I’m not going to lie: recovering from those 39 miles I ran in the last week of my challenge was ROUGH. April 1st was like a holiday for me. As much as I love running, it was awesome to wake up that morning and not have any miles on the calendar. I spent as much time off my feet as I could Wednesday-Friday because my right knee was giving me trouble and I didn’t want to exacerbate the pain, but I already had plans Wednesday night to see the Bleachers show so I popped some Advil and made my way to Uptown.
One of my favorite things about that band is that they have two drummers. Random, yes, but it makes their shows even more electrifying. I was happy to have that midweek night out with friends.
The rest of the week was a bit of a food-coma blur, as my body was still adjusting to going from high mileage to zero workouts for the remainder of the week. I ate everything in sight (unapologetically). Fortunately, I had the holiday weekend to help fuel my bender.
Easter Eats: broccoli/cheese frittata, strawberry poppyseed salad, tuna salad, ham/cheese on Hawaiian rolls, parmesean hash brown cups, deviled eggs, shrimp ceviche, and roasted asparagus. Dessert was chocolate mousse (my contribution), mini cheesecakes, and a coconut cake.
All enjoyed on our back patio with a few family members and friends who came over to celebrate the sunny day with us.
And for those of you who follow me on Instragram and remember that I sent my Dad a VERY detailed list for the Easter bunny about my candy specifications, I should let you know that the rabbit did not disappoint.
Another thing I’m thankful for, besides the sun? My best childhood friend, Kaitlin, being in town. I love it when she’s home because she grew up just a few blocks from me so I can easily make my way to her house for the second part of most holidays. It’s so nice to have a “second family” to visit and spend a few hours with.
Thank goodness the weather cooperated and we had a sunny 60 degree day! It truly felt like the beginning of spring, a perfectly-timed Easter event.
I don’t talk much about my faith here, but I was also grateful to make it home for mass at my childhood church with my family. We all have ups and downs in our faith journey, but having a relationship with Jesus is important to me, and I treat Him the same way I treat any friend. Relationships take work. You don’t always get along, you might not talk for awhile, but you can’t expect a strong relationship without giving effort. You can’t just come to a friend when you need something. In an effort to strengthen this relationship, for Lent this year I made a promise to go to church on Sundays instead of giving something up. And while I wasn’t perfect, I tried my best. Coming home and going to church with my family, just like we did growing up, reminds me how much I love being part of a church community. I’ll have to work on finding that now that I live by myself in the city.
Now that my running challenge and the holiday weekend are over, it’ll be nice to get back to a balance of eating, working out, and writing. I’m hoping to be a bit more consistent on IHABL, even though I am dedicating April to finishing my NASM textbook once and for all. April is a mystery to me — no plan — so we’ll see what happens!
- What is your favorite Easter (or Passover) food?
- Do you have any goals for the month of April?
- What should my next challenge be??