Weekend Wrap-UpNovember 16, 2008 at 9:29 pm | Posted in Daily Run, Food, Other, Restaurants, Sandwiches, Wraps, and Burgers, Seafood | 8 Comments
Another weekend of fun and good food–this time in Houston for MSB’s birthday. I think I went a little overboard on the running mileage and both feet are killing me, but tomorrow is a day off and an ART appointment.
White Rock Marathon is exactly four weeks away!
MSB and I were dinner guests at his friend’s gorgeous condo. His friend is in graduate school for restaurant management and is a fantastic chef. He made roasted chile rellenos with a cilantro sauce and quesadillas. The chile rellenos were roasted, not fried, and stuffed with rice, beef, and cheese. It was a wonderful meal and if he ever opens his own restaurant, I will be a regular.
Saturday Long Run
Time of Day: 8:00 AM
Weather: Windy and a little chilly, but sunny.
Duration: 2 hours 7 minutes
Estimated Distance: 16ish
Notes: Now that I don’t get lost every time I run in Houston, I’m beginning to like it. It’s flat and I have access to a soft trail, which is much easier on my body. My 16-miler was…ok. I felt very good until the last 20-30 minutes, but that’s to be expected. I didn’t get enough sleep Friday night because we went to a late showing of the new James Bond movie, and it was difficult to get my run started. My aches and pains held up decently, especially Cranky Knee. Good job, Cranky! My Achilles was fine for most of the run as well. I started out slowly, but was able to increase my speed slightly towards the end, which is a good sign.
I had a Snickers Marathon Energy bar before my run because it worked well when I ate it before the IBM Uptown Classic. It worked well for my long run too, and because it’s also delicious it may become my bar of choice.
If you’re a beer lover and visiting Houston, I suggest you head over to Saint Arnold Brewing Company, which is what we did on Saturday afternoon. For only $5, you get a short tour of the brewery and four (large) samples of different beers. My favorite was Lawnmower.
I took a picture of MSB and me with our beers, but it didn’t come out well so this one will have to do instead.
On Saturday we went to dinner at Buon Appetito with MSB’s parents and grandparents. It was a small, charming Italian restaurant. I had the Veal Marsala and tiramisu for dessert!
Time of Day: 9:20 AM
Weather: Cold but sunny
Duration: 57 minutes
Estimated Distance (based on assumed pace of 8:00/mile): 7.13 miles
Notes: I’m not going to lie, this was an awful run. Note that I calculated my pace slower than usual, and it may have been even slower. I should have taken an ice bath after my long run, not refueled with beer, slept a little more…perhaps today should have been a cross-training day. I would have been much happier running 40 minutes, but unfortunately I got a bit too far away from MSB’s apartment. My Achilles hurt, but did warm up. Now everything hurts.
I have one more week of hard work and then tapering begins. Wow.
Unfortunately I had to leave on MSB’s birthday, but first I took him to Hobbit Cafe for lunch. It’s an interesting, cute restaurant with a Lord of the Ring’s theme. Yes, really. The restaurant is 30 years old and based on the books, not the movie, which…makes it slightly less dorky? But honestly, it has wonderful food and the theme is part of the fun. I had the Grilled Mahi Mahi Sandwich with shredded carrots on the side. We were starving when we got there and inhaled some chips and salsa as well.
Time to get some sleep after a busy and fun weekend!