Dear Farley’s East,
Suffice it to say, typing the words “Thank You” simply is not enough. Neither is tipping you, chatting with you, or just generally feeling the love every time I cross your threshold. I’ve got to write you in an open forum. Here’s the deal:
It’s been a sluggish day. I got up early and headed out for a swim, that made me feel like a kangaroo in water. Like seriously, I should have just stopped attempting to crawl-stroke and tried bounding down the lane — that might have gone over better. Worse yet, even leaving the house felt like I was pulling myself through pudding, like the air was thick and giving me way too much resistance for walking to work.
Naturally, since it’s a Monday, I totally forgot to bring myself something resembling food (how the UPS man totally shamed me for that) for the afternoon. Instead of holding out til quitting time, I thought I’d give future Runner’s Delight a leg up on her afternoon run, and I headed over to Farley’s East. It was there that I discovered the best recovery formula/pre-run pick-me-up known to man-kind: Erin’s granola with yogurt and fruit concoction.
Erin’s secret parfait-style presentation (granola fruit yogurt fruit granola – maybe) is perfectly suited for those that dare walk to FE and take-out their lunch. By the time I walked back to my office, the jittering from the walk had spread the yogurt evenly through the granola and fruit, though managing to leave the top alone so some toasty little oats were greeting me when I took the lid off.
I spent thirty minutes enjoying you. I dawdled nourishing myself under your spell, knowing you are a treat I rarely allow myself. But heavens to Betsy, I perked up lickity-split after my last bite. Eagerly I bound through writing and work, galloped home, and then found myself with endless energizer energy on a run.
So you see, FE, a mere “thank you” is not enough. You turned my day around; it went from being a “dear me, will I even be able to consider running today?” to “woooot! let’s get rolling!”. Which really means you might have also turned my life around. Keep up the good work; you’ve got lots of loyal fans out here.
All the best,
A Runner’s Delight