Weekend recap (to the shock and surprise of no one)Monday, October 21, 2013
Monday again so soon?
I am not pleased about this, but hey, what can you do?
How was your weekend? Mine was great! It went by way too quickly (which all good things tend to do), but I got to enjoy time with family and I had MY SECOND TO LAST LONG RUN BEFORE THE MARATHON!
You have NO idea how happy this makes me! While I didn't have to run for over 3 hours this Sunday, running 12 miles is certainly nothing to scoff at, so I'm marking today as my official first day of tapering! Instead of running 5 miles, then 8 miles and then 5 miles this week, my schedule is 3 miles tonight, 5 on Wednesday, and 3 on Thursday. Doesn't that sound like heaven? I'll have time for so many more activities!
Sunday's run was actually really, really good. Had I tacked on just one more mile, I would've had myself a nice sub-2 half marathon! I've been running all of my distances over 10 miles at around a 10:15 per/mile pace, but this weekend I cruised along at a nice 9:00 min/mile stride. The entire time I felt like Ricky Bobby: "I WANNA GO FAST!" (cuz it sure felt fast to me!)
The weekend following my and my mom's birthdays is usually when we all get together to celebrate, and this year we had our little shindig at a charity corn hole tournament at a bar up in Greenwood. My mom is a member of their rotary club and was volunteering at the event, so that's how I found myself drinking whiskey and Diet Cokes at 11 o'clock on Saturday morning.
After the tournament, we went back to my mom's house to exchange presents (OMG! YAY!) and then had lunch at a restaurant called The Stacked Pickle. I tried their Spinach-Berry Salad because I'm a HUGE fan of any salad resembling O'Charley's California Chicken Salad (arguably one of my favorite foods!).
I usually bake the cake for our mutual birthday party and this year I wanted to try something new, so I made an apple spice cake with salted caramel frosting. I've never attempted making my own caramel before because I have a nasty habit of burning any and all liquids on the stove, but I took my time, was super patient, and the end result was fantastic! I now have another excellent frosting to add to my baking repertoire.
|To me these look scrumptious, but I realize that these may also look like some folks' worst nightmare.|
If you're a veggie lover like me and my sister, here's the lowdown on making your own delicious, fiber-filled roasted Brussels sprouts:
P.S. I failed to post on Friday and let you know how my first night of teaching went. Since I'm here blogging today, it's safe to assume that teaching didn't actually kill me. I was a shaky mess right before class started and I probably breezed through the syllabus and introductory materials faster than I would have under different, less distressing circumstances, but I'm trying not to beat myself up or let it deter me from trying harder this week. I've never done anything like this before; it's not going to be perfect. And I'm okay with that. As long as I teach someone something and people enjoy my class, I'll be more than happy!