Archive | November, 2012

Monday Meditation: Late Edition

27 Nov

I know, I know, it’s Tuesday. But since I wrote about Thanksgiving weekend yesterday, I postponed the Monday Meditation a day. (I do what I want!)

I stumbled upon this this afternoon and immediately thought, “YES! This is exactly how I feel about running!” I have written about running for others, but this really speaks to the most personal of reasons for running. It seems as though the writer has reached inside my brain to where I keep my thoughts about running and poetically strung the words together in a neat little saying.

Thank you, Sallie Stiens, for allowing me to share this!

I will be saving this one to refer to in the future when I feel down because of an injury, start to get burned out from my routine, head out for a long distance or tempo run, line up for a race, or in response to people who look at me quizzically and ask, “Run?! Why on Earth would you do that?!”

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Turkey Trot (or Not)

26 Nov

I hope all the Turkey Trotters out there who ran on Thursday had great races and a wonderful holiday!

 

I was not able to join in the local Turkey Trot this year and I was a little saddened by this. On the bright side, Mark (the Husband) and I were able to take the opportunity to visit his brother in Queens, NY for a few days.

On Thanksgiving morning, we moseyed down to Herald Square to catch the tail end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Seriously, we showed up at 11:45 am.)

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After the brief parade viewing (and dodging the crowd dispersal), we took a walk to Central Park. It was a beautiful Autumn day, perfect for walking!

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The Husband and I

For dinner, we ate a delicious meal at Brick Cafe. They had a special Thanksgiving menu with traditional turkey dinners as well as fun seasonal dishes. The turkey was moist and savory, the candied sweet potatoes were to die for, and the pumpkin gnocchi was perfectly complemented by the mushroom creme sauce. There were also leek mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and spinach. This was hands down the most delicious (and non-tradish) Thanksgiving meal I’ve ever had! Shhh, don’t tell….

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Wish I had a better food shot!

We packed a LOT of things into two and a half days, including seeing other good hometown friends who also live in Queens now, doing a little sight-seeing, meeting up with two couples we met on our honeymoon (who are from LA and the Jersey Shore), and even more good food at an Indian restaurant. If we had more time, we would have liked to volunteer for the Hurricane Sandy effort, but we were not able to. Instead, I will be sending some needed items back down for donations.

My foot was a bit sore after all of the walking and rushing around, so I did not attempt any kind of running after getting back into town. Instead, I iced and found myself sucked into a Downton Abbey marathon…(note: I’m kind of nerdy).

This is a pretty accurate depiction of how the rest of the weekend went:

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Hug a Runner Today

20 Nov

G.O.H.A.R.D.! That means it’s Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day! Take a moment today to share the love and hug your favorite runner, give yourself a hug or encouragement, organize a group hug with your training friends, or grab a runner out on the road for a squeeze. The latter may be the more risky of the choices, but, hey – it could result in PR’s all around! ((Hugs to all my runner friends!))

To find some more ways to get involved in today’s funtivities, check out Run The Edge’s post about sharing the sweat.

PSA: Hugging a runner whom you’re romantically involved with may result in “cross training.” 😉