I think I’d prefer to have snow on my car, actually.
Spring is in the air. And all over every horizontal outdoor surface.
Being new to North Carolina, I wasn’t sure what to expect out of allergy season. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, where so many things are evergreen, I never had much in the way of spring allergies. In arid Los Angeles, the smog messed with my lungs, but that was a year-round thing. It wasn’t until I moved to Ohio in my mid-twenties that I discovered what people meant when they said that spring was in bloom.
Subsequent years in Boston and New York weren’t nearly as bad. I don’t know if it was being surrounded by concrete or being close to the sea or what, but I began to believe that I’d just been allergic to Ohio.
Scratchy throat. Itchy red eyes. Constant sneezing and snuffling. I’ve been walking around looking like a miserable stoner for the last week.
I’ve got me some Zyrtec now. It’s helping a little, but I still look and sound like I just watched The Notebook. Kind of embarrassing.
Please, flora of North Carolina, hurry up and finish your annual sex games. I’m dying over here.
Today’s EAT: A classic Big Ass Salad. It was exactly this sort of salad that originally got me interested in salads, actually.
Spinach, mixed greens, roasted chicken, strawberries, goat cheese and candied pecans. Unbeatable, really. I could eat this for dinner every night.
(Hmm, I guess technically I could eat this for dinner every night. Perhaps I should.)
Today’s DRINK: I popped open a chilly bottle of Frenzy Sauvignon Blanc. (Hey, it doesn’t say anything on that Zyrtec package about not mixing it with booze!)
I’m not sure from whence the name comes, because there is not anything particularly frenzied about this wine. Perhaps these New Zealand winemakers just needed a word that contained an adjacent N and Z? (Noting that one for scrabble. Also, has an F. Even better.)
Anyway. It was a fun little wine – tons of fruit, green apples, pineapple, a hint of lemon. For the price ($9), I’d certainly buy it again. It would be a great wine for sipping at an afternoon barbecue on a hot summer day.
Today’s RUN: Monday ended up being one of those unintentional rest days. Oops. I totally listened to my body and failed to get off the couch. Stupid lazy body.
Here’s how last week ended up. Mellow as hell. I’m blaming the allergies as well as post-half-marathon blahsies for this:
M – OFF (post-race)
Tu – OFF (post-race)
W – 5 easy (45:50, 9:10 pace)
Th – 6.4 easy (57:43, 9:01 pace)
F – 3.7 easy (31:22, 8:28 pace)
Sa – 4.5 easy (38:49, 8:37 pace) + weights
Su – 8.1 easy (w/hubs, 1:22, 10:07 pace)
Total: 27.7 miles. Aaaaaaaaaand that was a fun rest week. Time to get back out there! Obviously I’m not exactly off to a great start.
Today’s QUESTION: Anyone else suffering from Revenge of the Pollen? How do you deal with it?