We landed yesterday, Sunday, in San Francisco…it’s soooo lovely to be home again. Three weeks is a long time to be away, and we’ve done it twice in the past two months! It’s lovely to be back with the Husband and Charlie the cat and in my little house again. Admittedly, I’m a little heartbroken to be so far from home, from my friends, my family and especially my wonderful parents.
But at the same time, it kind of feels like New Year’s Day all over again.
The past few months have been incredibly busy. Amazing, but busy. In October, my lovely in-laws came for three weeks. Then we had ten days and then we went to Tokyo for three weeks. Then we had ten days and it was Christmas and then New Year. Then we had two weeks and we went to the UK for three weeks. I am TOTALLY not complaining, we have had an incredible couple of months. But at the same time, I am excited about a period of normal life again.
Normal Life will include a few big things.
1) Serious running.
To be honest, since Healdsburg in October, I feel like I’ve slacked a LOT on the running. Every time I’ve moved back into ‘training mode’ and started making progress, I’d slack off again, due to travel, jet-lag, other commitments and frankly, just being lazy. I owe any discipline that I’ve maintained to this blog and you readers, so thank you SO much. However now I want to ramp it up. Lake Chabot Half is in two weeks time…it’s just a ‘training run with a medal’ but at the moment, I’m not in decent shape to do it any honour at all and I want to change that.
Let’s just say that I am six pounds heavier now than the day I flew to the UK. People fed me WELL and I went back for seconds a LOT. Which was fun. But when you’re 5’1, six pounds shows and it’s also not healthy. So I need to lose that.
More importantly, today marks the start of Meat-Free Month. I’m going to be going veggie for a month, with a view to giving up meat completely. This has been on my mind for a long time and I’m so excited about it. However I’m trialling it for a month first because I don’t really know what I’m letting myself in for! My motivation is primarily the amount of land, water and grain that we in the West devote to meat. I don’t think this is sustainable. But also, people with vegetarian diets are significantly less likely to die of heart disease and frankly, I’ll take any help I can get!! This article was really helpful. However I totally promise not to become one of those annoying new converts!! No preaching.
I am SO excited about this – I woke up this morning feeling like it was the first day of the rest of my life! It feels like a really big moment!!
So. Forgive me for this long, very self-indulgent ramble. The basics are:
1) Home again
2) Serious running now.
3) No meat.
4) Thanks for all your encouragement to keep me running during a busy period!!