I spent all. day. long. reading a book yesterday, which never happens. I had borrowed a Kindle library copy of a book a few days ago that had been recommended to me by a reader (thanks Rose!), called "Running for My Life: One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games" by Lopez Lamong. I have to admit, when I first read what it was about, I wasn't super interested. But the reader had really raved about it, so I decided to see if my library had a copy, and I was able to download it to my Kindle.
I let it sit on my Kindle for a few days, and then yesterday morning, I woke up at 6:30, and the kids were still sleeping, so I decided to start reading it. I didn't put it down until lunchtime, where I quickly ate lunch and then ran four miles on the treadmill. I picked it back up and kept reading until I had finished it! I haven't done that with a book since I first read The Hunger Games several years ago. I'm not a very fast reader, so it takes me a long time to get through a book--but I could NOT put this one down.
The book is a memoir of Lopez Lamong, who was taken from his family by Sudanese rebels at age six when they were at church in one Sunday. He endured a lot by his kidnappers, and several of the kids who were taken died of hunger or illness. He escapes to a refuge camp, where he lives for a about a decade, and there, he starts running long distances in order to play soccer with the other boys (one of the "rules" is that they have to run 18 miles around the camp before they're allowed to play--EVERY day).
As the title gives away, he eventually winds up in the Olympics--a completely farfetched dream come true. The entire story gave me chills, and I cried several times through the book. It made me want to adopt all the lost boys in Kenya! While reading the book, I was reminded about just how lucky I am to live in America.
The whole time I was reading the book, I kept thinking, "I want my dad to read this! He'd love it!" and as soon as I was done reading it, I decided to drive to the nearest Barnes & Noble (45 minutes away) to buy a copy. Normally, I don't like to buy books if I can get them from the library for free, but a portion of the book sales go toward Lamong's 4 South Sudan project, which supplies clean water, education, health care, and nutrition to Southern Sudan, so I didn't even wince at the cost. I gave the book to my dad, who (jokingly) groaned about it, but I know he's going to love it.
I didn't do a long run this week, and it made me realize one of the drawbacks to intuitive eating--I don't necessarily get to eat more for running more! ;) When I was counting points or calories, I would use my long run days to treat myself to something I ordinarily couldn't fit into my day's allowance. That was a big incentive to me to get out there and run long distances!
With intuitive eating, you eat when you're hungry, stop when you're satisfied, and eat what you want most, so there aren't any "treat" foods anymore. Running farther would probably make me a little hungrier, but that was really the only effect it would have on intuitive eating. So without that food incentive, it's hard to make myself want to run long distances. I'm disciplined enough that I CAN make myself do it, but I just thought it was interesting to note! ;)
Speaking of running distances, I think I've decided not to run the Detroit Half this October. I mentioned that I'm doing the Runner's World Half & Festival 5 & Dime (5K and 10K on Saturday morning), and then I was planning to fly home that afternoon, pick up my race packet for Detroit, and run the Detroit Half the following day. The biggest problem with that plan is that I'd have to pick up my packet in Detroit by 7:00 pm on Saturday; if I do that, I'd have to leave Bethlehem much earlier than I'd like to.
I would really like to stay for the pasta dinner with the RW editors on Saturday (the dinner before the Heartbreak Hill Half was where I really got a chance to talk with and meet some of the editors and other bloggers). If I stay, I can just arrive home late, and then go cheer on Nathan at the Detroit Marathon in the morning, without worrying about picking up a packet or running the race myself. I haven't decided yet, but it would make more sense to skip the Detroit Half and not have to worry about being back in time for packet pick-up.
I had the weirdest craving today for, of all things, olive tapenade. With this intuitive eating, I truly ask myself what I want MOST to eat at that moment, and today, it was definitely olive tapenade on bread that was calling to me. It ended up being a pretty expensive lunch, because I remembered that my food processor broke a while ago, so I had to buy a new one! But I needed it, so I'm glad I got one. The tapenade recipe is the one that I used for the Oscars party I had in January 2013.
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
1/2 cup pitted green olives (I just used fresh-cured green olives, because they are so mild tasting)
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 Tbsp. capers
1/2 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary (this was the only thing I changed from the original recipe, which calls for 1 Tbsp--I thought it was a little strong with that much rosemary)
Pulse in the food processor until it's as chunky or smooth as you'd like. I ate mine with some thin slices of a baguette.
I certainly thought that, given the choice to pick anything I want to eat whenever I'm hungry, I'd always choose sweets--but that hasn't been the case. I've had a few sweets, but nothing like I thought I would. I'm still binge-free and feeling good :)