training sept 15-21 [10]

Training Stuff:

Monday:  1.24 miles (10 min, avg pace 8:04) + 0.33 miles walking (5:21 min, avg pace 16:15) = 1.57 miles
Tuesday:  1.24 miles (10 min, avg pace 8:05) + 0.29 miles walking (4:26 min, avg pace 15:20) = 1.53 miles
Wednesday:  1.21 miles (10 min, avg pace 8:16) + 0.34 miles walking (5:33 min, avg pace 16:22) = 1.55 miles
Thursday:  5 miles (46:59 min, avg pace 9:24) + 1 mile walking (15:38 min) = 6 miles
Friday:  5 miles (47:13 min, avg pace 9:27) + 1 mile walking (15:44 min) = 6 miles
Saturday:  1 mile (9:05 min) + 1.04 miles walking (15:44 min, avg pace 15:08) = 2.04 miles
Sunday:  16 miles w/ Susie (2:30:27 min, avg pace 9:24) + 0.20 miles walking (3:42 min, avg pace 18:31) = 16.20 miles

Total Mileage:  34.89
Total Mileage (month):  117.56
Total Mileage (year):  1239.05

Total Time:  5:49:16
Total Time (month):  19:02:21
Total Time (year):  209:50:52

Fun Stuff:

Something Interesting:
What a weird week.  I had the flu, so I changed weeks in my training program.  I fell down and hurt myself yesterday, so there went that run.  This morning I woke up with knees still oozing, and a sore neck and shoulders… like, my neck is so sore I have to turn my entire body around to see stuff.  THANK GOD for Susie, because not only did we do the 13 miles I had originally planned on, but we added 3 more and did 13.  Over 30 miles for the week, with a great (re: negative splits/last mile 8:56) long run to boot.

Books I Read:
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)
Ethan Frome (Edith Wharton)
The Debt and the Doormat (Laura Barnard)
Holidays on Ice (David Sedaris)
The Lottery and other stories (Shirley Jackson)

New Beers I Tried:
White Hatter (New Holland)


this is why we can’t have nice things

It’s no secret that this hasn’t been a great week.  Jakre and I have been stricken with the flu, and since he is completely helpless when he is ill, I had to shove my own meh feelings aside and focus on being a grownup.  Meaning, someone had to throw out the trash, do the dishes, and make dinner.  Those tasks fell to me.

I had to completely switch my training program around due to said flu, which was fine.  I was bummed, but I figured that illness was my body’s way of telling me that it needed to slow down a bit.  All I needed to do this afternoon was 5 miles, and then I could coast through my Sunday long run.

I was looking forward to my run.  It started raining.  I was in my happy place.

The next thing I knew, I was screaming FUCK at the top of my lungs on the sidewalk of a busy road, and was flat on my face.  I felt my teeth rattle in my head, but I didn’t appear to hit my head.  The damage was far more… visual.

This is what my knees look like now.

This is what my knees look like now.

I was at exactly a mile.  I tried to run, but that only made the blood come harder and faster.  So I had to walk back home*, all dreams of a nice 5 mile run gone.

In addition to the bloody knees, they are also covered in scrapes and swollen.  My palms are scraped.  The right side of my right quad is completely covered in scratches (it looks like @OrtonPants went to town).  I’m still bleeding.

But at least I:
-still have all of my teeth,
-didn’t get another concussion,
-didn’t lose any of the diamonds in my engagement ring,
-didn’t break/crack/scratch my Garmin.

It’s the little things, folks.


*It should be noted that on the way home, with blood dripping down both legs, not one person stopped to ask if I was okay.  I encountered hundreds of cars, 3 bicycles, and 11 pedestrians.  There were, however, many people who laughed at me, including someone in my own subdivision.  People suck.

cooking with mo, part 6

Today’s lesson – enchilada sauce!

I’ve recently discovered the magical land that is Pinterest.  In my quest to stop spending money on restaurant food (except for pizza, because let’s face it, nobody does it better than Lou Malnati’s), I’m trying to cook more at home.  Soooo enter Pinterest.  It’s amazing what a girl and her computer can accomplish.

Part 7 in my cooking series is coming on Tuesday, but before we get there, we have to make one of its essential ingredients – red enchilada sauce.

So when I blog about a recipe that I got from somewhere else, I’m going to give you the link, what I did differently, and how it turned out.

You can find the original recipe here.

What I Did Differently:

  • I didn’t have any garlic powder or fresh garlic in the house (damn you, spoiled food), so I used 1/2 tsp of garlic salt instead (and did not add the extra salt mentioned in the recipe).
  • I added more oregano than recommended, because I dropped the spice jar, haha.  But that’s okay, because I like oregano.  It didn’t have any adverse effects, IMO.
  • I immediately added a splash of chicken stock after making the roux, so that my spices wouldn’t burn in the bottom of the pan.
  • I reduced it down for about 20 minutes, because it wasn’t getting as thick as I would have liked otherwise.

How It Turned Out:

  • Quite delicious, actually.
  • Not the color in the picture – more of a brown, probably due to the reduction time.
  • Needs more chili powder, as Jakre would like it to be hotter next time.
  • Yes, there will be a next time.
  • Made exactly enough for the deliciousness you have coming your way on Tuesday!  Get psyched!

a question for a weatherman*

*yeah, yeah, I know.  I should have used “weatherperson” or “meteorologist.”  But you don’t come here for politically correct content.

Last week when the weather turned cold (my favorite), I laid out my clothes for the following morning’s run – shorts, a tank, and a half zip.  Jakre looked at my pile and said, “Isn’t it weird how in the spring you’d wear pants for this weather?”

Oh man, I thought.  He’s right!

In the fall, 50 degrees means shorts and a long-sleeved tee.  In the spring, it means capris and a short-sleeved tee.  Why is that?

I can only assume that it’s because in the fall, we are expecting things to be warmer, since we’ve been sweating all summer.  So we keep our legs and shoulders bare and just throw on a long-sleeved tee, knowing that we can always take it off when getting too warm.  In the spring, the reverse is true.  It’s not like you say, “It’s X degrees out, I will always wear this.”  It baffles me.  Maybe I should keep a clothes log inside my training log?

Nah, too much work.  I’ll just ask the internet (and a weatherman) instead of employing the scientific method!

5 friday favorites [15]

See what amused me on the internet this week!

1.  Boo.  Just, BOOOOOOO.  (Mostly because it was supposed to be the Blackhawks.  Not because last year’s version was particularly enlightening.)

2.  More interesting last week, when Hell’s Kitchen was interrupted by President Obama.

3.  I’m obsessed with this story.

4.  Normally I object to her because she dresses like a slut, but these are some good points.

5.  Yeah, that’s right.  Best college football team in the whole damn state.

3 things thursday [93]

1.  It amazes me sometimes how small this world really is.  I see posts by Facebook friends that I know from one circle (say, book club), and see that someone completely different (say, a friend of mine from first grade) likes the post.  Why would they like it, I wonder.  Oh right, my book club friend has a friend that is friends with my first grade friend who is friends with me.

My point is, we’re all connected, yo.

2.  Jakre and I have been sick with the flu all week.  It’s the first time that we have EVER been sick at the same time – normally we just pass it back and forth for a couple of months.  Regardless, we both feel miserable.  As a result, I have to take another step back week this week and regroup for the road ahead.  It’s going to make the next 3 weeks crazy, but I can do it (as long as this flu goes away).

3.  Speaking of training programs, it’s entirely possible that I copied mine while I was drunk… because it’s totally wrong.  I was supposed to do a half marathon for time last weekend, not 8 miles at pace and 11 long.  Oh well.  Can’t go backwards!