It’s Plunge Week!

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


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:


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?





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.


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?



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?



Toddler Tuesday: World’s Best Hider.

“Mommy! I hiding!”

hidey beebs

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?