Week 8: All we have is this one life!

This week, my husband was out of town for the entire week so it got a little lonely around here. Having my own business part time, I have to find opportunities for me to get out of the house when I am here. Unfortunately, Monday I worked the entire day, not stopping until past 10 p.m. So if I was single I’d be a really successful, but very lonely girl. I am so glad to be celebrating 6 years of marriage with my wonderful husband later this month. And we’ve been on this running journey together from day 1! Well, not literally, he runs much much faster than I do. Image

I ran Tuesday afternoon in the neighborhood, and on Wednesday afternoon I decided to run a local bridge, AKA ‘The Hills’ here in Florida. There was this huge traffic jam on the way to the parking lot just next to the bridge and after 20 minutes. After the firetrucks and ambulances cleared the scene a bit, there was only this. 

ImageI usually don’t take pictures at accident scenes, but I think a picture like this sometimes shocks us into appreciating what we have. Life is so , so short. Enjoy the people that you have in your life, enjoy these beautiful runs, I am healthy, happy and safe and there is nothing more that I could need. 

Ok, enough with the inspirational Oprah talks right? 

Today we did 12 miles on the course that will be Space Coast Marathon. Our group was thrilled to be running a new course, but it was definitely a little more challenging since there is a slight incline. Training with these girls really makes me appreciate running with other people.  When I trained for my first half marathon I did it all on my own and I felt alone in the race, too. I know that there are new friendships blossoming and we will continue to encourage each other past this marathon. Speaking of which, there was a runner that coordinated the water stops for this course and she was a little rude about not being ‘notified’ of a large group coming, although this run is open to the public. I’m sure she was just frazzled, but to my group, she seemed like ‘another rude, fast runner’ and my group didn’t feel welcome. Do me a favor: If you see new runners, make sure you make them feel like you’re glad to see new runners. There is nothing more discouraging to a new runner than to not feel welcome. Just.be.nice.

Anyhow, since this week I was on my own, I ate simple, easy burritos all week. My Mexican side comes out, I crave rice and beans all the time. So here is my super easy, super nutritious way of making burritos

Martha’s ” Super Simple” Vegan Burritos

1 package of tortilla wraps

1 cup of brown rice, cooked (Instant brown rice works great here!)

1 cup of beans, any, pre soaked and cooked

2 c. of in season veggies- I used zucchini and corn

Soy sour cream, such as Tofutti

Hot sauce- my favorite is Tabasco’s Smoked Chipotle

Sautee zucchini or other veggies in a little bit of oil, adding salt and pepper. When ready, assembly by putting a small amount of rice, a scoop of beans, topped with tons of veggies, soy sour cream and sprinkled with hot sauce. 

This is my go-to “stick to my ribs” food.

What do you crave after long, hard runs?

 

 

Spirit of the Marathon Review

On Wednesday, runners from all over the country came together in their own movie theatres to watch the one night only screening of ‘Spirit of the Marathon II”. If you haven’t watched the first one, you really missed out. Here’s the link to the full length movie. http://www.hulu.com/watch/85354

This movie followed 6 runners, some of them veterans, some not, on their journey to the Rome Marathon. The setting is breathtaking and these runners are from all over the world. One of the first things that stand out is that although they are all from very different backgrounds, ages, and expertise, the same fire and the same desire burns within them. One of the runners, Ylenia, owns a running store with her husband and after facing some challenges, decides to focus her energy on running her first marathon. There was something about this runner I liked. Maybe it was her balance, or her determination, or her  solution to escaping from her problems. I think she started running for the same reason many of us do: to think about something else beside what is going on in our lives, whether good or bad. Julie, another marathoner, has planned to run 52 marathons in 52 weeks to raise money for pancreatic research, as her father passed away due to the disease. There’s something contagious about her spunk, her spirit, her determination, her heart. I think we have all met a person like this in our lives, that inspired good change even though they have been through some dark times. Many of the other stories also talk about loss, and the quest to prove something to themselves. 

It made me think about my own reasons for running. I’ve mentioned before that I never really excelled in sports, and one of the reasons I love running is because other runners accept those at different levels of experience and speed. Running is a welcoming sport and unlike most, it’s much more about the journey than it is about the end game. I also run because I want to be active, to lead a healthy lifestyle. I started this with going vegetarian 2 years ago, and it’s funny how many other choices have been affected by that change. I’ve become more intentional in life, doing things because i think it will better my spirit or my physical well being and saying no to the things that don’t. It’s given me the confidence to take risk in my life and to be vulnerable and always accept that there is someone out there faster and stronger than I am. 

I loved Spirit of the Marathon 2, I actually liked the first one better. mostly because the store about Jerry and Rona was so touching. But as I sat there in the movie theatre surrounded by other runners cheering, laughing and groaning at the same things, I realized that the spirit of the marathon is really just the human spirit of perseverance and unity.

What’s your favorite running book or film?