Workout – 8 mile tempo run, gym treadmill. ahhhh. life is back as it should be. I redeemed myself to myself with today’s run. 1 mile each, warmup and cooldown at 7:30min pace, 1 incline. 6 miles at 6:30min pace, flat. 54 mins total. as soon as I hit mile 8, my green smoothies that I’ve been drinking for the past 10 days hit me. I flew to the bathroom. glad I made it. wouldn’t have been pretty. and that is absolutely information you needed to know.
Quick recipe for the spinach bread I made for the kidlings yesterday. That will probably be the one and only vegetable I’ll be able to get them to eat for the week. they’ve caught on to most of my tricks for hiding vegetables. These are the ingredients I used:
Whole wheat dough, bakery made, store bought.
1 lb frozen spinach
1 c. shredded mozz (you can get fancy and also use some grated parm. wasn’t feeling fancy for lunch yesterday)
1 lb. organic chicken sausage (you can use any type of sausage you want. I’ll allow that)
Dehydrated garlic (fresh works too. lazy kicked in and I didn’t want to chop it up)
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400. cook up sausage in frying pan. set aside. in the same pan, sautee/steam frozen spinach with a little bit of olive oil (don’t need much at all because there will be some grease left from sausage), garlic, salt and pepper over med low/low heat. put sausage back, mix it up and remove from heat. Lay dough out on pizza stone or baking sheet, rectangle shape. spoon spinach/sausage mixture onto dough. top with 1 cup mozz and grated parm if you choose. roll the edges over, like stromboli. bake in oven for 25 minutes or so. I recommend using some kind of stoneware, lets it bake more evenly.
There you have it. You can really make this with whatever filling you choose. so it can be meatless, cheeseless, whatever you want-less. you have the freedom to choose. beautiful thing. easy to eat. this was kind of a mean thing of me to make because it might be one of my husbands favorite “snacks”. and he can’t have it. he’s “cleansing”. sorry dude.
Moving on. I started reading Mile Markers last night, by Kristen Armstrong. I’m really enjoying it so far. It seems to be a compilation of her blog posts, all into a book. Even if you are not a runner, I think it would be enjoyable. and may just make you want to start running. or moving in some direction in a positive manner. both would be good things to do. I read this one part, that I really liked, that I would like for you to like as well – so I’m going to tell you what it was….she talks about why she runs, and why she loves it. she relates it to the love of anything else, like a family and friends and then goes on to say,
If running were a person, that paragraph would be my love letter. Running has taken me in and continues to comfort, heal and challenge me in all kinds of magical ways. I am not a good runner because I am me; I am a good me because I am a runner. There is nothing impersonal about anything when I relate it to running. Running is connected to my family, my parenting, my SPIRITUAL LIFE, my fitness, my friendships, my health, my sanity, my peace. I can clear my head and solve problems when I run, or make peace with not knowing. I can find beauty, or at least redemption, no matter what.
Runners are an inherently spiritual crew, having firsthand experience that the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Going physically beyond yourself helps you understand that there is something bigger and mightier than you.
Yesterday, running and I did not jive. And I found myself wondering why that left me in kind of a bad mood. Like she said, “I am not a good runner because I am me. I am a good ME because I am a runner.” I kind of like that. I don’t think it started out like that. But it has evolved there for the place in my life that I am in. It’s where I can find me, meet with God, get in touch with my inner peace, sanity, spirituality. So when I have a day where it’s not working for me – it’s hard. admitted. I know I can also find peace in rest when it’s time to rest. That is why I find it so important to make the time and find the time to do my run, and plan the resting. Even when I am bone tired and don’t want to – I know I have to do it. Right now, it makes me a better me. Because it lines up all of those things about me that make me go. I’m sure endorphins have a little something to do with it, too. maybe.
I have to report that we took our weekly trip to TJ Maxx to hit up some deals. The horror, I wasn’t even in the mood to be there. blasphemy. but I had to get the kids socks. I can never find matching socks, and it drives me nutty. socks we found. and that is all.
little kid socks are pretty cute though, kind of fun to buy. but nothing leopard print or otherwise exciting. maybe next week.
Any running bathroom horror stories?
What book are you reading right now?
What do you think about running and how/why it works for you as a person?
What are your favorite type/brand of running socks to wear?