National Running Day!
Happy National Running Day!! Sorry for the break from posting, but I just got back from a mini vacation to Watch Hill, RI with the fiancé, older sister, brother-in-law and my brother-in-law’s family. Twas deliciously relaxing 😉 I spent my time running on the beach (and learned it kills your calves), walking around town, reading and learning to play golf! Um sadly I’m still sore from the 2-hour golf lesson on Monday, yet I’m totally fine from everything else… weird.
Anywho, I’m back and totally refreshed! This morning I had planned on going swimming after work, but when I learned it was National Running Day I felt I just had to hit the pavement. During my run I started thinking about my journey to where I am now… from a casual runner to a seasoned (well, 2 at least) marathoner! After my last marathon I made a pact with myself that I would not sign up for another race until I could comfortably run 13+ miles without feeling completely drained afterwards. Yes, I would love to run another marathon (and possibly a triathlon), but I don’t really like having to work my mileage from the ground up every time I compete. My last marathon I was coming off an injury so I literally had to work up from not running at all for two months to being race ready.
My goal this year is to be able to run 20 miles without having to change around my schedule or be left hobbling around after in order to do so. I am slowly upping my mileage, but if something comes up I’m not going to stress because I am not following a strict schedule. I know lots of people run marathons almost every year, and I guess I just want to see how easy it is to sustain the high mileage to make that possible.
After a refreshing 4 miler I hit the showers and then tried to figure out dinner. I settled on one of my new favs – dal! I added about 1.5 cups of frozen peas, 5 chopped plum tomatoes, and doubled the amount of chilies in my regular Dal Recipe. It rocked my world… just sayin’.
I think I added a little too much water this time, but it still tasted perfecto – I just had to eat it with a spoon instead of just sticking to the pita scooping method. Not only was this tasty, but it is such a cheap meal to make. Music to my ears!!
Someone was trying to scam on my dinner… 😉 Well I’m off to curl up with a good book and chillax. I just started the book Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938 about the hurricane that totally rocked the northeast & specifically Watch Hill, RI back during the Great Depression and I am completely enthralled. G’night bloggies!