Saturday, August 8, 2015

On the Road Again

So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being.-- Franz Kafka

Tomorrow morning I will be on another 14 hour or more journey back to Atlanta. This time around I'll be traveling with my 2 and 4 year old... For 14 hours. I figure at some point they will get into a zone as I let DVD's do the parenting for me. The car is packed and I am prepping for the trip that will be somewhat physically taxing.

I have a bit of arthritis throughout my body and in general, if I sit for more than an hour my knees feel horrible and my back is stiff. I have been living my life like an athlete for the past 90 days or so and I can't afford a physical setback. Motrin is less and less of an option these days as I desire to put more natural foods in. I have researched some anti-inflammatory food options and it was an adventure trying to pack for a long car trip with natural foods in mine.

Typically I have the standard chips and other crap to munch on as I suffer through Pennsylvania and West Virginia and the long winded Virginia. Those aren't the best options this time around for me as an athlete and certainly not for my children. Sure I can say no, this is for daddy but my smart aleck 4 year old would probably call me a hippocrite. 

This trip I am loading my cooler with still the standard Turkey and Cheese sandwiches but I now have Walnuts, strawberries, grapes, blueberries, celery, coconut water, peaches, and pears. I'm still going to guzzle triple grande lattes like its crack in the 80's but I've made many other changes.

I've taken off more days than expected so I will have to dive right in when I reach home and step my mileage up 20% or so to get back on track. Hopefully my eating habits over time will help with soreness, inflammation, and recovery. Traveling is no longer an excuse for lack of performance.

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