Is it Monday already? That weekend sure went fast! It always surprises me that some weekends are slow and luxurious, or packed with lots of memorable adventures, and some weekends whiz by even though you don’t have any specific plans. The week itself was full of some great stop, breathe, be present moments though, so there’s lots to be grateful for in this week’s Nourished Life Gratitude List 2016 – Week 31.I had a cold this week. The first one I have had in years. Instead of pushing myself to workout and ignore my cotton wool brain, blocked ears, and running nose, I just took it easy. I walked Penny, made sure I got to my ten thousand steps, but other than that I just let my body dictate what it was capable of doing for those four days. I’m grateful that I’ve learned to listen to my body more, and to appreciate that rest is as important as activity. Lately I have been studying in Chris’s office at night. After dinner is done and the kitchen is clean I tramp upstairs with my books and a blanket and fold myself into a corner of his room. Penny joins us and I throw her ball as I highlight and underline my way through the pages. She’s a very good study buddy. When I need a little brain break Chris plays sketch comedy clips for me. I’m grateful for my little family supporting my next step and helping me to get my study done. My friend Jess finished up at work this week. She’s off to new adventures, and I’m so happy for her, but I’m going to miss her so much! She’s one of my bridesmaids though so she can’t escape me for long. I’m grateful that this job brought me Jess, and that we have grown to be such good friends over the past three years. I know there are times I wouldn’t have made it through without her. The markets were alive with amazing produce this week! We’ve reached peak apple season – so many varieties to choose from! I went with my favourite apples: sundowners! They are grown about two hours away from where I live, and I get to buy them directly from a farmer. That makes them all the sweeter to me. I’m grateful for my local market and the cast of characters I see every week. They are like my fruit and veggie family and I think about them whenever I cook using their produce. I am grateful for that sense of connection to my food and the people who grow it. We spoke about my half marathon plans last week, and this week they have changed again. I’m lacking motivation to do my long runs folks. There’s something far more appealing about my bed at 6am on a Sunday than there is about the cold open road. So, I’ve dropped down to a distance that I feel like I can train for without hating every moment of my longer runs. The Logan Running Festival is offering a 14km race. Which sounds like a fun distance, and it means I don’t have to do any training runs longer than about 15km (about my emotional/mental limit at the moment). I would love to run some half marathons next year, and this shorter race seems like a great way to get back into the rhythm of training after my racing hiatus. I’m grateful for each run I get to do though, and the beautiful places I have to run through.
Also this week:
- Wheat Free Meat Free featured me in their weekly round up! I love the ideas in these weekly round up posts.
- I made us classic peanut butter cookies.
- Running update: after I got over my cold I managed a few slow runs. 5km on Thursday, 6km on Friday, and 9km on Saturday. I’ll be glad to get back into my routine this week!