I was in an especially thoughtful kind of mood today, spending some time chewing over those very important, real-life kinds of issues.
Things like, why can’t I sleep past 6 o’clock on a Saturday? Or, why do cold oats never keep me as full as warm? And, why am I still using St. Patrick’s Day napkins on April 2?
Because, you know, these are all very important, current, real-life issues that must be mulled over every now and then.
The real question, however, was this: Why do I feel the need to run?
Some would argue the point that runners run because they can. Plain and simple.
But that answer just doesn’t work for me. Because theoretically, I could go bungee jumping…”because I can.” But I don’t. I could eat an entire cake in one sitting…”because I can.” But I don’t. I could walk up to a tall, dark and handsome stranger, give him my number, and tell him to call me…“because I can.” Theoretically. But I don’t.
So what is it about running that lures me in? Why do I run? Why do you run?
This is what I came up with…
When I run, I pray. Sometimes I pray just to keep me focused. Sometimes I do it just because it feels good to finally be alone and talking to God. And sometime do it just to get my mind off of the way that my legs are starting to feel like dead weights hanging from my body. ;)
When I run, life feels more simple. My schedule suddenly makes sense. My days don’t seem so crazy. I feel focused and ready to embrace all that life brings.
When I run, I am strong.
When I run, I feel free. No phones, gadgets, internet connections (even worse, lack of) or demands. I am alone. I am content. I am blissfully free.
Yes, bungee jumping is something that I could, theoretically, do. But it wouldn’t really make life seem more simple. It wouldn’t make me feel free in a good way. And while I would be talking to God, I wouldn’t necessarily be praying. More like begging and pleading for my life.
And so, take it or leave it, this is why I run.
This salmon is simple enough to make for a busy weeknight, but delicious enough to serve when company comes over. It also makes the perfect post-running fuel, as its chock full of omega 3 fatty acids which may help to reduce inflammation.
Serve with your favorite veggies and some mashed sweet potatoes, rice, or a baked potato. Enjoy!
- 1 lb. wild caught salmon
- 1 tsp lite soy sauce
- garlic powder
- freshly ground black pepper
- fresh or dried parsley
- Heat grill to medium heat.
- Drizzle salmon with soy sauce and sprinkle with garlic powder, pepper and parsley. Cook skin side down on grill for about 5 minutes. Flip. Continue cooking for another 3-5 minutes, depending on desired doneness. Fish will flake easily with a fork when finished. Avoid overcooking. ENJOY!
QUESTION: What is your exercise of choice? What makes this your favorite?