It’s here, it’s here!

Spring seems to have finally arrived here in central Illinois. It has been quite lovely the past several days. I, however, have an epic cold. I feel really angsty sitting on my butt when I would rather be outdoors. I’m completely miserable though so I have forced myself to rest. In the past week, I have had a few runs over one mile but not really much over a mile. I ran 2 miles before work on Wednesday but my husband has been out of town so my time has been limited. The arrival of my cold on Friday has also sent me back to running easy miles. My youngest has been riding his bike with me while I run since it has been so nice out. He has been enjoying out time out in the neighborhood together, which is an added bonus. I’m really looking forward to feeling better so I can enjoy the weather and get out into my garden!

Parenting teenagers is hazardous to my health

Last night one of my older boys left with a friend and didn’t contact me when he said he would so I woke up in a panic around 1am. He missed my call and several texts so I was wide awake by the time he got back to me around 2am. Also, my daughter started detasseling today and wanted me to wake her up at 4am. I had dishes to do so I just decided to stay up. I went back to bed at 5 and got up again at 7:45. I’m tired. I decided to do the recovery run that I didn’t get a chance to do yesterday because of the storms. I walked a half mile to the cemetery, jogged a mile around the cemetery, and walked the half mile home. The heat index was 100 degrees by the time I was able to get out the door. At least I felt like I was in solidarity with my daughter walking the corn fields. I’m ready for a solid night of sleep tonight. Well, until 4am rolls around anyway. And my boys are not aloud to leave tonight. I really am proud of my daughter for going back for a second day of detasseling though. She doesn’t tolerate heat well so today was really rough for her. In Whole30 news, today has gone pretty well. I had my usual smoothie for breakfast, a banana with cashew butter and unsweetened chocolate as a snack, sautéed greens, mushrooms, and onions with eggs for lunch, and I had potatoes from the garden for dinner with broccoli and leftover meat sauce from last night. After dinner yesterday, I was faced with a food challenge because we took my older boys to an open mic night at a local pub and they both ordered fries. They looked and smelled so good. I love French fries. I resisted them but it really took significant effort. I consider that a major victory though!

Being chased by the storm

This morning I checked the weather and it said thunderstorms were expected for our area starting at 8:15am. I had to leave at 8:30 for a professional development presentation so I knew I would be back before 8:15. As soon as I left the house, I heard thunder. I decided to trust the weather app and took off. I planned to walk to the cemetery, run a mile, and walk the half mile back. When I heard the second rumble of thunder, I decided to jog first so I could make sure to get my mile done before the storm hit. By the time I got to the back of the cemetery, the sky looked like this:IMG_0574

I promptly decided to cut my loop around the cemetery short and head straight home. By the time I got to the top of the hill you see in the picture above, the sky looked like this:IMG_0573

I realize that this pic is blurry but I stopped running long enough to turn around and snap this before taking off toward safety. It started sprinkling shortly after I took this pic. The wind really picked up halfway home and then rain started coming down in sheets when I was about a block from our house. I really didn’t get to do any walking, which was a bit of a bummer since yesterday was such a taxing workout. In Whole30 news, I was super grumpy all day yesterday and went to bed at 8pm with my youngest. The storms had woken me up early yesterday so that was part of it but I also wanted to drown my grumps in some potato chips. I used all of my reserves to stay out of the kids’ chip drawer so I just went to bed. Today has been better but I also spent the whole day out of the house, which was a nice change of pace. The PD provided pizza and sofa for lunch. I found that disappointing. I took all of my own food anyway because I never expect to find Whole30 compliant food in a setting like that but I was still surprised by how unhealthy everything they provided was. I did get a comment about bringing my “heathy” food but I’m not as embarrassed about it as I used to be. The presenter also brought her own plant based food, which was good to see. She got a snarky comment about her healthy food too. I felt some solidarity with her. For dinner tonight, the family was having pasta and meat sauce so I grabbed some greens out of the garden and sautéed them up in place of noodles. It was quite delicious! The purple kale, red Swiss chard, and arugula made for a colorful combination. I was too hungry to stop for a pic! I’m hoping for a storm free run tomorrow.

Intervals

Yesterday I did my first interval workout in a long time. Maybe even since last summer… That might explain my slower pace at my last 5k. It was a great workout though even if it was a little slower than I would like. It wasn’t too painful though and my heart rate recovered quickly during my recovery jogs. Today I did a half mile walk to the cemetery, without causing any accidents, and jogged a mile before walking the half mile home. I’m going to meet Mr. B for a longer run at a nearby lake tomorrow so I’m glad I took it easy today. In other news, I managed to burn my back pretty good while working in my garden the other day, which is a bummer because I’m usually pretty conscious of my sun exposure. I’ll leave you a picture of a portion of the freshly weeded and mulched garden instead of my intense burn lines!

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