Running With Friends

As I’m reading an article about it being 35 below zero in Saranac Lake, New York, I’m feeling a little guilty for complaining about running in 35 degree ABOVE zero temperatures in Atlanta! It actually was more like 42 by the time my friend Joan and I set out for our seven mile run yesterday. I wore long sleeves, long pants and a turtle fur ear warmer and was perfectly fine. I think I should probably invest in some running gloves though, especially since my hands tend to turn bluish when I’m cold. (I should mention that to the doctor, huh?)

Running with a friend is so much easier than running alone. I did 6 solo miles last weekend and really struggled while this 7miles with Joan felt like a breeze. We ran a route near my house that’s pretty flat. The only thing I didn’t like about the route, which I hadn’t previously noticed when I’d run it alone, was that the sidewalk was really narrow in certain points and we had to run single file. We stopped and walked up a big hill around mile 3.5 and then at a gas station at mile 4. I bought some Gatorade but wished I didn’t because holding it was making my hands cold.

When we got home, I had to check gmap-pedometer.com to make sure we’d actually run seven miles because it felt really easy. We did. I even had some energy to spare and took Murphy for a little run when I got home.

Love it when that happens.

I was feeling inspired from my farmer’s market trip and wanted to make a dinner that was full of veggies. I decided to make the Healthy Peanut Tofu Marinade from Daily Garnish and combine it with tofu, sweet potatoes, broccoli, mushrooms, red pepper and whole wheat pasta for what I hoped would taste something like Pad Thai.

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It wasn’t exactly like Pad Thai, more like cold peanut noodles (that were warm if that makes any sense) but delicious nonetheless.

As I was eating, I was looking over my training plan and realized that I had the race as 3/27. It’s 3/20. So I’m a week behind. I can either do one of two things. This week is supposed to be a step back week. The runs are only 4,4 and 3. I could skip that. Or, I could skip the last week which is 2,8,2 and 10. I’m pretty tempted to skip the last week. The week before is 2,7,2 and 10 so I’m still getting the 10 mile run in there, right? I swear these type of things always happen to me. I’m always on the wrong week.

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