I've signed up for the Georgia ING Half-Marathon next year and I plan on signing up for another half-marathon scheduled for this fall, so i'm going to be training through this summer. Hopefully that training can begin this weekend as I have finally been able to take off my ankle brace. Yes, for the past few days I have been stuck with an ankle brace. I was stupid and went running to hard, to long, and to fast, to soon after the half-marathon and the lower part of my ankle (which was sore after the half marathon) began to ache and swell up. Word of advice, no matter how antsy you are to get back out onto the pavement after a big race, give your legs the rest they deserve, otherwise you will end up doing more harm then good.
Yesterday, Wednesday, was "Market Day" and it was most probably the best one I have had in quite a while. The weather was sunny and unusually warm, my mom and I decided to take the day without any sort of rush, and just enjoy eachothers company. We visited Whole Foods to have lunch and to pick up some yummy Ataulfo Mango.
My lunch: 4.37lbs. Cantolope Melon
Afterwards we made a quick side stop to visit the Apple Store so that I could get myself some new headphones (mine broke AGAIN!) before heading over to Rainbow and the Farmer's Market for our routine grocery shopping. This time around my mom and I decided to pull our budgets together so that we could buy more melon and bananas than we could usually afford by buying in bulk for a discounted price. All in all we bought:
- 6 Honeydew Melon
- 9 Cantolope Melon
- A 40 lb. box of Organic Bananas
- 30 Atalfo Mangoes
- 10 llbs. Organic Valencia Oranges (for juicing)
- 15 lbs. Organic Navel Oranges (for eating)
- 1 pint of Organic Strawberries
- 170g packet of Organic Rasperries
- 170g packet of Organic Blueberries
- 7 pkg. of Medjool Dates
- 2 lbs, Muscadine Grapes
- 20 oz. fresh pressed Sugar Cane Juice
- 3 20 oz. bottles of fresh Coconut Water
Today was the first day I was able to take my ankle brace off and walk comforatbly. The sun was out again and it got up to 88 degrees! I walked for 70 minutes around my neighborhood in the early cooler morning air without my iPod for once. It was refreshing to just think and take in the morning in semi-silence.
Later this afternoon my mom surprised me by treating me to a movie at the Carmike Cinema. My family and I rarely go to the theatre due to finding most of the movies uninteresting or to the price of theatre tickets. I brought my big purse with me which I used to sneak in a bottle of water and 10 Navel oranges that I had peeled and bagged before hand. We ended up attending the final showing of "Alice in Wonderland" in 3D. The storyline wasn't very original with the usual good vs. evil and good eventually triumphing plotline, but the graphics, colors, costumes, and characters were beautiful! All in all it was a fun fairytale to allow my mind a break from the burdens of reality.