Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?
Did you guys miss me since Friday?
This weekend was a bit insane, but more AWESOME than anything.
Friday afternoon it hailed, but that didn’t stop Nina and I from meeting up for a short run:
We took walk breaks every 9 minutes so this wasn’t bad. And my hip felt good. I’m focusing on a faster cadence and on being lighter on my feet, as per the physio’s recommendation. I’m back!
Nina and I ended up spending the afternoon together and took ages to bake this cake and these cupcakes…
The giant cupcake was in honour of one of the guys who was coming to the race this weekend’s birthday, and I made some smaller ones on the side for Chelsea’s blog birthday! Turns our her nut allergies meant she couldn’t have them (cuz you can’t be safe enough), but luckily I still got to see her and Andrea for some quality time on Friday night.
My meals this weekend were sporadic and random but you know what–that’s how it should be? I don’t feel any worse for it, and I probably ate less “junk” than if I’d worried about it. A couple handfuls of peanut butter m & ms here, a few mini eggs there, but nothing too wild. I feel good.
I also had some meat this weekend. What felt like a lot, because it’s been weeks, but I think this is the balancing out part. I read some articles about post-vegetarian, people will go back to either eating ethical meat (i.e. at least making an effort) or will rebound and eat the whole farm (my terms, not the stuff I read). I don’t want to do the latter, and I’m trying to do the former. This summer, heading to a farm might help dispel some of the emotion I feel over eating meat. I know avoiding factory farmed is a good option—at least a step in the right direction. I refuse to beat myself up over any of this, because it’s about finding a healthy balance, and right now, I’m feeling tired and like I’m not really exploring vegetarianism as healthfully as I should (something I would like to work on over the summer when I’m not swamped with work and school!).
There have been some overnight oats…
Some meatballs (the first red meat in ages, and this one had a boosting psychological effect since I think I might be a bit low on iron)…
Cereal for dinner when I got home yesterday…
kashi, how i've missed thee
…lots of delicious.
But more importantly, lots of fun and lots of quality time…
5 hours in a car both days, no complaints. My face legitimately hurt from smiling so much. I’m pretty sure I laughed more this weekend than I did in all of 2010, so things were good, to say the least.
The race was, in a word: cold. BUT Alysha, the best teammate ever, agreed to do the swim for me so that I wouldn’t be biking in 3 degrees and rain wet. So she swam, I biked, and she ran. Perfect set up! She swam the 750 in about 12 minutes (faster than I’d have been able to), I biked the 20k in about 41 minutes, and she ran the 5k in about 24 minutes, so we ended up with transition times at about 1:18 for the race! Not bad. We were second place in the relay (to a team of boys who only beat us by a few minutes) and had no complaints—once we warmed up. There was plenty of complaining when we saw the weather and when we got lost en route, but then we decided to be Team Happy instead.
I felt okay on the bike, hip wise. Last night it was a little tight, but so was the good one. The 5 hour car ride probably had more to do with it than the bike!
This morning at swim I had to stop during the set because I felt my shoulder acting up. I thought of that quote about listening to your body when it whispers so you don’t have to hear it when it screams. It might have gotten louder than a whisper, but I was smart enough to back off. I’m going to swim Wednesady instead of Tuesday to give it a day off, plus I have spin tonight so it’s a late night anyways.
Now it’s time to get oh so serious. Everything seems to be due in the next 9 days, which means I need to focus and just get things done! I want to at least be able to chill a bit this weekend, maybe ride my bike outside and eat some Easter candy! Is that so much to ask?
…It’s CRAZY to believe that this year is coming to a close so quickly.
Have you checked out Chelsea’s blog?
Chocolate or vanilla cake? Or ice cream? Or something else?
What’d you do this weekend?
What’s your plan for Easter weekend?