Running in 95 degree weather

Well for one I can’t say it’s the most fun I ever had but I didn’t give up.

11 miles 1:40 average pace of 9:05 which includes a 5 minute break of stopping by the house to refill on water and splash my face like crazy.

I kept a good 8:30 pace for the first 7 miles and after that… well it was the run 9 minutes walk 1 minute of getting myself to hit 11. B The heat just drained me. B Every time I stopped, sweat poured. B I guess that was some motivation to run. B If I ran, I didn’t feel the sweat.

I started the run at 6:15PM when I thought the weather would drop and wind would pick up. B No such luck. B Luckily I skipped my huge snack I have at 5Pm and only had fruit. B Had I had my yogurt andB granolaB before the run… well it might have been less pretty and sweat would not be the only thing I was dripping.

I knew water was essential. I also knew that I could notB finishB my run on just one bottle so I planned my route with a stop by home. B Sadly unlike the winter times, Flynn ice skating ring is closed and so is my usual water/bathroom stop. I used one Nuun tab (lemonade flavour) to keep someB electrolytesB and I think it worked great. B I got hot and tired but never dehydrated. B No horrible cramps like the ones I got from Gatorade during the Boston Marathon.

After the run it was finally time to refuel! B Best part about hot weather, I’m finally not cold. B Being cold is a common theme in my life and I’m usually too cold to have smoothie. However, not today!

Russian Green Smoothie – Plain Kefir, Baby Spinach, Frozen Mangos and cold water (I would have used ice but I had none). B I added some protein because I’m pretty sure I ate almost none today aside from my breakfast. B We’re a little behind on food shopping in the Run To Munch household.

Jack Agreed that it was way too hot for anything

The rest of the running week is going good so far.

Monday – 6.1 miles 54 minutes 8:51 pace at incline 3. B I could have pushed it faster but I felt I should take it easy after running 10 mile son Sat & Sun. B It was nice for a run to finally feel easy again, or maybe the treadmill incline is broken which happens often.

Tuesday- Cross training on the elliptical for 6.25 miles – 34 minutes. B I wanted a quick sprint afterwards so I did 2.32 in 19:23. B I did the class at the Y except it was like a 200 degrees in there so even the instructor didn’t really want to do anything other than sit in child pose. B I have a whole rant about how much the Malden Y sucks but I’ll save that for another time. B I have to confess though, I still haven’t swam once yet this summer since joining. B Even though I brought a swim cap and a speedo… B one day… one day.

I finally used my stove this week after living in the house for 2 weeks. There’s only so much leftovers and take out I could live off.

Masala arugula & veggies with rice and beans for meatless Monday. B It might not be Julia Child, but I love my arugula.

 

 

The Fine Dining of Malden

Now that Malden is becoming a much more of a permanent home for me, I’m getting more into the local dining scene. B To say dining scene is a bit of anB exaggeration, but there’s a lot of happening things going on! B A few months ago we even had a “Taste of Malden” event which featured a ton of delicious local dining establishments. B For those of you closer to downtown Boston you’re probably more familiar with “Taste of South End”, “Taste of North End”, “Taste of Somerville”, etc; however, next year I highly recommend you take a ride on the Orange Line to my hood and check out “Taste of Malden.” B I promise you won’t get shot.

I’ll start of with a great casual lunch spot. B Abiata Cafe & MarketB forB EthiopianB & MediterraneanB food. B Very casual family owned spot. B They’re open for lunch and dinner. B I also heard their breakfast is really good but I haven’t woken up early enough to go yet.

YemisirB -Wat -B Split lentil sauce made with flavorful berbere-based seasoning with salad

Yesiga WatB – beef simmered in Ethiopian chili blend sauce, clarified butter and exotic Ethiopian spices with salad

My next place just opened up in Malden Square that I’m super excited about. B A mexican restaurant called Guadalajara Grill. B Tony took me and his mother here for Mother’s day dinner and I loved it! B Entrees are in the $10-$20 range and come in giant portions made from qualityB ingredients. B I believe they’re a sister restaurant to Mexico LindoB in Melrose. B Also quite delicious! B They have one of the best margarita mixes that are freshly made with no sour mix.

A margarita isn’t just recommended, its a must if you go there!

Fajita Salad.

They have outdoor seating but I think the booths and tables inside are just too cute!

Tony is having theB Torito Steak (12oz. top sirloin steak, flamed broiled with sauteed mushrooms, green and redB peppers, onions and tomatoes, covered with a special Mexican sauce and meltedB cheese)B and his mother the Albondigas SoupB (B A delicious Mexican soup made with fresh minted pork meatballs and seasonal B vegetables in clear broth. Served with diced onions, fresh cilantro and warm tortillas)

My final place is a bit of something old school, Italian food! B Now when you first walk into Massimo’s RistoranteB you might be thrown back by all the different themes they have going on. B They have everything from wood paneling to exposed brickB to gold ceilings, and some very creepy decorations that you’ll just have to see for yourself. B Don’t let that deter you because when the food comes out, it holds its ground. Tony and I took our parents there when mine came up from New York last weekend.

