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Spring has sprung

Happy Spring! Admittedly, I am not usually the biggest fan of springtime. It is windy, rainy, cold, and I just want it to be summer already. This year I will take spring all year long if it stays like this. We have had near record high temperatures for the last week in southeastern Wisconsin. It is March 20th and I wore shorts to work. Life is good.

I am amazed at how my energy levels correspond to the weather. In the winter when it is cold and dark, I get home from work and all I want to do is lay on the couch, watch TV, and eat ice cream. The thought of doing anything productive is pretty much out of the question, and I have trouble keeping my eyes open past 9pm. Oh wait…that part is still true.

When it is warm and sunny, I can’t help but go, go, go. Take this past weekend for example. I started off St. Patty’s Day with a 25 mile trail run at my favorite running spot, Lapham Peak. I broke the run into 4 sections to make it more manageable mentally, and it went great. I experimented with eating more than usual and it paid off. Throughout the run I had 4 gels and a chocolate coconut chew Larabar. Even with the nearly 2500 ft of elevation gain throughout the run, I never felt bonky. It was around 60F when I started and 78F when I finished.

After the run I immediately refueled with a green smoothie for St. Patty’s Day.

Then it was off to my aunt and uncle’s house for a family birthday party. I love when we have family parties on the same day as my long run, because I get to eat good food all day long. My aunt prepared a traditional Irish feast of corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread, and even a vegetarian shepherd’s pie for me! It was all capped off with a DQ ice cream cake. The best way to celebrate a birthday if you ask me.

Hi Collin!

I hit the hay around 11pm on Saturday, and then was up at 4:40 am on Sunday to coach my TNT group. I covered 12 more miles (half running and half walking), and then went to a cookout that one of the teammates was having.

When I got home Sunday afternoon, my mom came over and helped me clear out our garden beds for a couple of hours. I also did laundry, cleaned the kitchen, and made a new tofu recipe for dinner. Who am I? I don’t even recognize this productive person. My point is this: my mood and energy level are very much affected by the weather. During the winter, I normally do my long run on the weekend and then need to take a nap and lay around for the rest of the day. I have exactly zero motivation to do much of anything. When the sun is shining, it is warm out, and it is light when I get home from work, I find myself getting stuff done like crazy.

To celebrate the first day of spring, I got a pedicure.

I wanted to apologize to the poor guy for the disgusting factor of my feet. Let’s just say with all of the running I’ve been doing it wasn’t pretty.

I also made myself a tropical smoothie bowl for breakfast this morning in honor of the warm weather.

The smoothie contained greek yogurt, coconut milk, a mango, a banana, chia seeds, maca powder, vanilla and cinnamon. I poured it into a bowl and topped it with Kashi GoLean cereal, tropical trail mix, and shredded coconut. It tasted like the Caribbean in a bowl. Yum!

How are you celebrating the first day of Spring?

Is your mood affected by the weather?

 

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Shorts and a T-shirt

That’s what I ran in today. Outside. The tempurature reached 64 degrees today in Milwaukee and it was beautiful. The lakefront was a buzz of activity, just like summer. There were kite-surfers in Lake Michigan, families on the walking path and in the park, and all kinds of runners and bikers that were finally able to emerge from seemingly eternal hibernation.

Though I didn’t feel too great during my run (see last post), the weather was more than enough to make up for it, and make me glad that I decided to get out and do something.

I am now sitting in my condo with the windows open, breathing the fresh air and loving it. Spring has finally arrived for real, and it makes me so happy!

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Dear Mother Nature,

Well done.

I would like to thank you for today. When I left for my 7.5 mile run, it was 51 degrees and sunny. Beautiful. I couldn’t help but grin. I found I had a little extra bounce to my step, despite having already swam 3000 yards today. Things that would normally piss me off and cause me to curse in my head (and oftentimes out loud) did not phase me today. I didn’t care when I sloshed through the myriad of gigantic puddles that are the bike path. I didn’t care that no matter which direction I was running, the wind was in my face. I didn’t care when I had to stop and carefully navigate the few expanses of ice that are left. My socks are soaked through with mud water and my running shoes are trashed. It was glorious.

I would like to say keep up the good work. However, I see that your plans for the next week include freezing rain and temperatures in the 30’s. I beg you to reconsider. Like, on my knees I am begging you. For once I get a taste of spring, it is like a drug. I need it. Going backwards in the season is not an option. So let’s move on, and leave this godforsaken winter behind us!

 Sincerely,

Laura

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