I’m glad that you all enjoyed the video in my last post. I think it worked for most of you and if not, I apologize – I’m not sure what was wrong! No worries, though – all you missed was me being a dork. Nothing new there 😉 The cool part about it is that now I know that videos are possible for the blog, so you may be seeing more in the future that are food and cooking related! If you’re interested, of course.
And now to recap what was a fun, energizing and way too short weekend.
Special Olympics 5k: On Meeting Goals
The 5k was so much fun! When we first got there, I was FREEZING. It was a chilly 30* and my muscles were definitely not ready to work. But I pushed through and Bobby was nice enough to run alongside me, even though I know he could have done much better had he been going at his own pace.
When we first crossed the finish line, I was elated yet slightly disappointed. We crossed the line at 26:25 which, while in tune with my 8:30 per mile pace, was not my goal time of 26:00. To help myself see the bigger picture, I reminded myself of two key things:
- You are not a consistent runner or racer. This time is a great starting marker and it can only get better from here!
- This time may not have been your goal, but it is consistent with your usual pace and you should be proud.
After I reminded myself of these points, I felt much happier and proud of myself for not only running the race, but contributing to a cause that I strongly believe in. That’s what really matters!! Here’s a picture of Bobby and I before the race – all bundled up, of course.
I guess my positive attitude paid off because last night I checked the route on Google Pedometer – I know, I know, but I just couldn’t help myself!! – and I realized that we actually ran closer to 3.3 miles!! I’m not sure why the distance was off, but it was probably because it was a college course that was designed based on the trails that were available. Knowing I ran even further than the usual 5k distance was an even greater feeling.
Time to Refuel
As you know from the video, Bobby and I headed to Walker Bros. after the race to refuel. We were v. hangry and therefore went a little overboard on the order, but it was all amazing! I started out with my usual Mediterranean Baked Omelette that consists of tomatoes, spinach, onions and feta.
For Bobby’s main dish, he chose the Challah French Toast. It’s amazing!
Then came the sides. My omelette comes with the choice of pancakes or toast, and since Bobby said he would split them with me, I decided to go big or go home and chose the pancakes.
There is nothing like these pancakes anywhere! It’s all in the “special batter” 😉 Oh, and the gigantic mound of butter was not consumed. Also, they aren’t really that big either – the picture is deceiving! I had one of the pancakes.
Bobby also got an order of the turkey sausage links and I couldn’t help but sample. These were really good! And a lot better for you than regular sausage, but very similar in taste! I had two of the links.
Needless to say, we were stuffed after that meal. But it was well worth the wait after spending a morning out in the cold!
5 Year Fun
The rest of the day was spent watching a bit of football (Go Packers!) and lounging around. At the risk of being sappy, I would like to show you one of the anniversary gifts Bobby gave me that is food relevant.
He knows me well If you can’t tell from the picture, both the mug and the saucer are heart shaped!! I can’t wait to drink Coffee Cocoa out of this guy in the morning. It’s pictured here with some champagne, which we also enjoyed during the weekend.
And the best part is that it came with THIS as part of the set!!
I was pretty durn pleased with his taste in dishware!
The Yummiest for Last
You would think that after a big lunch we wouldn’t be in the mood for a big dinner. Ha! When it comes to celebrations, there is no limit to how many delicious foods I am willing to eat in one day. We decided on Koi, a super nice Japanese restaurant that is known for serving generous portions – which means leftovers that can be enjoyed the next day!!
It was very difficult to decide what to get! But I was craving freshly made sushi, so we decided on splitting a California Roll as an appetizer – crab, avocado and cucumber. Yum!
For my entree, I chose the Kung Pao dish with all three “meats” – chicken, beef and shrimp. I ate a little less than half of what you see – as you can tell, I wasn’t kidding about the large portions!
Bobby chose to go the Mongolian route, again with all three meats.
I chose brown rice and he chose white. The bowls that the rice was served in were so pretty! Everything about this restaurant is so trendy. A definite treat once a year!! Once we even saw Jerry Springer dining with his wife!!
We decided to nix the dessert, but for some reason that is still unknown o me, I decided it would be a good idea to try one of the chili peppers from my spicy dish.
It took a good 1/2 hour for my mouth to stop feeling like it was EN FUEGO!
Minus the burning incident, it was a wonderful evening. But again, the weekend went by WAY too fast!! And now we’re back to Monday already – oy vey!
I was going to post my Blogger Secret Ingredient recipe today, but this post is getting a bit lengthy so I will wait until tomorrow. In the meantime, I’d like to give a big shout of to Melissa for hosting another great week of the BSI. Congratulations to the winners!!
Have a Monday, everyone!