Yesterday I went out for my first post-race run. Sloooooow and steady (with a school bus approaching!)(Do school buses make anyone else think of this scene?)
Violent bus thoughts aside, it was a lovely, honeysuckle-scented jog.And today I’m doing 100% nothing! In the past, I would have jumped right into more high-volume mileage a couple days after a race, but now I’ve learned that quality recovery is important too. It’s all part of the periodization theory that my coach uses — getting the right amount of intensity, specificity, volume, and rest at the right time.
Enough science — let’s move on to spaghetti! There was a serious spaghetti throwdown in my house the other night for my pre-race meal. The lineup:
Tuttoroso vs. Cento San Marzano.I’ve never really thought about brands when it comes to canned maters (I usually buy whatever’s on sale or has a pretty label (this is also how I buy wine)). So I was skeptical that there would be a difference between the two brands — and if there was a difference, I was guessing that the more expensive (San Marzano) would win.
We made put the canned tomatoes in separate pots, added the same spices to each, and let them simmer away.
Cento San Marzano:Tutttorosso: (with Skinnytaste spinach turkey meatballs in the background!)Then we added some penne and a few gnocchi for good measure (you can never over-carb the night before a race, right?)
Cento San Marzano:Tuttorosso:As you can kind of tell in the pictures, the Tuttorosso sauce was thicker, with a deeper red color.
After extensive taste testing, everyone at our pasta party — Anthony, my parents, and myself — agreed that the Tuttorosso sauce was better. It tasted smokier and more, well, tomato-ey. The San Marzano sauce was thinner and less flavorful. It didn’t stick to the noodles as well and tasted more watery.
My mom — who’s been a Cento San Marzano devotee for years — was shocked at the results!Meatballs, salad, and a good sprinkle of cheese helped tie it all together.Though I did receive the Tuttorosso tomatoes to write this review, all saucey opinions are 100% my own. If you want to join in the tomato craze, you can go to Tuttorosso’s Facebook page to get four $1.00 coupons and enter to win in their “Celebrate Your Tradition” contest (winner gets a serving plate, sauce ladle, pasta pot set, heirloom wooden spoon, and a $300 restaurant gift card!)
And those are all of my running and pasta thoughts for you today. Have a good one!
- What brand of canned tomatoes do you use?
- Favorite type of pasta noodle?
- Ever eaten a wild honeysuckle?