I can’t think of a better way to spend a Monday afternoon.
The bridle path was ruddy, muddy and blissfully empty when I set out to do my long run yesterday. No clusters of mountain bikes perched at the crests of hills. No highway of runners down each side of the road. No jockeying for a parking spot, only to be forced to retreat into the surrounding neighborhoods, where the cranky McMansioners leave snitty notes on your car.
Just me, the birds and critters rustling in the trees, and that ubiquitous brick-colored mud.
(Oh, and Joey – nice to see a familiar face among the handful of runners in the park!)
Any remaining surliness about my pathetic mileage last week disappeared as soon as I headed in to the woods. I need to start doing my long runs on Mondays more often.
And a bonus? There’s no shame in going to bed early on a Monday night, when you’re zonked from pushing hard on those muddy hills.
Today’s EAT: Sunday’s simmering pot of suspected deliciousness turned out to be delicious indeed.
Chicken Tagine with couscous! I don’t have one of those neato pointy cooking vessels of the same name, but this cooked up just fine in a deep skillet.
Tagine (which means “stew” in Arabic) is a common North African dish. It’s easy, inexpensive, and ridiculously flavorful. The leftovers reheat beautifully. I don’t know why I hadn’t made it before.
Recipe: Chicken Tagine with Apricots and Almonds (via Epicurious). (I listed my modifications on the recipe page; the biggest one was using hacked up boneless skinless chicken breasts and thighs instead of a hacked up whole chicken. You know, being healthy and all.)
Today’s DRINK: A light and crisp French Chard:
I really enjoyed this Cave de Lugny Macon-Villages Chardonnay. It was quite dry with bright and crisp apple flavors. Definitely a switch from the buttery Chards that I often favor, but it happened to pair nicely with the sultry spices in the Tagine. At $9, I’d definitely buy it again. It would be an excellent white to serve at a cocktail party!
Today’s RUN: Just for the hill of it….
My pace was kind of all over the place, but overall not too shabby at 8:19/mile.
It’s pretty easy to spot that pair of sub-8s on the elevation graph. Can I just reiterate how excited I am to run on a FLAT course for my upcoming half? These hills are good training and all – I’m sure they build character and blah blah blah – but I’m excited to run a little faster (I hope) in a couple of weeks!
Today’s QUESTION: It’s Fat Tuesday! Are you celebrating? No beads, bare boobies or King Cake for me this year, but I do have a drinks-and-dessert date planned for tonight. So, we’ll be celebrating the Fat part, anyway.