Hey everyone! I have this week’s meal plan ready for you, but it’s a day late after a busy weekend. Take a look and then I will get into some running updates!
I made the gnocchi soup last night for dinner and it was so great and tasted like a twist on baked potato soup to me. I used this recipe and I only made 2 changes. I used flour to make my roux instead of corn starch and I used whole milk instead of half and half. It was super creamy and came together faster than my favorite baked potato soup recipe. Also, Si-Guy had a second serving! Um….. what happened to my kid? I thought for sure last night was going to be a meal that he would not try, but he took one small sip of the broth, silently nodded his approval and then he tackled a bite of gnocchi and cleared his bowl. We have a gnocchi fan! Having gnocchi last night reminded Dan and I of his time in flight school. There were a couple of Italian pilots sent over to train with the U.S. military and we would all get together and cook big meals several times a month. It was always a big group of flight students, random friends, girlfriends, boyfriends…. fun times in our carefree mid-twenties! Most of us really didn’t know how to cook so there was a lot of grilling, but the Italian pilots always made the best meals when it was their turn to cook. They made gnocchi from scratch and swear to us how easy it was. We watched one night, took notes and Dan and I tried to recreate their recipe several months later once we all moved away to our new duty stations. Our gnocchi looked more like floating mashed potatoes…. pretty sure we had take-out that night. My cooking has come a long way since then, but I still buy pre-made gnocchi!
Ok, now onto running stuff…I so easily get side tracked by food. I really should have named my blog Reserved for Running AND Eating.
I finally hit some speed work last week! We had a couple of really nice days weather wise and I was happy to run in my neighborhood. The streets were recently swept and cleaned so I didn’t have to worry about slipping on all of the loose gravel. I took Dexter for a walk which doubles as his exercise and my walking warm-up. I always do a walking warm-up first. After his walk, I did a half mile running warm-up at an easy pace and then decided to hit some 1/4 mile speed work intervals. There is a 1/4 mile stretch of mostly straight and flat road from my driveway to a stop sign. Makes it easy to do speed work. Here is how it went:
There you have it… fastest 1/4 mile times I have ever had. Every 1/4 mile interval was followed by a 1/4 mile recovery run at a snail’s pace. Oh and apparently speed work makes me have a bulging vein on the side of my head! I am really proud of those times and I will always wonder how people run at this pace for anything longer than a 1/4 mile.
I was happy, but so very tired!
My legs felt great the next day. I was surprised and decided to take advantage of the weather again and head out for an easy, watch free run. In my 5 tips for new runners, I talk about running without distractions. One of the distractions I failed to mention is the watch and the the running apps. I’m like every other runner, I get hung up on tracking my pace all of the time and so running watch free is great. I seriously ran through my neighborhood with a smile on my face the whole time (and probably creeped out people driving by me). This sums up my how far and fast I ran that day:
Running just to run is the best. After my 5k race at the end of the month, I plan on doing an entire week of watch free running and I am excited to report back on how I get through it! 🙂
As for the rest of my running from last week, I ended with the first run with the 5k training group I am working with as a mentor. It was so fun! The weather was less than ideal and I was happy to see so many of them come out for an early morning, cold and windy run. We are easing into their training plan so it was 20 minutes of walk/run at their own pace. Everyone did so well and everyone was surprised about how good they felt once we warmed up. I will be running with them again on Wednesday.
I hope your week is off to a great start!
When was the last time you ran without a watch?
Do you get hung up on your times even when you aren’t training for a race?