Running with Andy
I have to start this post by talking about last night’s dinner. A while ago, I put out a call for some of your favorite dinner recipes and reader, Ariana, responded with a recipe that sounded like something I needed to add to my repertoire of weeknight meals. She said…
“My favorite go to dinner….Turkey Italian Sausage cooked in a skillet with a green pepper, a red pepper, onion, tomato and lots of spinach. So healthy, so good and SO easy! Literally, from the very beginning to in my bowl ready to eat, maybe, MAYBE, half an hour.”
She was absolutely right! So easy. So healthy. So good.
I omitted the tomatoes and used chicken sausage links instead of turkey sausage. I also added some jalepenos and peppadews to the mix. I cooked the entire meal in a skillet, just like Ariana suggested, with some yogurt butter and it came together in a flash with minimal dirty dishes. Thank you for sharing, Ariana!
The most exciting part of my afternoon was heading to 1st Place Sports, a local running store, to pick up more gifts from the Zooma race! Those women behind Zooma sure know how to put on an event. Not only was their race hosted at a luxury hotel, but runners got two technical shirts, copious amounts of Gu, Muscle Milk and wine, and they also got to pick up a free water bottle and yoga mat this week. The water bottle and yoga mat were supposed to be at the race for participants to pick up, but since they didn’t arrive in time runners could pick them up in store or have the goodies mailed to their house. Pretty sweet, right?
After work I came home and quickly changed into running clothes to tackle 5 miles with Dave & Ob. Ob saw me in my running shoes with her leash and she immediately played dead and then when I continued to leash her up she gave me the most pitiful look.
I promise she loves to run, she just hates getting started. I get it because I feel the same way. The first few steps of any run are the toughest.
Ob is actually a homebody. She doesn’t get excited about going anywhere. Isn’t that strange? Marley on the other hand can’t contain his excitement when he sees his leash.
I ran while listening to a podcast tonight, which I thoroughly enjoyed. My sister, Tammy, is always sending me podcasts to tune into and she suggested one a few days ago from Andy Stanley, the pastor at NorthPoint Community Church. I’ve attended North Point several times, which is located in Atlanta and it is a wonderful church. I listened to the podcast Tammy suggested for the 2nd time tonight as I ran and I let the message soak into my heart and mind. The miles flew by as I listened to part 2 of the series called “Breathing Room.” It discusses the reality of how short life is and how our daily calendars are filled with things that we deem to be so important, but the hard truth is that so many people wind up on their death bed looking back at their life filled with regret. However, people rarely regret failing to make more money…or not getting that promotion at work…or not fitting into the ‘cool crowd.’ Quite the contrary. People tend to look back on their life and wish they would have slowed down to enjoy their loved ones. They wish they had taken the time to build stronger relationships with those who mean the most. People preparing to exit the world wish they would have been true to themselves, rather than living by the expectations of society and people that no longer matter. Basically, the message is this: Our time is limited and when we realize that, we will limit the time we spend doing things that don’t truly matter. When you know that you won’t be around forever to enjoy what matters most, you begin to think about what actually does matter most. You live with purpose, direction and more wisdom. Running with Andy left me feeling very challenged and motivated!
After our run, I told Dave about the podcast and we spent the rest of our 2 mile walk with Marley talking about the weight of those truths and what we hope to accomplish with the time we are given. Very deep talks in this house tonight.
Now, I’m sipping on some of my favorite tea and trying to talk myself out of baking brownies.
Do you like running to podcasts? What are some of your favorite podcasts?
I love podcasts from Elevation Church and Summit Church. Steven Furtick & Isaac Hunter are wonderful speakers and also very funny, so I find them both very entertaining and encouraging.