Hello! How is it Thursday already? This week has slipped away from me. Good thing I snapped a few photos because I can barely remember what we’ve been up to. It’s been rainy and grey almost all week!
I went for a rain run on Sunday. My first “long” run since the marathon the other week!
Post-race rambles: Even though I’m happy with my finish time of 3:28 at Marine Corps, part of me is still hung up on not getting a PR (in part due to a couple of walk/bathroom breaks that perhaps could be avoided if I just tried again?). What I keep thinking about is how my training runs — which went all the way up to 23 miles — were at a faster pace than my race pace by 5-10 seconds per mile. If my training long runs were in the 7:40-7:50 pace, don’t you think I could go faster than a 7:44 pace on race day? I’ve always heard (and experienced) that race pace typically falls about 30-45 seconds faster than training pace. So, that would all mean that either: 1) I could have raced a lot faster at MCM OR 2) I did my training runs too fast :). One way to find the answer… run another marathon asap!
I actually entertained the idea of running the Richmond Marathon this weekend as a “round 2” attempt — I had a bib pickup lined up and everything — but then just couldn’t get myself to register on Tuesday night before registration closed. I actually sat at my computer at 11 p.m., credit card in hand, watching the clock tick toward midnight when registration officially closed and my opportunity disappeared. How dramatic!
I still kind wish I’d registered, but I think I made the right choice by sitting it out. Would waking up at 3 a.m. and driving 2.5 hours before running a marathon be a good PR strategy? Probably not. Would attempting 26.2 after running no more than 6 miles in two weeks be a good idea? Hmmm… probably not? And would driving 2.5 hours after running a marathon be a good road safety strategy? Also probably not. Womp.
So, all that said, I ** think ** I’m over the fall marathon season. I just need a bit more time to come around to full closure! If you hear me talking about running another marathon in a week or two, don’t let me do it. I’m sure a bunch of turkey and pumpkin pie will seal the deal in a few weeks.
Other deep topics of discussion on the blog today: What to do about insane ponytail tangles during rain runs. I think I lost about half of my hair this week with the comb! I guess I could do a bun or braid but I’m too lazy. Apparently I’d rather spend an extra 5 minutes untangling my hair than an extra 30 seconds twirling it into a bun! Please share your running hair tips in the comments section!
All this dreary weather calls for soup. Cook Smarts had a sausage/white bean/chard stew on the menu that hit the spot. I’ve been a Cook Smarts member for a couple of years now, so it’s fun to see old favorites that I’ve made before pop back up on this week’s menu!
Another winner was this miso chicken dish. I upgraded ours by crumbing the chicken with panko for extra crunch. Instead of buying tenders or breasts, I cut up a whole chicken and used the bones to make broth for the above soup. Still loving homemade broth when I have the time!
And homemade bread. I made a batch of cinnamon fig-walnut this weekend!
A couple of you have asked about the braided bread and I took photos of every stage to share with you soon. It’s really quite easy. You just braid the dough like you would your hair! (though, as noted above, I wouldn’t really know much about braiding hair.)
I bought some fig jam to go with the fig bread. Miss A was excited about it!
The jam was one of many exotic purchases we made at the international market over the weekend. Anthony and I had been wanting to go since we moved here and finally got around to it. So many unusual foods to look at, including human-sized bread!
I hope you’ve had a good week!