I’ve mentioned this before, but there’s a running club that meets here in downtown Raleigh on Monday nights. It’s really less of a club and more of a crazy mob of people. Like, 300-people crazy. I’d been a couple of times and – to be honest – had a hard time finding a group to match up with. (Because…announcing a pace group for those who want to run “seven to nine minute miles” isn’t that helpful? I don’t know…it had just been hard for me to gel with the people there.)
Tonight, I decided to give it another try.
I’m glad that I did.
As the chaotic mob was leaving the bar to start the run, I spotted a small cluster of folks who appeared to be chatting amiably and logging 8-minute miles. I caught up with them and, trying my hardest to not be a creeper, began to tag along.
And then they started talking about the race on Sunday. As it turns out? I’d managed to find the first and second female finishers from Sunday’s race, among others. And they were good, nice, friendly people. Who invited me to their club’s track workout tomorrow night.
Um…yes, okay. 🙂
The only slightly embarrassing part of the evening? When we finished up and regrouped with the rest of their team, and after meeting everyone, someone asked me if I’d been in costume at the race. I said that I hadn’t, but had been wearing an orange shirt (represent!) and black shorts.
“Oh!” one guy exclaimed. “You’re that girl who was running laps around the shopping center after the race!”
Great. Apparently my reputation precedes me.
Today’s EAT: Do you crave delicious homemade mac and cheese, but you’re also lazy?
No worries. Just take a box of standard mac, prepared according to directions, and add a (cooked) meat and veggie of your choice. Dump it into a small casserole dish and top it with panko and parm. Fauxmade mac and cheese – done.
I did mine up with a couple of mushroom-Asiago chicken sausages from Fresh Market and half a jar of TJ’s roasted red peppers. It was fab. And now I have mac and cheese for tomorrow’s lunch too. Win-win!
And the best part? This whole dish of food (3-4 servings) cost, like $6 in ingredients. It may not be health food, exactly, but it’s a reasonable compromise for a cheap and easy dinner!
Today’s DRINK: This Il Valore Sangiovese is sort of…the kind of wine that makes you smack your lips a bit.
And that’s not really a compliment, unfortunately. This one might go in the cooking-wine pile.
Today’s RUN: A cool 5.85 miles in just under 48 minutes for 8:12 pace. Good enough for a Monday night!
Today’s QUESTION: What would you put in your mac and cheese to jazz it up? I have a feeling I’ll be making a dish like this again in the future, so I could use some ideas!