No pictures of the sunrise for you today, but I do have a story.
It’s called The Hardest Run I Ever Ran, and it takes place on this small hill in my hometown of Brentwood, Tennessee.
Even though I have run some pretty tough marathons over the past few years, I still think that the hardest route I ever conquered was this two-mile loop around my house in Brentwood. At the age of 17, I had just started running. At first, I had to walk up the hill pictured above… and was sore for days! I was not a good runner, nobody was cheering for me, I wasn’t training for anything, and I had to run from the neighbors’ dogs. Motivation was low, results were low, and the elevation climb was high.
But I had a goal to finish the two-mile course, and kept chugging along on sore legs to get there, day after day.
I’ll never forget the determination required during each step (literally!) of the first years of my running “career.” It doesn’t matter whether you are a two-miler, a marathoner, or an ultra-marathoner: running is hard, no matter what your goals are.
Oh, and that hill? By the end of my first summer of running, I could 100% run it: twice.
If that didn’t get your brain buzzing, here is A LOT of food for thought. First, the famous chili:What is chili without its cheese? Not chili in my opinion.Then, a new recipe! I have been all about NPR’s food articles lately and attempted a savory “cake.” RECIPE.It’s stuffed with veggies and made with chickpea flour for an extra nutritional punch! I added red peppers and mushrooms for even more fun.Served with the recommended sautéed white beans and spinach combo, which was excellent. Anthony and I were completely shocked how simple yet delicious this was! I was skeptical of the short ingredients list, but it totally worked.Keep conquering those routes… and try a new recipe!
- What was it like when you first started running?
- A new recipe you tried lately?
- Where is your hometown?
- BetaBeat: Eat someone else’s old food with this handy app
- Greatist: How to become a morning person
- And, this RunWashington article which quotes Anthony and me! Hilarious.
Anthony Lambkin of Arlington tore through his heat to finish second in 5:11.49. The race itself was straightforward compared to his usual conditioning — touch rugby (it’s apparently very popular in the D.C. area). The Australian native got into running three years ago thanks to his fiancé, Mary Doman. He has since run a marathon, a half and a smattering of 5ks. “I don’t feel great now that the race is over, but I enjoyed it,” he said. “That last lap hurt.” Doman didn’t have that problem, cruising through her heat to win in 6:12.03. “I didn’t run in the right heat, but I really didn’t feel like coming in last today,” she said. “That’s no fun.”