50 Shades of May
And so we have entered Junuary. Single digit temperatures, rain, torrential downpours, and more rain…less than ideal but how lovely and green everything looks.
Disregarding the current weather conditions and those in the 7-day forecast I was really sad to turn the page on May. What had started out as a bit of an in a funk month really turned itself around to be one of the most productive and inspiring in quite some time. I found a new race, read The Hunger Games, even started book two only to find myself completely drawn into another best selling trilogy. I even began to write more freely, although no screenplay to report on yet, my current reads have dominated (pun intended).
My last week of training has been somewhat challenging. I spent the weekend on the road, the flat road, not a hill in sight. It’s one thing to get a run in here and there when you are out of town, but when you are in the midst of training for what I would say is one of my bigger races, I really had to be disciplined, or as disciplined as I could be. I do have to confess that I gave in to a 10oz glass of wine at dinner (that’s right, everything is bigger in the USA) on Saturday night but managed to restrain myself from the “meat sundae” that was on the menu at the ballpark. Oh, I looked, how could you not, a plastic bowl layered to the top with pulled pork, chicken, refried beans, guac, and God only knows what else. It smelled fantastic, it looked repulsive, and everywhere I looked, someone was eating one. Instead I stayed true to my nutrition and ran laps of the outlet mall to the point that I thought I may be developing shin splints.
Back to reality yesterday as well as hills (and laundry), climbing Iron Mountain and instead of grinding this morning I decided for distance and logged 16.5km on the trail with Conny and Susa. Our beautiful lake is finally on drawdown and I always find it fascinating to see what really lies beneath the surface of the water.
I have decided not to set any new goals for the month of June, with the race 12 days away and only 11 days of work to go before my end of June hiatus, I think I am just going to continue to ride May’s wave for a little while longer.