Raise your hand or nod your head, whatever is least awkward for your current location, if you’ve gotten your winter cold/flu yet this season? I’m pretty sure that after avoiding it for a bit, I finally got hit with the cold.
I thought that my lack of energy last week was a result of playing around with my macros, but I’m thinking it was all just a lead up to my winter cold of 2016.
Friday night was low key. The early bib pick up for Sunday’s Snowflake Shuffle was right down the road from work at 6 pm, so to kill time, I headed to Market Basket to grab a few essentials.
Sweet potatoes / chicken breast / 2 avocados / 2 bags of broccoli / sunflower seeds / 2 lemons
It was then a block over to the bar that was hosting bib pick-up, where I spotted the best work vehicle ever.I arrived around 5:40 pm, and was crossing my fingers that they would allow you to grab your bib and hoodie before 6 pm, and I was in luck!Once I made it back home, I made an appetizer shake, since I was starving, and drank that while my sweet potatoes were roasting in the oven. I ate a big plateful while scouring bodybuilding.com. I watched a few YouTube vlogs, read in bed, and was asleep before 8!Saturday morning Ashley and I had plans to work bi’s & tri’s, but before our workout, I had to scrape a beautiful layer of ice off of my windshield.I made it home a little after 10 from the gym, and proceeded to enjoy a protein shake, shower, take an epsom salt bath, and read, before digging into my favorite lunch.
Before you tell me how gross hot dogs are, I will tell you that they are so delicious! I buy the Applegate hot dogs, so I’m not worried about consuming them. I enjoy them in a bowl of mashed sweet potatoes, Laura’s lean ground beef, extra-lean ground turkey, and steamed broccoli. It’s all about balance my friends, and eating what makes you happy.
There was also a lot of reading. I attempted napping, but my brain doesn’t always turn off when I’d like it to, so reading on my couch, under a warm blanket, was just as relaxing!My goal was ultimate relaxation so that I could kick the beginning of my cold and not over-exert too much energy, but I also knew that if I could get a little blog work done, that it would ease my mind.
Thank goodness I did most of the blog post on Saturday, because on Sunday, I didn’t open my laptop once.
I woke up around 7:10 since I had a race that morning, and enjoyed a sliced up banana in a bowl of almond cashew milk, with PB2 sprinkled on top. Ummm, this combo is amazing!
It was cold outside, so I wore my new running neckwarmer that I snagged on clearance for $9 from Target. It did a great job of keeping me warm, but I wonder if this came in sizes, because I would have loved it to be a bit more snug.To warm up, Ashley and I did a quick little jog, and then walked around for a bit until it was time to line up.We were told that the course was comprised of 2 hills, but once you made it out of a cul-de-sac, you were in the clear. By mile 2, I thought I had hit all 2 hills, but low and behold, a ginormous hill appeared, and I literally wanted to cry. My right leg felt pretty tight the entire race, and at this point, my legs were wiped out! I walked up most of the hill because I just didn’t care about running the entire thing. I felt that it was more important to listen to my body, and my body said to walk it. So I did.
This was honestly probably one of the hardest courses that I’ve raced, and while I came in 30 seconds slower than my goal, I’m not even complaining. Sarah had a crappy race as well, and sent me this. If only…By the time I made it home, my body was d-e-a-d. It was done. It hurt to move, and I was wiped out. I ran a few errands, but after that, I was on my couch all day. I read, I ate like a b*, and watched The Best of Me. I earned this sweatshirt, and will live in it for the rest of winter.
I had such a hard time staying awake, that I went to bed at 6:30 pm, because when you run a hilly race, are getting sick, and have lady cramps, you can do anything that you want to.
How was your weekend? What did you do? What did you eat? What did you watch?
Have you ever raced such a difficult course that you decided never to race it again?