Thursday Things

1. BuzzFeed has been so great for my ego/self-impression lately I can’t even stand it. Last week, I took BuzzFeed’s highly scientific, accuracy-guaranteed What Country Do You Actually Belong In quiz and got…

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BOOM. Guess this means I should pack my bags and move to the Homeland!

And then, in case that wasn’t good enough, I took an equally scientific, accuracy-guaranteed quiz, What Grade Are You Getting In Life, and got…

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Just delightful. Considering how I’ve spent the past six weeks feeling like I was constantly fighting just to keep my head above the metaphorical waters of obligations and responsibility, this was just the validation I needed. I don’t care if it’s a silly quiz: I will happily take that ego boost, thank you very much.

2. In the roughly three years I’ve spent in Blogland, I’ve found I’m quite sensitive to what other bloggers eat. Everyone talks about chia seeds, I start eating chia seeds. Everyone talks about quinoa, I start eating quinoa. It’s not something I consider to be particularly problematic for me — it’s more of just an observation that I draw a lot of my own diet inspiration from what I see either a large number of bloggers writing about or a small number of bloggers consistently writing about.

The latest culprit: Bagels (no doubt courtesy of Caitlin, and probably Sarah as well).

My goodness. I just cannot get enough. Never once since I started grocery shopping for myself in college had I ever felt a need (or even really a desire) to buy bagels, and lately it’s all I want to eat. I was thisclose to subjecting myself to a mile walk in the freezing cold and wind on Sunday just because I wanted a cinnamon raisin bagel (then I went to brunch instead, and my French toast more than took care of my cinnamon raisin bagel craving).

3. Running the Georgetown 10 Miler really got me thinking about destination racing, and I think this is something I’d like to incorporate more into my running. Obviously I can’t do it all the time ($$$), but while I was in the airport I brainstormed places I’d like to run. Currently at the top spot on my list: the Big Sur Half Marathon. Yes, I am aware that it has a 6,529-foot climb that would certainly be the death of me BUT…it’s not like I’d be going there to PR. And from what I’ve heard, Big Sur is unmatched in terms of course beauty. Plus I’m dying to go to California. Granted, I could quite easily go to California and run a different race–or,  y’know, just go to California, period, and not run a race out there at all–but I think this is something I’d like to experience at some point. It’s definitely not something I’d do anytime before 2015 at the absolute earliest, so it’s not like I’ll be getting on a plane to California soon, but it’s still kind of fun to think about!

Have you done destination races? Any good recommendations? I’m all ears!
Any current food obsessions? Also currently obsessed with the idea of any dessert whatsoever, but we’re not even halfway through Lent yet, so I’ve got awhile until I can indulge that craving.

20 thoughts on “Thursday Things

  1. Yum! Bagels! Man, I miss NYC bagels. We keep some from Aldi at home, but they just aren’t the same! You should tell us the good bagel shops you find! 🙂

    Big Sur would be amazing. I think with that one, who cares about the hills? You are there for the view – longer time on the hills – more time to see the beauty. Hmm, I guess I haven’t really done any destination races! Well, unless you count the Salt Lake City half last year 🙂

  2. Current food obsessions: hot chocolate and bagels. Glad you’re on the train with me. And you should consider a New England race in the fall. I promise you it’s the most gorgeous place ever. I’m doing the Vegas half in November though, I’m so excited!

  3. I’ve done so many destination races since I am on a mission to run a half marathon in each state. Good ones are RnR Las Vegas, Boston’s Run to Remember, Little Rock Half Marathon, and RnR Arizona.

  4. Races races races! The other day I spent an hour hunting down races to add to a “bucket list” (one I will likely never fully accomplish). At the top of that list is the Big Sur Half Marathon (or full!). I’ve already emailed my mom about it…she’s my groupie obviously…and she’s totally down to join me as my supporter. P.S – registration opens April 1st! How amazing would it be to just travel and run? I can’t think of a better way to see a new location.

    I also tend to get sucked into blog food trends, and only a select few have stuck around: chia seeds, raw buckwheat groats, goji berries, and a few others I can’t seem to think of right now. Others like stevia (disgusting), maca ($$$), nutritional yeast, and amaranth were no-gos.

    • I don’t think Big Sur is in the cards for me this year, since I plan on running Chicago in October (…and have a very small travel budget at the moment, thanks to my DC trip), but I completely agree! I saw a part of DC I never would’ve experienced if I hadn’t run that race, and I think that’s part of why I’d love to do more destination racing.

      Yeah, I never got on board the stevia train, either. I know it’s a natural sweetener and all, but it still kind of sketches me out.

    • YES. Let’s go immediately. And I’m sure cross-Atlantic flights are infinitely more bearable when the person next to you is not a complete stranger.

      Um, squagels sound amazing. I’ve only been to Cosi once, but now I want to go as soon as possible and experience this magical food.

  5. I’ve also hopped on the blogger weird food train. I’ve tried chia seeds, almond butter, green smoothies, juicing, NuNaturals sweetener things and lots of others. The only thing that has really stuck around it chia seeds. And wow I never listed all those out before. I guess I am kind of bad about hopping on food fad trains.

  6. Hmm, destination races…well, obviously Puerto Rico 🙂 And I’ve done the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon and RnR Las Vegas. I don’t know if Cleveland counts but I’ve run two races there (soon to be three) and I’m thinking next year I might do the Gasparilla race in Tampa/St. Pete. Oh, I also tacked on the Grand Haven duathlon to a vacation one year, but that’s not really a destination race 🙂

    • As far as I’m concerned, anything not in Chicago counts as a destination race. Gasparilla is super tempting, but I’ve gotta be honest: I’m way too scared to run in Florida. It’s hot there 😦 Haha. (But really, though…humidity is my worst enemy when it comes to running).

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