…..try, try again. I hated that saying as a child. In fact, I loathed it so much that I would roll my eyes to the back of head so far I thought they’d never return to neutral. Now as an adult (at least it says so on my driver’s licence) I love this saying. It’s so motivating now! I love the fact that if I don’t succeed there is still a second chance. And especially when it comes to running! If I have a bad run I know I can try again in the next couple of days. Or if it’s really an epic fail, like spraining my ankle, I know that I can try again in about a month. But who’s counting? It’s a great feeling just knowing that you haven’t reached the end. That there is another chance to prove to yourself that you can accomplish something you’ve had your heart set on.
Today was that day. To prove to myself that I could still do the long steady slow run after spraining my ankle before New Year’s Eve. I was really excited to be getting out of the house (more on that later) but nervous that my foot wouldn’t hold up for more than the 5 km’s I’d done this past week. Thankfully all was good, even though the paved path was only partially cleared of snow, and Stephanie and I went 7.5 km’s. The sun was out, the weather was a balmy -8 C (nice change from the -32 C of last week) and I was ready to go!
You can even see how happy we are to be outside! We even got a little sentimental and took a pic of our SweatPink shoelaces for you! Awwww…..
I mentioned earlier that I was happy to be out of the house. It’s not because there were a trillion things to get done (actually, more like a bazillion!) or that Mr. Hockey was being extremely irritating from having a cold for three days. I was just really off today. Maybe it is from all that? Maybe it was just getting to be too much and I needed a break. We did have a fun day though finishing up his birdhouse project and making bird feed ornaments for his classmates. I found the project on Pinterest (yes, I know, shocker huh!?) and it seems pretty simple. I can do simple.
The only thing I didn’t like about this project was that they had to sit in the cookie cutters/molds for 2-3 hours and then once I took them out they had to sit for another 2-3 hours to set completely. But other than the decapitated moose they came out really well.
Yesterday was an awesome day too, even if it meant getting up at 5:30 a.m for triathlon swim class. Warning: What you are about to see may be disturbing to some viewers! Me, first thing in the morning…..wait for it…..without my hair done!!!
And to top it all off I’m flashing you my bathing suit! I always wear it to the pool so I don’t have to fuss with getting ready when I get there. It’s way to early to be doing that in public. I can just see myself trying to put one foot in only to lose my balance and fall on the half-naked lady next to me. Not a good scene! So getting ready at home it is.
I’ve been trying out “energybits” after receiving a sample a few weeks ago and thought I’d see if they were worthy of the two hour swim class. I also had a “Halo” bar for good measure. Actually, I just couldn’t resist it. It was S’Mores flavour. Need I say more?
I took the recommended 30 bits and upon arriving at the pool I was so filled with excitement and energy at the fresh hour of 6:30 a.m. that I was starting to irritate myself I was so giddy! I wasn’t my normal sluggish self wondering why in the world I get up so early to swim. I felt like I could have done an Ironman! O.K. so that’s a little overzealous, but I did feel amazing. And that feeling lasted the whole two hours. In fact, I was sad when 8:30 a.m. rolled around. I felt like I could have swam a lot longer. I’m definitely a believer in “energybits” and what spirulina can do for me. I even had enough energy left over to come home and make this for breakfast.
Although I’m not a fan of white flour I settled on it since the grocery store was out of whole wheat tortilla wraps. But I filled it with two slices of turkey bacon, grape tomatoes, scrambled eggs, spinach, fresh basil and herb & garlic cheese spread. I topped off the party with half a grapefruit and “Happy Planet” pomegranate and blueberry juice. The fresh basil really made it fantasmic. Being home alone to enjoy it without interruptions made it heavenly!
After such a great weekend of training I’m really looking forward to what next week has to offer. I’m hoping for 3-4 days of swimming and 3 days of running. We’re starting indoor speed work on Thursday in my run club at a local track so I’ll see how I hold up. I’m not going to push it as I don’t want to take three steps back or even worse, put myself out of commission indefinitely. Slow & steady wins the race! Or at least finishes it.
Did you work on any school projects with your kiddos this weekend?
What’s your favourite, healthy breakfast?
I scared of the speed work at the track. Any tips?