Monday, February 16, 2009

Let the sun shine . . . let the sun shine in . . . the su-u-un shine in!

Hey, no problem. I'll let the sun shine in any day it would like to. In fact, I've been letting it shine all weekend! You're welcome :-)

This was a great weekend. Not only was it a long one (thanks to Washington and Lincoln) and a sunny one but it also included three good runs and a rockin' workout. Yes, I dropped the g. I'm cool like that. Watch out!

Friday evening was 5.5 miles on the 'mill and let me tell you, they felt great! I warmed up well and settled right into a nice pace and just ran. I'm still mulling over my goals and a few other things and I took a little time during my run to think about them. I also took some time to let my mind wander and to sing along with some vintage The Cure and REM. Silently. Not aloud. Aloud would be scary. I'm a runner, not a singer.

Saturday was a total mom-type day: grocery shopping, laundry, vacuuming, whipping up a hearty steak-and-potatoes meal for my guys. I even hit up exercise tv for a workout. I picked one of the Biggest Loser cardio workouts and then did two short strength ones, Buns & Thighs and a core something or other. Normally, I avoid workouts with the word buns in the title (there's just something about that term that conjures up the image of an aerobics studio filled with women in hot pink leotards, puffy socks and big hair. I don't know, just happens.) but on Saturday I decided to set aside my aversion. I went for it. The buns workout was tough and my buns have been sore ever since.

Luckily my sore buns (once I start with the italics it is hard to stop . . .) didn't keep me from enjoying two sunny runs, yesterday and today. Yesterday, I ran 4 miles in my neighborhood and I loved every second of it. I was so happy to be out in the sun, running up my hills. It's ridiculous how much I love hills. I just do. Now, don't get me wrong, I know hills are tough. But I like the challenge and my legs appreciate the gait change that they require. Hills, I say, are your friends. This afternoon I went a smidgen longer than yesterday, again in my 'hood, again with the hills.

I simply cannot wait until all of my runs can be outside.

Switching subjects -- anyone have any good chick pea recipes? I have a few but need some more. Many thanks.

I hope everyone had great weekend!

~ Felice

23 comments:

Denise said...

I like hills, too. I feel like I get so much more out of my workout when I include them.

I only use chickpeas on salads and to make hummus...

Marci said...

I love hills too! Sounds like you are getting some great runs in!

Melanie said...

Thanks for spreading the sunshine, cuz it was gorgeous here all weekend too! Btw, I'm a runner too, not a singer LOL. Glad your runs are going so well!

Stacey said...

I agree, hills are great! Glad you had a great weekend and some sunshine!

Marlene said...

Sounds like an excellent weekend. Nice job on the workouts!

Diana said...

That is a great weekend! Can't help with the recipie though. No idea!

Candice said...

I wish I liked hills as much as you do...they scare me to death! Glad to hear that your runs have been going so well!

I posted a chick pea recipe on my blog not to long ago. Here's the link:
brand-new-sidewalk.blogspot.com/2009/01/real-simple-recipe.html

I love this recipe and it's so easy and quick to make! I also love to just roast them in the oven and eat them for a snack in the afternoons. I put them on a cookie sheet, spray them with pam and season with whatever I want, then bake them for maybe 30 minutes or so. Love this snack!

The Laminator said...

Great to hear your workouts went well and you're getting back into the groove. So is it safe to say marathon training is back on track? Great job!

D10 said...

It is so nice when you can get in some solid workouts! I am really getting use to hills and the challenge of them.

Abby said...

Here's one of my favorite chickpea recipes. It's really easy and always comes out great. Now that I'm thinking about it, I may have to make some today!

2 onions, chopped
2 cans chickpeas
1 28-oz can tomatoes, with liquid
1 clove garlic
1/2 tsp each, tarragon, basil
1/4 tsp pepper
salt to taste

Simmer for one hour.

Glad to hear you got some fun hills in this weekend, too!

BeachRunner said...

OMG, I am all over the chick pea recipes... ummm NOT!

Great job rockin' and runnin'.

RunToFinish said...

look at that running mojo! I'll be channeling you as I try to do speedwork tonight!

Marcy said...

I haven't tried the "area" programs yet. I'm too scared LOL. And now that I know your buns were sore after I think I might avoid it HAHA

The Happy Runner said...

Abby & Candice: THANK YOU so much for the recipes! I will try them.

J said...

I like sunny runs too! I just need to get outside!! Sounds like a great weekend!

merathon said...

i have a great chickpea recipe that i've been meaning to post on my vegetarian blog (you can link to it from my personal blog). i'll let you know when i do!

aron said...

woooo this sounds like such a great weekend of workouts :)

joyRuN said...

What a fun awesome post!

Almost makes me not dread my hill work this week. Almost.

tfh said...

They're getting close, the sunny AND warm days...

I'm cooking chickpeas tonight, coincidentally (if I didn't cook them every other night, nearly). I discovered that we actually prefer the version of chana masala concocted using the local Indian store's spice powder than my homemade one. MDH brand. Tastes like dhaba food, if you like that kind of thing. :)

Vava said...

Nice running! It was a great weekend of weather and running indeed!

Aaron Cunningham said...

Probably not quite what you had in mind, but it does use chickpeas. :) I've had it on my to do list to try for a while:

http://deliciouswisdom.com/2008/02/22/chickpea-brownies.aspx

Lori said...

I love toasting chickpeas in a skillet and adding in a few spices like cumin and chili powder.

I also love to serve chickpeas in a curry sauce over rice. I just make a roux with chicken broth and mix in curry.

I Run for Fun said...

Great workouts! Hills...I am terrified of them!

Channa masala is good (if you like spicy).

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