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I Threw a Tomato at Someone and it was Amazing

Wednesday night is date night and I love date night.  A good dinner, a good bottle of wine, and a movie. It’s the perfect way to break up the week. This week I decided to show of my expert culinary skills and made scallops in the sous vide accompanied by a tasty cauliflower puree in the pressure cooker. I gave myself a 5 star rating, but I may be biased.

After dinner we decided to watch Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. What does it mean? You Don’t Get Life a Second Time.  The 1/2 English, 1/2 Hindi movie was quite confusing at first but subtitles remedied the main question… Was that English?  The story is about three friends, three adventures, and three life changing experiences. A comedy/drama that I actually really enjoyed. (I’m all about life movies.) One of the three adventures really left me feeling inspired. It included truck loads of tomatoes, La Tomatina (the tomato throwing festival in Spain), and hundreds of tomatoey people. I couldn’t help but to think of that one lone tomato sitting on my kitchen counter. What in the world was I ever going to do with that one tomato?

When the movie was over and my wine finished, my thoughts kept drifting back to the tomato. Yes, La Tomatina looked really messy and perhaps tomato juice is bad for the eyes, but they were having so much fun! I want to throw a tomato at someone. Now, it is clearly defined in the rules of tomato throwing that you have to squeeze the tomato first AND then you can throw it at someone. I imagine if you just chuck a tomato at someone and hit them upside the head, it would hurt. I didn’t want to hurt anyone.

I couldn’t help it. I ran to grab the tomato. (I couldn’t let Mario get there first.) My mind went back and forth as I contemplated my next action. Do I do it? Do I not do it? This is silly. Oh, but I really want to squeeze this tomato and throw it at Mario. Then I would have to clean it up. Do I want to clean it up? Would it be bad for the floors? How old am I again? What are the pros? What are the cons? Is he going to be mad? Now Mario knew what I was thinking and we were both laughing pretty hard. I figured since we were both laughing so much, he couldn’t be that mad. Then… splat! I did it. I squeezed that tomato and threw it at Mario’s head. Well more like gently placed it on his head and called it a little red hat, but it was the closest to tomato throwing I’d ever been. It was one of those rare moments in life when we both had tears coming down our faces because we were laughing so hard. Then he took his new “little red hat” and starting chasing me around the house. Not. Cool.

Yes, tomato throwing isn’t something your normal 31 year old “adult” does. But it was fun. It made us laugh. And there was no harm done. Why don’t we have more fun in life like that? Why do we analyze things so much that we take the fun out of them? Why don’t we do more random, crazy things? That was by far one of my favorite date nights and I owe it all to that one tomato I decided not to juice earlier in the week. I knew I would need it later but I just didn’t know what for. Novelty, fun, and a little silliness make life way more entertaining. As stated by the great philosopher Plato, “Life must be lived as play.” Now go have some fun.

I think Costco is having a sale on tomatoes…

Happy Trails and Happy Running,
Tracie

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Thankful

I want to take one night to write about something that is completely unrelated to running, health, fitness or nutrition. I want to take this one blog entry to say how thankful I am for my fabulous friends, family, students, and of course my husband. They have all made this birthday the best ever.

Today at work, I realized that event though my students may drive me crazy, they really do love me. I had several birthday cakes, homemade cookies, cards, notes, and even a gift card to the local veggie juice bar. I received one of the most heartfelt notes from student who told me how much he appreciated how loving and happy I always am. And that’s why I call  you Mama T-Rod, he said. Liz, the owner of the juice bar, gave me the gift of a delicious Hulk it Up with an extra shot of wheatgrass for free and I received the sweetest messages from my friends. Mario has gone above and beyond to make this birthday extra special and I look forward to celebrating Saturday night with my parents, my sister, and the best friends ever. I love birthdays. 🙂

Thank you everyone for the birthday love! Here is to an exciting new decade!

A delicious cake from Katherine

A delicious cake from Katherine… one of several homemade cakes today. 

 

Birthday messages left on my computer

Birthday messages left on my computer

 

Awesome birthday note

Awesome birthday note

 

Detox after too much cake at school

Detox after too much cake at school

 

I've been waiting 5 months to eat sweet potato fries!

I’ve been waiting 5 months to eat sweet potato fries!

Chocolate mousse

Chocolate mousse. Must run A LOT this weekend. 

 

 

Happy Trails and Happy Running,

Tracie

 

 

 

Run to You

Happy Sunday! I am so glad this is the last week of the month. February has been a horrible, no good, very bad month for me. But if we don’t have bad months, then we can’t have good ones? Even though I’m not running right now, I’m starting to see my running shoes at the end of this very dark tunnel and I found this really cute video that brought me happy running thoughts. I thought I’d share…

Happy Trails and Happy Running,

Tracie

Recovery Update: I no longer have a fever but breathing and sneezing are another story. I did Bikram hot yoga today and it felt great to sweat like that. I really do miss doing Bikram. I absolutely loved it when I did it every week. Tomorrow, I go see about my psoas. 🙂

Fun Theory

The past week and a half have been a mental and physical struggle. I feel like I’ve worked so hard for something only to have it slip away (the story of my running life). I don’t know what will happen next weekend, but I feel like my hopes for a 1:30 half marathon are slipping. On top of that, today I left work early because I wasn’t feeling well. I tried to work from home but then fell asleep for three straight hours! That is so unlike me.

In an effort to deal with my mental struggle, I am trying to stay focused on the positive. If anything, races are fun and they shouldn’t be a cause of stress. (Literally, the only things in life that cause me stress and frustration are people getting in my way while running down the street and races. Other than that, I’m a very happy, unstressed person.)

I get to spend next weekend with my one of my favorite cousins, his awesome wife, my best friend, her fabulous husband, and my amazing husband, Mario. That sounds like a pretty good weekend to me, no matter what the clock says Saturday morning.

Life is a little more enjoyable when we remember to have fun.

Just watch this video for proof of that:

 

Happy Trails and Happy Running,

Tracie

Running Update: I’m sick. Ask me tomorrow or Saturday.

Fun Friday

Happy Friday everyone! It’s a beautiful day here in Raleigh, NC and the humidity has finally dropped to normal October levels. Hooray! On this fabulous day, I wanted to dedicate a short post to the importance of fun and being silly.

If we let it, life can stress us out. Luckily, I’m pretty good at staying stress free, but when things start to feel like they are consuming my life, I freak out. For example, these past few weeks I’ve been SOOO worried about race day and how my leg will be for my last two long runs. I’ve probably given myself a few gray hairs just thinking about it. But the truth is, race day will come no matter what. There are 30 days between now and then and all I can do is be proactive in my recovery and be thankful that running is a part of my life. And instead of stressing these next few weeks, I need to remember to have fun and to be silly from time to time. After all, fun can be a powerful tool for transformation when tapped appropriately. Just check out these Nobel Peace Prize recipients who incorporate fun into their awesomeness.

And now here is the inspiration for post my today. I LOVE how these four people motivated random strangers to be a little silly and incorporate some fun into their day. All with a little help from Rocky of course…

(The little old ladies are my favorite!)

So while my situation may not change today, the least I can do is change my attitude. I’m off to download Eye of the Tiger and then run up and down the 12 flights of stairs to my house. Who cares if my neighbors think I’m a little silly 🙂 Maybe I can get them to join me…

Happy Trails and Happy Running,

Tracie

Happy Trails and Happy Running,

Tracie