Yes indeed, it was barley that powered me through a late and eventful night and a solid 7.5 miler today. More on the run later, but back to the crazy night first…
After returning from our kayaking expedition mid-week and doing the post-trip deeds like cleaning the cars, washing the sleeping bags/sleeping pads, washing the cup/bowl/spoon combos, and catching up on some much needed rest, Mikey and I were enjoying a beautiful day yesterday. Towards the evening, however, the thunderstorms they had called for reared their ugly heads and the storms started surfacing around dinner time last night. At about 2:15 am, we awoke with a start to a huge thunder boom and not 2 seconds later our room lit up with a bright flash of lightning. Soon after, we smelled something burning. Thinking it was the rain short-circuiting our computer through the open window, we got up to explore and then realized that the house directly across the street from us was on fire! After calling 911 and alerting the police, we watched, helplessly, as the flames rose and grew, spreading quickly to a neighboring rooftop. It was unbelievable, shocking, sad, and hard to watch as we were reminded of how short life is and how that so easily could have been us. The fire raged on while the rain did little to put it out, but within 20 minutes everything had died down thanks to the fire department’s fast arrival and quick work.
We slowly drifted back to bed, aware of the fact that we’d be waking up in a few short hours to get Mikey to the airport for a week’s worth of planning meetings in St. John’s, NFLD. At 7:20 am we woke up, amazed to see the clock blinking 12:00 over and over again…the power had gone out with the storm last night! And what time were we supposed to leave for the airport? 5:20 am! So once again, a trip to the airport for the Langs involves that nauseous feeling in the pit of your stomach and the peddle to the metal. Lots of extra cash later, he had switched his flights and paid the fees for doing so. What a pain! In the end though, we tried to just let it be and stay focused on the fact that extra money seems like a small price to pay in the wake of what we witnessed from our bedroom window last night.
So while we waited for his new flight time, we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast at one of our favorite but not often frequented breakfast spots: the Diner Deluxe. This uber-popular spot is “a retro 1950’s cafe serving up made-from-scratch comfort food for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner” that serves delights such as chocolate sourdough french toast with grilled bananas, great hash browns with eggs and toast, and johnny cakes with berry compotes! Yuuum! Today it was the 2 eggs over easy with toast and hash browns for Mikey and some hot barley (cooked in apple juice!) with a grilled banana and a side of French Vanilla cream. It was great! Nothing like starting out a hectic morning with a stop/breathe/eat/enjoy breakfast.
And after saying adios and returning home solo, I was ready to run, especially after wearing my running clothes all morning to get inspired to do so and not change my mind! (Do any of you do this? It’s a great trick – put those clothes on or lay them out the night before and you’ll find it’s much harder to back out on your exercise commitment!) I am training (when not traveling this summer) for an upcoming half-marathon in September, so today I was slated to go for a long run and decided that since I hadn’t run much with our kayaking trip, I would run an 8 miler. It felt awesome! Not easy, but I had a couple of rest days recently and I was more ready to get out and enjoy a run because of it. 59 minutes later and 7.5 more miles under my belt (I clocked it for more accuracy) later, I was tired but happy, ready to eat and proud of my efforts.
Running provides with me so many chances to think, to pray, and sometimes to simply let my mind clear. With our kayaking expedition now over and lots of processing and debriefing concerning this trip as well as other events in our lives, this run provided the perfect opportunity to let my mind wander in the presence of God. I am so grateful to have running as an outlet and now sit in one of my other favorite spots to think, a cushy chair at Starbucks. 🙂
All in all, it’s been a good day. If you’re a reader who likes to comment, I’m curious to know: What fuels you for your activity? Are you a barley-bowl kind of person? Or a PB & J girl? How about a guy who fuels up on protein powder? I’d love to know! Also, what is your stress-reliever and refocuser? Is it exercise or getting out of the city or making your favorite meal?
Some upcoming topics for this week include: a new monthly challenge for August, a new featured recipe of the month, a review on my Vibram 5 Finger shoes, and some thoughts on going raw…oh boy! Stay tuned and until then, live well and be well,