I’m in Towson this morning visiting my grandmother, so I’m in to say hello, share a few recent dinners and talk about my 10 miler training.
In my efforts to get back to daily blogging, sharing dinners at they happen is a bit hard. Mazen goes to bed quite late these days, and I don’t have much time in the evenings to decompress, so I hope you are still liking the breakfast + lunches live and will be cool with me sharing dinners in a “Lately” style.
Here’s a simple dinner we had – roasted sweet potatoes (Mazen’s favorite!) with roasted eggplant and a side of BBQ chicken that’s hidden in the back there! A little red wine to make the food taste better ; )
Next up: a mix of beans tossed in BBQ sauce, sauteed peppers, black wild rice, cheese, mashed avocado, plain yogurt and hot sauce! Mexi-nights are the best.
When Matt was out of town a little bit ago, Mazen and I had Sarah and Sylvia over for dinner. I had made the Cook Smarts slow cooker chicken noodle soup in the crockpot, and Sarah brought over ingredients for salads – topped with avocados, hearts of palm, olive oil and black pepper. Toasted rolls on the side and a little leftover wine for me. Epic salad!
I think I mentioned that I’m selecting one or two vegetarian meals from Cook Smarts during the week to save a few $ on meat. This one was really different and very healthy! It was a Black Bean and Corn Salad with red cabbage and a cumin vinaigrette. I used pinto beans instead of black, and loved the avocados!
And finally – a big salad topped with leftover chicken, corn, parsley and lots of blue cheese. I used a Cook Smarts recipe for the dressing which was made with yogurt and lime – loved that!
I can’t wait for summer dinner photos!! The dark winter ones are so depressing, and I can never get the color quite right! Long gone are the days where I set up my umbrella lights on a weeknight : )
So about my 10 miler training! It’s ….going!
On the plus side, I’ve covered up to 7 miles and have 8.5 scheduled for next weekend. The long runs are going well, and podcasts are keeping me going. I think all my cross-training and soccer has kept me pretty well in shape so that the long runs aren’t killing me as much as they might if I was going from couch to 10 miles. I had about 60 minutes of hard workout base to build upon, so I think the 8.5 run is going to be my hardest to date by far. I’m crossing over my threshold.
But on the minus side, I have done ZERO speedwork. I also am only running 1-2 times a week, so I’m just not getting in enough runs to really take this race by the horns. I’m still glad I’m doing it because it’s been a fun challenge to increase my distance a bit from my comfortable 4 miles, but between this snow and cold and loving my group ex classes, I just haven’t gotten in a lot of runs in general. I’m much more of an outdoor runner when it’s 100* outside!
Outdoor soccer season starts up in 2 weeks, so I hope it’s not going to overload my legs. I have done a few runs during preschool instead of on the weekends so my legs have had more chance to rest, and that has gone well.
So that’s my update – things are going smoothly but I’m not exceeding expectations : )