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2.23.2012

Odds and ends

"All runners, while running, are good company. When everybody's wearing silly shorts and sweating and farting and smelling like mobile sachets of locker-room sweat, there's no  room for pretense." --Peter Sagal, NPR host and Runner's World columnist

Loved that quote when I read it in the February 2012 RW. It completely resonated with me today, as I slogged through a grueling 4.5 miles on my fourth day in a row of running. My infallible running buddy, Chris, had once again showed up to run with me when everyone else stayed home. He may be over 6 feet, but he matches my much shorter legs' speed like a champ. We always have something to talk about, and he has lots of insights about running, life, and business that I appreciate very much. I am quite thankful to have many wonderful running buddies to wear silly shorts, sweat and fart and stink with. It's one of the nicest things about running, the communal aspect. Wouldn't you agree?

One of the things Chris and I talked about today while I shuffled along was what, if there were no limitations, would we like to accomplish for good in this world? His answer, to somehow inspire others to a healthier lifestyle. My answer, to somehow inspire women to see their true beauty, without the clouded vision of what our culture says is the ideal. He said I win for most difficult dream. 

This week I thought I would up my running game a bit, so I did my long run of 8 miles on Monday, my regular 7am 5 miler on Tuesday, hit the hiking trail for a slower hilly 4.75 mile run on Wednesday, and as mentioned, the 4.5 miles today. I was very ambitious this week, and I finally got over 20 miles in, which is very ambitious of me! I think I will take tomorrow off of running, and maybe hit the bike instead.  

Now that I no longer have a weekday job, I am finding it hard to know what to do with myself. I've been staying very active in an effort to not become a couch potato. Or spend any of the money I am no longer making. Running and biking get me out of the house, and I've been staying off the computer as much as possible to not tempt me to become glued to the couch cushions. This sadly is keeping from my blog...although I've had little to blog about. 

As a true housewife, I should be keeping a  tidy house {it sort of is!}, making all sorts of Pinterest recipes for dinner, and getting all crafty with some DIY projects. Maybe I'll get around to that next week, I'll keep you informed of my housewife progress. 

Anyone pinning any good recipes that they've actually made? 



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