i woke up today feeling the best i’ve felt all week. is my acute-care virus finally dissipating? is it the run i managed to eke out yesterday? or, perhaps it’s the amazing grass energy bar i sampled pre-workout?
[for the record, i liked this HLS-swag bar, except for the fake-out chocolate coating. i am not a fan of things that look like chocolate that aren’t! i found the ingredient list decent, but prefer the simplicity of lara. it did provide good energy for my run, though!]
anyway. bar digressions aside, i’m feeling a little better about life in general today. i have a full day of work ahead of me right now, but tomorrow (after a half-day of work), there are at least a few hours of recharge-time on the horizon!
bucking myself up: goals for the day
☑ work at getting into that flow state of mind at work. yes, there’s a lot to do, but with some focus i know i can make the day go by quickly AND take the best care of the les bébés. i will try to remain present at each task at hand until it’s done.
☑ anti-complaining legislature goes into effect again . . . as of now.
☑ RUN! i know that running after work yesterday — as lackluster as the actual workout was — helped my mood tremendously. i will plan on jumping on the ‘mill again at the end of the day.
all right, it’s off to the races (or, the hospital). hopefully the babies will behave for me (they haven’t been — we’ve had to do 3 spinal taps in the past 2 days!), but if they don’t, i will handle it with grace (and without tears).
workout: a run that felt MUCH harder than it should have, but that i am glad i did. deconditioning vs lingering viral after-effects? i feel like i always wonder this when i come back to running after being sick, and i guess it doesn’t matter which one it is because things are always easier in a day or two.
the stats: 4.6 miles in 41 minutes; speeds of 9:13/mi to 8:49/mi, 0.5% incline. yes, i jumped off 4 minutes early. but i’m still considering this workout a success for having happened at all!
doin’ time: an easy recipe made even easier with josh’s help! thanks to him, we enjoyed this pasta dish last night a great deal. whole wheat spirals, string beans, potatos, and pesto — it’s an odd-sounding combo, but i think that it worked really nicely, the mild-tasting potatoes complementing the zesty pesto flavor. boiling the potatoes, string beans, and pasta in one pot made for an extremely easy prep. i would definitely recommend this recipe (on the sidebar for anyone interested!).
reading: is on the docket for today, if the babies will let me.