Friday Five: Favorites

Today I’m linking up with the DC Trifecta: Mar on the Run, Cynthia of You Signed Up for What, and Courtney of Eat Pray Love DC. Please check out their super fun blogs that make me wish I could be their (annoying) little tag-along fourth wheel.

This week’s theme is favorites. I almost ended up with all food things. Probably because I am hungry.

1) Breakfast. I never used to eat breakfast unless on vacation (think giant brunch-sized meals) until I started running and going to the gym regularly. I can’t eat too much before I work out, but I do get some decent fuel into me and feel all the better for it. Now I look forward to my banana and coffee and whatever else I am eating in the morning. Today it was with an iced gingerbread Clif Bar and a beet & sweet potato purée.

2) Running races with friends. Tomorrow I will be running a 5k with a friend of mine who is a sporadic runner. I’m excited to share my love of running and to not be racing. The race benefits Special Olympics and it was a good event last year. 5Ks are hard, so I’m happy to do this one at my recovery run pace. My hip thanks me for having to take this one slow.

3) My heating pad. We’ve become good friends since I started running. It’s also my lazy-assed way of warming up before a run, although that is changing with my new warm up/cool down routines. [Un-favorite: the ice pack. I swear at it. A lot.]

20140718-141603-51363304.jpg4) Cleaning out my closet. I wish I had a couple dumpsters in my driveway right now, one for donations and one for trash. I’d just overhaul my entire home, including things of my son’s that I’ve been asking him to organize/get rid of for the last six years.

I’ve been slowly working through my closet and donating things after I realized I couldn’t put away my clean clothes because there was too much in the closet. Part of the problem is that I haven’t changed much in size since high school, so I had a lot of things in good shape that still fit. But I finally got some sense to part with much of it. Goodbye high-waisted khakis from 1989.

20140718-143514-52514652.jpg5) Running while on vacation. I’ve got 3 trips coming up in the next month and a half, and I’m eager to get out on different routes. I’m most excited about the trip to England at the end of the August. I had such a great time running there last fall, and I can’t wait to do some of my marathon training by the English Channel. There’s one big hill I want to tackle that last year I only ran down. Ok, maybe I’m not too excited about running up it, but I will be once I’ve actually done it.

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16 thoughts on “Friday Five: Favorites

  1. Martha B says:

    Definitely love some breakfast in my life. I’d be lost without it. Sweet potato beet purée sounds fantastic – two of my favorite foods!
    I hear you on the closet overhaul… I’ve been trying to do a lot of that in the past year. There just comes a point when all this “stuff” gets overwhelming.
    Enjoy your not race race and have a great weekend!

    • I’m glad someone doesn’t think my beet/sweet potato purée sounds like a weird breakfast. It’s great, slow burning carbs that are easy on the stomach plus beets are good for their nitrates.

      I always want to be one of those people living with minimal clutter, but it’s like the stuff grows on it own!

      • Martha B says:

        I love beets so much. I’m an addict. I don’t know if it’s because I was one of those kids who would eat dirt or what… But I have never puréed them. On to that project this week 🙂

        • My brother used to eat dirt. Maybe you had a mineral deficiency? Lol.

          I’m lazy and get my puréed beets from those baby food pouches. It makes it easier to get to and they make several blends that are tasty. I just found one brand that makes a mix with beets, sweet potatoes, apples and cinnamon that’s really good.

          • Martha B says:

            I never saw those before, but then again, I don’t do a lot of shopping in the baby food aisle 🙂
            You have my attention though, sounds like fabulous fuel. I have to check it out next time I shop!

  2. I have written about how my breakfast routine has changed … now it is one of the most awesome parts of my day!

    And – having just come from NYC including Madison Ave, Soho and Herald Square … you might hold onto those high waisted khakis! haha

    Look forward to hearing about your adventures!

  3. Oh a heating pad sounds like a great way to warm up!
    I usually clean out my closet twice a year, and I don’t feel like I shop very much but I always feel like it fills up again and I have a ton of stuff to get rid of! I have a difficult time parting with things…I can always convince myself there may be a time to wear it again!

    • I had to have a conversation with myself about how I wasn’t going to wear a lot of the clothes even though some of them I still kind of wanted to keep. Once I tossed them in the Goodwill bin, I felt no regrets, so that’s a good thing. Although I did retrieve one beach cover up at the last minute and out it back in the closet.

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