I've been having a good weekend.
17 mile long workout today. Up and down the hills in Percy Warner Park in Nashville. Great training for the marathon there in three months! Weather was great. I felt great. Had eaten a bit more than usual yesterday, but most of it was fairly healthy, and I had some coffee before the run and a protein bar snack (and a bottle of water) during it. I don't think I'd want to drink caffeine all the time during a run (although some ultramarathoners swear by RedBull type drinks) but a little bit can be a boost.
The thought I had in my head was "food is for fuel, not for feelings". But that's not quite accurate. Maybe more of "food is for fuel, not for frustrations"; I need to eat to nourish my body but I also like the social aspects of shared food, and the sensual enjoyment of good food. Not all feelings about food are bad. For instance, some of yesterday's eating was birthday treats-not binges but special and specially enjoyed food.
I'd gone out to lunch with my best friend Mel (THANK YOU!); we had lunch from the food bars at Wild Oats and then went shopping and picked up a few more healthy items at Trader Joe's. I had some quite tasty tofu and veggies and a couple bite sized bakery tartlettes (one chocolate mousse with raspberries and one walnut maple flavored--after tasting that, and after looking at the other bakery items, I've decided to make maple frosting for my birthday cake and coat the sides of the cake in crushed walnuts). Later, Hannah and I went out for Sushi for dinner.
Also spent some time on the run thinking more about my "pedestrienne" costume.
Someone had posted to steamfashion
about these bags:http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29693127
and I thought that would be a great "bustle" for my running outfit! Wondering if I should just buy one or if I should just borrow the idea and make my own, adding a water bottle holder and tweaking it to be more of a well designed runner's carry pack. Something utilitarian like that really adds to the steampunk and not just fashion image and appeal! Also, fyi, I did go to the fleamarket yesterday and bought myself two costume items--- a clock key (to wear on a necklace) and a VERY pretty and quite possibly vintage black taffeta bodice! (I think I've pretty much got all my "widow weeds" wear now.)
I also pondered how I like the term "pedestrienne". I am not FAST enough to consider myself a "racer" or "runner" these days, and "jogger" just sounds so mundane. But "pedestrienne" correctly identifies one as moving on foot but doesn't just refer to one particular mode or speed, and it's got a nice little feminine flair!
LOL...doing 17 miles, I obviously had plenty of time to think about plenty of things! :)
couple other mundane notes:
Hannah and I had a tiff over if she was going to join Melinda and I for lunch yesterday, with my "child goddess" being bitchy at being left out. We mommy-daughter made up later on. And then Hannah spent an hour helping me unlock my "I'm a ditz and I locked my key inside" car! It was funny, she tried and tried and was just saying "OK, I give up" when she managed to successfully snag the door handle on a coat hanger wire threaded through the window and popped the door open!