Let’s start with what happened this morning. I was making the bed and my big toe hardly graced the pillow sham when this happened:
Sick! And I am too afraid to pull it the whole way off. I can use that area to store things in if I want. I didn't realize how black the toenail had gotten because it was covered in polish. I was going to go for a pedicure this week, but I don’t want them to paint the stub that is my toe, with no nail there. I know they would talk in another language about me. (#firstworldproblems for the second time this week).
I know I‘ve talked about it before, but runners have the most butt ugly feet of anyone. Mind you, I’ve never had pretty feet since my toes look like fingers, but they have become simply revolting since I started running. Good thing Ken does not have a foot fetish.
Moving on. Many of you have asked what is next for me. Geez, can’t you give a girl a hot minute to rest? Seriously, it is a good question and one that is on my mind. Here is what is next:
- Working out how I want, when I want. No schedules, number of miles to run/bike or lap counting. Absolutely no swimming then running. Or, biking then running. Or, swimming then biking. You get the picture. Yesterday I went to the pool. I was going to do at least 45 minutes, but after 29 minutes I didn’t feel like being there. Normally I would have sucked it up, but instead I got in the hot shower and went and bought a donut.
- Cooking, baking and lots of it. Today I made two loaves of pumpkin bread and my favorite potato soup in the crockpot. I still cooked meals when I was training, but I have missed putting more time into my cooking, experimenting with new recipes and having more baked goods around.
Recipe for this amazing and easy soup is HERE (from Cooking Light).
- Stuffing my face. I have been starving. Fun fact: the average person burns about 9,000 calories during an Ironman competition. I figure if I am lucky, I took in 2,000 calories that day, so that left a big deficit that needs to be made up in candy, donuts and cookies. I’ve also heard it’s really important to eat lots of protein for recovery, so I’m doing that as well.
- Waiting to see if I get renewed with the X2 Performance Team. I have no clue if they will take me on again. If they do, I would like to do another Ironman with this sponsored team (I don’t know if it will be a choice between Arizona and Florida like this year, or new venues). If they don’t chose me, I will probably pick one on my own for summer or fall of 2014. Another option for me would be to work on improving my marathon or half ironman times. Or all of the above because I now know I am certifiably an endurance junkie.
- Spending time doing things I haven’t had time to do over the past four months like having coffee with friends, flossing, yelling at the kids (okay, hugging them too), reading stuff not related to the almighty Ironman, brushing my hair and taking selfies with Heidi.
Just how gory are your feet (1 being gorgeous, 10 being full of fungus, blisters and missing nails)? I’m probably a 7 and proud of it.
Best soup you make in the fall/winter? Please post recipes or links if you have them!!
Did you watch TBL last night? What were your thoughts on the Jillian/caffeine pill thing?
I understood what she said about coffee, but then again, I am sure it is made very clear in the coach’s guidelines that they can’t use caffeine pills without consulting the medical team..so why break the rules unless you are trying to not get caught? Or, was this the producer’s way to get Reuben back?