Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fire, Flour & Fork - *Coming Soon* Culinary Event in Richmond, VA!

This Halloween weekend (October 30th - November 2nd), Richmond will be hosting its first Fire, Flour & Fork gathering. What's that?!

Fire, Flour & Fork is a "four-day culinary event celebrating the best the Richmond region has to offer: its complex history, its rich artistic community and its established and rising culinary stars". It's the first of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region and will include a "highly curated" mix of dining events (including an Urban State Fair), demonstrations & talks, food producers, cookbook authors, visiting chefs with Virginia ties, filmmakers, poets, playwrights, culinary historians, craft spirit makers and tableware designers .

Even if you've only been reading my blog for a month, you should know how in love I am with the city I live in. And now all these amazing people, from near and far, will be in this fair city to showcase their talents and celebrate the greatness of Virginia food craft! AHHHHH!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Marathon Training Monday - Week 8

This coming week marks the halfway point of training...*GASP* Already?! We have 8 weeks under our belt and 2 months (to the day!) until the finish line. I'm proud to say that for the most part, I've been sticking with my training goals. It's SO HARD to play it safe, especially when most of the miles feel so good, but this week I really challenged myself to put my words to action and take it easy. The weather was rather gray this week, which worked in my favor! No sun = no energy.

Monday: 45 min gym cross-training
Tuesday: 1 hour, 20 min run (9 miles)
Wednesday: 15 min elliptical warm-up / 75 min vinyasa class
Thursday: 25 min water run / 20 min laps
Friday: OFF
Saturday: 2 hour run (12.25 miles)
Sunday: OFF


After last week ended with some foot pain, I scared myself into taking the plunge and re-joining the YMCA. I'm sadly not comfortable going to SEAL Team PT workouts on "cross training" days right now, since the amount of running and direct impact on my foot isn't predictable. Although I have access to a gym at work for free, the YMCA gives me more machines to choose from, lots of classes (like yoga!) with no added fees plus a pool for swimming AND water running (oh, my fav! :-P). In the end, the monthly membership fee adds up to about what I'd spend for once-a-week yoga classes for the same amount of time---a perspective that makes me feel a little better.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Marathon Training Monday - Week 7

(Exhibit A: 2 hours running in 90% humidity = an incredibly stunning butt angel.)

Everyone's been talking about how a scorching summer has suddenly arrived since Labor Day. It's been a relatively mild season this year; all the heat and humidity we're used to seeing in June-August was only hinted at throughout a few days. Then the first day of September arrives, and the heat index shoots up close to 100 degrees. This weather, combined with speed work, made for a difficult week of training! 

Monday (Labor Day): 1 hour STPT workout (swim) + 1 hour yoga
Tuesday: 1 hour, 20 min run (8.59 miles)
Wednesday: 1 hour gym cross-training
Thursday: 1 hour run (6 miles)
Friday: 1 hour vinyasa flow class
Saturday: 2 hour run (12.5 miles)
Sunday: OFF

TOTAL MILEAGE: 27.23 (+ ~2 miles from STPT workout)

Garland and I made it back from sailing in time for me to attend the combined holiday workout with SEAL Team PT. We were told it'd be a water workout, so I came prepared in old shoes and a t-shirt. Turns out we were actually given the option to swim the entire time, up/down/across the James River, or a combination of swimming + running. I chose to do nothing but water, which felt so refreshing and kind of like "playing" instead of working out. A $10 outdoor yoga class popped up on my Facebook feed last week, so I also went to that Monday night. The evening heat felt good on my muscles, and the backdrop of the fading sun put me in such a peaceful mood. Fitness is so much better outside!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Bourbon Brown Sugar Ice Cream [with Grilled Pineapple Slices]

It looks like vanilla. It may even smell like vanilla. But THIS IS NOT VANILLA.

Bourbon Brown Sugar Ice Cream with Grilled Pineapple is the simplest yet most sophisticated dessert I've made in a while. Homemade ice cream? Can't go wrong there. Brown sugar + bourbon...WHAT! Grilled fruit. *sigh* Why can't it be summer year round?

A few weeks ago, we had dinner at a friend's house and they grilled us peaches for dessert. I offered to make ice cream to pair with it and then also tossed together a batch of crumbles to top it all off with. It was a dessert we were all very proud of and enjoyed with silent satisfaction. Little did they know, I squirreled 1/3 of the ice cream away at home in my freezer for an opportunity to grill pineapple for another ultimate/simple hot-weather treat.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Marathon Training Monday (except it's Wednesday...) - Week 6


After 7 days of recovery, it was back into the grind last week...

Monday: 1 hour gym cross-training (cardio/abs)
Tuesday: 1 1/2 hour run (8.73 miles)
Wednesday: 1 hour SEAL Team workout
Thursday: 1 hour run (6.1 miles)
Friday: 1 hour gently-heated yoga
Saturday: 2 hour run (12.25 miles)
Sunday: Nadda! Totally OFF

TOTAL MILEAGE: 27.08 (+ ~2 miles from STPT workout)

Here we go again with the 4:15AM alarms! Tuesday was another 1 1/2 hour run. I mentioned wanting to continue being cautious in my last update, so the night before I'd decided to stick with the gym for some cardio and ab work by myself. Tuesday's run was a doozy---it included fartleks during the first half hour, followed by a tempo/fartlek combo during the remaining hour. Pulling into the parking lot, I anticipated a bad run but it ended up feeling pretty darn good. That's not to say that by the end I was faux-ning (Fake running? You know, running at a walking pace?). A major milestone was me passing Garland during one of my fartleks 45 minutes in. WHAT?! YES! It'd definitely happened. Total time: 1:21; average pace: 9:18; fastest mile: 8:10; slowest mile: 10:44.