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Running Nirvana and Om...elette.
04-02-2018, 10:33 PM, (This post was last modified: 05-02-2018, 02:46 AM by Mid Life Crisis Marathon Man.)
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Running Nirvana and Om...elette.
Running Nirvana and Om...elette.

It's a gorgeous, sunny morning; about 8 a.m. post-run and with the joy of no work commitments ahead of me until tomorrow. I'm in the kitchen about to feast on a well-earned breakfast. I look at the small mountain of grated cheese, diced ham, parsley and tarragon (home-grown, of course) and a beautiful, thinly sliced mushroom that I'd piled onto the omelette in the pan, and wonder how I am going to fold the unencumbered half of it over the Matterhorn of delicacy awaiting its blanket. However, in the happiness that is that post-run euphoria where everything seems to just work out fine, the spatula lifts the omelette easily over itself and covers the ham, cheese, herb and mushroom exquisiteness with ease. Another minute and it's done. Usually, forty seconds would suffice, but I'd overloaded it in my exuberance and so added the extra seconds, and lo, it is wonderful, worthy of any bistro you might find on Paris's Rue de Rivoli, or so it seems to me in my runner's high.

I'd not planned to resurrect my running seriously until next week when I begin three weeks of much-needed annual leave, but today was the running of the Almeria Medio Maraton, and my not being there again this year somewhat got the better of me. And so I donned my 2017 Almeria finisher's shirt and pounded out a serious run, the first such earnest effort in several weeks; oh, I'd jogged a little here and there in the interim, but this was the first time I had run with the intention of completing a set distance at a decent pace, otherwise known as proper, actual running. This was achieved (albeit a modest 7 kilometres), and the resultant flood of endorphins and the general feeling of dizzying excellence has left me shaking my head in disbelief that I let this running habit decline at all.

Anyway, I've one more week of early starts, two nights shifts and then I have a blissful three weeks of regular sleep, freedom from work, and no plans other than to take the opportunity to properly kick start my running campaign again. The objective is simply to once more to become that half-marathon-ready runner, and more importantly, experience all the health benefits that readiness brings.

And I might make a few more omelettes. Petit-déjeuner, n'importe qui?

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05-02-2018, 09:27 AM,
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RE: Running Nirvana and Om...elette.
(04-02-2018, 10:33 PM)Mid Life Crisis Marathon Man Wrote: Running Nirvana and Om...elette.

It's a gorgeous, sunny morning; about 8 a.m. post-run and with the joy of no work commitments ahead of me until tomorrow. I'm in the kitchen about to feast on a well-earned breakfast. I look at the small mountain of grated cheese, diced ham, parsley and tarragon (home-grown, of course) and a beautiful, thinly sliced mushroom that I'd piled onto the omelette in the pan, and wonder how I am going to fold the unencumbered half of it over the Matterhorn of delicacy awaiting its blanket. However, in the happiness that is that post-run euphoria where everything seems to just work out fine, the spatula lifts the omelette easily over itself and covers the ham, cheese, herb and mushroom exquisiteness with ease. Another minute and it's done. Usually, forty seconds would suffice, but I'd overloaded it in my exuberance and so added the extra seconds, and lo, it is wonderful, worthy of any bistro you might find on Paris's Rue de Rivoli, or so it seems to me in my runner's high.

Coriander and chilli. Creates the sexiest omelette you'll ever taste.  First had one in Denmark, Western Australia.   I'm over again in a couple of weeks for another one.
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05-02-2018, 10:33 AM,
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RE: Running Nirvana and Om...elette.
What a coincidence. I also donned my most recent Almeria finishers top in homage to those running it yesterday. Except in my case I was off to the pub to see England stuff Italy.
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Today, 12:37 AM,
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RE: Running Nirvana and Om...elette.
(05-02-2018, 09:27 AM)Charliecat5 Wrote: Coriander and chilli. Creates the sexiest omelette you'll ever taste.  First had one in Denmark, Western Australia.   I'm over again in a couple of weeks for another one.

I've just planted some coriander in our garden ... when it's ready I shall try that, most definitely.
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Today, 12:38 AM, (This post was last modified: Today, 12:52 AM by Mid Life Crisis Marathon Man.)
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RE: Running Nirvana and Om...elette.
(05-02-2018, 10:33 AM)Seafront Plodder Wrote: What a coincidence. I also donned my most recent Almeria finishers top in homage to those running it yesterday. Except in my case I was off to the pub to see England stuff Italy.

Well, from my experience of Almeria, donning the race top for the purposes of drinking beer seems almost ... mandatory.
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Today, 01:11 AM, (This post was last modified: Today, 01:26 AM by Mid Life Crisis Marathon Man.)
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RE: Running Nirvana and Om...elette.

People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.  ( A.A. Milne )


My sleep demons now mostly having been conquered by time off work courtesy of long-overdue annual leave, I took to the treadmill this morning for the simplest of 7km training runs. Not unsurpriisngly, given my lack of perambulation in recent times, it was tough going, but the task was accomplished and done so in a very positive manner. There comes a time in the return to fitness where the body seems to give up some of the toxins that have been taking over the old bod and slowing it down. These invariably come to the surface during a run in stinky, prickly sweat and sometimes expelled (forgive the imagery) in foul mucous coughed up from the lungs mid-run. This however, is quickly followed by a feeling of elation, doubtless created by a flood of barely-earned endorphins, and that ludicrous self-assessment of it being a 'job well done'.

But yeah, heck, it was only 7km. Still, these are the building blocks; the base-phase of a proper early-stages training schedule, and it felt bloody good. 

This is, of course, not unfamiliar territory for an off-again, on-again runner such as myself, and I take heart from having been here countless times before and knowing that it always ends well. The nagging doubt that one of these days it'll be just too hard to regain that level of fitness that I crave remains, but the reality is that I've many years of running still ahead of me, and the biggest hurdle is a simple mental one.

With summer nearing its end, and cooler autumnal weather approaching, conditions are ideal for running. So, no excuses, eh?

   
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