So this is supposed to be a blog about running and eating healthy. Hmm. There has been some eating going on… not all of it healthy… And running? Well, it’s been happening, on the weekends at least, but it hasn’t been something I’ve been that proud of, let’s say. Hence why you guys have probably started wondering if I’m even still DOING the marathon on Dec 6th. Well yes, I am still running, and I am still doing the marathon. Just in case you were worried.
The Thursday before last, I went to a speedwork session with the crazy fast Solano Stampeders for the second time. And someone MY speed showed up too! Her name was Jaqueline, and she had never been to the track for speedwork. We ran together and told our life stories and enjoyed running together. She went faster than she thought possible! So awesome.
We exchanged numbers, and this last week we ran together THREE times. Now, what is so remarkable about this is not that I have made a new friend (but I’m pretty damn excited about that too), but the fact that my new friend got me running THREE TIMES in ONE WEEK. Hahaha. Because, as mentioned above, the weekend runs were happening, and maybe one in between if I was lucky. =/
On Tuesday we did 3.1 miles around her neighborhood. I was trying my best not to be a whiny pain in the ass to run with, but I was dragging. She’d been worried about me going too fast, and I swear she was pulling me down the street. I’d had a rough day and pretty much eating a whole pizza and box of doughnuts. Only a slight exaggeration. So she drug me along, and then didn’t believe me when we averaged 10:21/mile. Not bad, not bad! But I did not enjoy burping donuts the whole time.
Then Thursday we both managed to get off work before the sun went down, and we met at a park called Lagoon Valley and ran around the lagoon twice, for a total of 3.75 miles. I felt MUCH better on this run, and again we averaged 10:20/mile. But I didn’t want to die the whole way, because I’d had a less stressful day and some healthy eats. So that was an improvement.
And then today, we did our long runs together! She’s doing a marathon about a month and a half after I am, so our runs aren’t totally in sync. She had 18 miles to do, and I was tapering with a measly 12. 😉 She mapped out a path for us, did 6 miles first, and met me for the final 12. She followed my 9/1 pattern and we just kept chugging along. Average 12:30/mile for the whole thing, including walk breaks. I am so totally ok with that. If that’s my marathon pace, so be it!
So there you have it. I’ve been running again! We’ll do Tuesday night together again, then Thursday I’ll be running the Run to Feed the Hungry 5k with my friend Jenn in Sacramento. Saturday I’ve got my last taper run of about 8 miles. AND THEN A MARATHON IT’S IN TWO WEEKS OMG.
I’ve also decided to just show you some of the eats I am enjoying, not necessarily photographing every morsel I eat. But this will actually inspire me to make creative meals that I will be proud to post on the blog! Cuz I do need to cook more often.
Tonight I made Zesty’s Figged and Maple Brussel Sprouts. Brooke doesn’t like brussels sprouts, so it was my challenge to prepare them in such a way that she’d eat them.
Here they are cleaned, cut, and tossed in olive oil:
While they roasted, I cooked the fig and maple sauce:
And tossed them together:
Voila! I served them with chicken breasts in a brandy cream sauce and cous cous.
Verdict? I thought they were delicious! Robert (Brooke’s husband) really liked them too. Brooke said they were edible, and she actually ate more than one. Hahahaha. But no rave reviews from the brussels sprouts hater.
Next I’ve got to try a recipe for brussels sprouts that involves vinegar in some way. She promises to try them with vinegar and thinks that’s her best shot of liking them.
Other good eats…
My morning bowl of Greek yogurt, granola bar, blueberries, and pomegranate kept me going during my run:
And Brooke made pumpkin scones last week that were to DIE for. They were sooooo soft and chewy and delicious. I topped mine with Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter and I thought I’d died and gone to pumpkin heaven:
Back to the grind tomorrow morning! It’s the last day of Girls on the Run. They had their 5k this weekend, and all my girls did great. I’m looking forward to their end of the season party tomorrow.