I know I write about this a lot, but I have a love/hate relationship with running. Maybe love/hate is the wrong term. The amount that I run just seems to ebb and flow. Sometimes I’ll sign up for race after race and I’ll be running a lot and other times, I run once, maybe twice a week at most. Lately, I’ve been in a running once or twice a week phase. It wouldn’t be a problem except that I’m running the Peachtree (a 10K) on July 4th. I guess I should probably train a little better! I haven’t run more than three miles at a time in several months. Oops.
Normally, I don’t like doing races where I don’t feel prepared but the Peachtree is different. It’s one of the world’s biggest 10Ks with 60,000 participants. I’m in Wave E, which starts 20 minutes after the first wave, but it goes all the way to like Wave X, which starts like two hours after the first wave. So it’s crowded and if you’re in the back, it’s nearly impossible to run. Since I’m closer to the front, there will likely be more runners than walkers (you can submit a qualifying time to get a better starting placement). But I still feel like it’s a crowded race and PRing is not on my mind.
I’m not really feeling running lately, but I did want to do something new to switch up my routine. Enter Best Body Bootcamp.
If you’re not familiar, it’s an online program that you do on your own that’s run by my friend Tina. Today was the first day. It was a 30 minute or so cardio workout that I did during my lunch hour at the gym. I definitely worked up a sweat. There was also an optional 20 minute cardio part. I signed up for this tennis team at work (I suck at tennis, but there was an opportunity to join the “practice” team if you were a beginner so I did that) and I thought that would be my cardio, but it got rained out, so I just took Murphy for a walk to satisfy my cardio requirement. And also because he demanded it.
One thing that I really love about Atlanta is how many outdoor festivals there are during the warmer months. There is one seriously every weekend and they are mostly free. This weekend was no different and we went to the Midsummer Music and Food Festival in Candler Park. (Kind of a strange name since it’s technically not even summer yet and definitely not mid-summer, but I’ll let it slide!)
We walked around the festival first, seeing what was there. It was a mixture of some hippie art booths selling dresses and things like that and food trucks mostly.
After deciding that there was nothing that we wanted to buy, we set up our blanket by the stage. We got there around 5:30 and it wasn’t too crowded yet.
Our friends Emily and Brian joined us a little while later and we hung out and listened to the bands, before heading to the food truck area to get something to eat. I ended up getting something from Mix’D Up.
I had the Santa Fe, which was a black bean patty with avocado, pico de gallo and cheese. It normally came with chipotle ranch dressing but I got it without.
It was pretty good. What I really wanted was a tofu banh mi sandwich from a different truck, but they were out. I also had a King of Pops strawberry lemonade popsicle.
As it started to get later, it definitely got more and more crowded.
The only band playing that I really knew (well knew one song) was Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes and they came on at 9.
Definitely more crowded then! They were good and played a 2-hour set which is pretty long for a free festival, I thought. I wonder what festival we’ll go to next weekend!
Though summer doesn’t technically begin for another week, it’s gotten HOT here in Atlanta. It’s like we totally skipped spring and went from a long winter straight to summer. I’m okay with it though, because it means that we can finally eat our dinners outside on our new deck. (Post about the new deck to come – I’m going to get Jason to write it because he is much more knowledgable about it all.)
First up and this was probably from last weekend, but I’m getting behind in my blogging, a Thai Tofu Sandwich. Apparently Health magazine (where the recipe is from) is using some sort of stock image for this sandwich, because their picture clearly has tomatoes and mayo on it, neither of which are in the recipe. Weird, but the sandwich was really good. It tasted like a Banh Mi sandwich. Yum.
And bonus, I made a bunch of them and Jason and I took them to work for lunches. I’m actually not a big sandwich for lunch person, but I did enjoy this one. And now I want a real Banh Mi.
Another day this week, we cut up a bunch of veggies for a chopped Mexican style salad.
I’m not linking to the recipe for the dressing because I didn’t think it was so great, but the salad is pretty, no?
Murphy’s been enjoying our outdoor meals too, in the shade of our hydrangea bush.
And that’s all I’ve got for now. Happy Friday!
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