A Weekend Alone and Running Naked

>> Monday, June 28, 2010

Stephen spent the weekend in NJ with his family -- so I stayed alone for some much-needed home time. We've been away most weekends with racing, visiting family, and other misc. travel, and I'm completely exhausted. So, with my stretch of solitary time off ahead of me, I made a simple plan: Watch movies, eat good food, and get some rest and relaxation. And that's exactly what I did.

Friday night I stopped by Wegmans to get some supplies. I went a little overboard buying basically all of my favorite foods -- and far more than I needed for the weekend. So, we're eating like kings and queens this week. I became especially excited when I found this peach-infused drink by Dogfish Head. However, I thought it was beer . . . and when I got home found out it's not.

Then I made some crispy kale and pumpkin garlic knots with a side of sliced peaches. I don't remember if I've shared the recipe for Stephen's "crispy kale" before, but it's easy: Four handfuls of chopped kale, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce, sesame seeds. Heat the oil and kale over medium-high heat, cook for five or so minutes, stirring frequently. Add in the soy sauce, keep cooking over the heat for another 3 to 5 minutes or so. Take off heat and add the seeds.

I watched a movie (an oldie from 1986) called Lucas with Corey Haim (R.I.P.). I'm a sucker for older flicks -- especially ones from the 80s. Then I took a relaxing two-ish-mile walk . . . and after that somehow found myself elbow-deep in a Hulu-marathon of the Bachelorette. (Yeah. Guilty pleasure time.) I'm usually not into that kind of thing, but I can't resist the testosterone-fueled spats. And some of those guys are just ridiculous (like hair guy, the wrestler, the freakin' weatherman!). My favorite has to be Frank. But I always have fallen for dorks with glasses. :)

Saturday began with a nice 8-miler just before it became oppressively hot and humid. I've been having this problem when I run longer than six miles. Even if I eat breakfast, I've been starving! I must not be eating the right stuff, but I felt good regardless. No, I didn't run without my clothes on. But I've stopped taking my watch on a lot of my runs, so it feels that way sometimes. And I have a challenge for you all . . .

running challenge from (never home)maker on Vimeo.

Now, I realize I somewhat contradict myself in the video. What can I say? I get nervous on camera! I do wear a watch a lot of the time. That's where my watch tan comes in. But I've been turning it off. And recently I stopped wearing it entirely. Well, when I choose to go without a watch. I like using it sometimes, but for me -- seeing how long I've been running or knowing my pace just freaks me out. Mentally, I can't handle the run if I know I'm 20 seconds slower than I'd like to be. Or if I have a long run, knowing that I have 1-1/2 hours left. It's just discouraging. I'd love to get your thoughts on this!

The rest of Saturday was pretty uneventful. I sat on my roof for a while. I sorted out my cold-weather clothes to store away for the summer. I discovered that when it's outrageously hot outside and the air is on, I like to wear shorts and slippers. I made some super-indulgent banana "ice cream" with chocolate and wheat-free, dairy-free Newman-Os (recipe soon!). I watched an awesome flick titled TiMER -- seriously, if you have Netflix On-Demand, I highly recommend you watch this movie tonight!

Sunday I skipped my long run (ugh! more on that later, but after a season of racing half marathons, I'm mentally spent!). I cleaned the house and then got together for a "girls day" with one of my friends. We indulged in 50-minute spa pedicures. We made lots of good food. We played yard games. We posed for the camera. It was just the relaxation I needed! Then Stephen returned home . . . and though I rested all weekend, I feel like it went fast. Grrr! But it's not all bad. It's got to be that whole time-flies-when you're-having-fun thing.

How did you spend your weekend? I definitely disconnected from my online life for the past several days, too. So, I'll be catching up on comments and emails. Thanks for your feedback on Friday's Seven Year Itch post!

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