Hi again! Going three days without blogging was a bad idea. I’ve just got too much to share! Starting with this morning’s run:I headed to Shelby Park for a fast, flat outing. Two mile warm-up, three miles fast, two-mile cool down. I guess you could sort of categorize this as a longer tempo workout (like #4 listed here).The middle part was tough, but I got in the groove eventually! Times: 8:18; 8:26; 7:21; 7:13; 7:10; 8:15; 8:04.
Remember when people were “emo”? That’s sort of how I felt taking this silhouette selfie. If I still ran with music, I would have blasted some Dashboard Confessional.Overall, it was a lovely run — though I have to admit my hamstrings were sort of sore…from our HIKE on Sunday!
Anthony, his dad, and I journeyed to Buggytop Trail for a bit of adventure. I’ve never really been hiking, so I didn’t know what to expect!The trail was ranked “moderate” which seemed just challenging enough for us. It wasn’t too difficult, but there were some steep, rocky bits that required some balance.The trail is an out-and-back route that turns around at a magical cave. I kept looking for a horcrux, but didn’t spot one 😉 (I’ve just referenced emo music and harry potter in a single post… how good can it get?)
Can you spot Anthony?!
Anthony’s dad is an entomologist, so he had his net out to catch some bugs. We didn’t find anything too crazy, but did manage to find a red beetle!The view from the highest point of the hike was pretty awesome too. Anyone afraid of heights?In the end we covered about five miles in two hours. Hiking is really different than running, i.e., it is slower and you get to stop and poke sticks at things. I’m a fan of both.
I’m also a fan of Big Marv’s barbecue (as you might recall reading here). So when we went to pick up 2 million pounds of pulled pork and baked beans this weekend, I finally mustered up the courage to ask Big Marv to pose for a photo with us.Southern food just brings people together.
And so does healthy food! (do you see my reflection in the spoon btw?!! so artistic)After a weekend of burgers, barbecue, cake, bacon, pancakes, donuts, candy, beer, cocktails, and mountains of Lay’s Stax (my family’s favorite chip), Anthony and I were ready to take it to the lighter side for dinner last night.This leek and butternut squash soup (penned in 1993!) was so, so good. There are very few meals I make more than once (since I always want to try new ones), but I think this one will definitely become a repeat recipe.
We stuck to the recipe pretty closely — but, of course, added some fixins’. Bacon, parmesan, chives, and buttered bread Still healthy, right?!Okay, I’ll stop posting now. Until tomorrow.
- Favorite emo band?
- Last time you took a hike?!
- Tips for tempo run routines?