I took advantage of yesterday’s cooler temperatures and banged out an 11-mile run. I’m not running that many miles each week, but I feel okay about my base mileage. Half Marathon training starts tomorrow. Whee, sub-2!
Here are my splits from yesterday’s long run:
- 10:19 (Garmin didn’t auto-pause.)
I’ve learned that it takes me legs a few miles to get into the groove of things. Almost every run has negative splits. This means I don’t go out too fast, which is good. However, I want to use my natural “running strategy” to my advantage for the rare occasions that I decide to race. Obviously, slow warm-up doesn’t work from 5Ks.
In the afternoon, I attended the local Sweet Corn Festival (Don’t laugh!) with people from my new department. It is Midwestern “fun” in all its glory.
You can buy butter-drenched, mediocre sweet corn.
…Then you can made sad attempts to wipe the grease off of…everything.
If you’re not excited about it yet, there are scientologists, chomping at the bit to convert you:
In the evening, we attended a housewarming fête at Brian’s new house. As usual, there was a gregarious gauntlet of people standing around the kitchen:
I baked a peanut butter fudge cake (Recipe linked.) for the evening. It involved dense chocolate cake, covered in peanut butter and a layer of thick chocolate frosting.
It was intensely chocolate-y and rich, but I think we all felt a little sick after eating huge slices. (It didn’t help that we had all eaten Dan’s spinach dip and Sarah’s brownies beforehand.)
I’m not sure why Rick posed in this fashion, but I think it sums up the feeling of my distended, post-cake stomach.
The evening ended with Cooler Ranch Doritoes (EWWWW! I hate!) and a demonstration of fist-pumping by Sean, who recently returned from a semester in Paris.
This morning, after a cathartic run and strength workout, I made a very Korean lunch:
Bibim guksu (비빔국수) is a cold noodle dish with soba, spicy sauce (pepper paste, sweetener, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, etc.), and a variety of toppings. Today, I used chopped lettuce, cucumber, carrot, and hard-boiled egg.
It was pretty delicious. I felt very Korean, enough so that I had to whip out a miniature flag.
Time to grade!
Do your weekends include a lot of eating? I’m really trying to work on not eating until I feel gross. It’s not a very pleasant feeling.