Happy Friday? How’s your day treating you so far?
I had another early morning running appointment with the doctor today. Yep, same time and same place as our last one.
Naturally I slept in past my 5 am alarm and was in a bit of a frantic state when trying to get out the door. Nice.
As soon as I got on the road I realized I forgot coffee. What the? Who forgets coffee before an early morning run? It’s only like the most important thing.
I made an emergency stop for an overpriced gas station coffee.
And might I just add that gas station coffee is NOT good. Maybe I was at the wrong place, but it was hard to choke down. They fool you with the “cinnamon” description.
Only got there 15 minutes late. I was feeling a little off in the car. I had a hunch it was going to be a bit of a rough run.
We set out about 6:25 am.
Well, it was just one of those runs. I wasn’t feeling that great from the start. Couldn’t really do my job of entertaining Coach Jason that much since I was struggling. I actually kind of feel like I was a Debbie Downer a bit. Poor guy.
I did a good job of keeping my phone away though since I got yelled at the last time for taking pictures. I snuck one in at a bathroom stop though.
Through a ziploc baggie. Not too shabby.
I do have to say that I really like running with someone else. I never really get a chance to do it, But, it just goes by faster. I wasn’t too much fun to be around today, but it’s nice just passing the time with someone else.
Jason does his long runs by time. He knows the pace he runs, so he sets out for a specific time rather than keeping track of miles on a GPS. Pretty cool. In fact I wish I could do that, but I have no sense of what kind of pace I’m running at or how to keep a steady pace.
My runs are pretty much the opposite. I’m one that likes see those mile numbers. I set out to do a certain number of miles and tell myself it doesn’t matter how long it takes me, I’m getting those miles done. I guess the two of us make a good team.
We ran together 18 miles. Then he asked if I wanted to pick it up.
Um, no. It just wasn’t happening today.
I told him to go ahead without me since I had to do a few more miles than him anyway. He had a set time of 3 hours (about 20 miles) and I had to run 22 miles. He asked about 3 times if I was sure it was okay if he left me. I said yes.
See ya. See him there in the green shorts? He left me in the dust.
I humbly put my happy face on and trotted along.
The last four miles were slow and quiet. No music. Just thoughts.
I got to run by a few new things though.
I finally made it back.
That happens. I’m just thankful I made it. It’s actually pretty much a miracle that I’m able to run this much right now, so I’ll take it.
Oh and hey, yes, that’s coach Jason in the background kicking it in the bay with his ice cold water.
I took a couple minutes to out my feet in the water before heading home.
Was secretly hoping for a mini pedicure to magically happen at the same time. Ha ha.
Funny that now as I sit here I’m thinking that I should’ve picked up the pace or I should’ve done a little better. Why do we overanalyze like that? Why are we so hard on ourselves sometimes?
Let’s focus on something fun now.
Like a new squash.
I found these last night.
Obviously I just did what I normally do with all squash.
I cut it up and roasted it.
These squash are pretty small. The skin is edible just like the skin on kabocha squash.
It’s not as “dry” as the kabocha when roasted (at least the one today wasn’t).
It has a sweeter flavor. Similar to acorn squash. It reminded me a lot like a delicata. Creamy, corn-like flavor.
I roasted half of it plain with just a little pink sea salt and ate it with a “clean out the fridge” type egg scramble.
Yeah, I pretty much threw together anything I could find with my eggs- pork, cabbage and Costco kale salad.
I roasted the other half of the sweet dumpling squash like a roasted kabocha boat.
Today’s topping were coconut butter and Artisana cashew butter.
Okay. I’m off.
I won’t bother you with daily nonsense over the weekend, but I DO have two very important recipes to share with you.
Which one do you want first?
The best PB2 chocolate chip cookies ever
the ginormous, healthy, no grain plantain cupcake?
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Do you ever feel like you could have done better after a hard workout or run? Or had to tell someone to go ahead without you?
Do you like to run alone or with someone else?
Have you ever has sweet dumpling squash?
What recipe do you want first?
Can I ask any more questions right now?