This morning I ran 6 pain free miles. It is always funny to me how quickly I forget how amazing pain free miles can be! My strategy of rolling my legs before and after the run is continuing to keep my shin splints calm so I decided to ratchet up the speed slightly and run a bit of progression. I started at my long run pace of 7:30 and ran about 10 seconds faster each mile until I was down to 6:40. Overall I ran 6 miles in 43 minutes. Not bad for a quick run after only 5 hours of sleep the night before. I’ll take those kinds of runs all day long!
At my job, we have a tradition that we go out for a nice dinner at the end of each project. Well, I somewhat hinted in my last post that the end of my current project is near (sort of, long story). That usually means work sponsored fancy food. I’m not a foodie by any stretch, but I can appreciate nice things. To that end, last night was so fancy I think that I might have accidentally bought a monocle.
We ate at Kai, the only AAA 5 star restaurant in Arizona. So, that’s a big deal I guess. We had a 12 course tasting menu with lots of golf ball sized plates and enough wine parings to make my eyeballs float. The only downside? It took FOUR hours. I was eating for FOUR hours. But, it was fun and as a friend / colleague pointed out, probably a once in a lifetime experience. I have pictures of 11 of the 12 courses, and I normally wouldn't post them, but here are a few of the highlights:
Hand painted watercolor and mesquite wood menus
Blue cheese, cherry, candied walnut w/ honey & honeycomb, dates, and some sort of hard cheese
Yeah, lots going on here. Suffice it to say that it was GOOD. There were nuts of some sort on the bottom, the foam on the side is lemon grass, uhhh, there were beets.... uhhhh.... it was pretty good
Pan seared foie gras w/ raisins and crushed pistachio
This weekend in an effort to eat healthier, I bought a mango. Well, two mangos. In my messed up world, that is what “being healthy” means. Not running marathons.... Oh no, it is buying some random fruit in WalMart. While it is the most popular fruit in the world (did you feel that knowledge bomb hit you in the face?) the only time I would eat a mango would be in salsa or daiquiri form. So anyway, being the foodie that I obviously am, I have NEVER ate a raw mango. In fact, at one point during the day today, I googled “how to eat a mango”.
Damn you mango. I see you there mocking me like a green and red potato
Look, I grew up in the Midwest. I know what a mango is like I know what pair of Jimmy Choos I look best in (just kidding! I totally know – slingback platforms). So, the fact that I didn’t know exactly how to eat one shouldn’t be a complete surprise. That said, turns out....eating a mango is kind of a pain in the ass. There is a huge seed, stringy stuff, they’re juicy – essentially the internet told me that I needed a bib and a drop cloth or I should not be eating this thing at work. Fortunately, I got a few tips from some experts at work that I am going to try....eventually. So, what was a foodie like me to do? I ate a fudge dipped granola bar. Being healthy never tasted so good.