Sixteen and a Smoothie

“Your biggest challenge isn’t someone else. It’s the ache in your lungs and the burning in your legs, and the voice inside you that yells ‘CAN’T’, but you don’t listen. You just push harder. And then you hear the voice whisper ‘can’. And you discover that the person you thought you were is no match for the one you really are.” ~Unknown

Terri and I completed our long run today, but the ending was NOT very pretty. Miles 1-4 were mostly on the small walking track in front of the local high school. From there we went down a new road that gave us miles 5 and 6. Mile 7 brought us back into town and we ran toward the highway for mile 8. Miles 9-12 were down a country road that had 3 dogs at one house. The dogs came running and barking. Mix that with me whimpering and jumping toward the bayou to find a stick. At the same time that I have my mace and stick aimed at the dogs, the owner is pulling out of her driveway. She stops on the side of us and tells us that the dogs are sweet. I am almost in tears, waving a stick around like a crazy woman. The dogs are around our feet, wagging their tails. Terri bends down to pet “Ginger” and I take that opportunity to make my escape. Will I ever get over this insane fear of dogs? Miles 13 and 14 are back on the highway where we have water bottles stashed. We grab the fresh water and continue. When we make it to a bridge with no shoulder, we can’t find a time to cross with all of the traffic. We turn around and back track toward town. I am in tears, sobbing from the pain radiating from my hip, down my leg, and into my knee. I push ahead and continue to tell myself that I am so close to our 16 mile goal. I refuse to stop. We run toward our starting point and have to run down one more road to finish our final 2 miles. We are both feeling pain, but at the same time we are both overjoyed with our newest feat.

16 miles complete!!

Post Run Pumpkin Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1 banana
  • dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla
  • 1 square of 86% Cacao Intense Dark Chocolate
  • Blend together. (If you like your smoothies a little sweet, I would add some brown sugar.)

It looks a little a lot like baby food but it’s a scrumptious fall smoothie and a great way to recover from our run.

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One Response to Sixteen and a Smoothie

  1. cllola says:

    For you—-love the quote and whole story. Sixteen is sweet!!!!

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