Long time no see! Phew–life suddenly got busy! It’s not looking like it’ll be slowing down anytime soon, but I’m still feeling refreshed from some time off around the holidays, so I’m not stressing out–yet. I’m sure it will come. ;) At least we made some time for fun on this trip!
A cocktail (or 3! Whoops!) after work makes everything better!
So! I survived my first week of marathon training! My long run yesterday had a few hiccups, but nothing too out of control. My Garmin seems to be a lemon, which was the most annoying part of the whole thing, because I’m really anxious to use it! When I got home from DC, I noticed that the display was really hard to see. Unless I held it right under the light, I could hardly see it at all!
I decided to try running with it anyway, but the GPS never started. Obviously, I’ve been running without a Garmin for my entire running career, so this isn’t the end of the world, but I really just want my new toy to work! I looked around online for solutions, but couldn’t find anything that seemed to fit my problem, so I think I’ll send it back and try to get another one.
The other issue?
Jerks. Yeah, those stupid knees got pretty sore in the last 5 miles of my 15. Nothing I couldn’t live with, but not the most comfortable, either. The bigger issue is that while my knees typically just hurt while I’m running and then feel OK when I stop, now they haven’t stopped hurting since yesterday’s run. I know. I’ve been icing and took a lot of time stretching and doing some yoga today, so I’m hoping that will help. Sara also sent me a link to some strengthening exercises, so I think I’ll give those a shot, too.
Other than those 2 minor annoyances, it was a great run! The weather was unseasonably warm and sunny–it felt like spring!–so I tried to soak it up and enjoy it while I could. I’m sure we’ll be back to frigid grey-ness this week. :( The good news is that I’m going to Florida at the end of the month to visit my grandparents, so I’ll get my dose of sunshine again soon enough!
I spent the rest of Saturday doing a little shopping/exchanging at the mall before meeting my friend Kim to hear a band and have some good girly time. See how we adore each other?
We drank and danced the night away, and while I may have had a teeny hangover this morning, it was totally worth it!
Naturally, hangovers require carbs, so after guzzling a ton of water and punishing myself with taking down all my Christmas decorations (finally), I baked up a loaf of Brown Butter Whole Wheat Soda Bread.
That Jessica is pretty much a genius. This bread is chewy and dense and full of garlic and herbs.
But what’s even better is that it takes minutes to put together, doesn’t require any yeast, and is essentially knead-free! You could totally make it in the middle of the week. From start to finish–including cooling time–this took about 90 minutes. And only 15 of those minutes require you to actually do anything.
The recipe makes 2 small loaves, and I’m sure I’ll finish them up without a problem. ;)
So that’s where I’m at!
For all the Garmin folks out there–
Any ideas about how to fix mine? Did I get a lemon???