Friday, October 7, 2011

Lets Talk Rewards: Fish Sticks! 10/5

Ok!  I am close enough to my Half Marathon to talk about post race rewards.  Mine started as an odd joke between Hiroko and I a little over a year ago.  We were standing in the frozen food aisle, and I told her how I was craving Fish Sticks of all things.  It was crazy because this deep visceral craving was nearly giving me the shakes and my knees felt weak.  I had no idea were it came from because I haven't eaten fish sticks in at least 10 years, and the last time I did eat them, I was monumentally disappointed because they we soggy and disgusting.  But, this craving just grabbed hold of me and would not let go.  Hiroko said if I wanted them that badly that I should just buy a box.  But, I refused because deep down I knew they were going to be AWFUL!  The idea of Fish Sticks -- great!  I loved them as a kid, but I know that I am not a kid anymore and no matter how much I once loved foods like SpaghettiOs, Tang, and of course Fish Sticks, I now find them to be rather repugnant.  So, I showed restraint and scurried off without buying any Fish Sticks.

However, the craving only got worse over time.  Every time Hiroko and I went shopping as soon as we got to the store my mind began to focus on Fish Sticks.  I would forget what I had gone to the store to buy and find myself standing in the frozen food section transfixed  by all the boxes of Fish Sticks.  That grizzled bastard the Gorton's Fisherman just stood there mocking me.  Eventually, I'd shake it off or Hiro would come by and pull me out of my death stare.  But, as the weeks turned into months, the situation just got worse and worse.  I'd refuse to even walk through the frozen food section just to get to the checkout for fear of getting sucked in.  I would wake up in the middle of the night and could swear I smelled fish sticks in the oven.  I even started to eye my cat, Basil's, bowl of food whenever he got a can of Classic Ocean Whitefish & Tuna Feast. Poor guy ended up eating nothing but Tender Beef & Liver Feast everyday for about six weeks last January.

This all came to a head around the time that I signed up for my Half Marathon, I needed a solution to this issue because this whole fish stick thing was really beginning to effect my life.  I told Hiroko that if I ran a Half Marathon then, and only then, would I buy a box of Fish Sticks and give into this craving -- as a reward.  Seriously, I have no illusions about just how disappointing these fish sticks are going to be, but nonetheless a 48 count box of Fish Sticks is my Post Half Marathon Reward!  The funny thing is that as soon as I settled upon Fish Sticks as my reward, the craving has subsided and I've been able to go in the the grocery store without hardly giving Fish Sticks a second thought.  But, I dare not run a foul of the Gorton's Fisherman, soon after I return home from my race.  I'll be getting my Fish Sticks!

Workout 10/5 12 Days of Christmas:

1 Lap
2 Step Ups (each leg)
3 Fire Hydrants
4 Dips
5 Push ups
6 Bicycles
7 Bird Dogs
8 Russian Twists with 6 lb ball
9 Side Obliques
10 Super Mans
11 Crossover Crunches
12 Standard Crunch


  1. Oh Nooooooooooooooooooo. I mean, I get it. But I still hope Hiro has a back up plan ready. Like a shot of Patron and a blue moon chaser. Or something else that's not fish sticks.

    (Maybe u're craving tarter sauce?)

    The countdown's on.....

  2. HA! You can't help it when you crave something, great sticks, hmmm I never would've guessed.
    It's the final countdown sir!

  3. Yep, Fish Sticks . . . really if it was going to be a kids food why couldn't it be something good like tatter tots? But, oh well, this is my lot in life!