In my house, it’s called ‘the low grocery light.’
And it goes from yellow to red in an instant.
It’s that point when you go from mildy hungry to utterly starving in that “don’t so much as breathe around me until I eat something” kind of way.
For the most part I have a good relationship with my grocery indicator. I know I have to eat something before I run in the pre-dawn hours, even if it’s just a handful of cereal. I know that any meeting between 10am and noon that’s due to last over an hour requires sustenance. What I didn’t know until this morning is that despite eating a respectable dinner the night before and the downing my requisite pre-run snack, the low grocery light can in fact go on while running. And when it does, watch out.
This morning, as my colleague and I ran through downtown (a few miles from home) it struck. I went from happily discussing post-event plans to (unsuccessfully) pining for cab to cross our path so I could hitch it home. The thought of carrying on for several more miles without something, ANYTHING to eat was intolerable. The low grocery light was officially ON. And burning red hot.
So, I did the only thing that sounded slightly reasonable…I stumbled into a bagel shop and asked if despite not having a cent on me, I could possibly have a bagel. I promised to pay later. The kindly man behind the counter smiled, asked me what I wanted on it. I wasn’t hungry for a meal, just a bite…he handed over the variety freshest from the oven and sent me on my way. I’ve never been so happy to sink my teeth into warm, white carbs. Thanks, Brueggers, for saving me from myself.
Later today my husband went back to the bagel store to make good on my promise to pay the man back. Then he paid it forward and took care of the tab for the next person in line.
This week’s GIVEAWAY has been in my possession for months now and I’m very excited to finally be giving it away. It was hard to save the best for last, but we did. Today we’re giving away a Kindle Fire! The Kindle is courtesy of KeyBank, our title sponsor:
KeyBank has been a proud sponsor of the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon & Relay for twenty-five years running. Like you, we know that it takes dedication and endurance to succeed. So as you’re preparing for your financial future, think of Key. We have the solutions you need to make it in the long run.
KeyBank will be celebrating the 25th running of the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon at Waterfront Park on Sunday, May 26th. Here’s where to find us:
KeyBank Photo Experience at the Sport and Fitness Expo
Friday, May 25 – Saturday, May 26.
Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, Burlington
The KeyBank booth in the Emerald Ballroom will feature a special photo experience, giving our guests the opportunity to choose their KBVCM background and have the photo emailed to your account in real time. Share your photo with friends and family via Facebook, Twitter, PinPhoto or Google.
Look for our roaming photographer in Waterfront Park on Sunday for a photo op there too!
KeyDome / Key Cheer Zone / Key Kids Zone
Sunday, May 26
Waterfront Park, Burlington
Get out of the sun: join us under the KeyDome tent and make cheer sign for a friend or family member running in the race. Materials provided. When you’re ready to cheer, step over to the Key Cheer Zone where you can enjoy additional seating and watch the runners making their final turn before the finish line. Got Kids? Let them burn a little excess energy on our inflatable obstacle course.
Here’s what you’re playing to win:
Tell us: What’s your go-to food when your ‘low grocery light’ goes on?
PLEASE NOTE: In order to claim extra entries for Tweeting or FB’ing the GIVEAWAY, you must follow the rules below. Thank you!
The GIVEAWAY closes at 11:59pm Wednesday, May 22nd; we’ll announce the winner on Thursday, May 23rd.
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- Share the giveaway by clicking the “share” button just below the GIVEAWAY post on our Facebook page and leave one additional comment.
That’s right; you have the opportunity to get 3 entries into this giveaway! (If you choose to take advantage of the extra entries be sure to submit an additional comment for each one.)
The rules/fine print:
* We use Random.org to select all winners…at random, from all the comments posted.
* There is no limit on the number of times a single person can win a prize.
* We ask that if you’re local, you pick up your prize. If not, we’ll mail it (US and Canada only.)
* We contact all winners via email each Thursday; you have one week to reply to arrange pick-up/mailing of your prize. If we haven’t heard from you within one week, we reserve the right to re-list the prize or choose another winner.