For lunch, the Dude likes nothing more than ‘a smorgasbord’. Which is what we call a plate filled with little helpings of lots of things. Cheese, bread, nuts, vegetables, fruit, hummus. It’s a great way of getting him to eat different food groups and also a great way for me to finish off the leftovers from last night! This blog post is also a ‘smorgasbord’ filled with lots of random things about running!
1) I wanna be a part of it.
Like many, I was watching the NYC Marathon coverage on Sunday morning and was totally inspired. I was cheering on two bloggers that I read, Ali and Theodora, and was so excited when they got great times!
And frankly, I want to be a part of it. NYC has always been the one marathon that would drag me out of marathon retirement. So I’m going to apply for the lottery next year. If I get in, I’ll hot-foot it to the cardiologist’s to get his view, his advice and the recommendation for a coach who can work with my heart condition! If I don’t get in, I’ll sit in bed and eat bagels like this year! (Haven’t mentioned this new plan to my mum yet, so don’t tell her).
2) I went for a run.
4 easy miles was in the plan. So short and so easy that I feel somewhat shamefaced to mention it as my run for the weekend, but I did it and it was nice. My long run is today, Monday.
3) I bought a hydration vest.
I’ve been thinking for a while now of buying a hydration vest (aka a running back-pack with a bladder inside it). Last week, I did some research, twittered some people, read some reviews and hit REI to try some on and jump around wildly to see if they budged. Last night, I pressed ‘buy’ on a Nathan Intensity vest. I chose it over the smaller and cheaper Nathan Minimist because it carries more stuff, so will be useful for hiking. Between running and hiking, I am confident I can justify the cost (I am under strict instruction from the Husband to do so) and I am VERY excited about it. Hope it comes in time for this weekend’s long trail run with Jen.
4) I’m making my own running calendar.
This might be genius or might be the height of narcissism. But I was idly looking at the Runners World 2014 calendar with its beautiful, inspiring photos. It occurred to me that I have many beautiful, inspiring (to me) photos of my own running in 2014 and it would be more fun to make my own Rave Runs calendar! So I spent some time gathering the photos into a file and starting work on it. And it occurred to me that I have been SO lucky this year to run in the places where I’ve run. I am so grateful and we have two months of rave running left this year!
Anyway…the crux of this is…
I THINK YOU SHOULD DO YOUR OWN RAVE RUN CALENDAR AS WELL!!
5) How much fun does this trip sound?
I saw an advert in Trailrunner Magazine for a three-day trail-running trip along a river, where your stuff is carried by raft (and you can hitch a lift on the raft if you get tired). You stay in wilderness lodges and run 40 miles in 3 days. How cool does this sound?? Check this out!
6) It’s Bonfire Night tomorrow.
Which is clearly nothing to do with running but SUCH a big deal for this Brit! So excited.
Happy Monday, everyone!