Ever look back at something you said and realize a good laugh is in order?
On Friday we left off with me saying I was looking forward to enjoying Saturday’s long run. Insert laugh here.
The purpose of a long run is not your pace, rather, your focus should be endurance, logging miles and teaching your body to handle the duration.
When my first mile came in around 9:00 minutes though, I knew it was going to be a long morning and something wasn’t right.
I normally like to be left alone while I am running but by mile two, I was praying for one of my friends to wake up, forget that I like to be left alone and call me.
It wasn’t until mile seven or eight that I got lucky with some phone calls.
When a run doesn’t feel all sunshine and unicorns, I always do a mental check to determine if something specific is actually wrong.
I couldn’t pinpoint a problem, ache, pain, soreness, issue or anything anywhere on me, in me or around me.
Some days you just have it, and some days you just don’t.
In fact, I think we all need runs like this. Runs like this challenge you mentally to see what you’ve got.
Like anything else in life, mentally powering yourself through moments of weakness can only make you stronger.
I had another interesting experience after saying something here on Thursday that I now look back and laugh about.
Remember our discussion on Thursday about Macaroni and Cheese?
See this box? I didn’t buy this box. I didn’t put it in my bags at the grocery store. Yet somehow, it fell out of the bag when I got home.
I had my son with me while grocery shopping and first assumed he got this box past me without me realizing. You know how kids love to throw things into the cart without telling you?
When I questioned him, his quick response was, “Why would I sneak a box of Annie’s Mac and Cheese? I would go for the Kraft”.
My son decided that this unexplainable box of macaroni and cheese was a sign. He knows his mother so well to believe in signs.
I informed him that indeed it was a sign, a sign that he is not to eat Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.
In other news, we need to discuss Red Mango for a minute.
I actually don’t want to talk about my delicious parfait from Saturday which is starting to give the Whole Foods Food Bar competition in the price department.
How do you feel about Red Mango branching out and selling salads and sandwiches?
I don’t like when restaurants decide to expand their menus well beyond the realm of their market niche.
Maybe there will be someone who wants a salad instead of a yogurt, however, in my opinion, if the focus of a franchise is frozen yogurt, the salads and sandwiches are never all that good.
I realize that the picture on the menu looks all pretty and appetizing but the truth is, you are getting a prepared salad from a to-go case.
I don’t know. It reminds me of seeing buffalo wings on a Chinese Food take out menu. It’s just wrong.
My Cold Stone Sundae the other night was right though. Oh so right.
I didn’t get a picture of the sundae but here it is in the making. I went with a new flavor – Cherry Vanilla yogurt.
Chunks of real cherries in a vanilla yogurt which combined really well with chocolate chips, hot fudge and whipped cream. And of course the sprinkles chocolate-dipped waffle bowl.
It doesn’t take much to make me happy.
Off to eat my breakfast (three-ingredient pancake!) and begin the day. No running for me this morning, cross training has to happen at some point in the week, right?
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Best thing you ate over the weekend?
How do you handle tough runs?
Do unexplainable things ever happen to you?