Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Smiling Runner

Yesterday when I was running I decided to go for a shorter distance but try to run the entire time. Usually what I do is go for 5 miles but I'll alternate running and walking, typically doing 1/2 running and 1/2 walking distance-wise. My goal is to eventually be able to run the entire 5 miles. So I decided yesterday that I would only go for 3.5 miles but try to run the entire time. I ran most of it but still had to have a few walk breaks but I was noticing on the last 1/2 mile of my run I was grinning from ear to ear...I was having so much fun!! It's crazy b/c I fight with myself all the time about running/working out and I needed a day where I remembered how much fun running is for me. I definitely got a dose of endorphins during my run. I love it when it's fun. Makes me so much more motivated to run again today.

I made the homemade ravioli and pesto last night. The pesto was really, really good. I used 1/2 of the recommended amount of olive oil but added a bit of pasta water and you couldn't tell. It was very yummy. The ravioli was just okay. I've seen several times on the food network where a cook/chef uses wonton wrappers to make ravioli so that's what I used. The wrappers were too thin. I'm going to keep looking for other alternatives for the overly-processed ravioli we usually buy. There's got to be something out there.

Anyways, I've got to get working on this project. Didn't get as much done yesterday as I needed to get done and I've got another project to check on this morning as well.


Jen said...

Have you ever tried making your own pasta??? i bought a pasta machine for $29 at home hardware and I have used it a few's kind of a bitch to do the first few times but it's also kind of fun and the fresh pasta is AMAZING!! It's definitely a big treat for us!

OOh, and congrats on the run!!!! I bet you felt fabulous afterwards!!!

Lynn said...

Congrats on your great run!!

I will defiantly have to try making my own pesto, you've inspired me :)

totegirl said...

I'm smiling too! It does get fun, doesn't it? So weird to type that about exercise!!

Trish said...

Congrats on the run, sounds like you did great!

Sara said...

Sounds like a great run - a grin is a great way to finish it off!!!

Thanks for the pesto tip - I ate it for dinner and lunch last week!! Too bad about the ravioli. A Cdn brand just started selling sheets of fresh lasagna noodles (and whole wheat too). Maybe there is something like that near you and you can use those?