I was sick AGAIN this weekend. I'm thinking that whatever I had last week hadn't fully gone away. Luckily I was not so sick that I couldn't do anything at all. I knew that a long run wasn't going to on Saturday happen though. I was definitely feeling a little tired and was sick anytime I ate or drank. High impact activity didn't sound like the best idea in the world. I did manage to get some stuff done around the house and did some TF on Saturday so that was a good!
Other than my routine cleaning I completely cleaned out my food cupboards. I threw quite a bit of expired stuff away and organized what was left. I moved some stuff around, giving myself more space and better organization. It felt good to complete that task! I think I'll clean out my cupboards once every six months or so. Of course, now I'm good until the end of the year as far as expiration dates go. Cleaning out my cupboards was one of the things on my list of things to organize, so I'm happy to have finished that part of it. I still need to clean out my dish cupboards, but I didn't feel like doing that on Saturday. I was a little tired by the time I did that, cleaned, did laundry, and wanted to be sure to get a workout done. I don't think it'll take very long to do that anyway.
Yesterday I was pretty worn out. I'm not really sure why; maybe being sick caught up with me. I woke up sick and didn't feel great the rest of the day. I had a hard time doing anything yesterday and spent a good part of the day on the couch. I did some more laundry but not much else throughout the day. I was hoping to feel well enough by afternoon to do my long run but that didn't happen. My Dad actually had to bring me some things that I needed...Meds, ginger ale.
I started feeling better toward evening but then got awful stomach pains again. I remembered reading some where that peppermint helps soothe an upset stomach. I had some peppermints left from Christmas so I started sucking on those. I'm not sure if it was the peppermints or not, but it helped. By the time I went to bed the pain had decreased dramatically.
I woke up this morning feeling better. My stomach was still a little "blah" and I'm tired but much better than the weekend. I had a protein shake this morning, some egg whites, and then an apple and almond butter for a snack. I tolerated all of those things well, so I knew I was pretty much back to normal. No problems with lunch, either. I didn't make it out to get any groceries this weekend so I'm a little limited on dinner options. I have another small spaghetti squash so I think I will make that.... I have everything to make those boats that I made last week, or I could just eat it with sauce over it. I guess I'll decide on that later.
I've decided that at the end of the year I'm going to treat myself to a reward for doing 13 races in 13. Not long ago I discovered Mile 22 Bags. They take race bibs (and shirts!) and can make them into a bag. Such an awesome idea!! I think it will be a great way to save, and showcase, my bibs. I could put them in a scrapbook like my others, but then they won't really be displayed. I've seen lots of other ideas and may invest, or make, something else in the future for other bibs. I think that a bag is a good reward for meeting my goal. I will only get the bag if I complete at least 13 races this year. I'm already committed to several, since I've registered for most of my races already. I still need to find races for June, November (probably the Turkey Trot again, depending on travel) and December. I've completed one race and am registered for a race every month, except those listed above. I'm definitely excited!! Once I pay for a race, there's no way I'm not going to do it.... Unless of course some physical thing happens, but I'll do my best to stay healthy and not get an injuries!
I've been looking at two different bag designs, both can showcase up to 12 bibs... I'm thinking that they might be able to squeeze in one or two more. As it stands now I'll be at 14 races for the year. I am hopeful that they can find a way to squeeze two more bibs on there. If I do more races, I know I won't be able to add the bibs to the bag so I'll add them to my scrapbook with my others.
I like the Race Day Tote the best, which is probably the one I'll get. My second choice/option is the Finish Line Tote. Since both can display up to 12 bibs, I'll probably go with the Race Day Tote. It's a little smaller and I think I would use it more often. The other tote is pretty large and I'm not sure I would get as much use out of it. The Race Day Tote also happens to be about 20 dollars cheaper, at 95 dollars. This is why it's a reward. I'd never spend that much on a tote, but this is a special thing so I'm willing to do it. 115 dollars seems a bit much though, especially if it is a size that I wouldn't use very often.
I forgot to mention that I'm going to be doing some updates to the blog... I'll probably remove pages that are older and start new ones. The pages I'll be updating are those that are training for older races and a challenge from last Winter. It's time to get rid of the old and update the new! I've actually already started, so you'll notice that you can no longer see some pages. I'll add new ones as the time comes!
I suppose it's time to start my run. I usually don't do a run on Mondays but I'm going to attempt a long run. Then I'll just do my Monday TF workout on Wednesday. Unless of course I don't get very far in the run today.... Then I'll do TF too. I don't usually do well with long runs in the evening. My perfect run time is mid-morning.... After I've had an energy-packed breakfast, and time to hydrate, and at a time where I am not tired (like the end of the day). I'm not set on doing a long run today, but I'd like to start with that goal. I'll go based on how I feel. If I am tired or start feeling "yucky" then I'll stop and decrease my level.
Have a great week!!!