This past weekend was a good one. The Boy and I started Friday night off right by ‘carb loading’ for our Saturday morning 5K.
(Yes, this was just an excuse to eat pasta).
As The Boy grilled some chicken (brushed with BBQ sauce), I sauteed zucchini, onion, carrot, garlic, and lemon zest to make a light veggie based sauce for our mountain of pasta.
We enjoyed our dinner al fresco and sipped some wine. Very nice.
Saturday morning arrived, crisp, fairly clear, and cool. I had a piece of toast with peanut butter and a half a banana as we got ready. The Boy and I navigated ourselves to the Regent Square area, picked up our race packets, managed to spend about 2 minutes enjoying a free pedi-cab ride from the packet pick up to the starting line (courtesy of the East End Co-op), tied on our shoe chips, and got ready. The race was quite crowded and I was antsy to start.
Run Around the Square 2009 started with a literal bang, and we were off. I felt we were moving pretty quick at the beginning but people were just flying past us. I am guessing some of them were actually fast runners and many were just taken by the adrenaline.
The race runs through a residential area and then the trails of Frick Park. It was more hilly and crowded than I anticipated. I struggled on the hills and stopped to walk a few times, much to The Boy’s dismay. I told him to go ahead, but he stayed with me. When we hit the two mile mark, I was feeling pretty spent. Luckily, the last part of the race was more downhill. The only part I regret walking was toward the end – I had a definite side cramp but did not realize the finish line was so close. I probably could have pushed myself harder there.
Although I do not have an offical time yet, I believe The Boy and I finished somewhere between 33 and 34 minutes. Looking back, I don’t think that time is so bad for me, especially considering the hills!
After the race, we grabbed a free Rita’s Italian Ice sample and started to head back to the car. There was a ton happening in and near the finish line area, but The Boy and I did not hang around long. We were hungry!
Next stop: Coca Cafe, Lawrenceville.
We enjoyed our breakfast at Coca Cafe. The omelettes were light, fluffy, and not at all greasy. I will do a full review at a later time.
We then made a quick stop in the Strip District and made our way home. I spent the whole afternoon on the couch – I guess running a timed 5K on hills is tougher than my normal 3 mile treadmill workouts!
Saturday night, I somehow ended up at the American Idol concert at Mellon Arena.
It actually was a good time and I was with some of the fam. It was entertaining and we took it for what it was – a semi-cheesy show filled with pseudo celebrities. Some performers were better than others, but none were bad. People watching at this event was also quite entertaining :).
Sunday morning, The Boy and I did our usual; him = golf, her = yoga. Later in the afternoon, the skies and temp in Pittsburgh hovering around ‘gloomy’, The Boy and I decided to catch a movie. He so graciously agreed to see ‘Julie and Julia’.
I liked the movie and actually liked the Julie Powell portion more than I thought I would, particularly after reading other reviews. I have already read My Life in France, but I now want to read Julie and Julia.
Sunday night, The Boy and I finished our weekend with yet another grilled meal. We followed an actual recipe this time, making Adobo Flank Steak with Summer Corn-and-Tomato Relish, from Cooking Light.
As always, we made way too much food. Given that we are leaving for London on Wednesday, I am hoping we are able to finish up all the leftovers. The steak had heat and the clove was a interesting spice choice. I think I still prefer our Chipotle Pork with Strawberry Avocado Salsa meal, but this was good.
Dinner was followed up by homemade strawberry ice cream. Creamy and sweet.
What a weekend. As we move into fall, it seems there is so much to do. Travel, football season, work demands..I am not ready for it yet! Summer feels forever young and I am not ready to let it go. Sigh.