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.
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?