Runs are Like Snowflakes


Today ranks up there with one of the strangest days ever. I went to work feeling really tired and semi out of it, and remained in that state for most of the morning. During lunch I went to a grocery store near my work to pick up a few things and I passed the store twice even though it is directly on the main road in plain site. Then I got a shopping cart that I kid you not, had an electrical current running through it?! I started off pushing it with my palms because I don’t like to touch the bar with my hands (germies!!) and I kept feeling this little shock every 5 seconds or so. So I put my whole hands on the bar and the shock got worse! I then tried to steer the cart with my forearms, and got shocked through my wool sweater?? Whaaa??? It was insane and by the time I left the store, my hands and brain were buzzing. So weird!

While I went to the store to pick up a few things for the house, I also went to pick something up for lunch because I accidentally left the lunch I was going to pack, out on the counter all night :( After roaming the aisles for 20 minutes (getting shocked the whole time,) I could not find one.single.thing. in that whole dang store that sounded appetizing! This has never happened in 25 years!! I headed back to work sans lunch and decided that I needed to get something or else I would be starving by the end of the day. So I booked it to our cafeteria before it closed and nabbed a half turkey sandwich on wheat. Finally, something that went right! It was stacked with pepper jack cheese, cucumbers, red onions and Dijon mustard, and it hit the spot. I tried to polish it off with the last of the fruit salad from the shower…but I was repulsed at having to eat it for like the 13th time and couldn’t even finish it!



I made it to the end of my work day and had every intention of going straight to the gym. I was plotting my workout from the time I left the parking garage, to the time I hit the freeway…and then…all of the sudden…I was pulling into my driveway instead of the gym?? What…how…when…?? The cherry on top came when I found myself two minutes later eating CLUSTERS! I literally had to mentally mind slap myself right then and there. I ran to my bedroom, threw on my running clothes and out the front door.

Now if you knew anything about me, you’d know that my most hated weather elements are:

  • Cold
  • Wind
  • Rain

In that order. A perfect trifecta of my own personal hell. And it’s this exact trifecta that I was heading into. 35 degree wind chill, gusty winds and a steady stream of drizzle that we hadn’t kicked all day. I didn’t care…I ran like there was no tomorrow. 5.5 miles of numb legs, burning ears and running mascara. It was the best run I have had in I can’t remember how long.

I’ve been consistently running for about 4 years now and if I’ve learned one thing, it’s that there is no perfect formula for a good run. Zip, zero, zilch. If you would’ve told me I’d be running in these conditions (mental and weather) yesterday, I would have called you crazy. But today – it was the perfect (albeit, odd) combination to a great run. And that, is why runs are like snowflakes. Each one is completely different. Lame? Maybe. But I could have said runs are like chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get – and that’s even lamer. ;) 

So thank you out-of-it morning me, electric shopping cart and cinnamon maple almond clusters…because you steered me into the direction of a fantastic run, out of one of the weirdest days ever.

Ok – if you’ve made it this far – bless your little heart. It gets better and less odd from here!

For dinner, there was only one thing I could think of that would be the perfect antidote to a cold, windy and rainy day. Chili. Is there anything that represents chilly weather food, better than chili? :) I think not.



Chili is my favorite “non-recipe” recipe. I just throw in whatever I have on hand. Usually I start with some ground turkey breast, tomato sauce and black beans, and then add whatever else I have on hand. Today I didn’t have any black beans so I subbed in some couscous. Yes, that couscous ;) It made an awesome addition! The spices I used consisted of a tooooon of chili powder, chili flakes, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder and S&P. I ladled a big scoop into one of my favorite mugs (Starbucks mug from San Diego – I collect these babies!), topped ‘er off with some shredded, cheddar cheese and got ready to hunker down for the evening. I polished it all off with a beautifully decorated, iced sugar cookie from the baby shower. Perfect. :)





One fab duo!

Thanks for listening – er…reading! – everyone! Do you ever have days where you just feel “off”? What do you think causes them? What do you do to combat them?

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