I’m so happy that I can use the word “highlight” when describing my first attempt at a ‘long’ run in well over a month.
As you guys know – or maybe you don’t if this is the first time you’re reading my blog…WELCOME! – last week I was recommended surgery by this podiatrist I went to see about an entrapped nerve in my foot. Despite all this he told me I could run if I felt I could tolerate it.
And that is happening in less than 2 weeks. The course for Chuck12 runs along one of the most well-known roads in Baltimore and everyone I know who ran it last year said it was so much fun. I’ve long since given up on the idea that I’ll be trying for a decent time; I just want to have fun, finish it, and since this is the final jewel in Charm City Run’s B3 triple crown, I want to collect my medal.
I don’t think I’ve ever been so nervous before a run in my life as I was on Saturday morning. My alarm went off at 6am which is considerably earlier than I would normally wake up for an 8 miler. Mr. Salt has to leave for work at around 8 and I wanted to make sure I had plenty of time to make any necessary adjustments/take walk breaks/drag my leg behind me/etc. I had a couple different routes planned just in case I needed to cut it short and my phone just in case I absolutely could not get it done and needed to call for a ride.
As it turned out, I didn’t need any extra help and finished with plenty of time to spare.
The best part was that it didn’t feel terrible. I took my time, there were no major issues, I didn’t feel any physically worse for wear afterward, and of course mentally I felt like a million bucks. Mile 8 was my fastest and I felt as if I could have kept going, but at that point I was already back to my house and didn’t want to push it.
I’m pretty confident that I will make it through Chuck12 and then I will really REALLY deserve that medal.
The best parts of the rest of the weekend included swimming with Betty’s Nana (who also so happens to be my mom) and then ALL THE BRUNCH. I missed the brunch photo opp on Saturday because I was too busy trying to keep Wreck-It Betty from destroying the restaurant, but I can tell you that it was a chicken, goat cheese, and asparagus egg white omelette. It was to die for even though I could barely taste it from having to eat it so fast, as one sometimes must do while out with their 2 year old.
There was also a mimosa involved because crazy 2 year old.
I made sure to take a picture of Sunday brunch though because I know the Internet really cares a lot about what I eat.
Those crepes are stuffed full of fresh strawberries and topped with cinnamon, powdered sugar, and organic strawberry yogurt. Then homemade granola, and then that is the best lemon poppyseed muffin I’ve ever tasted. They have a new “Muffin of the Day” and I’ve never been disappointed by it. This restaurant is called FirstWatch and it is a chain, so if there happens to be one near you, GO THERE. I promise you will love it.
After brunch a complete miracle occurred in the form of Betty taking a nap. Mr. Salt also wanted to take a nap, but I can’t nap in the middle of the day or else I won’t be able to sleep at night. It’s a curse, really.
So instead I went and got a long overdue pedicure.
I felt so badly for the poor guy that had to deal with my feet that I tipped extra. He was awesome anyway. Usually I stick with dark colors, but he told me that I could pick a brighter one if I wanted and he would make sure it masked my zombie toe. He wasn’t kidding.
You tell me I can go bright? I go bright. The fact that they ended up matching my PR Soles exactly is purely a weird coincidence.
What is your favorite thing to eat for brunch? (I feel like I’ve been talking about food on here a lot lately!) Have you ever been to a FirstWatch? Did you run this weekend?
Whatever you got into, I hope it was fun and fantastic. Let’s make this a GREAT week! (I’m going to legally change my middle name to OPTIMISM.)