everything’s amazing and nobody’s happy
i had a great time at the race yesterday morning! i can’t remember the last time i’ve finished a 5K without gunning my way towards the finish with a look of absolute misery on my face. apparently, when you run a course without ‘racing’ it, you get to just enjoy it — the conversations with your running buddies, the man dressed up in a gorilla suit [chasing his friend dressed as a banana], and the community flavor of it all.
it occurred to me midway through [when i was tempted to have sad flashbacks to actually racing] that hey — it’s truly great that i can still run! even if it is at a different level, it is still running. and despite the fact that i am not in “racing shape” [whatever that even means — it’s not like i was ever about to give kara or deena* any competition!], i am still what most people would consider fit.
✰ i have the time, energy and desire to keep running in my life — an activity that i love AND is good for me!
✰ i am lucky enough to have no major injuries right now preventing me from running [or walking, for that matter].
really, life is good. or really, it’s great. amazing, even.
* or, for that matter, jess or karyn, or susan!
i’ve seen that video before, but i was reminded of it yesterday after listening to a philosopher’s notes podcast [featuring the book the amazing power of deliberate intent by jerry and esther hicks]. according to the podcast and notes, this book focuses on the idea of deliberate living [including deliberate thinking . . . which is a hard thing for me to wrap my mind around, but an interesting idea!], but also opened up with a reminder that life on earth rocks.
sunday snippets: planned
♥ more running
♥ more yoga [blue point extended my package . . . and they’re actually extending ALL packages to 1 year!! could i love them any more!?]
♥ calling [and making plans with!] my sister. apparently no one calls anyone anymore . . . but i think i would actually like to buck the trend and call MORE, not less!
♥ this, at the local library:
workout: 3.1 miles between 9:30 and 10:00/mi, run on a 5K course with friends.
watch out, cooking light! i have to admit i was very proud of myself last night for making up a recipe myself. usually, when left to my own devices i end up doing something very boring and remembering why generally, i follow recipes written by people who know what they are doing.
last night, however, i just got inspired . . .
whole wheat shells with spinach, sundried tomatoes, and an egg on top
whole wheat shells
fresh baby spinach leaves [from a bag is fine]
onion + garlic, salt + pepper, extra-virgin olive oil
grated parmigiano-reggiano [ie, good parmesan]
1. get your pasta water boiling, because the rest of this meal takes very little time to make!
2. sautée some onion (i used 1/2 of a large) in some olive oil over medium heat; once somewhat soft, add minced garlic
3. while that’s happening, toast walnuts and chop up a few sundried tomatoes
4. probably by this point, the water is boiling and the pasta can go in!
5. once onion and garlic look pretty done, add a bunch of spinach and the sundried tomatoes; toss and cook until wilted. set aside.
6. drain the pasta when done, leaving it a little wet. once back on the stove, add some parmesan and the spinach/sundried tomato/onion mixture.
7. make eggs the way you like them — one for each person — over easy or sunny-side-up!
8. put pasta into shallow bowls and top with walnuts, an egg, and extra parm.
9. serve, preferably with some red wine!