When I told Coach Marni how much Iâ€™d be traveling the week before my big race (Iâ€™m in four cities and on 6 flights), she told me that my goals should be:
2) Eat healthy;
3) Do 45 minutes of cardio everyday if I canâ€™t squeeze in the prescribed workouts.
I was relieved when she gave me these instructions because I felt like it was very manageable. From race experience, I also know that, at this point, whatâ€™s done is done in terms of fitness. I canâ€™t possibly make myself noticeably stronger with last-minute hardcore workouts, but I can burn myself out, dehydrate, or injure myself. So â€“ thatâ€™s kind of the plans for these next few days. Play it safe, keep it healthy, and try to relax.
Oh â€“ and stay away from the booze!
I like to have a glass or two of wine or cider when I travel (nervous flyer) but not this trip. No way. No how.
Instead, Iâ€™ve been searching for healthy vegetarian options (which is quite challenging in airports and hotels â€“ but can be done!).
(I lost my lens cap so I use a sock as a coverâ€¦ oh yeah.)
And hydrating. I found a basket of free water bottles in my hotel room and jumped for joy! Then I rode the stationary bike for 45 minutes.
Letâ€™s seeâ€¦ what else. Oh, I got a massage at the airport. My back is still hurting. The guy said my lower back is a little swollen and recommended that I take a few hot showers and do gentle stretches. Iâ€™m lovinâ€™ how the universe is basically forcing me to relax, take care of myself, nap, drink water, and eat well. Nice, right? Life has been pretty crazy lately (in a good way, but still â€“ nuts), and traveling the week before the race is actually a happy accident. It gives me some hotel-imposed down time. 🙂
The winner of the Three Quirks giveaway isâ€¦ Autumn. She listed her quirks as, â€œI agree with Henry. Bread is simply a vehicle for butter. I use Kerrygold and itâ€™s delicious. Sometimes I canâ€™t help putting an extra dollop on the knife just to eat it plain. And I always count steps. I canâ€™t help it. If Iâ€™m climbing steps, Iâ€™m counting steps.â€ :) Congrats, Autumn!
Would anyone be interested in doing an online book club? I just read The Circle, and it was SO good and totally worthy of a book club discussion. Anyone up for it? If you like dystopian novels, you will looooove The Circle.
And speaking of books â€“ the last Divergent book is out! Iâ€™m about halfway through and love it so far. Unfortunately, I saw the exceedingly low marks on Amazon and read a few reviews to figure out whyâ€¦ and the ending has been spoiled. Donâ€™t read the reviews if you donâ€™t want to be spoiled! Iâ€™m not having the same visceral reaction other Divergent fans are experiencing to the end, but Iâ€™m not there yet, soâ€¦ weâ€™ll see.