Yesterday I started preparing myself for "Clean Slate Monday", which is when all the bad nonsense from the last couple of months is in the past, and training/healthy ways are back in the forefront of my life. I know many would say, "you just need to do it now!" However, lack of preparation is my downfall, and for me, easing back into a healthy mindset and making plans is ultimately going to work better. I have done better in the last few days in ratcheting down the crazy. I have been getting in tons of water/tea and eating a bit better. This way, Monday is going to be less of a shock.
I began listening to one of my favorite podcasts yesterday, Two Gomers Run For Their Lives, just to start hearing about running and thinking about running again. While I was perusing their Facebook page, I noticed someone posted a link to this pretty hilarious site called Rumpus Running (http://rumpusrunning.com/) that has funny tech shirts, which is something you rarely see. When I went on the site, I immediately saw this shirt and just about had a heart attack:
Next I threw down a challenge to my hubby that in June we would eat fully plant based 3 days a week. It's not so much that I think that eating meat is evil, because obviously I am a carnivore, but I do tend to eat healthier and cook more creatively when I make vegetarian meals. So I sat down last night, perused some veggie blogs for dinner ideas, and then wrote down a list of potential veggie dinners. That way, I can easily make meal plans so that we know exactly what we're eating when. I got out a calendar and calculated how many weeks I had to the marathon, and looked at my training plan again. Of course because it's me, things are going to be a little f'ed up. Next week I'll be easing back into running and then suddenly have to run/walk/crawl this half marathon. Hopefully I don't get hurt, I guess I will be stretching like my life depends on it! Other than that though, I have plenty of time to do my training plan right. There are no travel plans really other than my family's visit in July, but I will be around here and can hopefully sneak my runs in the morning.
Theoretically that's all I was going to do, but I got antsy sitting on the couch last night and decided to clean out our pantry. It has been a hot mess for a few months, and finding anything in there is pretty much like a combination of a visit to a hostile planet and an episode of Hoarders. I figured I could get in there, clean out the crap/expired stuff and evaluate what we had. It took me about an hour, but I definitely cleared things up nicely and got it all organized. I discovered that I have a problem with buying 900 boxes of tea as well as 900 boxes/bags of rice. I really need to start working on the tea before I order or buy any more!
I also found a bag of vanilla beans that I'd ordered online last year when I was doing a lot of baking. Sadly they were dried up as all get out, but there were probably 15 beans left in there, and I couldn't bear to throw them away. After debating what to do with them, I remembered that I had some vodka left over from our Oscar party that I wasn't going to drink in a million years, so I decided to make homemade vanilla extract. I cut the vanilla beans up and put them in the vodka, and there you have it. I was just happy that I was able to put them to some kind of use, since they are pricey.