I started my day with a long chat with this crazy bunch:
My family in Pennsylvania! That’s my sister Sam, my Dad, my dog Ghia, and my mom (She has a new hobby!
Collecting vintage Pyrex bowls! It’s fascinating! That’s my g-ma Gram L. creepin in the background.)
Once we said our goodbyes, I set out to try running again among the autumn foliage.
Good news! My run today was much better than Sunday’s! I ran (with some walking for recovery, especially after/during hills!) for 45 minutes and saw lots of pretty leaves changing. Nothing can compare to Vermont of course, but I’ll take it!
After doing a loop around the Domain, I intended to stop once I crossed the bridge, but instead I cranked “Shipping up to Boston” and pushed pushed pushed! I did finally call it quits after one hard loop of the park near my apartment to “Dog Days are Over.”
I felt pretty good most of the run, with just some side cramping that is pretty typical for me. I just walk it out until it goes away. But also, my hamstrings were really tight from yesterday’s yoga, so I needed to stop and stretch a few times.
A fabulous lunch was waiting for me to heat up when I got home.
Though my practice wasn’t exactly perfect last night, dinner after yoga did not disappoint! The studio I attend on Mondays offers a full vegetarian meal after class, included in the nz$14 drop in price for students! Last night they served this lasagna, veggie soup, a side salad, real AMERICAN lemonade (“lemonade” here is really sugary and carbonated), and apple crumble for dessert (made with apples from my friend’s tree!) Since I wasn’t feeling my best after class, my appetite wasn’t as rampant as usual–I can usually clean the plate! I finished the soup and salad and a few cups of lemonade. I don’t have to tell you that I was feeling well enough for dessert 🙂 But I brought all of the lasagna home!
It was amazering. A HUGE bowl of spinach and kumara (sweet potato) lasagna was the perfect way to refuel after my run.
I also had a nice instant coffee with oat milk before class. Gotta stay awake during the 2pm-5pm class somehow!
During class, we got the news that a tornado had struck just north of Auckland. Traveling at 200km/hour, it swept away cars and roofs of buildings, injuring many people and killing two. Luckily, I am home safe and the storm system has dissipated. In comparison to the tornadoes in Alabama, it seems like nothing, but it is a huge deal for Auckland and New Zealand – stuff like this simply doesn’t happen here. I am so thankful that I am safe, but those affected are certainly in my thoughts and prayers.