Today was absolutely beautiful (once we knocked out that whole below freezing thing around 10 a.m.), so Eric and I went on lovely 4-mile runs (separately, of course, as Eric’s legs are about a foot longer than mine, meaning I slow him down). I ran to the Arboretum today, and then traveled the 2-mile loop, where I huffed and puffed my way through the hills. You see, Lexington is a relatively flat place, especially around campus, so hills are rare. Therefore, I have not trained on hills at all (a fact that is starting to concern me, as I’m certain there will be hills involved in our half-marathon), so I’m going to start taking to the Arboretum more often. Anyway, I ran past this incredible woman who I must tell you about. She was a very tiny woman, probably a bit taller than me, but certainly more petite. And she was pushing a jogging stroller with a baby in it who couldn’t have been more than 3 months old. And she was running at a full sprint, uphill! Is that not insane? I guess that’s a good way to burn off those pregnancy pounds. So props to you, new mother, who can run far faster than me while pushing a stroller. Incredible.
Needless to say, I ran a little faster after encountering Mrs. Incredible at the Arboretum.
Now, for a change of subjects.
Today is one of the world’s greatest holidays. That’s right, folks. It’s National Pancake Day. And what does that mean? Free pancakes at IHOP!
I think Eric and I only go to IHOP once a year, and it’s always on National Pancake Day. Luckily, the folks at IHOP are good people with a great idea to combine pancakes and charity by asking for a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network in exchange for a free short stack. We’re happy to comply and enjoy the most crowded day of the year at IHOP.
We had a limited margin of availability today, so we ended up at IHOP a little before the prime dinner hour. I was about ready to go home and make some pancakes myself when I saw the line outside the restaurant, but Eric insisted that we eat at IHOP, so we waited it out. Luckily, we only ended up waiting about 15 minutes, which gave us just enough time to take some lovely photos and play about 50 rounds of paper, rock, scissors. By the way, I am the paper, rock, scissors champion of the Ringer household.
We eventually got seated and ordered our chocolate milks. I have LOVED chocolate milk since I was very, very small, and I used to drink it everyday. Now I think I only drink it at IHOP. That’s sad.
But do you know what’s not sad? Free pancakes. And we enjoyed them, and the quart of syrup, down to the very last bite. Yum.
Until next year, IHOP!