The sun is shining. I spy a little green grass growing. No flowers yet, but some bouquets to the great people in my life for providing little bits of happy when it's been most needed this week: Mom, Katie S., Emtastic, Curtis and Team Diabetes/Awesome.
Since running is currently on the prohibited list, I've been taking advantage of the awesome spring weather by standing on the balcony and opening the door to the balcony. This is especially awesome when combined with a workout. Try this recipe: start with a huge helping of endorphins (can be acquired through a one hour bike ride or fifty minute p90x session or both if you choose) and top off with one cup of chocolate milk. Allow to bake in the sun for 15 minutes. Result: smiles.
I've been a lactard for a significant part of my adult life. However, in recent years it's bothered me less and less, so I decided to test out the whole 'chocolate milk is the bomb post-workout' theory. I'm pretty convinced about it, I must say. Anytime chocolate can be consumed in the name of health is a big win for me.
What else is new? Well, I have a new life plan. I'm not going to go into all the details yet, but having a plan of action always serves to make me a happier and more productive person. Right now I'm trying to convince the bookstore to give me as many hours as possible for this summer. I worked another shift last night and continue to love it. Talking to people about books, playing with kids and grabbing a (discounted) Starbucks on my breaks? Heck yes. I can't believe they want to pay me for it, actually. Of course, every workplace has it's challenges and/or drama, but thanks to my awesome trainer, I've been totally free of all that so far. I'm also re-inspired to work on some upcoming fundraisers with my awesome Team D friends, so that's something else that's on the go.
Also on the go - plans for swim training. I have not been doing nearly enough of that for the past two months. And I really need to get on it, because my first tri of the season is on June 11. That seems like ages away right now, but in training days, it's practically next week. And as you may or may not know, swimming is my weak spot. (It just occurred to me that was kind of an optimistic thing to write, considering I've just been told not to run for a month and my bike hails from the time of dinosaurs.) I can swim one lap across the pool pretty fast. I have a wetsuit for this year. I can swim many laps across the pool....with breaks. I lack endurance in the water in a big, bad way. Did I tell you about the time I did a triathlon with the backstroke? Same tri, last year. I feel like I am not breathing in the water, despite the fact that I do breathe every third stroke. It will take
Also, let's discuss Vibrams. I have been seriously thinking of getting some. I may take the plunge tomorrow, in fact. My friend Jess just got a pair and has been extolling their virtues to me all week. I've also been reading some of your blogs and seeing them pop up everywhere. Are they the best thing since Garmin? Since Gatorade? Since some dude ran a long distance in Greece and started one of the glorious races we run and aspire to run? Seriously, I'd love to know your thoughts on them. Do you know anyone who has recovered from an injury training with Vibrams, or just learned to run faster, stronger and happier using them?
Because here's the thing: I WILL be running Big Sur. And then in July, I WILL be running my first ultra. I've about had it with these mandatory running breaks, and if there is something out there that will help, I am all about it.