Healthy Habits

Can you believe it? It’s March? When did that happen?

Spring is almost here…or it would be, if I didn’t live in Ohio. But alas, it’s March 1st, and we’re expecting a huge snowstorm tonight into tomorrow. Have I mentioned I despise hate tolerate love snow? No? Right…because I don’t! Snow is pretty when all you have to do is cuddle by a fire with a cup of tea and a good book. Otherwise, I’d just as soon not have it at all.

Anyway…
I’ve been busy. Work, run, sleep. Repeat. Busy, but not doing a whole lot. I’ve also been making some pretty big changes in my life, and I’m terrified excited about them. Some you’ll hear about further down the trail, as they are both private and still fresh enough to have me a little on edge. But let’s talk about the new healthy habits I’ve picked up.
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Writing. Keeping a consistent writing schedule has always been difficult for me. I have a stack of product and company reviews I need to write, and that all feels like work. The problem is I love to write, and once I get going, I can feel the words flying onto the page with rapid force (hence this post). But it can’t feel like work. I started another writing project last week, a journal of sorts, that I may publish in the future. It’s related to that sensitive topic (Please forgive my cryptic prose. I’m not ready to be so exposed.) The point is I’ve been writing, every day for a week, in fact. To my surprise, it’s been quite easy to set aside ten minutes each day to write. Isn’t it amazing how, when there’s no agenda, we can enjoy the things we once loved? That is something I hope to apply to other areas of my life, and hopefully my running. I’m still going to journal every day with that project, but my goal is to post something here on days I don’t work. Some days it won’t be much, and I’ll try to work in those product reviews over the next few months.
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Nutrition. I’m continuing with my whole food plant-based diet, but just like anything, it needs a tune up. My job has made it easier by providing tons of healthy, vegan options, but, after spending a day at a grocery store, the last thing I want to do is shop. My healthy habit for March sounds easy. I’m going to start each day with 20oz of clean water. First, I’ve been waking with migraines lately, and some of that has to do with hydration, or lack thereof. I can’t control the weather, specifically the barometric pressure…trust me, I would if I could…so I’ll start with water. Second, I’m hoping extra hydration will help curb some of my appetite issues, including my new-found sweet tooth. It’s worth a shot. Sounds easy, right? Drink up!

So that’s it! I’ll have a running post up in the next few days as racing season starts up soon. I’m tapering (read: keeping my fingers crossed) this week for a 50k next weekend. That’s going to hurt a bit. Better save that tale for next time.

What healthy habits are you starting this month? Let’s hear them!

What a Weekend!

Wow. Where to start?

Remember all that snow we got last week? Gone! With temps in the 60s, it didn’t stand a chance. And that meant fantastic running weather.

I was happy to take the morning on Friday and meet a dear friend for a run and breakfast meeting. The miles passed quickly in the bright sunshine, and we were on to planning for the Dash for Donation. We manage Team Superman in memory of the man who saved my friend’s life. Although we never met before his tragic passing, he is our (super) hero. Thanks Rob, for without your sacrifice I wouldn’t have Fred. Love you both!

Here’s a shot of some of our team from last year. We’re expecting twice as many this year. If you live near Columbus, OH, and want to join us, please let me know. We run in capes…it’s serious fun!

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So planning went well, and I had the rest of the morning to myself. That’s right! No kids!

After a few errands, that were considerably faster without dragging at least two kids, I fully enjoyed my overdose of Vitamin D.

Plans for a trail run and drinks consumed Saturday, and Sunday brought my first real rest day in at least a month. I did take a walk to the park with the kids and spent 2 hours on the swings. I need to do that more! They’re not just for kids…try it!

I spent more time this weekend writing than anything else. And though writing for money work would have been great, the therapeutic regurgitation was just what I needed. I really hope there’s nothing profound in there…it’s not likely I’ll be able to read half of it. But I got out what I needed to, and re-organized some headspace. What a relief. It was looking like a disaster had struck in there!

And today brought the rain. That leaves only one thing left to do…splash around barefoot in some puddles.

IMG_1793I wonder what’s in store for tomorrow…