With the kids out of school I haven’t been able to fit in many morning runs aside from on the weekend when my husband is home. Lately I’ve been taking advantage of the summer sunlit nights and fitting my run/therapy time in the evening around 7:30/8:00, and I’m really loving it. The sun is starting to set, there is usually an evening breeze, the air a little cooler…you get the picture. But one of the things I really enjoy is the sounds I hear about every other block. The shouting and screaming coming from people’s open windows. You see 7:30/8:00…it’s BEDTIME BATTLE time! I came to the realization that I’m not alone. There are others out there who have to deal with the same crap! Even though my kids are kind of over the whole bedtime battle scene, it still makes me feel a whole lot better! I remember being there. Giving my husband the look and saying, “do you think the neighbors can hear them?” “Oh God, it probably sounds like we’re torturing them!” Now I reflect on those days. I almost miss them, but not so much. It all goes in phases and we’ve entered the next phase. They’re getting older (although I wish that weren’t so). They go to bed with little complaint…maybe a little bargaining for a few more minutes.
So as my feet hit the pavement in those precious evening hours I’m reminded how much my kids have grown…every other block. At least the view is peaceful.
I’ll be running in the 6th annual Finish fora Guinness 5k this year. This race is near and dear to me. It was first organized to help our friend, Chris Stone, and his family battle ALS. Sadly, he passed just weeks before the first race. Now Finish fora Guinness supports many local ALS chapters and families.
Exactly what is ALS? From ALSA.org…
Just what is ALS?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
This year’s race is taking place on Sunday, August 31st at 10AM. Right in downtown historic Warren, Rhode Island. It’s a beautiful and charming seaside town. This year the course has been changed a bit so I’m anxious to see where we are headed. It starts again at Old Warren Marina, 66 Church Street and will finish there as well.
This is one of my favorite post race events. A pint of Guinness and some Blount’s clam chowder! Heavenly. Enjoy live music right on the waterfront and review race results. It’s a great time for the entire family. Tons of friends come out for this event.
To read more about Finish fora Guinness check out their website at http://www.finishforaguinness.org/
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So for my fellow Rhody friends, sign up!! It’s a great time! I hope to see you there!
Let’s face it. No one wants to cook in the heat of summer. Lately I’ve been experimenting with chicken salad. I’ve ditched the mayo and added a ton of flavor with ingredients I had on hand. I’m sharing four of my favorite over at Mom Generations today. Be sure to go check them out here.
Out of the four, I have found my favorite, which I named Sicilian Chicken Salad. So fresh and delicious!
I used left over chicken breast I had in the fridge. I shredded it up in the food processor and added a little bit of olive oil and fresh lemon juice. I then mixed in some capers I chopped up. There was something about the brininess of the capers paired with the zesty, tangy lemon that just wowed me. You should give it a try. The perfect fresh, light taste of summer!