It’s Plunge Week!

With all the snow last weekend I almost completely forgot. This Saturday is the Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge!

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Thank goodness it wasn’t last Saturday because I’m positive it would have been called off. For those of you who may not be familiar with what a Polar Bear Plunge is, I will explain:

It’s basically a huge ice bath. I know we are all familiar with those.
Or the Ice Bucket Challenge x 1 billion. 

I’ve plunged once in the past and it looked like this:

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This was in 2010. Yes it is snowing and yes I am dressed like a giant bee for reasons that I cannot remember. Also I was absolutely as cold as I look.

So why do I want to do something like this again even though last year I specifically said that I was never going to do it again? First of all, I have a terrible memory. Secondly it’s for an excellent cause. A bunch of crazy people have been diving into the Bay for the past 20 years to raise money for the Special Olympics of Maryland. I considered plunging last year too, but instead decided to participate in the sister event, a 5K called Freeze Your Buns, which ended up being colder and more awful than taking an icy dip in a ridiculous outfit.

It just so happens that Freeze Your Buns was supposed to be last weekend and obviously was postponed along with my run club’s 8 miler that I was supposed to volunteer for. Damn Jonas messing up all the race plans. 

Third of all…FRIENDS! The Plunge is like a great big beach party minus the warm sunny weather and instead of sand we will be slogging through 2 feet of snow. (Unless they’ve cleared the beach which I suspect they have not.) Lots of people even hop in the Bay in their swimsuits which I will be doing this year since I can’t locate my bee costume. We have rented a bus to take us down there as it is about a 45 minute trek from where we live and it will be full of healthy snacks and drinks.

Okay fine…taco dip and beers. It’s going to be my rest day so I do what I want.

I’m sure I’ll have tons of hilarious photos to share when Monday rolls around.

Have you ever done a Polar Bear Plunge? Would you?

xo,

Salt

 

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Salt’s Day Off

Earlier this week my best friend/office manager came to me with the most amazing news: I’M OFF WORK TODAY. Not that this should come as a major shock because it IS Good Friday, but still for some reason I was surprised. Probably because it was just snowing and I forgot it was April.

Anyway, there I was. Granted this amazing not-quite-random day off work and – please don’t judge me – Betty is still going to school. Any other day completely free of responsibility that I have ever had since I became a mom meant that I probably had a stomach flu or something equally as gross. This time I’m feeling great and I literally have nothing planned. No work plans. No mommy plans. Not even any fitness plans because Fridays are always my rest day anyway.

OH MY GOD WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH MYSELF?

I’ll tell you.

First? I’m going to Starbucks. I know you are all very surprised and it probably won’t be the only time it happens today.

Next? I’m going to my happy place AKA: the running store. I’m finally getting myself a hydration belt. I’m not trying to attempt an 18 miler tomorrow without one.

Then? I’m getting a pedicure. I will probably have to tip the same amount that I pay for the pedicure because I feel so badly for anyone that has to touch my scary feet. It will be worth it.

And then?

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I’M GOING WINE TASTING!! RANDOM!!!!

My mom and I are going to a local winery (Maryland has those!) for a little wine tasting in the afternoon. This will be my first time. I lived in California for a number of years and yet somehow I never went wine tasting even once when I lived out there and I’m still kicking myself over it. I think the last time I hung out with my mom by myself was when I was pregnant almost 3 years ago. Ironically we were in wine country and it’s not like I could go wine tasting then. I am SO EXCITED to spend this time with her!

After that, I will hopefully be relaxed enough to not completely freak out that I’ll be waking up at 4-something in the morning to attempt running 18 miles. I’m REALLY nervous about it and I just hope it goes better than my last long run. Still bitter.

Anyway, if you are my Insta-friend, I’m sure you will see lots of photos of my winey excursion today! I hope everyone has a Happy Friday, a Happy Easter if you are an Easter celebrator, and a Happy Weekend if you’re not!

What did you do with your last rest day? Have you ever been wine tasting?

xo,

Salt

Toddler Tuesday: World’s Best Hider.

“Mommy! I hiding!”

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Yesterday was tough. I was up early for my run, then in to the office for a couple hours, then we had to go say an emotional goodbye to my friend. At the church, I saw my first flowers of the year blooming. I would have been a lot more excited to see them under different circumstances, but it was kind of poetic in a way.

No matter how bad life seems, I can always count on two things: running to get my head on straighter, and an afternoon spent with this kid to bring a smile to my face. We hung out at my mom’s for the remainder of the day and despite the circumstances we had a lot of fun. Baseball was on TV and it was window-open weather. We taught her how to play hide & seek. Up until yesterday, tea party was my favorite thing to play with her, but now I think it’s going to be hide & seek. I could have done this for hours.

As you can see, she is a natural at hiding.

Is running like therapy for you too? What was your favorite game to play as a kid? How about with your own kids? Are you as excited about baseball as I am?

xo,

Salt