If you ask me why I run, my quick response would be, to eat chocolate cake.
However, the real reason I run is to feel like myself.
I run to feel like me.
When the rest of your world is out of sync, when people are annoying you, when you suddenly without warning break out into a food allergy rash all over your body from calamari and are up day and night for the last week itching and scratching and crawling out of your skin, you run because that’s your place to feel normal and at peace within your own personal world.
Yes. That is correct. I suddenly have a shellfish allergy, most specifically, calamari.
While my son was breaking his thumb a few days ago, my body was experiencing a delayed allergic response to calamari and slowly began itching and rashing out of control.
Ever have a food allergy rash? It is not fun.
This food allergy rash reaction is taking its sweet time going away but thankfully I feel the tide slowly turning (thanks to the medicine and time passing) but being itchy and scratchy for days on end combined with not being able to sleep will leave you not feeling like yourself.
And of course, as my luck always has it, this food allergy hit me at the wrong time of the month, if you know what I mean, so everything is just that much worse.
I didn’t sleep much Friday night (thanks to the medicine insomnia side effects and lots of itching) but that wasn’t stopping me from my long run nor was I about to let the rain play a role in my Saturday morning tradition either.
I wasn’t tired. I wasn’t sick. I had a rash from food and moping around the house all about it was not going to make me or my hormones feel better.
Why else did I buy this Lulu jacket if I wasn’t going to actually wear it to run in the rain?
Can you tell how soaked I am? Soaked but smiling which is all that mattered.
For twelve miles of time, all was right in my world again.
I wasn’t itchy at all and I even got lucky to discover two black jelly beans in my mid-run snack!
I love black jelly beans and those are usually few and far between.
If you ever run in the rain, you know that sometimes you don’t even realize how soaking wet you actually are.
I sort of figured out that it was a decent rain that I ran in when my sneakers were still pretty wet Sunday morning.
By the way, I returned the Adidas Adistar Boost and have been wearing my pink Energy Boosts until I find a good pair (good as in decent color) of the new Energy Boost 2.0.
Runner’s Edge only had the new model in white and while I normally don’t care what color my running shoes are , white on white is simply not acceptable for running outdoors.
I decided to wear my Saucony Kinvara yesterday for a short recovery run.
I find the Kinvara very comfortable for walking around and even decent for short runs but sometimes feel like I need more support than they actually offer.
They are super light though which allows you to move pretty quick.
After my recovery run, I did something beyond crazy.
Sunday morning yoga at Lulu Lemon? Who am I these days?
My friend suckered me into attending with her and since she was bringing me a pretty purple mat which matched my shirt and my nail polish, I couldn’t say no.
I am totally down with the whole mind-body connection concept at Pure Barre these days but an actual yoga class really isn’t my thing.
I do think it is cool though that Lulu Lemon offers a free class every Sunday before the store opens so that if I ever feel like downward dogging again, I know where I can do so.
In other news, has anyone come across the new containers of Chobani Oats?
While I would much prefer to make my own oatmeal with yogurt concoctions, this prepackaged combo would make for a great portable/travel/on-the-go emergency meal option.
Click here for the latest Hungry Girl Newsletter which mentions the new Chobani Oats.
And now I am hungry so it’s time for breakfast. Have a great week!
Have you ever had a food allergy rash reaction? When will it go away for good?!
Do you love/hate black licorice jelly beans?
What is your mid-run snack of choice these days? At what mile do you usually eat it?