That about summarizes the past couple weeks. First, an up: after all of our hot water heater drama, the plumber finally came and was able to get it working again within a few minutes. So instead of getting a whole new water heater, we just installed a sump pump and a water level alarm. The alarm did wake me up around 3 am the next morning….because the piece of wood underneath it got wet. So the water heater woes thankfully seem to be over.
Down: I’m currently getting over my second round of cold/sore throat crap in the past two weeks. The first round only lasted 2 days and I thought I had escaped anything worse….but a few days later, bam. Today I made a super peppery chai spice mix. It’s the only thing that has helped clear my head a little.
Up: My bacteria (the ones I work with in the lab, not my microbiome) finally started doing what I expected. They can turn dissolved forms of selenium into the elemental form of selenium, which looks like a fine red dust. So the bottles of bacteria turn pink, like so:
Down: Kara tore her cruciate ligament (basically, the dog version of an ACL) and will be having surgery for it in a few weeks. Some dogs have a genetic predisposition to this injury, and she’s likely had a partial tear – where symptoms improve with rest – for a year or so. Considering how much she enjoys jumping and dashing around, I’m impressed she made it that long before tearing the ligament completely. Speaking of jumping and dashing – if you have any tips for keeping an active dog calm and inactive during surgery rehab, please send them our way!
Up: I got about a week’s worth of runs and workouts in over the past two weeks. That’s about as good as it could be, considering I was sick 6 of those days. Over the winter I formed the habit of running around noon, as that was usually a good time to take a work break. But continuing that habit into summer really doesn’t work, because, well:
Last week I finally started getting out the door earlier. I even left home early enough to learn that this hot air balloon – which I’ve often seen floating around during morning runs – apparently takes off from my neighborhood!
Finally, I’m trying to decide whether to run the Baldy Blitz this weekend. I’ve been wanting to do this race since we moved to Bozeman, and haven’t been able to yet. But…we have something like 150% of average snowpack this year, which makes the race even gnarlier than usual. On the plus side, I’ve already run a trail race this year. This one’s just a couple miles longer. And uh…probably also a couple hours longer. And I haven’t hiked all the way to the top of this trail even in dry conditions. But since I’ll be nowhere near the front of the pack, at least the trail should be well packed down by the time I get to it. Due to the strenuousness, I won’t run it if I still feel even a tiny bit sick. But assuming I’m healthy: should I? Shouldn’t I?
Would you run the Baldy Blitz?
What do you drink to help tame a head cold?