I haven’t raced in a long time, and for a variety of reasons, my mileage was pretty low in 2021. So could I find six things to love about running in 2021?
I know there are runners that love that long run, and I’m not saying that I hate it, but it’s so much easier to fit in a short run — and still get other things accomplished in your life.
My chocolate oatmeal
I have made chocolate oatmeal a variety of ways over the years, but this is my current favorite and it’s super simple. I put some chocolate ghee into my mini crockpot. Then I sprinkle some spices over the ghee, usually cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, and very small sprinkle of chipotle powder. I add my oats, some water and plug it in so that the oats can cook overnight.
In the morning the ghee has melted and I stir everything to mix it altogether and add in some chocolate chips, too.
Ghee, by the way, is simply clarified butter (like you’d dip your lobster meat into). It has the dairy (which can be mucous forming) removed and is said to have many health benefits, too. Chocolate ghee is made with ghee, date syrup, and cacao. Dates are a wonderful energy source for runners!
This isn’t an everyday breakfast for me; it tends to be what I have on my long-er runs.
The Saucony Endorphin Speeds
I now have fast shoes and slow shoes. Well I did before, too, my Newtons were my fast shoes — but I can’t justify the price when I’m not racing. I do love that burst of speed I get from the appropriately named Endorphin Speeds — it’s magic!
Knowing I’m a “real” runner
Actually, I always pondered if I’d continue to run if I didn’t race — even though I raced far less often than some of my running friends (and far more often than others). Sometimes I wonder about things like that. 2021 answered that question — I didn’t race, but I’m still running.
A happier Achilles Tendon
It still aches sometimes . . . but I’ve had other things like that where it seemed like it would never go away and then one day I realized it was gone. Even when it aches, though (and that’s not all the time) — I would rate it maybe a 1-3.
You knew it was coming, right? I get it, you may hate the treadmill and think that running outside is just far superior. We are all different, so you do you, and I’ll be over here not fretting about the weather (sometimes), and still doing most of my nice, short runs outdoors.
Even in a year with little travel and no racing I was still able to find six great things related to running. There’s always bliss there if you look for it (especially when you’re eating chocolate oatmeal).
This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.