Today’s day-off post comes with plenty of visuals!
Let’s start with running: As previously mentioned, my Sunday run was sad. It was the maiden voyage for my new pair of Brooks PureFlow’s (3rd pair overall!) but unfortunately, it was a struggle.
I blame it on too tight hamstrings from Friday Pilates, but really I shouldn’t have expected to top last week’s run without much training in-between. I stretched it out as much I could to push through a Monday run. I hit 6 miles at a 10:20 pace with several stretching stops along the way. I’ve learned two things from this experience: have to pay more attention to stretching beforehand and should really invest in a foam-roller. I also just need to sign up for a race for motivation. Recommendations welcomed!
Cooking: Today I decided to make tuna salad for the first-time-ever-in-life with the help of my new Kind Spices! The spices were a pretty great gift from wicked awesome Wisconsin native, Ana.
It came with eight different spice-combos and a few recipes to go with each. The tuna recipe called for 2 parts “Sandwich Sprinkle”, one part “Pasta Sprinkle”, a little mayo and chopped onion. I definitely messed up the proportions and had to drain and re-tackle, but the finishing product was pretty good! My 8-yr old self is totally not into it; 23 yr-old self is making progress.
For dinner I also made my first successful meat + side dish meal! There have been several misses in this department over the last few weeks. Overcooking the meat and using non-compatible spices are primary culprits. This time I used the Food Network’s “Grilled Chicken with Roasted Kale” recipe as a base, altering with a few changes. Family favorite Worcestershire sauce was doused on the potatoes, plus a few dashes of garlic and onion powder. Leo’s (Dad’s) roasted potatoes are phenomenal. I have yet to master his spice combo, but this was a step in the right direction! It was also my first time baking kale. It turned out really well! I probably used too much olive oil and next time would roast the potatoes a little longer by themselves. Simple, yet delish.
Crafting: This weekend I had a crafting vision, got the supplies and actually made it! It’s super emo and I’m fully expecting silent judgements from most. Moving on: I still have a lot of white walls in my room and need some inspiration now-and-then. My solution was to write a deep quote in fancy paper and place in an interesting frame. So that’s what I did! I don’t actually recall seeing this on Pinterest, but I’m sure that’s where the idea originated. I’m warming up to how it came out. Actually, I can predict the pen color will drive me nuts, but I have plenty of extra paper to make adjustments. Wrote it super small, even more secretive!
DIY’ed out 4 now.