Hello and happy Saturday!! I hope youâ€™re all enjoying your days ðŸ™‚ Itâ€™s so nice to have a weekend where Iâ€™m not traveling, super busy, or snowed in. YAY!
Last night was so much fun! As I mentioned, my friend Beth had me and our friends Sarah and Megan over for dinner!
Sarah (far left), Beth (second from left), and I were roommates here in D.C. for 2 years back in 2005-7. Itâ€™s always fun to reminisce about all the ridiculous stories and good times ðŸ˜‰ Especially over delicious wine:
I was totally impressed with dinner!! Beth made Spicy Mussels with Chorizo from this Martha Stewart recipe, and they came out just like a fancy restaurant! The recipe seemed pretty easy, too, and you could probably leave out the chorizo (sausage) if you want to make it even simpler!
YUM! I ate like a million of them. Mussels are fun to eat ðŸ™‚
She also had this delicious crusty and grainy bread to dip into the musselâ€™s garlicky tomato sauce. I LOVE dipping bread into sauce. I think I housed like half the loaf by myself, heh. I had to carbo load for todayâ€™s run, obviously ðŸ˜‰
We also had some goat cheese and beet salad on the side, courtesy of me!
I think Iâ€™m going to turn into a beetâ€¦ so obsessed.
Dessert was Bethâ€™s homemade peanut butter chocolate chip cookies:
Mmmmâ€¦ I love cookiesâ€¦
And also some chocolate cake! I just tried a few bites of this (Iâ€™m not a huge cake fan) but it was tasty!
Thanks again for a great night, Beth! ðŸ™‚
This morning I bundled up and headed out to meet my friend Ashley for our training run! Running in cold weather requires so much STUFF!
We had 8 miles on our training plan, and were hoping to be able to do it on a trail, but the trails are all still WAY too snow covered, so we ended up doing a neighborhood run instead. It was a bit treacherous since the sidewalks are still snowy so we had to run in the road. It was also a SUPER hilly route. We ended up doing 6.15 miles in about 57 minutes and calling it a day! We were proud of ourselves for making it that far with all the hills, and considering we havenâ€™t been able to do any long runs as of late with the snow. So, I say, success! I was able to do my Tuesday and Thursday scheduled runs this week just fine on the treadmill (still boringâ€¦ but gotta do it!), so thatâ€™s good. Feeling much more back on track! ðŸ™‚ Hopefully weâ€™ll be able to follow the rest of the training plan with no problems.
Iâ€™m off to the grocery store â€” Iâ€™m going to do some experimenting this afternoon because I want to try to create my own granola bars! Check back later to see what I come up with ðŸ™‚