Today’s Happy Note: My hair. Even though it annoys me sometimes, I’m really in love with it. It’s dark, wavy, and mysterious, and I like how it looks sexy down or up.
Marathon Training: I was super tired after work yesterday (which is sad considering I didn’t start until 11) and fell asleep afterwards. One of the things I despise most about fall and winter is the loss of daylight in the evenings. I mourn that loss. As a runner — and a lover of evenings in general — I need that space. I’m not asking for full-blown light after 6:00 or so, just a sort of twilight. It is pretty tricky for me to run safely after 6:00 or 6:30. Blech.
So, when I woke up from my nap at 6:45 I thought all was lost and started getting mad at myself for missing a run.
But then I realized that a run was still possible if I stayed on the main streets, rather than going into any parks. I try not to do this too often, but my legs were itching and I really needed to clear my head. I promised myself a trip to Whole Foods afterwards too. 🙂 I ended up getting in 7.5 miles. “The plan” called for 8 hilly miles, so it might not have been perfect, but it was the best I could do and I’m proud of myself for getting out there.
I did 5.5 miles this morning. They were not pleasant. I was sllooooowwwww. I hope that means my body is saving up lots of energy for tomorrow morning’s early 22 miler! Wish me luck!
Sometimes I get tired of talking about running. Of thinking about it, even. When you start training for a marathon, you know (or at least you should know) that running is going to take up a hell of a lot of time. But no one tells you that it will somehow manage to take up all your non-running time too: when I am not running, I am thinking about when I will squeeze my next run in, that I need to stretch, that X body part really hurts because of running, how many miles I have run this week, what the running plan for next week is, and, most importantly, when will my next meal be. And how I will ever make it big enough to fill my constantly-hungry belly.
Now that we’re on the subject of food…
These, my friends, are chocolate chip pumpkin cookies. Tasty, tasty cookies. I haven’t baked in a while and was feeling in the mood. Sometimes ya just have to bake, ya know? I made this recipe from Tasty Kitchen. Momma2Girls, you rock!
I will always have a soft spot for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. My freshman year of college, I turned 18 in November. I had made two really good friends by that point and had some more acquaintances. I am not great at making new friends or adjusting to new circumstances. I was feeling lonely and sad on my birthday. A week or so beforehand my mom had asked me if I wanted her to send me a birthday treat and I gloomily acquiesced. A few days before my birthday, it arrived. I can’t remember if I opened it then or waited until my birthday. But it was pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. They were soft and fresh and made me so happy. I ended up crying myself to sleep that night; those cookies felt like the only bright spot of the day.
Time to go night night. I have a very early wake up call for my 22 miler! I’m doing it with a friend so hopefully that helps.
What’s your favorite kind of cookie? Do you like pumpkin or do you think it’s just a silly blogger obsession?