Raleigh has a pretty awesome food scene for a city its size. The problem? There is no one to bring it to me while I lounge in my pajamas.
Good things come in environmentally-unfriendly white packages. Some days I really miss the delivery culture of NYC. Any food I want, any time, at my door in less than twenty minutes? It was a beautiful thing.
Raleigh does have a couple of delivery services, but the selection and hours are rather lacking. This is a problem when you get home from an unplanned 13.7-mile run and have very specific and urgent food cravings.
Backing up to that run – because, what? Yeah. I had a local 5K on tap for today – the Raleigh Monster Dash. I figured it would be fun to get out and run a little hard and see where things stood in terms of recovery and general fitness on the heels of the marathon.
The race itself was fine. I decided to take the two miles from my apartment to the start as a warm-up, and ended up tacking on a couple more, as the race started a few minutes late and I got there way too early anyway. (I tell ya – it’s a different world not having to worry about subway mishaps or outrageous Port-a-Potty lines or closing corrals!) Warm-up: 3.8 miles.
I then banged out a reasonably respectable 5K. Not a PR by any means, but about where I thought I’d be, especially given the toasty weather.
Race: Raleigh Monster Dash
Date: October 31, 2010
Weather: 75*, sunny
Time: 21:44 (unofficial)
Mile Pace: 6:59
Place (overall): ?? / ??
It was an out-and-back course, which is kind of nice for keeping tabs on the field. I think I may have been the 4th woman overall, which would make me a shoo-in for an age-group award. Score!
So I decided to stick around until the awards ceremony.
This was a mistake.
After standing around chatting with a few people, I changed out of my flats and decided to make the wait productive. I found a loop that was roughly half a mile, which would allow me to cool down while circling back every few minutes to check on the status of things. Knock out a couple of extra miles while they get the results together? Sure, why not.
I ran that loop at LEAST TEN TIMES. Nearly 5 miles.
Finally, someone came on the microphone to announce the results. Except…not. Apparently there was a “glitch with the data” and no results would be available today. Awesome.
So I grabbed my backpack and headed home, another 2 miles. 3.8 warm up + 3.1 race + 6.8 cool down = 13.7 miles. Ooof – especially when I’d only planned to do 8-9!
Today’s EAT: As I have often mentioned, long runs and hard efforts do weird things to my appetite. Yesterday’s adventures left me with a craving for two things and two things only: sesame chicken or honey barbecue wings.
Hence, the delivery.
It took some serious internet sleuthing to make this happen. In fact, I probably could have driven to Backyard Bistro, placed the order, waited, and driven back in the time it took to figure this out. And avoided the delivery fee too. But that would have defeated the purpose of delivery, which is to be a slovenly beast in your fuzzy socks while someone else deals with it.
I miss you, SeamlessWeb.
Today’s DRINK: I will admit it. While things that are “local” around here a generally pretty great, I have a deeply skeptical view of North Carolina wine.
Admittedly my sample size is pretty small. I’ve tried maybe four or five local bottles, and none of them have been well-researched. So had this Bare Bones Unoaked Chardonnay not been charmingly Halloweeny, I wouldn’t have given it a second look.
It exceeded expectations. Barely. And expectations were very, very low.
I need to dig in to this a bit more, because I’m sure the region can produce a good wine or two. (Suggestions welcome!)
Today’s RUN: Adding today’s 13.7 brings my weekly total to almost 44. A little more than planned, but nothing crazy! Although I didn’t take a day off this week (I ran six days and cross-trained/lifted on the other) so I need to make sure I take one totally off soon.
Today’s QUESTION: Does your area produce good local foods or wines? What’s the regional specialty?