Now that I’m over the post-1/2 marathon blues, I have fully begun a new phase…..a new workout motivation Monday.
You will heal. I will help.
Have you ever noticed that the longer you go without something, the more severe a reaction is upon coming across it again? I have been gluten free for over 7 years now. Each time I am accidentally “glutenized,” I know almost immediately. Today I am sharing 6 things I do when gluten attacks.
I have put together 15 simple gluten free Thanksgiving items today!
It was a very hard and trying week on the running circuit for me with so many running aches and pains.
I clearly did not do the right workout for Friday. It was supposed to be 11 miles. But because of these problems, I only made it to mile 7. I paced just some under 8:40/mile, but still….I did not make it. As a matter of fact, by mile 4 I was in misery. I pushed on through. I had it in my mind to get through the 11, but somewhere around mile 5 I got smart. My thoughts transitioned to, “Stop pushing. Your body is clearly telling you something.”
At this point, I’m extremely frustrated, and I don’t understand. The icing, rolling, yoga and stretching just isn’t doing the “trick.” And perhaps there is no “trick.” The secret is in resting, laying off it and allowing it to heal before it completely goes out on me. If I didn’t have the Rock ‘n Roll Vegas in 2 weeks this would be a little easier for me to comprehend, but being that I want so desperately to run the race and cross the finish line, I’m not sure what to do.
I’m 28 going on 70 it seems. I want to run forever because I love it. So, so, so much! I’m hanging on by a thread….
And perhaps this thread will have to hold together the aches and pains for a couple more weeks as best it can….the thread, or my positive mind.
Either way, I’m praying to keep it together.
Today I have a cozy, rosy Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Grapes and Walnuts recipe.
Yosemite was amazing. But probably equally as amazing was Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, where we stayed for two nights while visiting the area. Just take me away Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite again and again and again!
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Tenaya offers regular lodge hotel rooms, as well as cottages. We stayed in a cottage, which I loved because I was then able to bring all my own food and have everything feel more like home. And besides, how cute are these 2 chairs that sat right outside our cottage?
Ryan and I enjoyed wine, dinner and the fireplace at night.
We fell asleep Saturday night and woke up to….
It was Sunday. We had gone to Yosemite on Saturday but had planned to go again. Since we were not expecting the snow, we failed to bring chains for our tires and thus, we could not do what we had planned to do back in the park. I was bummed at first until I went inside the lodge for the first time. It was so beautiful and calm that I told Ryan I wanted to spend the whole day there – cozy, comfy and happy.
We had coffee (free refills until noon)!
And relaxed. Ryan read the paper; I wrote (a very typical weekend morning for us).
I worked out two times that day. I loved every minute of it because Tenaya has a great, little workout facility located in the spa and a lavish locker room fit for perfect pampering post-workout.
Between the coffee, workouts, and relaxation, I also managed to crank out several blog posts. I wrote and wrote and wrote, and I found myself so inspired there.
Maybe it was the chair. Maybe it was the fireplace.
Or maybe it was simply because I was the most relaxed and peaceful I have been in a long time. But regardless, I found a new energy. I thought of a lot of things. I realized a lot of things. And I stumbled upon new insights into myself – who I am, what I’m doing, where I’m at currently and where I want to go.
And after a day of this awesome, Ryan and I had a couple of drinks at Jackalope’s Bar & Grill, a few “made-in-house” chips (yes, I did check – they were gluten free!)…..
And most importantly, we had each other! It was an amazing 3-year anniversary, and I can’t wait to go back to Tenaya with Ryan soon!
Question: Do you have a favorite “getaway” place?
p.s. In 2017 we finally went hiking in Yosemite!
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