Weekends always go by way too fast. Why is that? I need a(nother) vacation.
This weekend was a busy one too. There was a used book sale on Saturday and I was all over that. I got there a bit before noon, shopped a bit and went back in the afternoon. After 3PM, they give you a paper bag and you can shove as many books as you want in there and pay $10 per bag. I ended up with 36 books for a total of $20. Not bad! Now I’m just waiting for my mom and BFF to come knocking on my door, telling me I’m going to be on the next episode of Hoarders.
This book was included in my loot, as it looked intriguing. Non-runner? Check. Training for a marathon? Check. Woman? Check.
I broke my detox this weekend by re-introducing gluten and beans. The Pita House is a local Greenville restaurant/grocery store where they serve authentic Middle Eastern food. It is absolutely to.die.for and the book sale was just a hop, skip and a jump away from this tasty lunch.
I seriously need to learn how to make falafel like this at home. With tabbouli and creamy hummus stuffed inside a homemade pita? I kind of want it for lunch tomorrow too. I need a Pita House intervention.
In running news, I ran nine miles today! Personal distance record! Woohoo! I kept a slow and steady pace and I finished the whole thing. It gave me a lot of time to think and relax, oddly enough. I’ve never considered running relaxing, but when I tell fear and doubt to shove it and get into a groove, it’s actually most enjoyable.
Who am I!?! But how could I not enjoy this beautiful, shaded trail? It runs right behind my alma mater so I was able to sneak a peek at my old stomping ground. Sigh. I miss college sometimes.
The Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 13 mile trail through gorgeous upstate South Carolina. There were tons of bikers, runners, joggers and walkers out this morning, even at 7:30am! Luckilly the trail isn’t too hilly, and there are water fountains along the way. I parked and ran 4.5 miles out and back. When I got to 4.5 miles, there was a cute little shack labeled “watering hole.” It wasn’t open but it piqued my curiosity!
The trail is spray painted with mile markers every tenth of a mile, and I just so happened to pass the 26.2 mile marker! The trail actually starts at mile 23, because eventually they want to extend it all the way to the North Carolina border, where it will begin at zero.
I spotted my little mickey pin on my camera bag last night and decided to pin it to my shorts for inspiration. It worked! I ran almost the entire way, and ended up walking about 1.5 miles total. Not bad for 9 freaking miles!
Do I really have to go to work tomorrow?
I’ll leave you with this hilariousness:
You a wanta a spicy meatball?!