Sunday, May 19, 2013

Sometimes the Universe is Against Me


I did a long (for me) run today, but it was like the universe really, really didn't want me to.  There was a  30% chance of rain after 10 AM so I wanted to make sure I got up and got my run in early so that I could avoid the heat and the rain.  I had breakfast and drank enough water to feel hydrated then waited a while to give myself time to digest.  I had to pee so I went to the bathroom and put on my running clothes.  Then I had to pee again.  After that I filled up my water bottle and got my shoes on, but realized my earbuds weren't where I usually leave them.  I thought maybe I had left them in the car, but no dice.  After looking in the couch cushions and everywhere else I could think of I realized that they were in the dirty laundry in the pocket of a sweatshirt I wore a few days ago on an early morning walk in the rain.  I finally got out the door, but my legs felt dead.  The route I took today had lots of rolling hills and they wore me out so about 3 miles in I started pausing my Garmin while I walked the uphills and then turning it back on while I ran the downhills and flats. Does this make my time deceptive? Yes.  Did it help me actually finish my run instead of giving up at 3.5 miles? Absolutely.  After that, this happened:

Lemony rice and fish stew
It's a lemony rice and fish stew.  I found a base recipe on a blog I read and made a few changes based on what I had.  I used a brown and wild rice blend instead of jasmine, omitted the suggested vegetables in favor of shredded carrots, spinach, and red onions, and added the mint at the same time I added the broth and lemon juice.  I used 3 splenda packets to sweeten the broth (and I used about half the recommended amount of broth.) It still needed something so I sprinkled some Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute into the broth and added red pepper flakes.  By the time the fish was cooked through most of the liquid had cooked off, but I opted not to add more because there was just enough liquid to make for a delicious sauce that was lemony with a bit of kick from the red pepper flakes.  I would totally make this again, which is good because I have another tilapia fillet to use up!

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