Okay, I know that technically it’s the start of summer, but currently the temperature outside is in the mid-60s and I’m still wearing my Patagonia fleece in the mornings. I’m struggling to fully comprehend that it is indeed summer, although the forecast promises temperatures reaching maybe up to 80 next week.
So what am I high-fiving this week?
I adore hiking in the snow in early winter, but by the time the rest of the country is struggling with temperatures in the 90s, I want to just hike in some green and snow-free mountains.
We hiked to Barclay Lake on Sunday, which is I’m fairly certain had less elevation gain than my hill runs but offered even better scenery. It’s nice to cut back and enjoy an easier hike from time to time, sort of like running: both the hard runs and the easy runs have their time and purpose.
Speaking of which, I love Sunday hikes right now. We go to Saturday evening Mass, which then admittedly does give us an excuse to stop at our favorite local brewery afterwards, since we’re already out. Then, we hike early on Sunday morning, before the crowds come out. Mountains keep Monday blues from bleeding into Sunday.
These two: loves of my life, my perfect little family. Yes, I know Charlie is a dog (please don’t tell him that though, he thinks he is human), but he’s our furry little baby. Even more so, I’m so happy to be coming up on two years on marriage with a man who loves to hike, run, enjoy a pint, and binge watch Supernatural with me.
I swear also that Charlie isn’t completely bored every time we hike. Just when we take photos.
Last week I shared five summer vegetable recipes, and my obsession with summer produce has only spiked since then. Except…then I purchased a butternut squash this week, since Fred Meyer was out of garnet yams and those are the only sweet potatoes I currently like, and now I’m remembering just how much I love squash also.
We enjoyed this butternut brown rice risotto recipe from Cookie and Kate this week, which tasted incredible. Eggplant on the side only made it better. I actually have to limit how many vegetables I add to dinner, and force myself to eat some protein as well (since dinner is the only meal I eat meat at).
Um, so maybe my freak out over my hamstring wasn’t anything more than a niggle, an achy muscle combined with my currently high paranoia about anything and everything injury related. KT tape is keep whatever ache there is from sneaking up on me, and so far this week I’ve managed daily short runs. Not my normal mileage, but I’m still being cautious.
It looks hilarious though – Ryan jokingly calls it cyborg tape. Several times I’ve completely forgotten about it and gone out on errands wearing shorts, which I’m sure looks strange.
My Current Work Station
Ryan and I purchase a new kitchen table this week, and I’m already overtaken it as my desk. I have a very nice home office complete with a desk, comfy office chair, and a monitor, but our new kitchen table is the right height where I can stand and work on my laptop. Not only do I enjoy using a standing desk, but it prevents Charlie from constantly jumping on my lap when I’m trying to work.
Not running as many miles gives me so much extra energy that I can’t sit still during the work day. I quickly learned I need to consume less caffeine when I run fewer miles, because otherwise I practically explode with energy and talk a million minutes per mile with everyone.
Five Favorite Reads:
My Thoughts on Clean Eating: I nodded my head in agreement throughout Amanda’s entire post. Clean eating is a semantically tricky term – everyone’s definition seems different. Foods can be nutritious or not nutritious and processed, unprocessed, or minimally process, not good or bad – so stop demonizing certain foods. A healthy diet allows for both nutritious and some non-nutritious foods. Really, when you think about it, clean vs what – not clean? dirty? – should be an way of describing literal cleanliness – like if you dropped something on the floor or need to wash dirt off it after picking it from the garden or farmer’s market, not some implication of purity of diet.
9 Ways to Enjoy British Columbia’s Crowdless Summer Paradise: British Columbia, especially Vancouver and Vancouver Island, are only a hop, skip, and a passport check from the Seattle area. There are almost TOO many places to visit around here. Why can’t we have the full summer off like in college?
Why We Should All Live Unlimited: Jesica is a talented runner who spends her non-running time doing a significant amount of good for the world by working for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Live Unlimited is a campaign to raise money for the MDA (for each social share using the tag #LiveUnlimited, a generous sponsors will give $1 up to $30,000), and it serves as a reminder that we can all do hard things – no matter our situation in life.
A Runner’s Guide to Going Camping While Training: Summer is the best season for backpacking and car camping, but if you’re following a rigorous training schedule, the logistics can be tricky. Women’s Running offers some tips on how to camp, run safely, and balance summer vacations with your running.
Failure is Part of the Process. Are You Going to Let it Stop You? Runner’s Connect consistently produces one of the most interesting and informative running podcasts out there. This week Tina interviewed Dr. Jason Karp (who runs the Revo2lution Running Coach Certification) and talked about running as a lifelong habit, finding your limits in training, and the relationship between running and creativity. Definitely worth your time to listen!
Linking up with Happy Fit Mama for High Five Friday!
Do you use a standing desk?
What are you high-fiving this week?
What are your weekend plans?
My mom and sister are visiting us for the weekend!