Archives for July 2012
- Bonding time with Tango! He knows as soon as I put my running clothes on and grab my canteen that we’re going to this loop. He’s pumped and doing jumping 360s in the living room until I’ve got my ass out the door.
- Consistency and an efficient movement break. This loop is only 2.2 miles and is 5 minutes from my house. We can go, run, and be back within 30 minutes so even on the busiest days, I can fit it in. If I’m not pressed for time I can do multiple loops.
- Running on dirt and grass is way easier on my joints than concrete/asphalt! If you run frequently on hard pavement, your joints will start to feel it. If you’re training for races that you already know will be held on pavement, spend your training runs on the dirt or grass! You’ll go easy on your joints, plus you’ll train your ankles to take on forces from all directions from the uneven terrain.
- Additionally, trails offer more to my running experience than running on pavement. First, I have to pay attention so I don’t bite it. There are level changes, there are small rocks and logs I have to jump over, I have to dodge tree limbs and roots, etc. The best thing though is that I pay less attention to how long/how far I’m running (’cause I don’t really like running more than 20 or 30 minutes) and more attention to the trail itself. It’s a bit more fun, plus I get the added coordination, agility, and ankle stability benefits. Multitasking!
- We can go over around 8 or 9am when nobody else is on the trail. We have the whole thing to ourselves, Tang gets to run amok off-leash, and I can blast Pandora on my phone as loud as I want with whatever music I feel like running to… (hey, sometimes it’s a country music kind of day and I don’t want to wear my headphones).
- The downside to being one of the first peeps on the trail: Clearing out all the spider webs across the trail… WITH MY FACE.
- Today’s count: 14 spider webs. Awesome.
- Linking back to the last “con” above: being alone so that nobody can see me freak the hell out every single time that happens… Glad Game.
- Pie making can take precedence over anything else when you’ve got a craving.
- Even when you try to ignore it by putting on your workout clothes and getting your dog ready for a run… Don’t worry, I took him out after. He still loves me, see? Plus I gave him parts of the crust. ; )
- Get your neighbors’ phone numbers in advance if you know you like to bake and want to avoid trips to the store when you only need a spoonful or two of ONE ingredient. I don’t have my neighbors’ digits. : (
- Texting and asking for an ingredient on Saturday morning sounds way better than knocking on their door… especially when their significant other has spent the night. This was my predicament when I stood staring at my neighbor’s front door after seeing her with her boo the night before. I chose not to knock and turned back to my house in search of another option.
- When you NEED a half a cup of shortening for for your bottom crust, and a half cup for your top crust and you only HAVE 3/4 of a cup… just go to the store.
- Because when you try to stretch it… the universe smacks you upside your dome and makes you drop your spoonful of it right on the kitchen floor. Now you HAVE to go to the store to buy more. #effoffuniverse
- When your pastry is being a b*tch and won’t roll out correctly, DON’T GIVE UP. You’re better than that!
- Sure, I could have saved time had I thrown it away and started over, but I didn’t jack the recipe, I used the exact amount of ingredients and have made it a dozen times. Something was off and I couldn’t tell what it was. So I just made it work. And it did. #takethatsucka
- Don’t pay attention to how much sugar and butter you actually have to use for your desserts… when you make them yourself, you realize how awful they are for you health-wise. Just measure, pour, and move on. Then go back in your brain, rewind, erase, and start recording over it…
- Don’t forget to close and pinch off the sides of the crust, top-to-bottom. ‘Cause if you don’t, blueberries seep out e’erwhere. And the aesthetic is gone.
- Even if it looks a HOT MESS, it’s still tastes awesome.
I was supposed to be in Cleveland this weekend, but my trip got cancelled at the last minute so I got to stay home and spend some time chillin’ and hanging with a lot of peeps I haven’t seen in a while. It was great!
and this one too…
“I don’t have time.”
(that’s a whole ‘nother blog post)
I can definitely tell you that money shouldn’t be an issue, and here’s why:
Now go get after it!