“At first an ordeal and then an accomplishment, the daily run becomes a staple, like bread, or wine, a fine marriage, or air. It is also a free pass to friendship.”
~ Benjamin Cheever, Strides

Monday, October 15, 2012

Perfect Carb Loading - Fair Food

Just after I posted my "Thankful" post, both Avery and I got sick enough to require matching antibiotics.
Being sick, means crashing out mid-playtime.
Then we left for our trip to Texas.

Let's just say that a 14 month old with an ear infection on an airplane is a truly AWFUL combination and leave it at that.  After the first flight, I swore off flying ever again.  Unfortunately, we still had to come back home.  Luckily, the extra few days of antibiotic doses worked wonders and the return flight was much easier.  Still exhausting, but not screaming child exhausting.

Despite our matching antibiotics, it was a fabulous trip!  We got to Oma and Opa's house on Wednesday.  Avery absolutely LOVED all the extra attention she received.  I think she wanted to take their screened porch and the Texas sunshine home with us.  Unfortunately, neither one fit into our luggage.

On Friday, Mark and I drove into town to visit the Longhorn store.  With all my weight loss, I'm having trouble finding non-running clothes that fit in my closet.  Besides, nothing cuter than putting your kiddo in clothes from your college.
Hook 'em!  (she's smiling because we let her sit on the counter and Opa was playing with her)
On Saturday, we drove to Dallas for the state fair and the TX-OU football game.  We picked up my friend Cynthia and her brother along the way.  The game was miserable (If you're a Texas fan), but the state fair was lots of fun until it got too absurdly crowded.  The nice part of at the fair with four people is that you get to TRY a lot of fried food without having to EAT all of every item.

State fair foods that I sampled included: chicken fried bacon, fried jambalaya, fried PBJ and banana, fried s'mores, fried frito pie, fried oreos, fried cake balls, a corn dog, caramel apples and corn on the cob.
Nothing like starting your day with a nice Fried PBJ and banana sandwich!
Fried PBJ & banana, fried frito pie and caramel apples stay on my list of state fair favorites.  Fried s'mores and corn on the cob also made the list this year.  I don't ever have to taste chicken fried bacon or fried cake balls again!
Fried s'mores may be my new favorite thing ever!
I did get both of my runs in while on vacation - a 6 mile jaunt on Thursday and an 8 mile jaunt on Sunday.  My in-laws live in a neighborhood near the Brazos river, and I made some turns during both runs that turned BOTH runs into hill workouts.  Yikes!  As a result, the 8 mile run felt like a struggle until mile 6.  It didn't help that my sinus infection has the lovely side effect that I a cough up junk every now and then.  Twice on the 8 miler, once on the 6.  I just hope the antibiotics do their job before this Sunday!  I did try running with an audiobook for the first time ever, and it was interesting!

This week is marathon week - but I'm not sure fried food is what was intended for carb loading.  Time to work on hydrating and sleeping for the rest of the week!

What's your favorite fair food?  Least favorite?

Do you run with music, audiobook or just as you are?

Anyone else racing this coming weekend?


  1. Yay, we have a race the same weekend! So excited! Mine's a half, but I'm sure it will feel like a marathon.

    I'm sorry you guys were sick. And that's exactly why I refused to fly with my kids between the ages of one and three--it's exhausting even when they aren't sick.

    I'm focusing on sleep this week, too. I'm calling tonight Project 8:30: bed at 8:30 p.m., lights out at 9 p.m.

  2. Hope the two of you are feeling much better!

    So interesting that you say "Oma" and "Opa" too - we have the same words in Afrikaans (my home language) and call Baby Girl's grandparents "Ouma" and "Oupa"!

  3. I just can't with the stuff they fry at the Texas State Fair. Keith says I'm seriously damaged, but I've never had any interest in fried bubble gum or fried butter. I do like my cheese fried though.

    Mmm, fried cheese. Let's go get some!

  4. Oh no I hope you guys are feeling better I NEED to know how your race went!!!

  5. I haven't even done the TX state fair thing yet... :) Can't wait to hear the details of your race!


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