Too Exhausted

Have you ever been too exhausted to sleep?

That may sound impossible, but trust me, it’s not.

Yesterday I ran another half-marathon, my third this year. However, unlike the two cushy races I did in warmer climes, this one was in Minnesota. In March. During one of the worst winters ever.

As I exited my car near the starting line, I felt like crawling right back inside. The temperature was about 20 degrees with steady winds. The course was rolling and more hilly than I anticipated. It was also a faster group of athletes than I am used to; I saw the eventual winner fly past me on the out-and-back course before I even made it to the turnaround.

Like everyone else there, I struggled against the wind but kept going because the alternative – walking – would prolong the misery of being outside, cold and wet.

When I finished, I hightailed it back to my car and to a hot shower.

I ran around doing different things for the rest of the day and evening, but when it came time to actually go to sleep, I couldn’t. Argh.

This used to happen to me often in residency. I’d work and work and work, and even though I was physically exhausted, when it was time to rest I couldn’t turn my brain off and sleep.

So it looks like today is going to be the kind of day that coffee was made for! At least I don’t have to run outside. I’ll give myself a pass on that one.

 

March Makeover

If you’re looking for a spring cleaning for your diet and well-being, Purely Elizabeth’s got it covered!

(FYI, this is my favorite little gluten-free grains company, and I feel like I unearthed a great secret when I discovered their products last year. Plus I love the company’s philosophy about well, everything. They are so inspirational to me).

Back to the March makeover: each week has several wellness goals. There is also advice about cleaning out your pantry plus healthy recipes that sound really great. The quinoa and kale salad with avocado – one of my favorite things in the universe – is something I’m going to try this weekend.

Check out week one here.

Purely Elizabeth

Last year on a trip to NYC, I discovered Purely Elizabeth, a company that makes a small line of gluten-free foods. I ordered some granola on the spot and also re-ordered a few times to also get chocolate chip cookie mixes, etc. The good news is that my local food co-op now carries the granola, so I can get a fix whenever I want.

One unexpected bonus is that Purely Elizabeth has a great quarterly online magazine that you can download for free. The newest edition, Purely Winter, can be accessed here.

Purely Winter contains some great information about healthy living and wellness, all in a visually pleasing style. Highlights from this edition include recipes for simple (Ding! Ding! We have a winner!) gluten-free peanut butter cup cookies, an apple cider cocktail, kale and artichoke dip (yum), plus entertaining ideas for both a Valentine’s Day brunch and a tapas party.

Get reading! And please invite me over if you make any of the recipes.