Mish Mash

March 5, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I am SO glad it’s Friday.  I had work-related dreams last night and kept waking up in a panic.  Hate that.  It made for one groggy girl groping for her alarm clock this morning.  It also made me forgetful and I did NOT take a picture of the Green Monster Smoothie and coffee I had pre-run.  Tsk Tsk.  At least I have a “stock” photo of a Green Monster, haha.  So just use your imagination.

The run I was dreading actually turned out okay.  I gave myself a pep talk, took note of the beautiful sunshine and just got going.  Those 4.5 miles flew by and I ran it in decent time (decent for me…).  Sometimes, a run is all about the attitude.  I have to almost talk myself into it being a positive experience.  Then, during the run, I have to keep myself from stopping and walking with the following schpiel:

“Does anything hurt? No.  Is anything broken or bleeding?  No.  Is it just that you’re tired? Yes.  Well, suck it up and keep trucking.  You’ll get your breathing rhythm back and you’ll be glad you didn’t stop.”

Phew.  Sometimes the toughest love comes from within.  By the time it’s over though, I feel great.  RUNNER’S HIGH!

I came back to walk the monsters where I was greeted by one sun-bathing monster (Ruby)…

And one monster (Zora) who is just too much woman for one bed. 🙂

Lunch was yummy today and a little creative.  I wanted to pack a tuna sandwich, but I usually use Miracle Whip (what can I say? I love that zangy zip!).  Miracle Whip, in case you were uncertain, does NOT have a mama and does NOT grow in the ground.  So, it does NOT follow the guidelines of the “If It Doesn’t Have a Mama” March challenge.  Dangit.  Looking around the kitchen in search of a solution to the great dry tuna catastrophe about to descend upon my sandwich and… Bingo.  Avocado and mustard came to the rescue.  Avocado provided a little creaminess and mustard gave great taste.  I’m going to remember this!

Add an apple, cut up pineapple and vanilla yogurt with granola and lunch was filling and delicious.  Best part was I could answer the questions “does it have a mama?” and “does it grow in the ground?” with confidence.  YES!

Now dinner was a little different story (well, in the delicious way, not the challenge-fulfilling way).  I didn’t have any set plans, but got creative with some leftover ground turkey.  I made “mash”.  I sauteed some onion, garlic and shredded carrots, browned the turkey, added some ketchup and pepper and BOOM.  Dinner.

It doesn’t look like much, but I based it loosely off some comfort food that’s a family recipe.  My mom made this Depression-era casserole every time I had my braces adjusted back in the awkward pubescent days of middle school.  It’s a layered dish of ground beef, potato, onion and carrot with tomato sauce and other spices.  In a pinch, my mash tasted almost like it, but not quite.

I’m not going to lie.  Dinner was totally uninspiring and the alternative was a bowl of cereal, so be glad this odd concoction is what you’re looking at.

I’ve got super exciting plans tonight *sarcasm*.   Actually, that’s all right by me.  I’m going to do some good stuff this weekend, so a chill Friday is a welcome wrap up to the work week.   I’m going to attempt to give myself a pedicure.  All this running has done a number on my feet — I don’t even recognize them any more!  I’ve heard Epsom salts can be a pal to rough runner’s feet.

What’s your favorite remedy to the maladies training and exercise can deal out?

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