I am super excited because I am heading home this weekend to run a spur of the moment half marathon! I use the word home interchangeably for my home where I live and my parents home. But basically I’m going to my folks’ for the weekend (obviously with Bennie The Dog in tow) for a fun half! The race happened to fall on a weekend when I had 13 miles planned for my long run anyway. I’m not going to worry about pace too much because it is likely going to be crappy weather and I just want to see where I am at. And obviously we will eat and drink and be merry throughout the weekend!
As of today, I have been on the thyroid medication for one month exactly (you can read more about the diagnosis here). I really have to say I didn’t have much hope of it making a big difference. I could not have been more wrong:
- The first thing I noticed was my exhaustion went away. I mean, I am still tired – because being a semi-functioning adult – but not destroyed after being awake for 3 hours.
- I also notice I am more and more able to hold a 7:30 pace more naturally again. For a while there I had to fight like HELL for that pace and felt like my heart might fly out of my chest at any minute.
- The best part has been my mood. I didn’t even realize that I felt so depressed until I wasn’t anymore. I want to go out and do things and just feel so much more optimistic and less irritable overall.
- I can go to sleep at night much more easily and sleep more through the night.
- My skin hasn’t drastically changed – the acne was mainly under control (knock on wood) from the sprinolactone that I’ve been taking and we don’t want to change too many variables at once.
- I have not magically dropped the 10 pounds that I gained over the past year. I may never and I don’t know how I feel about it. I am trying really not to focus on it. It did take a YEAR for it to come on, so it isn’t out of line to think that it might take a year or more to come off. Also, everyone’s body has a different set point and what’s healthy for them at a different stage of their life. The good news is that I’m not gaining weight just for eating like a normal human (let alone a human running 30-50 miles a week and lifting weights 3x a week) – which I was beforehand.
I put my name in the hat for the New York City marathon and did not get in. I am so relieved. I am running Boston and Chicago this year and going to run New York right after that would have been painful physically, but more so financially ha! Plus, there are a lot of trips and plans on the books already for this year – yes even that far out! Adding another trip across the country would have added a lot of stress to things.
Because of that, because of Murphy’s Law, I felt sure that I would get in this year. Because I was thinking, “ohmigod I’m an idiot for ever putting my name in that drawing.” I know they say the universe only gives you what you can handle. I must say that I am relieved that the universe agreed that I could not handle this additional commitment this year. Let it go to someone who has been trying a long time to get in.
Saw this from @kneadtocook and thought it was so accurate.
This one I stole from @lindsey_runs – just gonna start sending that one to everyone I know.
I got these THCO dark chocolate almond butter cups at Whole Foods. They are so good. And they are in a heart shape!
I feel like I have talked about so many lip products lately, but whatever. Kiehl’s came out with a new product, called a butterstick, that I’ve been putting on a lot. It is so smooth and moisturizing. Gives a nice hint of color and shine without looking “done.” I have the “naturally nude” color.
I finished the book, “A Man Called Ove” the same day I started it. I also watched the movie on demand and love it too. The story is definitely a love story that is a little sad, but also has a happy ending.
Speaking of love stories, I recently tried Eating Evolved chocolate and it was really good! I got the PaleOMG pack. It has sweet and salty roasted coconut butter, chocolate spread, hot chocolate with collagen in it, caramel sea salt coconut butter cups, classic coconut butter cups and an almond sea salt chocolate bar.
I think the sweet and salty coconut butter spread and the caramel sea salt coconut butter cups were my favorites of the group, but it was all good.
Whether you are racing, doing a long run, or resting this weekend I hope it kicks ass!