Monthly Archives: December 2012

I try to … you know … squeeze things

I was engaging in my standard Friday night routine of drinking beer and watching Law and Order when I decided I want to try and run a half marathon. I quickly texted my mom about it before I sobered up and changed my mind. My parents love running and have been trying to get me to run a race with them for quite a while now, and there’s no motivator as strong as family guilt, right?

I busted out my brand new heart rate monitor that I got for Christmas and planned to get up early and go for a run on Saturday morning. And then I woke up to this:

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Treadmill it was. I hit the Christmas candy pretty hard last week, so I decided to start out with two miles just to get back into the groove of doing something other than sitting around mainlining chocolate. It went well, but I’m definitely going to need to find a structured training program to follow. This might be difficult because historically, I kind of hate running. My heart condition doesn’t help, but I have just never really felt like a runner. I’m so jealous of those people at the gym who prance along on the treadmills like gazelles for an hour without breaking a sweat – my face turns bright red after about 20 minutes, and I’m pretty sure my form is more akin to a three-legged dog than a gazelle.

The soreness in my muscles after a measly two-mile run made me realize that maybe I should get a 10k under my belt before going for the half marathon. I found this Couch to 10k program that I think might work – the first couple of weeks seem kind of easy, so I plan to start at week 3 on Monday and work up from there. If you have run a half marathon (or any race, really), I’d love to get your feedback on training – what worked for you? How many days per week did you run? How do you keep from looking like you have a third-degree sunburn on your face?

I’m alive!

I was totally on a blogging roll, and then things kind of unexpectedly fell apart around Thanksgiving. I won’t go into it here, except to say it kind of feels like the universe slam-nommed 10 Nacho Cheese Chalupas and then took a greasy Taco Bell dump on my life.

I keep starting posts and then abandoning them, because I honestly haven’t had much to write about. Normally when this happens I write about food, on account of I love it, but my appetite tends to dwindle when I’m stressed … so I haven’t cooked in a while. Last week, it took me like three days to finish a can of black beans. This resulted in some truly exquisite meals, including “Black Beans in a Bowl With a Side of Pretzels” and “Two-Day-Old -Thai Leftovers (Oh, and Black Beans).” I did manage to eat quite a bit of fudge, peanut butter balls, and various creamy cheese products while home for Christmas, and I think that finally brought my hunger back around because I woke up starving today. In honor of my returning appetite, here are some things I’m looking forward to making in the near future:

Baked avocados

Source: fabulousfoodblog.com via Heather on Pinterest

Roasted wild mushroom chowder

Source: leafygreensandme.com via Heather on Pinterest

Smoked gouda risotto with spinach and mushrooms

Source: myrecipes.com via Heather on Pinterest

Smoky sweet potato burgers with roasted garlic cream and avocado