Travel Burnout, Race Nerves, and Life Moves On

FOOD

There’s no sense writing about my food while traveling since it’s always the same thing; salads, veggie burgers, steamed veggie sides.  Uninspiring and boring.

Of course, now I’m home and have had a few fun things.  I made my first batch of sprouts for the season!  My kids did a great job of rinsing them for the few days I was gone, so when I got home, I put them outside on the patio table to get their extra chlorophyll punch!  It helped that it’s been sunny and in the 80’s.

3 seed blend (broccoli, alfalfa, and radish).  So good in smoothies, salads, and wraps.

3 seed blend (broccoli, alfalfa, and radish). So good in smoothies, salads, and wraps.

such pretty sprouts!

such pretty sprouts!

One of the first things I did with these super food sprouts was to throw a handful into my green smoothie!  Spinach, pineapple, banana, strawberry, protein powder, flax oil, and sprouts.  Very much what I was craving.

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This morning I tried my hand at making a chia Fresca drink!  I buy the Syngergy Grape Chia Kombucha often, but at $4 a bottle, I don’t do it as often as I’d like.

1 cup coconut water, 1 cup water, 2 tbsp. chia seeds, 1 juiced lemon, and 3 drops stevia.  Let it sit for about 10 minutes for the seeds to gel up, and yum!  Major hydration and very filling too.

1 cup coconut water, 1 cup water, 2 tbsp. chia seeds, 1 juiced lemon, and 3 drops stevia. Let it sit for about 10 minutes for the seeds to gel up, and yum! Major hydration and very filling too.

FITNESS

Went for a nice run Monday morning, which I very much needed.  The past few weeks have been tough (I’ll explain more in my Life section), but there are days where everything hurts, and days when I feel great.  Monday was a feel great day, so went for a few miles.

LIFE

Friday afternoon post-dentist appointments (perfect scorecards for all the kids), R and I picked up AC and her daughter RC, and we headed for a girls weekend in DC!

The first night we stayed at the hotel and let the girls swim after dinner.  It was really crowded, but they had fun anyway.

how you hide your bottle of wine from the pool lifeguard

how you hide your bottle of wine from the pool lifeguard

R with her pool basketball

R with her pool basketball

Saturday morning we woke, had breakfast (I will say that the Hilton does have wheatgrass green smoothies and oatmeal that was totally awesome), then hit the subway to the Smithsonian.

RC and R holding my nieces project Flat M while on the subway

RC and R holding my nieces project Flat M while on the subway

We went first to the Museum of Natural History and then wandered around the monuments.  We intended to go to Chinatown and the Air and Space Museum and then do a nighttime guided walk to see the Cherry Blossoms (and the hike is guided by Japanese lantern!).  Yeah…two younger girls didn’t have the energy to do all that!  We headed back to the hotel around 330pm, let them rest a bit, then went to dinner.  After an in room movie, we all passed out.

the girls hanging out at a big tree in the mall area

the girls hanging out at a big tree in the mall area

Museum of Natural History!

Museum of Natural History!

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in the hands-on area

in the hands-on area

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touching an honest to goodness piece of Mars!

touching an honest to goodness piece of Mars!

crazy rock formations

crazy rock formations

the Washington Monument finally being fixed after sustaining damage in the earthquake in Aug 2011.

the Washington Monument finally being fixed after sustaining damage in the earthquake in Aug 2011.

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R and I signed a ball to raise money for a children's hospital in DC.  One of the fraternity guys took our pic.  It's my fav from the weekend.

R and I signed a ball to raise money for a children’s hospital in DC. One of the fraternity guys took our pic. It’s my fav from the weekend.

we saw a protest!  Yay, my daughter got to see democracy in action!

we saw a protest! Yay, my daughter got to see democracy in action!

These were taken at the WWII memorial (which is one of my favorites).  We took pics of all the states that matter to my family.

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Sunday was a trip to the National Zoo.  It’s a lovely park and the day was gorgeous.  What made it extra special is an old friend of mine from WI was there!  So…I got to see her for the first time in a little over 9 years!

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RS, her awesome mom CS, me, and R

RS, her awesome mom CS, me, and R

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almost none of the cherry blossoms had bloomed yet - but this one at the zoo was so pretty

almost none of the cherry blossoms had bloomed yet – but this one at the zoo was so pretty

We hit the road around 2pm and chilled out until bedtime.

So I haven’t talked much about some medical crap I’m going through, and I’m not going to get into the gory details, but I have recently been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that affects my joints and connective tissue.  I’ve known for a long time that this was coming, but now that it’s here, it’s been a right pain in my butt.  Going gluten-free and as high raw as possible is even more important to me know than it ever has been.  And it’s been hard.  I’m also having some side symptoms that have been totally hellish – namely head to toe hives and sporadic swelling.  The hives are mostly under control, and we’re working on the rest.  I’m avoiding taking any meds, so my recovery may take a bit longer…even more the reason to focus on high-raw and gluten-free eating.

Anyway – the swelling and pain have interfered a lot with running.  I have a race this weekend and am a bit nervous, and even more worried that I may have to give up running.  NOT give up working out of course – but may be less impact such as swimming, biking, yoga, and strength training….all things I love.  But I love to run more than the rest, and the thought of losing that has me in a bit of a funk.

Okay, enough of that!  All things in time, right?  First things first – feel better and then deal with each thing one step at a time.  As long as I have a plan, I can fix anything 🙂

For now, I’m enjoying this 85+ degree weather and being home (and staying here) until late June!  I love to travel, but holy cow, I need a break!

 

2 responses to “Travel Burnout, Race Nerves, and Life Moves On

  1. Looks like you guys had a wonderful trip. Looks like great weather too. So sorry to hear about your autoimmune disease though. I’m glad you had a good day though and were able to get in a run!

    • It was a really nice weekend, and DC is one of my favorite cities.
      And thanks – it’s not the end of the world, but it’ll take awhile to get under control and get my groove back!

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