>Day After Xmas Run

>So it is Saturday, which means group run day!  I was looking forward to it, but dreading it at the same time.  I ate WAY to much yesterday, and knew that would be weighing me down.  I also didn’t get to sleep until after midnight, so a 6am alarm was not something I was looking forward to.

After the initial 6 minutes of lying in bed contemplating staying there, I got up (thank the puppies, really) and got myself moving.  I decided on peppermint tea for it’s “digestive” qualities.  Goodness knows I didn’t want yesterday’s 10 tons of christmas grub like a brick in my belly.

Breakfast was just one slice of Ezikeiel bread with some sunflower butter.  I think it worked out much, much better than last week’s 2 slices and jelly.  I brought a banana in case I got hungry after the run.

I showed up promptly at 715 am to a much bigger crowd than last weekend.  It’s neat – each week the coaches award a Lucky Leprachan to someone who may have had a good run, helped out someone, or perservered through difficulties.  The twelve of us who showed up last week despite the disastrous weather (termed the “Dirty Dozen”) all received the award.  The prize?  Yuengling Shamrock Marathon technical socks.  Very cool since I still run in the icky cotton kind I hear you’re supposed to avoid (maybe that explains the blister on my arch!).

The run today was 5 miles, and it felt very good.  I’m still wickedly slow, but I didn’t feel like I was losing steam at all, which must be a good sign.  Neither of my co-workers were there today which was a bummer, but I imagine they had holiday festivities still cooking.  I ran half way with another woman there, but the rest of the time was solo.  Not as much fun, but still not bad.  It was also the first time I was alone, running, and without an iPod.  I was a little nervous, but it turns out I didn’t miss it.  I found myself thinking about cooking (my favorite pasttime), yesterday’s fun – including the bad movie we watched, and myriads of other things.  I’m not saying I’m giving up the iPod for good, but now I’m not so weary that I’d get bored.

The weather was warm, but humid.  It’s was 57 degrees and had rained all the previous evening and night, so while it was barely a mist this morning, everything was wet and the air was thick with humidity.  It was actually nice weather to be out and about – but I was overdressed.  I was wearing a thick long sleeve running shirt, a cotton shirt over that, and a pair of pants.  Quite honestly, shorts and a t-shirt would have been sufficient.

After the run, I didn’t hang around.  Still a little shy when there’s no one there I know.  I headed down to the oceanfront to my favorite hippie grocery (heritage), did a quick change in the back seat (bless the coach who wrote a couple weeks ago about the ‘dry bag’ – bloody genius), and did some shopping.  Then went to Farm Fresh, the Asian Market on VB blvd (I was like a little kid at a carnival), and then to buy a new crockpot. 

Dinner tonight is a vegan 3 bean chili that is now cooking away in said new crock.  I’m looking forward to a relaxing day cooking, and if there’s time, going to a hot yoga class this afternoon.  We’ll see though, because D is taking M to see Avatar….and if I don’t make it today, that’s going to be my “cross training” for tomorrow!

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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