The NATO Summit is coming to a close today, and Chicago seemed to fare pretty well. We spent much of our weekend at home as planned, making exceptions for training runs and the chance to spend some time in the sunshine.
On Friday night that included a walk to Whole Foods, where we found grass-fed beef burgers on sale for $1.00 each! It was an offer too good to refuse, so we quickly scrapped our pizza plans and went with meaty, cheesy deliciousness.
We topped our burgers with scrambled eggs, mushrooms, Muenster cheese, spinach, ketchup and mustard. I know – scrambled eggs? Traditionally any sort of egg topping is fried, but we decided scrambled would taste better. I may be biased, but I think we were right.
All that was missing were the caramelized onions. Next time.
On Saturday night we made another dirt cheap Whole Foods feast: tilapia pasta.
We bought four tilapia filets on sale and threw them together with our Decio Pasta. This time it was the spinach basil garlic, and it paired perfectly with the cooked tilapia when seasoned with white wine and herb marinade. On the side we served a corn and edamame succotash, cooked in a bit of soy sauce. The two marinades complemented each other well. We’ll definitely make this dish again!
Speaking of white wine…
This Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Riesling – given to us by Alex when we went to Tango Sur – was fantastic! A hint of sweet and very smooth. It paired well with our pasta and made for a nice after dinner treat, too. Thanks, Alex!
On Sunday we woke up bright and early for our 11-mile long run. The forecast predicted 90 degrees and humid, so we wanted to get out before it was too stifling.
Fortunately, we also picked a shady trail – otherwise I’m not sure we would have made it! It’s amazing to me how hot the sun feels while running. It makes it harder to breathe, harder to stay focused and harder to just…keep…going.
I was glad to have my running buddy with me. Bobby and I managed to eke it out in just under 10:00 min/mile pace, on track with our training as we now have less than three weeks until race day!
We’ve got 12 miles coming up this weekend. The distances are seeming more manageable, which is great. I just hope that race day will grace us with overcast skies and 50-60 degree temperatures.
Warm weather runners: how do you beat the heat and humidity?