I started my morning as usual. I knew we were supposed to be getting snow but at 7:30am there wasn’t any. Amazingly, after getting out of the shower just 15 minutes later I looked outside and there was a blanket of white!

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But the estimated total accumulation was only 3-6 inches so I packed up my lunch, got in the car and drove to my bus stop. I was surprised at how heavy the snow was falling and how slippery the snow covered roads were (even with my anti lock brakes and 4-wheel drive I felt like I had very little control) so I drove really slow. It didn’t dawn on me that my bus would have any issue.

A few minutes later it arrived and I got on. We didn’t even make it a mile down the road when we approached a downhill spot that about 5 cars had slid down. My bus driver tried to go in reverse only to be spinning wheels (literally!)…eventually somehow we were able to go in the reverse direction back to another main road hoping for an easier way to the highway. That seemed promising until we got there and saw that cars were skidding down that road too! At this point over an hour had elapsed and I was STILL just a mile from my home. I finally decided to get off the bus and walk home. Bus fare=$6….getting home safely and happily surprising the dog=priceless!

Luckily I have access to my work server and email so I was able to work from home. And boy did I work! I think I logged more hours than if I was in the office. And most of those hours I was sitting with my legs tucked behind me on the couch with my laptop on the armrest of the couch which has caused some major tightness in my ankles, hips and shoulders. I need to brush up on my ergonomics. But I did stop for a nice “lunch break”

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snow face

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look at those ears!

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blanket of white

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Speaking of lunch break, I had packed my lunch to take to work so that made it pretty easy when deciding what I should eat. I just pulled out my lunch tote and voila…lunch is served!

Chili, salad, avocado, baked chips and an apple

Chili, salad, avocado, baked chips and an apple

Of course now it’s after 7pm and today is supposed to be a workout day. I’ve got a few hours left to figure something out. Oh how I wish my trampoline had arrived already. I’m thinking it’s going to just have to be some jumping jacks and resistance bands and stretching. Or an unplanned rest day =)

So last night I came home from work and took a few swigs of that Prosecco I started the night before and the next thing you know I had a wild craving for corn fritters. (I made them once before a few months ago too). Lately I’ve been doing a lot of “caving to the craving”¬†so I went ahead and made a batch (loosely) following this recipe from the Pioneer Woman.

dinner is served!

dinner is served!

They were divine! I ate most of them and then somewhere between falling asleep on the couch and re-locating myself to bed I ate the rest of them. Well, I better go break a sweat doing something now.

Did you have snow where you live today? Do you like snow? Have you ever been unable to get to work because of weather related issues? Do you like corn fritters?

Yesterday’s meltdown is a thing of the past. Today, I rocked my run!
Well, let’s clarify. I didn’t stick to a 10:50 pace. I decided after a mile to see what my pace was and whatever it was that would be the pace I would shoot to maintain for the remainder.

I mapped out an 8ish mile route that would pass by my parents’ house so that I could get some water. (One of the sad things about summer being over is that most of the parks have shut off their water fountains for the season). After filling up my water bottle I took a few minutes to sit on their porch and rock in a rocking chair….Ha! Get it? This is why I “rocked” my run. And I give all the credit for the pun to Valerie, a loyal reader/runner/friend.

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Rocking my run!

I did a decent job of maintaining all my splits around 11:30s and that was fine. (mile 5 I walked a bit to fuel and the last mile I was emailing with work!

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Even though It’s October and there were some sights of fall…

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autumnal road signs and happy feet

There were also signs that spring and summer haven’t totally left. I always manage to find those rebel honeysuckles that refuse to die! I love them!

rebel honeysuckles and some pretty colored berries

rebel honeysuckles and some pretty colored berries

When I got home, I wiped my sweaty face with a paper towel and then next thing you know this happened:

SHRED

After all that running and then another mile and a half walking the dog, I was starving. I looked in the freezer and saw this big bag of corn my dad gave me. He has a garden in his backyard and grows his own corn! I decided I’d try making corn fritters. I probably needed a little more flour but they came out pretty good.

corn fritters!

corn fritters!

I’m really getting excited for the NYC Marathon! It’s in exactly one month. Time to start obsessing about the weather and what I plan on wearing…

Question: Are corn fritters and hush puppies the same thing? How do you strategize your water on a long run?