I took a look back this morning at my post from April 16, 2013, written a day after the Boston Marathon bombings. I was in shock as the rest of the world was, unable to fathom such a tragedy, especially a tragedy so closely related to what I do every day.
As you pause to remember those that lost their lives and those that were injured, out of tragedy always comes acts of kindness, unity and heroism.
Tragedy Inspires Kindness – From Runner’s World, a heartwarming compilation of people helping others following the bombings.
Sparkly Soul is still selling Boston Strong headbands and a portion of the proceeds are donated directly to The One Fund Boston.
This year’s Boston Marathon will take place next Monday with a race capacity of 35, 660 runners, 9,000 more runners than last year.
Obviously I won’ bet one of those runners but I do envy their ability and determination.
I ran 6.25 slow and easy miles yesterday morning and felt really good. As I looped my neighborhood, my mind was still looping itself around what happened in Sunday’s race:
Did I really not feel well? Was it all in my head? Was I really getting dizzy? Yeah, something was just not right.
I really need to run more hills. Or, I just need to avoid races that involve hills.
I hate 5k races but maybe I need to throw some into the summer schedule just to challenge myself a bit.
Maybe I should try a 10k race too.
Why does it always seem like the people running ahead of you in a race are running so effortlessly? Are they really? Do I look like that from behind too?
I need to change up my usual running route. Too much of the same thing is comforting and all but it’s time to step out of the comfort zone.
I really need to work on making sure I am tackling fartleks and all that jazz each week.
Will I run this race next year? Not a chance. I am traumatized.
Will I at least head back to Central Park in the next little while to conquer the course and prove to myself I really felt sick on Sunday? No, I don’t need to. Not at all. Not happening.
Well, maybe it’s not a bad idea to run Central Park just so I can have lunch at the The Smith after I run. Love that place.
It’s a wonder I get any running done with all of that thinking.
So it’s Passover.
I don’t like Matzoh. I mean, I guess there isn’t much to completely dislike about it – it’s just so blah and dry and, well, square.
Matzoh is fine with sauce and cheese as a pizza and it’s OK with butter or even baked into a Matzoh lasagna. It’s terrific in a Matzoh Kugel I suppose, but really, in my opinion, it is best with peanut butter.
Peanut butter is not considered Kosher for Passover though. Did you know that? Passover is not just about avoiding bread and grains. Peanut butter is not K for P because it is considered a legume and legumes are a no-no.
Confession: When I was first married and I tried going along with the whole keep kosher for Passover thing, I hid my jar of peanut butter and a package of English muffins and waited until no one was around so that I could eat what I really wanted.
So yeah, I don’t keep kosher for Passover but I do have a slew of yummy recipes for you that don’t even involve matzoh. Even if you aren’t Jewish, these recipes are terrific and worth checking out.
Passover Recipes otherwise known as recipes that are grain-free:
Triple Chocolate Brownie Squares – beyond fudgy which is what a brownie is all about, yes?
15 Healthy Recipes For Passover – including cauliflower pizza crust, asparagus dishes, quinoa bowls and flourless cake.
Remember my baked sweet potato latkes (pancakes) from Hanukkah?
Guess what?! They work for Passover too!
Made with grated potato, onion, quinoa flakes and apple, they are perfect as a side dish, especially when dipped in applesauce.
My son really enjoys my Matzoh Brei which I must go make for him now. It’s like a French toast without the toast. Recipe for you tomorrow….
Enjoy your Tuesday!
Favorite Passover recipe?
Do you like Matzoh or skip it altogether?
Anyone running Boston next week?
What goes through your mind when you are running, or when you are a running a race?