Tag: leftovers

Sonic’s New Bed

Yesterday was only a running day (no swimming or biking) so I slept in a little bit and then woke up and got ready to run. I knew it was going to be tough when I just couldn’t get my butt out the door. Do you ever have those mornings? I had the usual date w/ pb and some kefir and then kept grabbing little handfuls of cereal. It was like my body needed just a little more energy to get going.

I ran 5 miles and felt okay for the first 4.5 but then my hamstring/thigh started acting up. I didn’t feel any pain but I did feel some weird fluttering back there. I really have no idea what caused it but after walking a block I was able to run the rest of the way home at a slower pace. Please body just heal already!

When I got back from my run I couldn’t find Sonic. Ian hadn’t seen him in awhile so we spent a few minutes searching for him under the bed, in closets, and under the couch. Guess where we ended up finding him?

Looks like the furball found a new bed!

Have a great day- remember only two more days until the weekend!

Do you watch Mad Men? If so what do you think? Ian and I just started watching it (maybe 4 episodes in) and I’m really enjoying it!




When to Work Out and When to Take a Break

Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates! I hope you have a wonderful day doing whatever you choose :)

Yesterday was a long day for me. I was exhausted, crabby, and ran into some major problems with my thesis that left me frustrated and stressed out. All I wanted to do was lace up my running shoes and head out for a quick run. I actually almost did, but I eventually reasoned with myself that it would not be smart. I would run too fast or too far and reinjure myself, all so I could burn off some steam.

I debated going to the gym but after 4 days of ellipticalling I’m not sure you could have paid me to use that machine. I also don’t like to swim when I’m stressed out. Swimming is relaxing for me and not a very good stress outlet and when I feel pressed for time or stressed out I spend the entire time in the pool counting down the laps.

So what was I to do? I could have easily forced myself to go to the gym and hoped that I would feel better afterwards but I knew that being at the gym would have felt miserable.

I decided to put on my running shoes and go for a WALK to clear my head. I walked for about 40 minutes and felt a lot better afterwards The walk is all the exercise I did yesterday AND I’m okay with it. As you all know I’m a huge cardio junkie, but every so often everyone needs a spontaneous rest day for mental health, clarity or whatever.  I tend to forget that walking is exercise too!

Do you ever have days like that? Do you still go to the gym or do you look for alternative forms of exercise?

Ian and I both were feeling drained around dinnertime and were anxious to get out of the apartment so we headed out to try a nearby restaurant Flo & Santos.

I wasn’t planning on drinking but after I saw that they had house red wine on tap, I had to try some!

Flo & Santos is known for their pizza but neither of us were in the mood so we started with a pierogi sampler (2 of each: potato and cheese, meat, and sauerkraut and mushroom).

And I had a panzanella salad.

It was good but I shouldn’t have ordered the dressing on the side. Drenched croutons are what makes a panzanella salad so tasty!

Ian ordered the polish sampler and it was HUGE.

We couldn’t believe a restaurant would serve that much food for only $11 in Chicago. That is basically unheard of in the city!

We finished the night on the couch watching Friends and I was happily in bed by 11 p.m. When did 11 p.m. become late to me??

I’m off to enjoy the day, I’ll be back later with a workout recap. Have a good one!




The Bristol and a Busy Weekend

This weekend was one of those unexpectedly busy weekends that was filled with lots of fun but little productivity. *Sigh*. Hopefully the break from homework will serve me well and I’ll be incredibly productive this week :)

On Saturday night Ian and I went out to dinner to The Bristol, a restaurant that boasts a locally-sourced and seasonal menu with mediterranean roots. The dinner was actually a gift and we were told to try as many menu items as possible. Obviously we were incredibly excited!

I started with a handcrafted dark and stormy. It was definitely one of the better cocktails that I’ve had.

We also split their monkey bread, pull apart bread with dill butter and sea salt, and Ian ordered some scotch olives. At first I did not realize these had meat in them!

Next we ordered salads, Ian had a salad with shaved beef and I enjoyed the salad of chicories, sunchoke, and crispy cheddar. Unfortunately, at this point my stomach started to hurt and I was only able to eat about half of the salad. Too bad because although it was bitter, it was really refreshing!

For my main I tried the handmade raviolo, ricotta, egg yolk, and brown butter. It was absolutely fabulous but I hardly made a dent in it due to my stomach ache.

Even a stomach ache can’t stop me from trying dessert so Ian and I ordered a carrot cake (carrot cake, more carrot, tonka beans, and pecans) to split and then asked them to pack-up a basque cake (poached apple, cider sabayon, and cinnamon walnuts) to go.

After dinner we walked awhile and then headed back to the apartment to watch more X-files :)

After running 16 miles yesterday my legs were pretty sore, so after studying, I headed over to my new gym to check out their salt water pool.

Oh my gosh salt water is sooo much better than chlorine! I felt so much faster and better swimming than I ever have before. Plus, salt water is supposedly good for your skin, hair, and muscles. Can’t beat that :) I intended on only swimming a few laps to stretch out my legs but I didn’t want to stop and before I knew it, I’d knocked out 1,000 yards.

The rest of my Sunday included a quick lunch of leftover pasta on top of corn with a side of carrot fries, coffee with an old friend at Argotea, grocery shopping, dinner at The Slurping Turtle with one of Ian’s friends who just moved to Chicago, and more homework.

When we got home from dinner, we dug into the leftover basque cake from The Bristol. Delicious!

I’m off to start my busy day of work, school, and a sports med doctors appointment. Have a good one!