Winter is Coming

I’ve had a lot on my mind lately (what else is new? It’s how I entertain myself), so today’s post is just a collection of my thoughts and impulses.

1) Despite all the anxiety, crying, and threats of divorce, I pulled off my first Thanksgiving Dinner as a hostess with ease. It was a lot of work, but it was definitely worth it to stay in my own house and not have to drive anywhere. I got to make the schedule and the menu. Plus my sister-in-law came equipped with six bottles of wine, which was a welcomed new tradition.

2) The colder weather looks like it’s here to stay, which lead me to realize I had zero pairs of running pants. I have yoga pants and sweat pants, but no real running tights like a serious runner would posses. So yesterday I ventured to Great Lakes Crossing and found a new pair of North Face moisture wicking pants for $35, and a pair of bright-blue Nike running tights for $29!!! I bet there is no better high than bringing a pair of $70 pants to the register and having them ring up half price unexpectedly. Take that, heroin!

3) I’m really beginning to enjoy night running. I enjoy the solitude and the heightened senses. I always run with my Knuckle Lights and reflective vest like a good girl so Randy doesn’t get nervous.

4) I recently had a scare on Daily Mile which lead me to become more cautious about the details I post, i.e. where I run, what time, who with, etc. It was nothing too serious, but enough to remind me that posting my whereabouts to complete strangers may not be the best idea.

5) I have tiny, dime-sized bald spot on the top of my head. My other hair covers it but I’m still obsessing over it. How did that happen? What horrible disease do I have? Why does Web MD link every symptom to HIV/AIDS?!

6) Speaking of health, I’m starting a personal challenge from now until Christmas to stick to a gluten-free diet. Why the hell would anyone want to subject themselves to such torture? Well, simply because it is such a big challenge. If you had stomach issues like I had you’d be willing to try anything. My gastroenterologist once suggested I was gluten-intollerant but I scoffed at the idea, and gluten-free diets in general, as being a passing fad. I’ve recently met other runners who swear that a gluten-free diet has meant less unpleasant stomach disturbances during their runs, so I’m finally ready to give it a try. Oh, and did I mention I’m already vegetarian? We’ll see how it goes.

I can’t believe it’s nearly Christmas. Call me old-fashioned but I love Christmas music, Christmas movies, Christmas parties, and best of all: Christmas themed-races.

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