As you can see from my previous post, I have lots of RUNNING related things going on this week. But I don’t want to miss out on recapping my wonderful weekend because it was jam-packed and full of fun. Makes me wish every day was the weekend.
On Friday night, my friend/co-worker/Work Mama, Tracie, invited me to a wine tasting at a friend’s house. We drank copious amounts of wine, ate lots of crudites, hummus and oreo truffles (made by me, which everyone loved!) and I met lots of wonderful people. I took an extensive amount of notes during the tasting, per the English major in me, and learned quite a bit.
The party host, Dawn, from The Traveling Vineyard brought 5 wines for each of us to sample: 2 whites, 2 reds and 1 dessert. She encouraged us to grab different finger foods to try with each. The wines included Sauvignion Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignion. Dawn told us that the proper way to try a wine is to use four categories: color, aroma, taste and legs. Yes, legs. The more “legs” a glass of wine has, the more alcoholic it is. For example, if you swirl a glass of Sauvignion Blanc, the drip lines down the glass will be few, if any, and very thin. But if you swirl a Cabernet and glance at the legs, they will run thick and numerous. This is because the alcohol content is much higher in red wines than whites. It was a great educational experience as well as an excuse to drink lots of wine. Win-win. Thanks Tracie!
Saturday was my dad’s 59th birthday. (Happy Birthday Daddy!) He took the day off from work to…work. Around the house. He likes that sort of thing. Boyfriend and I went out for a walk along my 5K route in Marblehead around 1 but after a mere mile, it started pouring. HARD. We quickly abandoned the walk and headed to the mall to buy gifts for Mother’s Day where we waited in the obnoxious Pandora line for an hour. Good thing he’s funny. I would’ve been so bored alone.
On the way home, we picked up additional Mother’s Day gifts (a bottle of Midori for his mom from me and a bottle of red wine to my mom from him), a new bottle of Merlot for us, bought dinner ingredients at Hannaford’s and by the time we got back to his house, we had gotten it into our heads to make homemade wheat bread (a 3-hour process), turkey chili and profiteroles for dessert. Perfect for a Saturday night at home.
Let me just say – the worst part about breadmaking is the WAIT. We used this awesome recipe from a blog I found called Hot Mess Cooking. It is a lengthy process so I’ll let you jump over there for it’s entirety. The yeast expanded, the dough rose, we punched it, it rose again but it just takes patience…which we all know I don’t have so I proceeded to throw flour around the kitchen and boss Stephen around to pass the time. He always loves when I do that.
Here’s what the bread looked like. It was so good.
The chili recipe, adapted from Weight Watchers, is easy and requires 1 (maybe 2) pots/pans for the entire cooking time. We like to throw in a few extra things (mushrooms, turkey kielbasa, a jalapeno, red pepper flakes and hot sauce) but a little heat never hurts. Just make sure to chaperone the pot if your significant other is heavy-handed with the Sriracha sauce. That stuff hurts.
Dessert was a classic from 17th century France: profiteroles. Simply put, these are hollow pastry puffs, light and airy that are split apart making the perfect canvas for ice cream, whipped cream, pastry cream, etc. We made ours from a basic combination of flour, nutmeg, eggs, butter and water,placed a small scoop of vanilla bean ice cream in the middle and then doused the tops in semi-sweet chocolate. It was hard not to eat all of them. Warm and dainty, but so light you don’t feel (as) guilty about that extra scoop of ice cream on the side or eating the chocolate sauce out of the bowl. All-in-all, a good Saturday.
Sunday = Mother’s Day and I got to spend it with the fam at my sister’s college. After a mid-day dinner at Bertucci’s (I got the special salad: arugala, orange, roasted red peppers, grilled chix with a lemon dressing and balsamic glaze) and a Mocha Light Frappuccino from Starbucks (happy hour, dur), we headed home.
I sat around for 10 minutes and decided to head to the gym. I figured I’d do a short run (20 minutes or so) and get some strength training in. I settled myself onto the treadmill with a new playlist and told myself I would run to the end of it. At the end of it, I replayed a 5:22 song Kanye’s “The New Workout Plan” and decided to finish that. At that point, I took my sweater down from the tread to see my time and I was at 3.01. Since I started the run at .33 after a 5-minute walk, I decided to push the end of the 3 miles. I clocked it at about 32:20 and marked the completion of my Couch to 5K training. I was so happy, I thought I was going to cry. I walked to cool down, did some strength and some abs, drained 2 water bottles and left feeling accomplished (and very very sweaty.)
Looking ahead to this week…
So it’s my first race week ever, but since this is no 26.6 mile race, I don’t feel that “tapering” really applies to me yet. Here’s what I’ve got planned for the week workout-wise…
Monday: Cross trainer, arms, Dance 7-8
Today: Run the 5K route, abs, sides, arms
Wednesday: Cross trainer, thighs, sides, abs, Dance 7-9
Thursday: Run the 5K route, abs, sides, arms, Dance 7-8
Saturday: Well.. duh.