Today’s Happy Note: Just saw the Karate Kid movie with a friend and it was awesome! Also got in some much needed social time. I adore Jackie Chan and totally want to be a kung fu master now.
One of the reasons I love running is because it gives me time to think. Don’t get me wrong — not every run is a blissful hour of perfect thought. Sometimes my runs are sluggish, sweaty, messy heaps of boredom or pain. But those runs when you get your head nice and cleared and you can spend 20 or 30 minutes daydreaming or planning — those are one of the main impetuses behind my running. I love the endorphins and the sheer joy that comes with flying down a new trail. But I also treasure the alone time. I have learned how to lose myself in my own head, even on a hot crowded afternoon in Central Park.
Today was terribly humid, but after a few miles I sort of filtered that out and just…thought. It was a very pleasant 7 miles. I threw in 5 or 6 speedy bursts as well. I am a terrible speed runner. I try to go fast, I really do, but my muscles just don’t seem to want to move that way. I would rather run longer and slower than shorter and faster. The problem for me is that anything less than 6 or so miles falls clearly into the “shorter” category. I don’t mind this, it just means there aren’t a lot of races available for me. And to be honest, I don’t like racing. I said it. I. Don’t. Like. To. Race. I love ultramarathons and like half-marathons and presumably marathons, but I don’t necessarily want to race them. Is this weird? Do you run for speed or distance or both? Do you find it easier to go faster or to slow down and go longer?
Proof of sweatiness.
Eats! I haven’t shared anything in what feels like years. Some highlights:
Wraps — lots and lots of wraps. Why didn’t I realize how good wraps were before? Seriously so much better than sandwiches. I have been using various combos of hummus, beans, guacamole, cheese, and veggies. The flavors get all melty together and they’re oh so wonderful.
Tastiest thing you’ve eaten so far this week?
For me? Piles and piles of plain shredded coconut.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful week. Only two more days until the weekend!