Tuesday, April 24, 2012

April Foodzie Box

On my way home from the airport on Saturday around midnight (that's really Sunday morning, but that's neither here nor there), I made sure to stop and pick up the mail because I knew my Foodzie box was waiting for me. I didn't even unpack my clothes before I opened it up to check out what was inside.
This month's theme was an outdoor entertaining box.
  • Two bottles of extra virgin olive oil
  • Two bags of farro
  • Gourmet Ketchup
  • Green Tomato Relish
  • Bacon Jam
  • Smoked Paprika
Honestly, I was a little bit disappointed with the contents of this box. Four of the six things that I got, I'd already seen in previous boxes. In particular, I now have three bags of farro that I really have no good idea what to do with. However, I am fond enough of the two new things that I'm okay with it.
Since a couple of the limited items I currently have in my fridge just happen to be eggs and mayonnaise, deviled eggs seemed like a natural choice. This paprika is not too spicy and just a little sweet, a great combination. Plus there's a ton of it in that container. I can't wait to try it out on something else!
One of my farro bags had popped open and littered the box with some grains. Instead of being annoyed by it, I decided to take advantage and use them in the photograph. I think I might try to make a farro risotto out of this stuff sometime next week.
I just recently purchased a Kindle edition of The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making, which has a recipe for mayonnaise. I sense a kitchen adventure coming up.

For the life of me, I cannot remember what I did with this relish the first time I got it. I know that I liked it it the first time
I think I'm going to have to make some baked fries one night for dinner next week!
I tried this last night with my eggs for dinner. It's good and everything but I really prefer my bacon crispy.

What are your thoughts on turning things like bacon into a spread? Interested, intrigued, repulsed?

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Not-So-Intrepid Adventures of Sqrl

Oh hi there.
On the Pink Jeep Scenic Rim Tour
Remember me?

I know things have been pretty quiet around here but that's because I've been off having adventures for the last week. You'll note that I even have a wicked sweet floppy adventurer's hat now. It's also been quiet  because I was sworn to radio silence about my vacation, so that Eric could surprise some of his college friends who were visiting Sedona at the same time.
The view from Cathedral Rock in Sedona, AZ
I went hiking with Eric and learned a couple of important life lessons:
  1. Peeing in the woods is pretty difficult as a lady and the term "pop a squat" makes a lot more sense to me now. I suspect my squatting form has improved.
  2. I don't like climbing up rocks. Or hiking.  
The Grand Canyon view from the Watchtower
I saw one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Grand Canyon is pretty grand. And vast. Really I think it should be called the Vast Canyon, but it doesn't have quite the same ring to it. I was slightly disappointed with my Grand Canyon tour because there were no squirrels, despite the visitor's guide promising me otherwise. Alas.

I took lots and lots of pictures and ate some authentic Mexican food. I got a massage that seems to have help alleviate a significant portion of my piriformis pain.

And now? Well, now it's back to tackle reality feeling just a little more rejuvenated.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Easter In Pictures

It wasn't Greek Easter this past weekend  But since Eric and I plan to spend Greek Easter packing for our upcoming vacation, we decided to celebrate last weekend.

How was your Easter weekend?

Monday, April 2, 2012

RWTW 10K Training: Build Phase Weeks 5-8

Wow, I can't believe another phase of my training plan for the 10K is over. I started this one out on a high note, and ended up needing to take a week long recovery for my frustrating piriformis. I doubt that I lost much fitness over the course of that week, but it got to my head.

Notable workout: 6 miles on 3/5
I managed to get outside in the middle of the day to run, so it was a lovely peaceful run at an average pace of 9:24. This is only notable because that's the same pace at which I ran my last 10K on January 1st.

Notable workout: 7 miles on 3/12
Of all the types of runs in my training plans, I hate the longer than race distance ones the most. Seriously, I hate long runs. I did this one anyhow and was rewarded with a significantly faster pace (9:33) than the last time (10:30) I ran 7 miles. That being said, this week is of note because jumping to those twenty miles from the previous week's sixteen seems to have obliterated me.

Notable workout: Zumba on 3/22
I screwed up. I failed to hydrate properly post-run on Wednesday and didn't stick to my nutrition plans on Thursday for lunch. This resulted in the worst Zumba class that I've ever had. I was achy, sore and miserable. I ended up having to take Friday off to recover. My body just wasn't having any of it.

Notable workout: 3.6 miles on 3/31
If you read about my pain in the butt last week, then you know I ended up having to take time off to let my muscle chill out. I finally got back on the treadmill after a week this past Saturday. I felt alright, but not 100%. I could tell my piriformis was still a little off, but that it was getting better. I was extremely methodical when I did this workout, I spent 5 minutes walking up a 4% incline at 3.5 mph to warm everything up, then a mile at 5.7mph to warm up some more. I tossed in a mile at 6.4mph to see if it'd be okay. It was okay, but after that mile I knew I had to cool down and stretch like it was my job.

What's next?
The best training plans are the ones that adapt to you and don't hold a rigid schedule despite how you are actually feeling.  I'm shifting many of my workouts around and dropping some others to pull back the intensity. I'm also adding in some targeted strength training for my adductors which I have a sneaking suspicion may be a little weak. I'm also back to working on one particular proprioceptive cue, pulling my navel to my spine. I have a 5K race the first weekend of May which is my first big progress measuring milestone on this training plan.