August 23, 2012

Good eats in my town

*Last day to enter to win some Nuun! Lemon-Lime and Tri-Berry.

And here's a little training wrap-up.

Monday: spin class
Tuesday: speed work, 2x1200 in 5:02 (2 min rest intervals), 4x800 in 3:17 (2 min rest intervals, plus 2 miles warm-up and 1.? miles cool-down to make 8 miles even (gotta be even or else the brain freaks)
Wednesday: spin class + 2 easy miles
Thursday: tempo run, 1 mile warm-up, 5 miles 7:38 pace, 1 mile cool-down, 2-minute plank

And the weekend plan.

Friday: rest day
Saturday: 20 miles, part of which will be the Shawntel Jones 5K
Sunday: rest day

I've never tried to run a 5K after doing part of my long run, so we'll see how crapster that turns out. My plan is to try and squeeze 10 miles in before the race and just throw in the remaining 6.9 around the neighborhood after the race. My training plan has five 20-mile runs, so I'm not really worried about this one getting patched together in a few parts instead of running it in one solid effort.

Part of my heart is dying because I paid to enter the Shawntel Jones 5K before I realized that it was the same weekend as Fat Danny's Trail Run. Fat Danny's is sponsored by the Birmingham Track Club, so entry into the race is only $6 for members. So I'm royally missing out on a $6 race -- I cry. The only redeeming part of this is that the $25 I spent on the 5K goes to help build a track at my daughter's school. Still, I cry.

The one thing that could possibly dry these race-frenzy-induced tears would be some of my new favorite Blue Bell ice cream. Banana pudding all day.

Too bad this was the last bowl. I think I see tear stains on the counter top around the bowl.

In case you observant e-people noticed, that is milk in the bottom of my ice cream bowl. The last couple of years, I can't eat ice cream without pouring milk into the bowl with it. Then I kind of slush it together and make a milkshake/milk ice treat. Have you ever tried this? Drop your laptop/desktop and get to it pronto. You will be so happy.

We had another great food find, spurred by a coupon.

The good news: we went on a date. The bad news: we sat down outside three seconds before a torrential downpour.

Here you have some stellar indoor cellular phone photos. Only the best for this blog. Mainly what I need you to see here is that for about $10 each, we got two Pyrex dishes full of food. For real Pyrex dishes, like the kind in which an entire family's worth of casserole or a giant batch of brownies is served. One Pyrex per person. I guess we could have shared, but we're both food hogs. Yo Husband had the falafel plate, and I had the gyro plate.

This place had decent service, jumbo (even to someone who just ran 18 miles) portions, and delicious grub. We will definitely go back.

You would think from a giant Pyrex, I would have more than this little handful of food left over for the next day. Still, I always do a breakdance-style jig in front of the fridge when I remember that I have leftovers to eat for lunch. Plus, it left room for more banana pudding ice cream.

How often do you go on dates? We only leave the house for a date every couple of months, but we have lots of at-home dates.

What do you do with restaurant leftovers? Hog them and never ever share with my kids. They are just as happy with PB&J ... maybe.

Have you ever run a 5K race in the middle of your long run? How did it turn out?


  1. I love Blue Bell ice cream. I don't buy the banana one because I'm allergic to bananas. But the other flavors we've tried are delish! I've never tried adding milk to the bowl but the next time I eat some ice cream (likely this weekend) I may test it out!

    1. Try it! I've never heard of anyone being allergic to bananas.:( That is sad, but there are so many other amazing Blue Bell options.

    2. I've met one other girl allergic to bananas. They make me puke.

    3. Oh yeah, that is not good. Definitely not worth trying to cheat. That is the same reaction that our friend has to sweet potatoes. Allergies are no fun, but they give you an incentive to scour food labels.

  2. I love Yo Husband a little bit because he had falafel, it's my utter vice!! And I can't believe people still put races on for $6!!! Races in the States are SO expensive, they're so much cheaper in the UK. It bugs me a lot!!!

    I have NEVER run a race in the middle of a long run. Good luck. At least you get a medal for a long run!!! And we rarely/never ever go on dates. I feel like we need one at the moment, although we're about to start watching Game of Thrones so that should keep us in the house for the next few months.

    1. So as we are eating, we ask the question, "What exactly is in falafel?" And neither of us can really remember, just that it's not meat. Somehow we both love it but had no idea what was in it. Chick peas, chick peas!

      Game of Thrones will be some quality couch dating material. My sister is way into it because she has those special TV channels.

  3. Nice week of training so far...and you are so badass you're gonna kill that 5k too! I haven't heard of that ice cream before but I am definitely liking that idea of putting milk at the bottom! We usually have our date night every Friday but we also don't have any kids or other pressing responsibilities, lol. I love finding great eats too! Good luck on your 20-miler!

  4. I'm with a few southerners for a work project right now and they were RAVING about Blue Bell. Don't have them up here... I'm missing out I guess??? Ha

  5. That ice cream sounds delicious! Good luck with the 5K in the middle of a long run. I did a 15K once as the second half of a long run and it was a bit of a disaster!

  6. My youngest son does the ice cream & milk thing. You two are weird! LOL Do you get the show Flight of the Conchords? That's what your 'camera phone' pictures remind me of. If you've never seen it you should hunt down an episode. It's hilar! I thought about incorporating a 13k in with my long run in a couple of weeks but decided against it. Good luck with combo!!

  7. Banana puddin' ice cream...YUM!!!! My grandma used to put ice cream and milk together for me as a kid. we called them "Veda's Milkshakes" as her name was Veda. This post reminded me of her and the fun times we shared together :)

  8. I'm curious to see how your race-in-a-run turns out. I tentatively have something similar scheduled for mid-October. (10k in the middle of what will be my last long run). Good luck!
    Also, I was *just* mentally assembling an entire blog post devoted to ice cream. You may just be lucky enough to be featured after that bowl display.
    p.s. I let my bowl sit out out the counter before adding toppings & eating it. Gets that same melty, milky consistency. Dangit! Now I need to go get a refill.

    1. sorry. to clarify, I was actually eating ice cream as I was typing that.

  9. My husband does the same thing with adding milk on his ice cream but he puts it in a glass so it ends up like a milkshake. We go on alot more dates now that our kids are older. When they're young it's a pain to plan a sitter. Enjoy your rest day!

  10. Woah. A whole Pyrex dish full of food? That is impressive.

    Dates: we go on them every one or two months when our son's old preschool has Parent's Night Out. It's a pretty good deal - 4.5 hours all to ourselves, and he gets pizza and a movie.

    Spin class: It scares me. I've always wanted to try it but I'm afraid I'd just make a fool of myself. Everyone in those classes looks so incredibly fit.

  11. Thursday nights are date nights for us! Bummer about the rain... I don't think I'd do too great with a 5k in the middle of a long run!!!

  12. Oh my gosh his dinner real is in a Pyrex. Amazing! Excited to hear how your race goes before your run. I'm thinking about doing the same my mile day as I happen to schedule a 10K that weekend. Whoops

  13. And I'm up getting ice cream right now!

    I have never been anywhere that served food in Pyrex dishes. That's a ton of leftovers!


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