Traveling + getting a balanced diet + enough rest = biggest. challenge. ever. Megan and I are exceptionally good at drinking plenty of coffee and tea, but as for nutritional value and sleepytime…well, some days we hit our mark, other days not. We’re still pretty good about working out, though, and Wisconsin was no exception. However, this doesn’t really mean running in Wisconsin was fun…
See, we were staying with my adorable friends, Erin and Mike, in their adorable apartment decorated with zombies and literature (they’re both nerdy librarians), and their pad was in a residential area that screamed “You will get lost if you venture too far!” Both days I ran, I had a very limited time slot – thirty minutes – and I know when it comes to me and timing, if there’s a way to get lost and leave me running longer, I’ll find it. Thus, a practical solution was to either do 15 minutes out and 15 minutes back, or find a connecting area that allowed me to run in a circle.
Point to point was out as there were no easy points. But Mike suggested the hospital trail, a cement path that circled the hospital for maybe a total of 3/4 of a mile. I flicked on Savage Love and ran the hospital trail once. Ooo, a nice building! Why look, nurses walking! Oh hey, some creepy man possibly cutting shrubbery or possibly not. Hmm, a pond. And then the trail was over and I ran it again. Second time: Oh, that building again. Huh, no one is on the trail now. Oh hey, that guy isn’t creepy he just really is cutting shrubbery. Why are there no birds in the pond? And then the third time: building. Person. Creepy man. Pond. And the fourth time: This is good for me. This is good for me. I am a more sane person when I run. This is good for me.*
Dinner was a date with a local guy, Dan, at a pan-Asian place that seemed to forget I had ordered a meatless dish (maybe they were trying to help with that whole nutrition thing?) but all in all was delicious. At least there was good conversation and a pint of beer, which equated to falling asleep rather easily.
Next time I’m in Wisconsin though…trying that whole point to point run.
*I did the same run the next morning, my mind starting immediately at the “This is good for me” zone.