dare to believe.

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on December 3, 2011

in Uncategorized

This morning I was up bright and early to do a training run hosted by the fine people of the Fifth Third River Bank Run.  I made my standard toast with sunflower seed butter on my way out the door – I made it to the meeting point in the nick of time!  I opted for the 4.0 mile group (there was also a 1.0 group heading out).  I was definitely nervous – it’s the longest I’ve run since I started running again and my first outdoor run in ages.  Pair that with a freezing rain and I didn’t have high hopes for a strong run.

I was very pleasantly surprised!  With the exception of about a block in the last mile, the entire time!  My Garmin was acting all wonky, so I don’t have splits. Not to mention, I accidentally stopped it at one point for a few minutes so I let it run when I stopped at the water station/turn-around point to try and even it out.  My guesstimate was my time was right around 45:00 (11:15 pace).  Honestly, to have run almost all of it, I really could have cared less about the time – it felt like such a hurdle to cross!

Dare to believe is right!  I am so ready and determined to dominate the 25K come May!

I had such a busy morning!  After the run, I headed home to shower and get ready, the got some errands done around town – getting (much needed) coffee, the bank, library, and a long overdue haircut!

By the time I got back home, I was more than ready for lunch!  I knew I’d be going out for dinner (more on that later), so I kept lunch light with a salad.  I wanted a little extra crunch, so I broke up a few garlic parmesan Pretzel Crisps – what a delicious addition!  It added the texture I was looking for plus some great flavor!

Squash and more coffee on the side.

After a busy bee morning, I was ready to just relax this afternoon.  I curled up on the couch with a book.  I’m in the middle of a few books right now, but today I was making progress in Joan Didion’s latest release Blue Nights (affiliate).  She’s a wonderful writer and her books are hauntingly beautiful.  This effort is particularly heartbreaking but I’m loving it thus far.

I met up with my dad and stepmom for dinner at Bombay Cuisine – my dad is not what you’d call an adventurous eater, so I was shocked when he was willing to try Indian cuisine.  You don’t have to twist my arm for that!

We shared an order of samosas to start, plus a Red’s Rye from Founder’s Brewing for me.

I had an order of Daal Makhni, which is what I had the last time I ate at Bombay.

Just as wonderful as I remembered!

I’ve been curled up on the couch since I walked back in the door.  My run started to catch up with me, so I’m icing my knee – gotta keep it healthy and strong!

I’ve watched two episodes of Parenthood (only two left until I’m caught up with the season!) and now I’m watching the Michigan State/Wisconsin rematch for the Big Ten Championship!  Remember when I went to their first match-up earlier this season?  That game was intense and so far, tonight is shaping up to be another nail biter!  Go GREEN!

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