Hi! So, it’s officially less than a week until my birthday. Do other people love their birthday as much as I do? I’m curious. I get kind of unreasonably excited about it and decide that all day I’m totally special. I do get bummed about the fact that I had to be born in the dead middle of winter though. Thanks Mom. But I digress.
I wanted to update you on some of my eats from the past couple of days:
Falafel! Falafel (basically, chic peas that are mashed and baked) still makes me think of those 3 am weekend nights (mornings?) right after you graduate college, when you emerge from the bar ready to eat your arm, only to stumble into the path of a beautiful little Falafel place that tastes like the best thing you’ve ever eaten at that very second.
The only thing that can top this 3am miracle is chili cheese dogs from a cart, but that’s another story.
I made this for dinner last night, and it was SO good! The directions were for deep frying it, which would have been delicious, but I don’t own a deep fryer. Does anyone these days?
Honestly, I would love to get one and say I would only use it every once in a while, but the more likely scenario would be that I would start deep-frying donuts and french fries every day and all of a sudden forget that I love almond butter. That would be a tragedy.
So anyway, the Falafel came out of the oven still crispy and yummy minus the vat of oil:
I actually almost burned them, because my dog decided he had to pee at the very second I needed to be monitoring them closely and barked his head off to go outside, and it was either watch him empty his bladder on the floor or abandon my Falafel balls. True story. (We made it. Barely. So did the Falafel.)
So anyway, I haven’t mentioned it much on the blog, but I’ve still been running, and making some progress! Does anyone else feel like there is so much to learn/know/understand about running?
I read a lot about interval training, speed work, etc, but so far my plan has just sort of been to tackle the treadmill three to four times a week, increasing my mileage/speed a little bit each week. But I am training for this craziness and really want to be able to do my best:
The 500 Festival Mini-Marathon! Thinking about completing this 13.1 miles makes me really happy. Thinking of doing it at my goal speed (which is yet to be completely determined) makes me really extra happy!
So my question is this: would it be beneficial to sign up and train with a running group? There is one in my area, and it’s a little pricey, but it holds group runs once a week specifically target toward the Mini. I printed out this training schedule to use on my own, but am wondering if it would be better to run with a group. Thoughts? I am such a running newbie.
In related news, Dave and I watched Spirit of the Marathon the other night and it’s SO good! It really captures the reasons for running and the feelings you get from it. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for motivation.
So tonight involves a fun hair-related outing…come back tomorrow to see how that turns out (I know this sounds riveting) and Fun Fashion Friday!