Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Decisions, decisions...

So many to be made!

As you may have noticed, I’ve had the Philly Distance Run on my to-do list for awhile now. I’ve wanted to run this since earlier this year when I read so many great things about the flat, fast and scenic course. However, I can’t really justify a weekend trip to Philly right now – I’m assuming the cost for accommodations would do me in. Plus, it doesn’t quite fit in properly with my MCM training schedule (even with some moving around).

While slacking off at work yesterday, I started digging around for some other race options (can you tell I have an addiction??) and came across the Parks Half Marathon that conveniently starts in Gaithersburg, MD and ends in nearby Bethesda. It also happens to fall on a 13 mile training run weekend…hmmm. It’s a smaller race and goes through a few parks and trails in Montgomery County and has a few rolling hills. It could be fun?

Why on earth do I want to run a half marathon so badly before October? Because I feel WEIRD not doing it…like my summer is empty if I don’t have a race to run. Plus, I do love running a half marathon here and there. It might be one of my favorite distances to run, next to the 10 miler. Am I slightly nutters? Probably. Which race would you choose? The large, probably pricier one, that doesn’t quite fit into your schedule but you could PR at OR the smaller, low key one that fits into your schedule but will be a tad bit more challenging for the legs. Wait, as I type that, I think I just answered my own question. Anyone want to run the Parks Half Marathon with me??? haha

Am I alone in this whole 'must find more races to run' thing? Do you find yourself scheduling runs way in advance? I was reading Val's post this morning with the "You know you're a runner when..." list and chuckled at my desk. You should check it out too!

Here are some of my faves, plus a few more I am guilty of:
  • you've lost a toenail. And you tell people, "It's not that bad."
  • you smirk when non-runners ask you, "So how long is this marathon?"
  • you get an invitation to a wedding and you automatically think about what race the date will conflict with
  • you wear your running watch even when you're not running.
  • your running partners know more about your bodily functions than your significant other
  • you use the words "easy" and "long run" in the same sentence.
  • you cross the finish line of a marathon and you start considering where and when the next one will be.
  • You think 40 degrees is warm, and the ideal temperature falls between 45 and 60.
  • You know, in tenth of a mile increments, how far everything within a 10 mile radius of your house is, and describe how to get places as “the short and fast way”, “the long and EZ way”, or “the hilly way”.
  • You generate more laundry than a newborn.
  • You believe a T-shirt sleeve is a perfectly acceptable substitute for a tissue.
  • No one believes you when you say “never again”.
  • You plan vacations and family outings around races.
Runners = fun :)

Now that I think I’ve finally gotten a grasp of juggling 2 jobs, volunteering, blogging and running, I think it’s time to revamp the blog. I secretly (and now not so secretly) hate the green. I want a clean and simple template! Since I’ve found the one and only Run, Eat, Repeat (and she’s now in nearby Maryland!), I think it’s about time I re-thought my blog title. This is no small feat – it took me quite some time to come up with Run, eat, repeat…and apparently it wasn’t even original! I was thinking about just going with Run Beans, Run since it’s already in my web address. Thoughts?

Enough about running...on to my other favorite thing: FOOOOD!
Prepare yourselves folks, DC Restaurant Week is among us (well, almost)! From August 24-30, over 180 area restaurants will be offering three-course, fixed-price meals for lunch ($20.09) and dinner ($35.09). Thanks to foodwanderlust for the reminder!! Be sure to make your reservations early :)

I know you New Yorkers have restaurant weeks, but what about everyone else? Is there anything similar where you live?

Tonight's HOT and HUMID 3 mile run wasn't exactly fun, but we chugged on through! I was starving when we got back so I whipped up what I am going to call Pizza Pasta:
It was everything leftover from our pizzas mixed in with pasta and it tasted deeelicious :)

Pizza Pasta
2 cups chiocciole pasta, cooked and drained
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 small onion, sliced
1/2 c fresh mozzerella, cubed
1/3 c pepperoni, sliced
1/2 bag baby spinach
1 1/2 cups pasta sauce (I used a jar of fra diavolo)

Heat olive oil in a pan, saute onion for 3 minutes and add pepperoni. Cook for 5 minutes. Add spinach and stir constantly until spinach is wilted.
Add pasta sauce, reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat, add pasta and mozzerella.
Stir to combine and serve immediately.

SOOO YUMMY :) I betcha it would be even better if you switched out the spinach for arugula ;)

I'm off to shower and foam roll. I leave you with this fun bottle cap from Jamie's post-dinner/soccer catch-up beer:


MarathonVal said...

Karena, thank you SO much for the tips about traveling to Europe. That was so sweet of you to go to all of the trouble to list all of those sites!! I'll def. be looking into all of them :)

Also, very cool that you are thinking of getting your own domain too - I though I found a guy to do mine for cheap and then he hasnt been in contact with me lol but I'm hoping to do the same, mine needs some work!

Anonymous said...

I think the new blog title is perfect!! I wish I could relate with you runners!! Sadly, I haven't ran outside a gym enough to even understand!! Your pasta looks perfect!! I made yummy pasta tonight too!!

Anonymous said...

Lol, Karena, you are a marketer through and through..you even market to yourself!
And I love the shape of that pasta...so cool and fun!
btw, I went to Chelsea Market today! THANKS FOR RECOMMENDING it! It was awesome!

Rebeca @All Vegged Out said...

i like run beans, run... it's so cute

goooooo for the gaithursburg on mo-co is beautiful (and bring some of that pasta... and i'll be in your cheering section)

Julia said...

I would go for the cheaper one by your house. I think you will have more fun that way.
I know what you mean about having to race though. I feel like I want to race at least once a month, otherwise there's not too much to look forward to!
And I loved the list.
Come check out my blog; you have an award waiting for you :)

Special K said...

LOVE your blog! and the title...and looking at your meals, I can't wait for you to post up a ME meal or enter my giveaway...also, check out Sofia on my blog!

Morgan said...

I am with you! I want to run another half before my marathon but there just are NO half's between now in October down here in HOT SUNNY Orlando... so I'm stuck pretending my long runs are half's... but hey... at least I always win and PR right? :)

Congrats on finding the Parks Half! Can't wait to read all about it!

Mia {runs and rests} said...

I want to run Parks Half Marathon with you! Hahaha. I wish there were races in my area now. :s
I love run beans run. Mine would have been run banana run but was already taken.

Paige@ Running Around Normal said...

Hehe cute blog title! I'd love to be able to run a marathon...wow!