Thursday, July 04, 2013

Happy "Independence" Day!

From the creative folks at, via Mollie Hemingway at Ricochet:

A lot of American principle is contained in the two words: "Just don't." Much of the rest is encompassed by the suggestion of minding one's own business. The whole is summed up in the word "liberty."
--Isabel Paterson

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Top Pot

I just received a mid-year notification from Map My Run that, so far, in 2013 I have logged 232 workouts on 49 different routes for a total distance of 1,002.6 miles over the course of 192.5 hours and have burned  95,662 calories.  That last figure would be more impressive if I had not countered it proactively by eating all and then some of those calories back in the form of Top Pot Doughnuts.

Ah, Top Pot -- that glorious palindrome that represents all that is delicious and unholy in deep fried pastry.  Better than Tim Horton's (sorry, Canada); better than Krispy Kreme. Simply, the BEST doughnuts ever.  And now, for the rest of the summer, I must bid them "good-bye."

Why?  Because I am in training for this marathon thingy in Sioux Falls, SD in September.  And, I want to lose another 10 pounds before running it, as every pound of weight you carry becomes four pounds worth of pressure on knees and ankles when you run.  I really do not want to train my heart out and then come up injured before the run (as almost happened to me before the half-marathon in Seattle last November).  So, sadly, I say Auf Wiedersehen, Top Pot; implicit in which expression is the promise that I will be back come the post-September 8 world.