November 23 09

So, the husband came home on Friday, which means that I spent most of my weekend hibernating. I slept in, twice, and napped, twice. Refueling. I needed it. Good god, I needed it. The last two weeks have been filled with just too much emotional and physical and swine-flu related shit. My body needed to shut down and waited impatiently for him to get off the plane and then BOOM. I did manage to wake up long enough to drag his ass to see New Moon, at which, rather curiously, we were the youngest people in the entire theater. I lie. There was one group of three teens and the rest of the theater? Filled with geriatrics and loads of dudes. More dudes than shrieking eels teens? Did Taylor Lautner’s time in the gym really draw that much of a crowd? Meh. I’m still Team Edward, no matter what Jacob’s stomach looks like…I’ll take Edward’s starving-artist spray-on abs any day of the week.

I also managed to wake up long enough to make myself a pumpkin breakfast extravaganza, thank to Miss Heather, who planted the idea in my head and it totally didn’t matter that I may or may not have found myself at The Fresh Market in a pair of pink flannel checked doggie pj bottoms. Pumpkin pancakes were made. and smothered with pumpkin butter.


You add a little Tim Horton’s freshly brewed coffee and, well, I sit on my ass andร‚ย  instantly gain back all the weight I lost while I was sick (side note: totally worth it) EMOTIONALLY EATING FTW!

And now, I’ve got pumpkin on the brain. No thanks, I assure you, to the pumpkin pie Bobby Flay Throwdown I watched last night and I’m going to out on a limb here to say that Michele Albano totally got robbed, because since I saw the episode, all I can think about is how I am going to get her Maple Pumpkin with Pecan Streusel Pies flown in from Connecticut to get in my belly.

And going into Thanksgiving week, with the race only 4 days away, I had to make a decision that I was not pleased to have had to make…I am not running the half-marathon this week. Up until yesterday, I was still going to do it. I had to do it, even though the training I was supposed to do in the last 6 weeks had gone to hell…as in, is had not happened. AT ALL. Since shredding my ankles several times and getting sick and then getting sick again and not being able to eat for an entire week and then Josh being sick and home all week and Isabella having days off of school, it just didn’t happen. I like by the “failure is not an option” creed. I hate to fail pretty much more than I hate anything, except barfing. It doesn’t sit when with me…it was just not how I was raised. Mintz girls are overachievers by nature and even though we weren’t made to run (we really weren’t, I assure you) my sister is a running goddess and reports of 9, 10, 13 mile runs and I KNOW I could do it if I trained properly. So, I thought about run-walking it and then I realized that my health is just going to have to outweigh my pride on this one. And while I know I may be letting several people down, this is the best decision FOR ME. and I may actually train for a half-marathon some day, and maybe I won’t, but I WILL be at the finish line on Thursday morning waiting for people I love to cross. and I can live with that.

I wish I had something more exciting than naps and New Moon and Pumpkin-related obsessions and half-marathon failures to report. But, you know, it’s Monday.

  1. You’re not letting anybody down. You would have hurt yourself and made it harder to run again. Go lay on your fainting couch and relax.

    Comment by Avitable on November 23, 2009
  2. I was wondering about the race. Honestly Ali, with ALL you’ve been through recently, this is a GOOD decision. You would have gotten hurt, which would have sucked for my visit the following week. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by Kristabella on November 23, 2009
  3. It’s not a failure at all. It’s just called life. It gets in the way of all the stuff we really want to do… There’s another race out there on the horizon.

    Comment by Laura on November 23, 2009
  4. Ali you will have other marathons to run just take care of yourself mmm pumpkin butter is so good….

    Comment by LAVENDULA on November 23, 2009
  5. Good for you for doing what’s best for YOU. You need to take care of yourself, friend.

    Comment by Angella on November 23, 2009
  6. It sounds like you made a good decision. There will be other races to run another time.

    Comment by Jen on November 23, 2009
  7. Take care of yourself. You can always run!

    Comment by Kaleigha on November 23, 2009
  8. Good decision. You’re not in a relay so you’re not letting a team down. You need your body to work for you for a very long time to come so don’t hurt it now. As well, running a half marathon without proper training would be foolish, as you really could hurt yourself. Take care!

    Comment by Heather on November 23, 2009
  9. I totally watched that episode of Throwdown last night instead of going to bed and I’m with you. She got robbed, and I wanted to weep for her when I saw her face fall when Bobby (blech) was announced the winner. I’m sorry, but if you grow, harvest and prep your own damn sugar pumpkins, you automatically win. Screw you, Libby’s canned pumpkin!

    Also, I made homemade pumpkin butter last week, so I’ll be needing some of those pumpkin pancakes pronto, please!

    Comment by fadkog on November 23, 2009
  10. oh thank you thank you thank you for commenting on the pumpkin portion of this post! and for assuring me that I’m not the only person who gets turned on by pumpkin pie!

    Comment by ali on November 23, 2009
  11. I’m drooling — pumpkin butter AND Edward’s airbrushed abs. SWOON.

    Comment by Haley-O (Cheaty) on November 23, 2009
  12. awww buddy. you so made the right decision. you’ll get ’em on the next one.

    Comment by Karen Sugarpants on November 24, 2009
  13. I would be far more likely to call that Being Smart than Failure. You can always try again when circumstances are more auspicious.

    Also, how is it that I never thought of PUMPKIN PANCAKES? Travesty.

    Comment by Moose on November 24, 2009
  14. I, for one, am glad that you aren’t running the marathon. Cuz I feel fat and when people run marathons and go on FB and talk about how they just worked out and ran 6 miles it lowers my self esteem… so for selfish reasons… thanks for not running that marathon.
    .-= tena´s last blog ..Visions of cooking a turkey dance in my head =-.

    Comment by tena on November 24, 2009
  15. I keep having visions of myself spraining my ankle or getting sick and missing the half marathon, but good for you for taking care of yourself first. Trust me, I know how hard it is to admit failure… I’m pretty competitive myself. If you hadn’t been sick or if the hubby was around more you totally could have done it…. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by rayli on November 25, 2009
  16. Pumpkin pie is SEXY, and seriously, I get so excited about pumpkin-related EVERYTHING around this time of year.

    Also: you are rad, with or without a half marathon under your proverbial belt.

    Comment by Kerri Anne on November 25, 2009

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