Daily Archives: June 14, 2011

The Uninvited Running Guests

This morning on my run with my pups, Boo and Sophia, I had some uninvited running guests.

These guests were quite the annoyance and made for an interesting morning.  These uninvited guests were the midges of Cleveland, OH.  What’s midge, you  may wonder? It’s a super annoying bug that comes out in the spring from Lake Erie:

“Each spring and fall, Cleveland’s lakefront communities are invaded by small, harmless, mosquito-like insects called midges. They only stay about five-ten days, but the swarms can be startling to visitors and newcomers”

The small, 1/8 to 1/2″ long insects are properly called chironomus plumorsus and commonly, but erroneously, called Canadian soldiers. They spawn in the lake when Lake Erie warms to around 60 degrees and then again in the fall when the lake cools. They have a life span of around five to ten days.


These suckers are all over my car, our screen doors, and there are swarms of them in the air.  Ick! Luckily they don’t bite and are harmless. But still annoying, nonetheless.

Attack of the Lake Erie Midges!


Apparently they do have a benefit, as I read that they provide food for a variety of freshwater fish and other aquatic creatures. I guess each creature does have  a purpose, but they were not very welcome on my morning run!

You would think this beautiful morning with the temperature just barely at 60 degrees  would have made for a picture perfect run…

Lovely Day in Cleveland

But I was batting my arms around like a lunatic as I dodged the swarms of midges.  I even inhaled a couple, which was repulsive.

These two didn’t seem to mind the midges and enjoyed their run (AKA bunny hunting) and their usual wrestling match in the back yard:

I'm on Squirrel Patrol

You're toast, Boo!

On the positive side, it did force me to pick up my pace and I got a little sprinting action in…and the run itself was a good one, my legs felt great and I felt super energized.  Perhaps the midges are a good luck charm for having a great run? 😉 But I think I’ll take my chances without em’…hopefully they head out soon!

Almond Butter and Honey Roll Ups

Despite the uninvited guests on our morning run, I did get a little pick-me-up as I packed my lunch and made a Almond Butter and Honey roll up.  I did sneak a few bites of almond butter and it was oh-so-good!

Honey + Almond Butter

This simple recipe only needs three ingredients:

  • 1-2 tbsp Almond Butter
  • A drizzle of Honey
  • Whole Wheat Wrap


Simply spread the almond butter on the wrap, drizzle with honey, and roll up.

Roll Up

Along with my roll up for lunch today, I packed some fruit salad with pineapple, blueberries, and grapes.  I’m also going to nab a bag of Baked Lays that we have left over in the office from a work picnic.


Lunch is ready!  Breakfast will also be eaten at work which includes Greek yogurt, cereal, and strawberries and blueberries.

Now I’m off to work! Have a great day!


Which do you prefer more, Almond Butter or Peanut Butter?