Wahoo – I’ve got the day off today. And, I’ve already finished my long run for the week – 15.5 miles in the books with the usual route through Central Park, Riverside Park, and a finish again in Central Park:
‘Twas a lovely morning again, and I wish I could say I felt as great as the previous couple of long runs, but oh lord, this one hurt. I definitely could have used an extra day (usually do long runs on Saturdays, but I’m traveling this weekend and wanted to get it out of the way). My IT bands and knees are seriously cranky, but it’s done and I did start to feel better after 90 minutes or so. Hoooray!
This is kinda different for me – since I started running I’ve largely been going solo on all of my runs. And really, I’ve always loved it that way. I like the “me” time, the ability to think freely and thoughtfully without interruption, the generation of new ideas that only comes along after plodding along for a few hours, and the feeling of such an individual accomplishment that comes after finishing a tough run or race.
Also, I’m selfish.
I’ve always thought of running as my thing. MINE. It has helped me through life’s trials and tribulations tremendously, and probably had a hand in saving my life not too long ago (we’ll save that one for another time). Over the years, running has become something so dear to me that the idea of sharing it with anyone was a bit scary.
I’ve always had a problem with sharing 🙂
The creation of Meals for Miles a few short months ago and the realization that there are a whole bunch of great, fun runners out there like me helped change my mindset about running having to be such a solo activity.
During a recent run with Megan from Runner’s Kitchen I was amazed at how quick the run went by, and how much fun it was to have someone to chat with. And Cat Hill? Didn’t even notice it – AMAZING!
Now I get it.
One of the greatest things about running that I’ve been overlooking – the ability to share the experience with other runners that love it just as much as I do! The thought of enjoying many miles of fun conversation, camaraderie and company during these tough couple of marathon training months makes me 🙂
Anywho, all this talk of running is making me haaangry. I fueled up for the long run last night with a delicious black bean, corn, tomato and avocado salad with cilantro and lime juice and an Ezekiel sprouted grain tortilla.
I made a big batch over the weekend to make for quick and easy dinners during the week.
So delicious, quick and easy to make! Find my simple recipe here.
The salad was followed by my favorite snack – Greek yogurt with PB & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter. I used TJ’s Greek yogurt, which is pretty thick and delicious.
And added a little granola for crunch.
This always hits the spot!
I’m off to the western part of the state for fun-filled weekend of old friends and fam. Plan on a future post involving my 95-year-old Italian great-grandmother and her out-of-this-world lasagna, meatballs, sauce…oh my. 🙂
Question: Do you run with buddies? Alone? What do you prefer?