Did any of you guys make a special New Year’s Day dinner last night to hopefully bring a little luck your way in 2013?
For as long as I can remember, my mom always made pork, black-eyed peas and sauerkraut for dinner on New Year’s Day. These foods, along with a handful of others, are said to bring luck in the new year and since I like all of these foods anyway, I figured I’d keep the tradition going and prepared a meal centered around these “lucky” foods last night.
Though all of the sauerkraut was consumed last night (I love the stuff), there were some leftovers remaining that I threw together in a bowl for lunch today.
I tossed leftover sautéed collard greens with the remaining black-eyed peas before topping the greens with sliced pork.
Just as good the second day!
Loving Long Runs
Right before lunch today, I took a brief 30-minute break to run three miles with Sadie.
Something that seems to happen to me every time I train for a half marathon is happening to me again. I am loving my long runs, but find my midweek runs rather boring. I’m trying to vary the distance and pace of my midweek runs a bit to fight some of this boredom which is helping. Still, long runs are far and away my favorite part of half marathon training.
Each long run feels like an amazing accomplishment. When my long run is over, I am hit with a wonderful sense of satisfaction that I cannot seem to get from any other workout. While I’m out running a long run, I feel at peace. I fall into a groove and just go. Though my body may be struggling (running is never easy for me), my mind is clear as I focus on achieving a new distance record in my latest half marathon training plan.
This week I will be running 11 miles and I’ve already started to psych myself up for it!
Questions of the Afternoon
- Have you ever trained for a race or athletic competition of some sort? What was your favorite part of training?
- Do you hope to train for a race or athletic competition this year? Any big goals out there?