It’s so funny how the mind of a runner works. If you live with one, I’m sorry. ;) No I’m just kidding, but sometimes I really do feel bad for Craig…he has NO idea what kind of craziness he got into when he married me. He thinks I am insane when I decide to run 20 miles ‘for fun,’ or that I really can’t go a day without running. But then I just remind him that my passion for running is comparable to his passion for sports- especially anything involving the Ravens or Orioles. If I explain something in sports lingo, he totally gets what I mean. ;)
Yesterday was one of those days that I truly appreciated the fact that I have the ABILITY TO RUN. I was doing a really hard workout, and on my last 1200m repeat it just hit me like a ton of bricks- I am SO LUCKY that I can run. I am SO blessed that I have two strong legs that can carry me all of these miles. I think it hit me when I was feeling some pain from this workout- I thought about maybe slowing down, but then I was like wait, I AM RUNNING. I CAN RUN. How awesome is that?!
I know if you are not a runner, or think of the activity as punishment (I know a LOT of people do ;) ), then you may not understand what I mean. I guess after having times where I couldn’t run because of a Crohn’s flare up, it makes me LOVE & appreciate every chance I get to. I also remember that during every hard workout I am just making myself stronger.
I WANT to succeed, I WANT to hit my goals, I WANT to make a name for myself when it comes to running. (& I don’t mean nationally, although that would be awesome, but I mean locally- like people know who I am when I enter races- they recognize the name Holly Notarange) I don’t mean this to sound like I am big headed or anything like that, I just want to be able to make even more connections because of my running career.
That last e-card really made me laugh because that is one of my requests on my birthday every year- just to have the morning to enjoy a long run. It’s the little things in life ;)
Yesterday’s workout was hard (800m & 1200m repeats- plus warm up & cool down miles), today’s was easy- 8 miles at 7:50 pace & strength training (focus on upper body).
In other non-running news, these chips are AMAZING…
If you see them, buy them. Don’t hesitate. Trust me. They are delicious! The Wasabi Ginger are my #1, but closely followed by the mango salsa. I’m NOT normally a chip girl, but I saw these flavors & was intrigued. I’m a HUGE ginger fanatic- whenever I get sushi I always ask for a separate bowl of ginger to eat. (I know, you might think I’m weird.) I buy ginger by the jar at the store to just eat randomly. I like it THAT much. These chips definitely have a ginger taste, but I love that they are followed by a POW from the wasabi. (Hope you enjoyed that LONG description on a bag of chips. ;) )
Gabriella also has a food love, and it’s in a bright yellow box.
Eating a HUGE box of cheerios while watching Frozen- she couldn’t be happier. She carried that box all around the house with her & she would cry if I took it away. Sometimes it’s worth it just letting her ‘do her thing,’ even if it means I’ll find Cheerios for the next week in random spots.
This morning she was even more excited when she got a sticker after tumbling class at the gym. It wasn’t just ANY sticker, it was a football sticker.
We had to send a picture to Daddy, at her request. :)
Once Gabriella wakes up from her nap we are going to head out to one of our favorite stores- Target, of course- to look for some stuff for the house. They have the CUTEST stuff in home décor right now. (But when DON’T they have cute stuff?!) Craig & I ordered our new bed set, so we are in the market for a new bedding in KING size. Ahh! It will be SO nice sleeping in a king size bed instead of our current queen size. We need SPACE, especially when we have a little one jump in bed with us. ;)
Enjoy your day!