Seafood Alla Paul – Shrimp, calamari, scallops, swordfish, clams, mussels,
and scallops in a light tomato with homemade pasta!

My mom gave me a dirty look when I tried to take a piece of her Veal/Eggplant combo so I’m assuming it was good!

The rest of the family seems to enjoy their selection as well

Dessert was a lobster tail (picture a giant cannoli) and a Bailey’s chocolate cake. B Bailey’s cake was my favorite!

How long would it take for my skin to turn yellow/orange?

Yes, I ended up with a single lunch time run session:

5.6 Miles – 3 Incline – 49.44 – 6.8 average pace

Not bad. B I wanted to do an 11-miler for my “longish” run but I got caught up at work for an extra 90 minutes and by then the slush/snow storm made me too lazy to stick around the office until 10pm (even if it is to use the gym). B I told myself there’s always tomorrow and that’s my plan for today. B 5:30Pm 14 mile run single session. Me and evil treadmill have a date.

So yesterday instead of run part 2, I went home and decided to make theB SpaghettiB Squash that was slowly but surely going to die in my kitchen if it wasn’t cooked soon.

Spaghetti squash gets its name from the fact that when it is cooked, the inside flesh pulls out of the shell in long strands, resembling spaghetti pasta. B When I first tried it, I was a bit in shock when it didn’t taste exactly like pasta.

So Let’s talk about why aside from the taste (even if its not like pasta), why it’s so great

  • A 1-cup serving offers 5.4 mg of vitamin C, which is almost 10 percent of the recommended USDA daily intake
  • Other vitamins include A, B-6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid and vitamin K.
  • The dominant mineral is manganese, with 0.2 mg, which is 8 percent of the RDI. Manganese aids in the production of healthy bones, tissues and sex hormones. It also plays a part in metabolism, regulation of blood sugar, absorption of calcium and the functioning of the nervous system.
  • Other minerals found in smaller amounts in spaghetti squash include potassium, magnesium, calcium, copper, iron, phosphorus, sodium, zinc and selenium.
  • It contains 2.2 g, or 9 percent of the RDI of Fiber. B Your body will use this fiber much better then the kind found added to FiberOne bars.
  • B It also contains omega-3 essential fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids. While the former is good for preventing heart disease, cancer and inflammation caused by arthritis, the latter promotes brain function.
  • There’s only 42 calories and 10 carbs in one cup!
Here’s a summary chart people who see too many words on a screen and tend to have their eyelids glaze over:
Nutrient Value
Vitamin A 170 IU
Vitamin B1 0.1 mg
Vitamin B3 1.3 mg
Vitamin B5 0.6 mg
Vitamin B6 0.2 mg
Vitamin C 5.4 mg
Vitamin E 0.3 mg
Vitamin K 1.2 mcg
Folate 12.4 mcg
Potassium 180 mg
Choline 11.6 mg
Calcium 32.6 mg
Sodium 28 mg
Phosphorus 21.7 mg
Magnesium 17 mg
Iron 0.5 mg
Zinc 0.3 mg
Manganese 0.2 mg

So how did I prepare this massive lump of goodness?

I washed it, I almost killed myself,B I cut it in half, took out the guts, seeds and all that icky stuff. B I Pam-ed it (I might get cancer but its moreB convenientB then olive oil), went to town with the garlic salt, lemon pepper, and maybe a littleB too much cayenne pepper.

Upside down and in the oven it went. B 400F degrees for 45 minutes or so until the skin felt bendable.

Once out of the oven, the fun part begins, grab a spoon, grab a fork, grab your hands and scrap/scoop out the insides. B Keep scooping I promise there is plenty left!

My one squash yielded me two giant snapware containers worth!

Look at what a mighty fine job I did! B The left side tried to misbehave so I showed him whose boss.

Now how do you serve this? B Normal people add something fancy like sliced up small veggies and marinara sauce.B Not I. B I was in a hurry and only had 10 minutes this morning. B So:

B Top half with spaghetti squash, other half with baby spinach (my addiction) and four Trader Joes fully Cooked meatballs and you’re ready to go.

That’s me running out the door!

Remember these from The other day. B They made a comeback in my squash. B I’m on a add hot sauce to everything kick.

Pop into the microwave for 2 minutes and now I’m off to work some more and eat my lunch!

Have you ever madeB spaghettiB squash? B What recipe did you use?

Did you sign up for any races yesterday during Rock & Roll’s Leap Day Sale?

I signed up for the Montreal Marathon inB September. B Now I need to figure out who I can convince to come with me. B Any takers?