So this is the time of year when I pick a few races to train for in order to make sure that I can squeeze into a swimsuit by June. You couldn't pay me enough to put one on right now....not on your life!
When your passion is cooking and eating food, there needs to be a plan and ongoing effort for exercise, or the desire for health and happiness would be out the window.
It takes me a little longer because I seem to balance out my hard work with delicious rewards at the end – like I did this weekend. I have convinced myself this time that I totally deserved it.
My friend Sally and I are training to run a half marathon in April and the Ragnar Relay race in May with 10 other friends. We are committed to running our training races – “rain or shine” and our credo of “no cry babies aloud” certainly bit us the butt this weekend.
What’s 8K right? True, but an 8 K with 55 mph wind gusts and rain/hail pelting us in the face is another story – my God man…talk about a test!
It didn’t start that way – I mean look at last weekend – ahhh…. sunny, warm 58 degrees and birds a chirpin! Friendly waves from my fellow runners passing me by, bikers swirling past as the gentle wind graced their faces…. everyone said hello as if they were singing heeellooooo.
So when I woke up on Saturday morning to lace up my shoes, I heard the wind bellowing outside pushing against my bedroom window. When I opened the front door and step out onto the sidewalk, my sneakers met a puddle and soaked my socks immediately.
The cold wet rain...ugh... nope, I’m not gonna let it bring me down. I have to admit, if Sally wasn’t crossing that bridge to pick me up and keep me honest, I am not sure if I would have kept going. I had a fantasy of putting on my pajamas and climbing back into my warm pillowy heaven of a bed.
Okay, now is the time when I need to make deals with myself. I will be lazy and sleep in tomorrow. And if I get out there, I will make a huge Sunday breakfast and stay in to watch girl movies for the rest of the day J
So Sally picked me up and we ran...and ran...and got completely soaked! With a little chafing and some chapped cheeks, we made it through the rain!
- French Toast on Fresh Tuscan Bread with Apple Chutney
- Herbed Pork Sausages w/Fresh Thyme and Sage
- Homemade Chai Tea Latte w/Cardamom, Cloves and Cinnamon
- Fresh Mixed Berry Salad with Mint