bin JuJubes. Not a bad movie sneak!
Bedtime came and I was ready for it, but when the lights went out, my head was spinning and mind wouldn’t stop thinking about my upcoming weekend. How will I greet someone when I meet them? *gush* “Hi, I’ve read about you for a year now; you don’t know me but it’s so great to finally meet you!” It’s like meeting blog celebrities! I also thought about how fun the whole experience is going to be, and what my goals for the weekend are as I put myself in this new and unknown environment. Although I was glad to have the time to reflect, I wasn’t so glad about not sleeping a wink but accepted it because I never sleep on the eve of an adventure anyway. Perhaps that’s what coffee’s for.
4:30 am came quickly and Mikey and I were out of bed, loaded in the car, and driving away at 4:45 am. We chatted on the traffic-free drive to the airport in the dark, Mikey offering suggestions on chatting with others and me mentioning the posts I’d read about meeting bloggers and transitioning from online to “real life” friendships. He put a positive spin on not rooming with anyone after I expressed disappointment about my late conference entry: it forces me to get to know different types of people, not just my roomies for the weekend. Plus, as Mikey put it, I have an “ace up my sleeve:” I’m from Canada. Apparently that makes me more desirable to talk to? At any rate, it means I’m coming from a far way away and gives me to opportunity to engage even on that level with locals and other East Coasters. All in all, it was a great morning drive and conversation; I’m surprised we both had that much talk in us so early in the morning!
Maybe we do look a little tired…
After an obligatory Starbucks stop (pretty sure it won’t be the only one today – I love to get them when I travel!), I was ready to fly, and I just had some breakfast from home.
Oatmeal with garden-fresh raspberries, half a banana, cinnamon, chia seeds, flax seeds, and some almond butter + a from-home Lemon Green Tea. I just asked the stewardess to add some hot water to my bowl and presto! Ready to eat goodness.
That brings me to where I am right now: somewhere over Canada! I stop in Toronto (where I’ll likely hit “publish!”) and then make my way to Philly for the weekend festivities. Here’s to new people and friendships, lots of personal and professional growth and learning, free swag (mini granola bars and the like – always love those!) and the chance to love others well and engage in a new community!
How are you in new situations? Are you an intra- or extravert? I am generally an extravert, but of course still get nervous before new experiences. But I’m looking forward to this one!
What’s on your weekend plan? Workouts? Long runs? Races? Family time? Relaxin’ to the max?
See ya from the City of Brotherly Love! Live well & be well friends,
Carry-on plus a packed bfast and lunch all the way, baby! We’ll see how my cocktail party clothes hold up in my pack.