Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Whoa ... remix

We'd decided to run today instead of tomorrow. Woke up with a bit of a sore throat. Temp outside was about 15 degrees. Put on a warmer coat and moved to glove liners and mittens instead of just gloves. Wasn't expecting much out of the run.

But again, it defied explanation. There's a slight hill about mile 2 that I always try to push and one of the guys always (ok, usually) joins me. Today, it was Mark. Then it's up the Assisi Heights hill and Bruce joined me on that one. Then around Elton Hills Dr. to the Rec Center. Today, I just took off. It felt great. Even running sub-7:00s, in the dark. I kept hoping I wouldn't catch a toe on something, crash to the pavement and break some bones. I didn't. ;-) Going south on Broadway (slight downhill) I glanced at my GPS and it said 5:51 pace. I'd NEVER seen that on my GPS before. EVER. I appear to be peaking for ... nothing. Lisa told me I should go find a December marathon somewhere and go qualify for Boston. I wish! :-)

Lisa and Mark headed back to the Y and I continued on with Bruce part way up Viola Road and then turned off and headed toward Mayo H.S. then back to the Y with a loop around Soldier's Field. 10.07 miles. (BTW: Thanks for bearing with me while I indulge myself. This kind of run doesn't happen very often. Pretty much never, actually. It sure does wonders for my psyche, though.)

Driving to S.A. for gas and then up to Great Harvest for bread, I only hit one red light. Things were going my way. I'll take it for what it is, a good day, and leave it at that.

Dad and Ada and Matt all arrive later in the day. I'm excited to see them all. Dinner tonight: beef and barley soup, salad and bread (dad's a big fan of Great Harvest bread ... but what's not to like?). Yum. It's definitely soup weather.

Here's my salad recipe:

Autumn Apple, Pear and Cheddar Salad with Pecans

1 cup apple juice
2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
1 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
5 oz. bag mixed salad greens
1 cup seedless red grapes, halved
1 medium apple, cored and cut into 18 wedges
1 medium pear, cored and cut into 18 wedges
1/4 cup (1 oz) finely shredded cheddar cheese
3 Tbsp. chopped pecans, toasted

Place apple juice in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until reduced to about 3 Tbsp (about 10 minutes). Combine reduced apple juice, vinegar, oil, s/p, stirring with a whisk.

Combine greens and fruit in a large bowl. Drizzle with apple juice mixture; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with cheese and nuts.

Thought for the day: "A smile is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and an antidote for trouble."

Smile! And have a wonderful day!

1 comment:

Greg Dallari said...

Hi my name is Greg and from Poughkeepsie NY. I have worked with one of your runners and she is one of the greatest people.

I have seen what you have written and much of it is very inspiring. I like the songs that you have mentioned. If I may I would like to add another one that shows how specials friends are....I think it fits the quote "good friends are hard to find, harder to let go and impossible to forget".

This is the song For Good from Wicked.

Thank you for your updates on this site!

Words-- >http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/wicked/forgood.htm

I'm limited:
Just look at me - I'm limited
And just look at you -
You can do all I couldn't do, Glinda
So now it's up to you
(spoken) For both of us
(sung) Now it's up to you:

I've heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don't know if I believe that's true
But I know I'm who I am today
Because I knew you:

Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good

It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you
You'll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend:
Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a skybird
In a distant wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you:

Because I knew you:

BOTHI have been changed for good

And just to clear the air
I ask forgiveness
For the things I've done you blame me for

But then, I guess we know
There's blame to share

And none of it seems to matter anymore

Like a comet pulled Like a ship blown
From orbit as it Off it's mooring
Passes a sun, like By a wind off the
A stream that meets Sea, like a seed
A boulder, half-way Dropped by a
Through the wood Bird in the wood

Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
I do believe I have been changed for the better?

And because I knew you:
Because I knew you:

Because I knew you:
I have been changed for good.

Audio --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jx3rjS_vSM4&feature=related