Hi, guys! Four day weekends are the best, but believe it or not, I was kind of ready to come back to work today. I know that sounds crazy but four days off during taper can make you kind of crazy. I’ll be the first to admit, tapering is making me cranky and slightly depressed. I thought I would love it – but nope. I want to run more than 6-8 miles at a time and this week I’m cutting back even more. Ugh. Wish me luck!
The four days off were plenty because I didn’t have any long, adventure runs to do or any recovery to enjoy afterwards. I stayed in San Diego for the holiday so there wasn’t any travel to take up my time, either. But I did fly through a pretty fat book and then started another one. I slept in later than usual, just because. I indulged in foods I don’t normally eat and drank wine in amounts I don’t normally consume. We did some shopping, bought a Christmas tree and decorated a bit. We caught sunset at the beach. I watched some Netflix (anyone see Black Mirror? CRAZY!). I made it to a hot yoga class with some girlfriends, got a pedicure, and I discovered my new favorite grocery store EVER (if you live in Encinitas, go to Lazy Acres). I went running twice with Sheri along the coast and once on my treadmill while I caught up on Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce.
So yes, I kept plenty busy, but I didn’t feel particularly productive. That’s probably why I felt ready to get back to work today. I take it as a good sign that I don’t dread going to work and I actually look forward to it (sometimes). It’s like the quote that goes, “live a life you don’t need a vacation from” or something like that. I feel like that is where I’m at these days.
My 50k is this Saturday in San Francisco and I’m making a fun trip out of it. A ton of San Diego friends are running the race and Brittany is along for the ride. We rented an Airbnb in a cute neighborhood and plan to enjoy the city before and after the race as much as possible. It’s been years now since I’ve been to San Francisco and it is hands-down my favorite city. I can’t wait to drink a frothy cappuccino in a charming cafe as the fog rolls in, and take a ferry to Sausalito for a little lunch. Ahh, the city is calling!
At this point, I’m no longer nervous about finishing the race; I’m just excited to finally DO IT. Tapering is making me crazy, so I’m ready to run. I’m eager to explore new trails and excited to crush a whole new distance and goal. Most of all, I’m thrilled to do it with a bunch of friends by my side (or waiting for me at the finish). 😉
Before I go… I wanted to share a book and a movie that really moved me recently. I read a lot of books and watch a lot of movies, but don’t often feel compelled to recommend them. These two, on the other hand, deserve praise and I feel like it is my duty to recommend them to you. If you have a chance, check them out.
Love Warrior – This book resonated with me on so many levels. It’s a memoir written by Glennon Doyle Melton, a recovering alcoholic and bulimic. She writes about her crumbling marriage, how she dealt with it, and what she discovered along the way. It is the tale of her journey and all the enlightening moments of love along the way. Her words will suck you in and pull at your heart strings. If you’ve ever personally suffered from any sort of addiction, it will likely strike a deep chord with you and make you feel at home. That was the case for me, and Glennon has earned a special little place in my heart.
Moonlight – This is one of the most powerful and important films I’ve seen in years – possibly my whole life. It’s the coming of age story of a skinny little black boy growing up in a rough part of Miami amidst the “war on drugs” era. It depicts the challenges he faces in finding himself while being raised in an environment where a tough, masculine persona is essential for survival. The film follows him through three chapters of his life as he comes to terms with his sexual identity. It’s heartbreaking, even soul crushing at times, but more than anything, it’s an important story that needs to be told. Please see this movie. It’s absolutely beautiful.
And that’s a wrap! Have any of you read Love Warrior or seen Moonlight?
Let me know your thoughts!