I took a little time off to distract myself from my exciting Race to Kinvara. I am getting to be like a little kid before they go to Disneyland....I CANT Stand IT!
But I have a lot to do and sitting around day dreaming about Ireland is not getting things done.
August, my pal Joe is going to run from San Francisco to Anaheim. About 28 miles or so a day. some days more, some days less. We are raising money and awareness for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. You can read all about how this all began here.
Today the details began.
We began planning the little stuff. The focus today was food. We are essentially camping in a hotel. The challenge is how to meet Joe's nutritional needs and cook in a hotel room. Sure it would be easy to go out everyday and eat in a restaurant, but when you are trying to get all the nutrient requirements in for a multi-day marathon, eating out for every meal just is not going to work. We need to control all the details from taste to nutrition. Bland is his prefference for running. Bland tends not to keep resturants in business.
The confevsation went like this... "I don't like to eat too much before I run.
Swell. You will need to supply your body with actual fuel.
I know... but it needs to be bland."
We talked about options. It is important that he gets carbs and lots of them of a multi day event like this. Oatmeal will be the mainstay of breakfast. And not that instant stuff. Old fashion steel cut oats - QuakerStyle. Secretly, this makes me happy - I love a great bowl of porridge! Apparently he likes apples, nuts and cinnamon. Perfect. I can control content, he gets 3 food groups for a meal, he is happy and I am happy. 4 food groups if we add dairy. That will be optional. Now... cooking it.
When I was a kid, my parents took me around the world. They instilled a love of travel beyond the love of home and things. I would rather spend my money on going somewhere than on TVs, Cars and furniture. Traveling is expensive, especially with kids, but my mom economized and provided us with great food so we could walk in the footsteps of kings.
My mom brought with her a trusty Electric Fry Pan - with lid. This was what it looked like:
You name it, my mom made it in that fry pan. We had eggs, soup, pasta, stirfry, and countless other meals from a single source. We had a camp kit - all the things you would need in a kitchen: can opener, knives, cutting board, colinder, wash basin, condinemnts, spices, oils etc. It fit in a plastic bin. The Frypan went in a suit case. When we flew, the Frypan and a elecrical converter came with us. Between that and the hotel coffee pot, you can make anything. Ever have soup in a coffee pot? I have. She even warmed up bread by wrapping it in foil and placing it on top of the Fry Pan lid while dinner was cooking.
The advantage to this was her picky eaters (Hello Mike I am looking at you) would still eat and she saved a TON of money so we could see and do things like wander around the Louvre in Paris, or Chill with the Pope at the Vatican or even wave to Paul Bunion as he talked to us from across the parking lot.
Food is the one thing you cannot do without on vacation. Cooking and doing dishes is the least fun part about vacation - but it afforded us to do the fun things.
Shopping in a grocery store in another country really is a cultural experience. It became part of the vacation. Trying foods that were new, or laughing at the unusal nature of flavour combinations - all new to us of course. became part of the experience. Food is the one thing that brings people together on the same level.
ALthough our 500 miles for SMA is not a vacation, It will be an adventure. Providing our own food is an important part of this. Shopping in places I have never been will be an experience that isn't new to me. I hope to find fresh farmer's markets along the way but I am open to all new experiences. Which means...If you live there and are having a BBQ, I 'd LOVE to come! Thanks in advance! Here is our route so you can make plans :)
So the menus for the days have come together with flexible options open for contingency plans.
This trip is a million plans within a plan... and its all coming together.
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We simply want to help as many people as we can, and play a part in defeating this disease. When I run, I always remember the faces of my younger brothers. ~Joseph R Kolinksy