Despite my lack of blogging about cooking lately, I actually HAVE still been doing things in the kitchen.Last week, I made my "GO-TO" pasta salad for a work function. Adapted from Cooking Light's Lemony Orzo Salad - I changed the recipe based on what I had on hand.The end result was a Lemony Roasted Veggie/Pine Nut/Feta/Bowtie Pasta Salad. Deeelish!Monday night, I whipped up sauteed shrimp over pine nut couscous with a side of fresh C.S.A. green beans. For the shrimp, I sauteed onions, garlic, red pepper, and a mix of spices in EVOO before adding a splash of chicken stock and the shrimp. For the fresh beans, I let them swim around in boiling water for about 5-6 mins before mixing them with butter, garlic powder, salt & pepper.
Last night I came home from the gym, after completing 4 miles on the dreadmill, to find Kevin had created a fabulous concoction. Not to mention his "top chef like" plating skills.He combined garlic, onion, spinach, and mushrooms with EVOO, spices, chicken stock and marsala cooking wine. This mix was served over pasta with C.S.A. cherry tomatoes. The result was outstanding. I licked my plate - it was that good.
Last Saturday, I completed a 17 mile training run on the Bagel 2 Beer marathon course. The weather was cool and I was happy to feel strong throughout the duration of the run. My legs and back were extremely sore for the few days after, so I made sure to take long walks and do lots of stretching.
- 8/29 - 12 miles, COMPLETE
- 9/6 - 14 miles, COMPLETE
- 9/12 -15 miles, COMPLETE
- 9/20 -17 miles (Bagel to Beer Marathon), COMPLETE
Upcoming Long Runs
- 9/26 - 15 miles
- 10/3 - 18 miles or weekend off from long runs (have a weekend away planned)
- 10/10 -13.1 miles (Baltimore Half Marathon)
- 10/17 - 20 miles
- 10/24 - 15 miles
- 10/31 - 22 miles
- 11/7 - 12 miles
- 11/14 - off weekend from long distance
- 11/22 - Philadelphia Marathon!!
With this post reaching the novel length, I leave you with a photo that Kevin snapped of Oscar and I chilling on the floor after one of our weekly runs. I am proud to report that during my recent trip to the vet, I received some pet owner kudos.
My sweet dog/lover-of-all-treats is DOWN 5 pounds, which puts him back in the healthy range. :)
Marathon Training is in full swing and it has been going well. Last weekend, Kevin and I completed a 15 mile city run. We ran from Canton to Fells Point, through downtown, around to Federal Hill, through Locust Point to Fort McHenry and back. It was a grand tour of all the great Baltimore neighborhoods. I mapped it out before and after the run and realized afterwards that we actually did 15.19 miles!
I am currently setting out the stuff I picked up from Road Runner Sports on the way home from work tonight. CLIF Shots(for Kevin),
Extreme Sport Beans (for ME),
and GU Chomps for all of us.
I think I have covered every type and brand of this stuff without even realizing it. These Blueberry Pomegranate GU chomps are incredible by the way.
I also grabbed some new socks because all of mine are extremely OLD. I didn't even realize that Road Runner Sports stopped carrying Thorlos?! They have their own brand now, so I figured I would give them a try. World's Best Running Socks?
We shall see about that!
The week flew by because it was another BUSY work week, so here I am recapping the labor day weekend a week later. We had great weather and some great food.
It was nice to have breakfast on a shady porch. Below are grilled corn tortillas filled with egg, cheese, turkey bacon, and fresh tomatoes. Coffee is a must.
The next morning it was more of the same, but this time we added some grilled corn to the egg tacos and my mom made a great fruit salad of peaches, strawberries, blueberries, apples and bananas.
During our weekend, we celebrated my dad's birthday by going to the same restaurant where my parents went immediately after they got engaged on the beach. The name has changed, but it still has the same look inside as it did back then.
They started off by bringing us steaming hot sesame bread with cold herb butter. The bread was awesome and I definitely filled up on bread like I always try not to do.
We ordered a bottle of Malbec for the table and I enjoyed a glass + a refill throughout the meal.
I decided to go with a soup and salad for my meal and ordered a bowl of the Maryland Crab Soup to start. This soup had incredible flavor with just the right amount of spice. I shared a few bites, but then proceeded to polish off the entire bowl.
I went with the house salad topped with seared scallops for my main meal and ordered their two house dressings (balsamic and romano cheese) on the side. I ended up mixing the two dressings together for a cheesy balsamic that worked really well.
Kevin's ordered the seafood pasta served with a white wine garlic sauce that was incredible. Check out the size of that shrimp!
Room for dessert? but of course! After singing to my dad...
We all split two desserts - Mixed berry pie...
Plus bread pudding topped with pecans and a brandy caramel sauce.
Both desserts were good, but didn't blow me away. The best part was them bringing my favorite candy in the world after our meal. SWEDISH FISH!
I thought this was the best idea for a seafood restaurant. great touch. Kevin took a picture of my parents, grandmom and I after the birthday dinner.
What a week it was...all due to a crazy deadline at work. BUT, I am happy to report that I kept up with my running despite working 60+ hours.
Last Sunday to loosen our legs a bit, Kevin and I went for an hour mountain bike ride. I tracked our ride through Patapsco State Park using Trail Guru - a very cool iPhone app.
The map below shows the path we took through the park.
You can see more about our ride HERE, including a scary picture of me after the ride. Sweaty helmet hair is tough to fix.
Other workouts this week included:
- Mon - 6 mile run
- Tue - Arc Trainer 40 mins, Row 15 mins
- Wed - OFF
- Thu - 6.2 mile run
- Fri - OFF
- Sat - Lift 40 mins, upper body and abs only.
- Sun - I am happy to report that I completed 14 miles this morning.
It was a tough first 3 miles because we were on a main highway and I always seem to feel miserable during the first 3 miles of any run. We had a great bay breeze from the water and eventually got on more secluded back roads. 14 miles later, I was thirsty, hungry and my legs were aching. Came home and ate a donut. It tasted DELICIOUS.
I have lots of other things to show you and write about, but I forgot my camera cord and am down at the beach for the Labor Day Weekend.
Let me give a quick shout out to my DAD and SISTER though...HAPPY BIRTHDAY to both of you!
oh and you will also find me at the beach or pool RELAXING - Mango Mojito and good book in hand.
Enjoy the rest of your labor day weekend!