Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Just a tad chilly

by Meghann on March 26, 2013

Brrr… it’s cold outside!

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How has our mild winter been followed by such a cold spring? I don’t get it!

Of course, it could be worse. It could be snowing! I feel for my friends in the northeast and midwest. Brrrr….

I was hit with the cold weather for both my swim and my run today. With the run, it’s wasn’t so bad. It was nice actually. I wore a reflective jacket and my capris and felt good. Since I’m currently plan-less until May, I just did an easy 4 miles and enjoyed the run.

The swim was cold. I knew I was in trouble when I had to turn the heat on during my short drive to the pool from my office (I’m such a wimp!). Luckily the water is heated, so once you’re in it’s not bad. It’s even better when you’re actually moving. Any breaks we had was a test of how much of my body I could keep below the water’s surface (again, I’m such a wimp).

I almost bailed on tonight’s swim. I’ve managed to bail on almost every practice in the last month and was so tempted to keep up with the pattern. I was tired, it was cold, and all I wanted to do was go home and lay on my couch. Somehow I managed to talk myself into it and was greeted with a practice full of nothing by pulls. My shoulders ached after the first 100 (and I still had 10 more to go). Each one felt harder than the last. I felt weak and out of shape. It didn’t help that the pool was gross. A windy weekend had allowed a lot of leaves to find their way into the pool and I felt like I was swimming through a bed of leaves.

It wasn’t my best practice, but it was definitely a needed one. We’re all counting down the days until our favorite pool re-opens for the season. I miss morning swim practices (I think we all do). It’s harder to get to the ones in the evening and there’s nothing quite like starting the day with a good swim. We all agree that summer can’t come soon enough.

I prepped dinner before work this morning and had salsa chicken (chicken breast covered in salsa) waiting in the crock pot when I got home (I <3 our crock pot!). I steamed some broccoli in the microwave, cut some tomatoes, shredded some cheese, and had a lovely chicken salsa salad for dinner.

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Today’s packed lunch was a mix of veggies, cheese, hummus, and hard boiled eggs.

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Breakfast was a hot bowl of oatmeal with nuts, strawberries, and peanut butter.

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(unpictured snacks: almonds, chocolate, and Trader Joe’s peanut butter oat bar)

Evening swims always take it out of me. All I want to do is curl up in a ball and fall asleep on my couch. Unfortunately I have laundry that needs to be folded and dishes that need to be put away. Sigh. Such is life.

Have a great night everyone! Keep warm!

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