I’m drinking hot tea as I write this post (!). Does that mean fall is coming?!Anthony and I headed to the park this morning for a quick six miles. We were both feeling a little groggy but finally found our groove around mile three. It was really cool and foggy out there — almost time to break out the long sleeves!On our run we started talking about the days when we both used to run shorter distances at a much slower pace. When we first met, Anthony’s “long run” was five miles at an 8:30/9:00 pace — and when I first started running, I could barely make it through two miles at a 10:00 pace. I remember being really proud the first time I ran four entire miles without stopping to walk — pretty much just as proud as I am today for finishing a full marathon! One of my top tips for anyone looking to become a runner: start slow and make small goals. You’ll get there one step at a time. One mile can be just as special as 100 miles in my opinion.
Now that we’ve discussed the thought of the day: here’s the meal of the day. First up on the Cook Smarts menu this week: teriyaki meatballs! I love using Cook Smarts because it forces me to try new recipes and flavor combos I typically wouldn’t choose if I was skimming through a cook book. I would have never chose a recipe like this but it turned out awesome.The original recipe called for pork, but I changed things up because Publix had a sale on grass-fed organic ground beef over the weekend so I splurged. Side note: I read this article about beef safety in Consumer Reports yesterday and decided that we’re never buying “conventionally raised” beef ever again. Yikes.On a lighter note (or shall I say, darker note?) I also happened to be craving a dark and stormy when we cooked this on Sunday night. In addition to hot tea, the fall season makes me want to drink ginger-spiced cocktails and pumpkin beer.Also on the side: broccolini! Definitely more fun than regular broccoli.And that’s all I’ve got! Time to go find a light jacket to wear to work…
- Favorite fall food/drink?
- What were your goals as a beginner runner?
- What kinda beef do you buy?