Motivation Monday: the ‘good health’ edition

I woke up this morning feeling like a human being!

This is major. Ever since I got hit with Montezuma’s Revenge’s angry older brother last week, I have looked forward to this morning: The one when I’d wake up feeling like myself again. It’s here, and I’m overjoyed. It’s hard to feel truly grateful for our good health when we’re feeling good and strong, but man, am I feeling the gratitude now!

It’s been fab eating bland, stomach-flu friendly foods for the past week. Still, I’m looking forward to eating big-girl food again soon.

Feeling well again is motivating me to turn my attention back to fun stuff: Namely, the fall race season. I’m not going to run or swim today (yoga seems more my speed at the moment, mentally and physically), but I can finally imagine doing so within the next few days. That means my Philadelphia Half-Marathon plans are intact.

It also means I have a better idea of what’s possible for the Daiquiri Deck Tropical Splash Open Water Swim. I’d been planning to swim the 5K. The fact that I’m still feeling kind of weak suggests that the 2.5K might be a smarter option for this time. I’ll get all the fun of the swim, but none of the shame when I fail to meet an unattainable standard.

Speaking of the fall race season …

I’m writing a piece about race etiquette for Washingtonian’s Well + Being blog, and I’m wondering: What’s your race-etiquette pet peeve? What should every new runner know about race etiquette before his or her first 5K? Let me know by commenting below, or by emailing me at amy.reinink (at) Responses can be snarky or helpful (or both).

And finally, in other news, D.C. runners, make sure you check out the Run for Shelter in Alexandria Nov. 17. The event, which will include a 10K, 5K and fun run, benefits Carpenter’s Shelter, the largest homeless shelter in Northern Virginia. The course is flat and fast, and the start is Metro-accessible. It doesn’t get much better, now does it?

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