...Aren't we all a little bit more motivated when we pop a piece of chocolate into our mouths? Whether it's out of guilt (and we're working off what we already ate), or as an incentive (high mileage = free pass for lots of chocolate)? Ha ha. Well, today my usual pre-run meal variation just wasn't cutting it. I needed a little extra boost...so I reached into the freezer for two mini Snickers bites! YUM!
I actually waited quite a long while to run today, although I was up early. I had to bring the car back yet again (last time for awhile, I promise!) and was waiting on S to give me a call back about it. I was getting antsy waiting...not only because I wanted to run, but because I had other errands to do with the car, and also because I didn't want another bomb dropped on me about $$$ like last time!
Turns out all was fine (just needed an alignment this time) and - WOW, there is a difference in the way the car feels. I guess it was worth it. Well, it was definitely worth it in terms of safety, but in terms of how the car is driving...it's much better too!
Went for a 4.5"ish" mile run. Didn't bring my watch today, so aside from the somewhat inaccurate mile markers on the towpath trail, I didn't have a strong concept of how much time I spent - probably close to an hour including cooldown and stretching - plus I took a detour off the main path and I'm not sure how long that part is because there are no markers there.
A couple things about running in parks with mile markers: ONE: It's nice for speedwork and you want to time your splits and you don't have a Garmin (or you just don't feel like waiting for the ^@*&!%* thing to load!). TWO: they are great for long runs, when you don't want to have to look at your watch but just wanna know when you've finished your distance wtihout worrying about time. BUT, THREE: like I said, the measurement is slightly off, especially because I've heard that most paths, race courses, etc. are measured on all the tangents and would measure the shortest distance from point A to B on the path, not taking into consideration all the curves and stuff that, were you sticking to your correct side of the path, you'd have to run through. So in a way, the timing is slightly slower/you are running slightly longer if the course is really twisty and curvy (like this one is).
Whatever, it was still a good run. I have come to the conclusion that sometimes, today included, I really like running without a watch. It's like, the only thing I have to be accountable to is finishing the run, not worrying about my time. Save the time obsessing for speedwork and races -- two things I am forcing myself to take time off from until December. Still practicing the every-other-day rule until I feel no more pain, I am not running tomorrow but going to hot yoga (finally!) with Claire at Inner Bliss in Rocky River.
This evening, I made the pretty bad mistake of doing some grocery shopping at Wal-Mart. I just hate it there so much, I can't describe it, but it is cheap and close by so I sucked it up and bought just a few things I needed (mostly things with the brand "Great Value"). Plus, I felt right at home in my flip-flops, baggy sweatshirt, unwashed hair, and sweatpants. Nice to feel that you don't have to impress anyone at Wal-Mart. (By the way, if any of you really like Wal-Mart I am sorry and I don't mean to offend anyone.) I was behind the slowwwestttt family in history - isn't that always the case? and even though we were in the "20 items or less" line, it took forever and I was certain my ice cream was going to melt before getting home! Oh well, I had to go. It was time to re-stock up on some staples, like light mayo, butter, sugar, as well as some skim milk and yogurt (Weight Watchers has a large vanilla yogurt now! Yay!).
I also got some sweet potatoes and a bunch of onions and thyme because I am going to try a recipe my friend sent me for this pre-Thanksgiving pot luck dinner we're going to tomorrow night. Actually, come to think of it, I don't even know if it's a pot luck; it was just called "Drunken Thanksgiving" and the hosts are providing their home-brewed beer and they're inviting a whole lot of people, so I want/need to bring at least one thing anyway. In addition to the sweet potato dish I am thinking of roasting this bunch of beets I've been saving for a little while. Does anyone have a good suggestion or recipe for a dish featuring roasted beets? I was just probably going to let them come to room temperature after roasting and then slicing them and tossing them with a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar, kosher salt and fresh pepper. Unless anyone else has another idea! :)
Another thing I'm looking forward to tonight...relaxing with a big glass of Sangria!!