Thinking Out Loud: Thursday Brain Dump

I’m linking up with Running with Spoons again for Thinking Out Loud. Thanks for hosting, Amanda!

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In true, Thinking Out Loud fashion, I’m just going to spurt out what’s on my mind this Thursday evening.

  1. First and foremost, make this Roasted Cauliflower White Cheddar Soup. It’s chowder-like, the perfect amount of cheesy, and the cauliflower makes it pretty hearty. I can already tell it’s going to be a fall/winter staple.
  2. I have a bum knee! Maybe not a bum knee, but it’s not very happy with me. I noticed a little discomfort on Sunday’s treadmill 5K, but as soon as I got off of it, I knew something was wrong. The discomfort has eased up every day since, I waited until today to try a mile, and I can still feel that it’s off.
  3. Waaaaaaaaaaah.
  4. It’s laughable that this is the exact same knee pain my fiancé has had since late August.
  5. I want to go on a run so bad I feel a little crazy.
  6. An April marathon looks a little bleak. Does this knee thing need a week off? 4? 6? Would I have enough time to safely increase mileage by January?
  7. What if I ran a spring half and a late summer or fall marathon?!
  8. (Enter more race/running/injury/knee over thinking here).
  9. Lastly, my friend e-mailed me this article from the New York Time: What We Think About When We Run. I shared my favorite part below, about the runner’s great article of faith, and I agree completely.

“Confronted with difficulty of any kind—a throbbing ankle, a stitch in the side, cold, hunger, headwinds, loneliness, despair, boredom, grief—runners will inevitably talk about “running through it.” In its more modest connotation, the phrase simply means to keep going. But the grander meaning is that “through it” means “past it.” That is the runner’s great article of faith: that a better mood will supplant a worse one, pain will ease up, joy will kick in. “That sucked,” one of the participants in Samson’s study declared into his microphone, “but it’s going to be an awesome run on the way back.””

Did you read that article too? What do you need to vent about?

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