My most recent race was just a drill. Not a full marathon but just enough to give myself a little tutoring. The more I study the marathon, the more I learn that marathoning is HARD. Fast marathoning is very, very hard. I used Grandma’s Marathon as a sort of pop quiz and passed. Not with flying colors, but I passed. Well, actually, I did try to wear “flying colors” because I didn’t want to be missed by my crew. I told my husband that I was dressing like a flare: loud socks, even louder shorts and a popping white top – not to be missed at my destination: mile 16. Wouldn’t have wanted to run the whole thing! Thankfully, I was not overlooked. My crew had me spotted here at mile 12 and then we reconvened at mile 16.
Lesson complete, but I finished with a boatload of homework.
Part of my assignment is to build my mileage and strength but the other part is to keep finding more balance.
The day before the marathon (my 16 miler) I enjoyed every minute of my run overlooking lake Superior.
The part where the two pit bulls chased me, that was not so enjoyable. It did spark some muscle memory in me for how this girl can sprint and also that she should never ever leave home without her can of mace. Never. Ever! Anyway, since my injury, I’ve had several people close to me ask me, “Do you still enjoy running?” It’s a great question. And I do. I truly do. However, I find myself a bit tentative running sometimes, like I’m not sure what’s gonna blow next. And really, Sus, that’s no way to live. Nor run. So an element of the balancing act is to just enjoy what I do. A large part of what I do is RUN, and I’m focused on enjoying it.
Pretty sure running in Iowa is more enjoyable than ever.
Very recently too, I’ve gotten to connect with some AMAZING Iowa bloggers. I attended a blogger conference hosted by Bethany and Nick of Sawdust & Embryos and The Sawdust Maker. They organized a fantastic day of learning and teaching with nerdy blogger sessions led by various bloggers (i.e. Nick & Beth themselves + Iowa Girl Eat’s Kristin Porter (pictured with Beth below organizing the most important part: lunchtime) to name a few). So many lessons. So much fun!
Just a few days after the blogger conference, I joined a handful of the same Iowa bloggers on a sort of field trip.
We toured one of my favorite local brands: Kalona Supernatural. Our guide was Phil (pictured above), who works as the farm liaison. The creamery works with 80 local Amish and Mennonite organic dairy farmers. They produce all sorts of tasty dairy products. Being flexitarian, we don’t drink a ton of milk. I buy milk a couple of times a month and usually it’s the Kalona Supernatural 1/2 gallon. That’s it. We savor every drop. There is most definitely a taste difference and it’s better. Other than the fact that the milk is organic one of the major differences that I learned which makes Kalona Supernatural products different is that they vat-pasteurize their milk. This means that instead of ultra-pasteurizing (how most milk is processed) where milk is heated to 210 deg. for 3 minutes, their milk is heated only to 145 deg. for 30 minutes. The lower temperature kills the potential bad stuff but doesn’t kill all of the good, necessary enzymes and nutrients. Interesting, huh? Oh and prior to our tour, I’d never tasted their whole milk chocolate milk. Wowzers, if you’re looking for a sweet treat, look no further. Humm? My new go-to recovery drink?? Anyway, it was fun to learn from some experts and this is a company that takes care of their people and takes pride in their products. Great stuff.
Finally, on the home-front, I’m extremely pumped about this new development. Our very own standing desk. It’s presently in use. I do a good deal of work on the computer. This baby is a lifesaver. Sitting is the devil. Especially sitting in a chair. It’s hard on your back, hips, glutes/butt, spine, pretty much everything important. It’s a simple thing but the time spent here can add up. It’s all a balancing act.
Have you ever worked using a standing desk?
Ever splurge on organic milk or do you drink it regularly?
Thoughts on chocolate milk as a recovery drink?
Please, someone talk me out of buying out my local grocery store’s entire stock of chocolate Kalona Supernatural milk!