am - 10 miles with james. 27th south loop.
pm - 4 miles with james (2 + 2). liberty park.
i'm feeling good again after a week of regrouping camp. my hip, etc. issues seem to be sorted, but it's mostly the mental refresher that i needed. i don't know what happened over this past month, but everything became so stale, and i just needed to step back and focus on other things for a few days.
i had a nice week meeting my cute little nephew (he looks like a skinny spider) and putting more focus into work. some of my students competed in a culinary competition against other schools around the state. it's a big deal for them -- they have been "training" every saturday for over a year and the competition itself is very structured and intense. and it's all voluntary. it requires a lot of dedication and extra work in addition to everything they are doing in school.
it was fun to watch -- to see their nerves and their focus. this is their passion, and i loved seeing them dive into it with intensity and solicitude. whether it's a 5k race, competitive fish filleting, or something else -- it's all about finding that something, and caring. devoting oneself to a passion and working at it to continuously improve. self-betterment. progress. as james would say, it's about being more of a nerd and less of a loser. this experience revived me.
on a separate note, i ate some ultra-sugared tiramisu last night, and i feel very sick now. it's 12:54pm and i still don't have an appetite, which is unheard of. i do not skip meals.