I'm plum worn out today.
Friday night I went in for 90 minutes of hot yoga to get all bendy for my return to running. Saturday morning I laced up my Mizuno Wave Riders and hit the pavement with my girls for 6 glorious miles. Oh, it felt so gooooood to be back to running! I know I needed that break. I have a half in a month and taking 2 weeks off isn't going to make or break me racing it. The distance isn't going to be an issue. But being overtrained and overworked, could be. Gotta be nice to your body. That said, my body was glad to be back to running finally! I took it slower, averaging about a 9:50 mile. Let's hope I can see that pace ooch downward over the next few weeks.
We hit up Starbucks after our run and by hit up I mean, I sat there empty handed. Don't give me dagger looks; I'm not a Starbucks girl. I just don't enjoy coffee or tea! But I do enjoy the good company of my sweet friends and it was great to catch up with them. Eventually, yoga was calling my name so I left them there and headed out for 90 more minutes. Ah, just what those legs needed after my run!
I set about to do yoga each day for 7 days. Sadly, I had to skip on Thursday because I had a maintenance man at my house. The work took longer than expected and I missed. I still managed to go 7 times in 8 days. Not bad! I really enjoyed my challenge. I found that by going each day, I remembered more of what I had learned and my body responded well. I even managed to get my right arm and shoulder all the way to the ground during spine twist! Get excited. I still, however, loathe Locust. Ugh. I just hurts my wrists. My body was not made to Locust. Any suggestions from you yogis out there?
Running + hot yoga = a very stinky pinky girl. So I cleaned myself up just in time for...softball practice! That's right, Spring season is upon us. It felt great to be back out on that red field again. What I wasn't expecting was all the sprinting I had to do in the outfield! Argh, I'd already done my run for the day!
Lucy and I hit up organic plant nursery on the way home from practice. I picked up some potatoes, lettuce seed and a hot pepper plant. I don't want to get carried away just yet. Let's start slow.
But I did meet my first in person Ironman! I felt like I was meeting a celebrity. Actually, he came up to us. From behind I hear, "Did you just get back from a run?" In fact, I did look like I'd just come back from a hard run. Gross, sweaty and crazy headed from softball practice...but then I realized it just MIGHT have been the USA Running Circuit shirt that I was wearing. And the tempo shorts, sweaty band and freakishly muscular legs. You know, one of those things. Prolly the shirt. I asked if he was a runner and he responded with "I just do triathlons." Instinctively, I glanced down and noticed the Ironman tattoo on his calf. Yeah, that's a little more than "just" a tri! We talked about racing and what not. I guess crazy people just have a way of finding each other in public, ha!
So, I love avocados. Fact. Creamy goodness, full of healthy fat. Love 'em. I really love them once they are combined with onion, tomato, jalapeno and black pepper. They are then elevated into, dun dun dun, Guacamole. Mmmmmmmmm.
Boy Mom forever changed my life when she casually mentioned that she freezes guacamole. Uh, genius! I would have never thought of that! So I marched into the kitchen and whipped up a delicious batch of guacamole and froze it right up! I used an ice cube tray. Now they are the perfect size to pop on a wrap or a sandwich! Yummers.
Everyone is so stinkin' excited about Daylight Savings Time. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Y'all know the days would get lighter longer even without me losing an hour, right? This is going to be a rough week getting my sleep patterns in line with the clock. But really, who can be a grump when she wakes up to this? Aw, my boys are such good snugglers!
I was pretty worn out from my 3 workouts yesterday, but a Pink Girl's work is never done. Lemme tell you , home ownership can be exhausting. Seems like when the seasons change there is just that much more work to do! Last weekend I put down fertilizer and weed killer. Today I power washed the garage and the front porch, washed the windows, de-winterized the faucets and took a wire brush to all of the cast iron porch railings. Had to get all the lose dirt and paint off because next weekend I'm painting them. Ah, prepwork. Next weekend will also probably be the first mow of the season. Me and the lawnmower, we aren't exactly close friends. It's not like I have a big yard to care for, it's just that I really don't know what I'm doing most of the time!
After another one of my seemingly endless trips to Home Depot, I was ready to work in my garden. Remember I bought some potatoes yesterday? Well, I had to cut them up and let them "scab over" (gross terminology BTW) before I could plant them. This afternoon they seemed appropriately scabbed (once again, ew) so I headed out.
Put down two rows of potatoes, two rows of lettuce seed and one pepper plant. I plan to buy some blueberry bushes, green bean seeds and tomatoes. Sadly, I missed out on onions this year. You snooze you loose! I'm also considering spinach. We shall see. Hopefully I can get SOMETHING to grow that is also edible! Fingers crossed.
Whew. I'm worn out. I made the difficult decision to skip yoga tonight. I'm tired and my hip is giving me some grief. You gotta know when to admit defeat. I had a very physically active weekend. Maybe some "rest" will do me good. So I sit on the sofa, my sore booty firmly planted on a tennis ball with some store bought potatoes baking in the oven. Hopefully I'll be baking home grown potatoes later this Summer!
Tomorrow I return to the track and I couldn't be more excited. What's on your plate for tomorrow?