What an amazing day I’ve had today! Nothing terribly exciting, I just feel like I did a lot to take advantage of my day off and enjoyed the outdoors. The best part though is that I have tomorrow off, too! 🙂
I went on a nice run today. I wasn’t sure exactly how far I was going to go when I set out, but once I started I decided 5 miles. I always run half the distance then just turn around on the trail because I don’t have any loops mapped out around my house yet. I actually like that because I can adjust my distance by just turning around later or sooner, I’m not tied to the distance I set out with. I was feeling so good that I decided to up my run to 6 miles midway through. I was feeling really good until about the turnaround point (3 miles) and then I realized how thirsty I was! It was mid 70s and a lot of the trail was in the sun, and as I was running I was thinking about the really limited water I had to drink today. I normally drink water all day long so I don’t need it when I’m actually running, but today I’d only had one glass with brunch. I wasn’t sure if I was going to make the whole run because I was so parched, and I told myself I could stop when I wanted to since I was so parched, but then I realized if I stopped it was just going to take me longer to get to water! I ended up running the whole 6 miles, and then literally ran down the hall into the elevator and chugged 3 large glasses of water immediately.
Distance: 6.0 miles
Avg. Pace: 9:48 min/mile
Avg. Speed: 6.1 mph
Calories Burned: 702
The miles broke down like this: 9:45, 9:40, 9:41, 9:42, 9:57, 10.01. You could tell I was getting thirsty towards the end and slowing myself down so I could make it all the way home.
After my run and then rehydrating, we got ready to grill! My apartment building has 2 community grills that are open year round for the residents to use. We’ve never used them before and were a little nervous since it was the first time using the grill. We live on the 10th floor so had to make sure we brought everything down with us, could work the grill, etc etc. But it went really well! For supplies, we brought down a platter and a tray for the finished food, a spray bottle of olive oil, salt, pepper and tongs. And of course, the food for grillin’. Here were the veggies:
2 veggie skewers (which we bought prepped from the grocery store because it was actually cheaper than buying the individual veggies and obviously easier!), 4 ears of sweet corn, and 5 green onion bases. And the meat:
Free range steak for Wil and salmon for me. We marinated them both in a bottle of marinade we picked up on vacation in Vieques, Puerto Rico, and it was sweet pepper mango flavor. SO delicious. Here’s the grill:
Another resident was using the grill next to ours, so he sort of showed us the ropes with turning on the gas and helped us get going. Then, Wil took over, and we just used the olive oil spray, salt, and pepper on all the veggies. The food went from how you saw it up there, to this:
It turned out perfectly! Wil also made a salad with the radishes from the farmer’s market today, a cucumber from the farmer’s market last week, and some green onions. He put a touch of olive oil and white vinegar, and it was SO freshing next to all the grilled food.
Here’s my loaded plate:
Overflowing with grilled deliciousness. The salmon was perfect – still pink in the middle and really succulent! I had a whole skewer of the veggies plus two green onions, and an ear of corn. Everything was incredible, but the corn stood out above the rest. Wil even said (and I’ve never heard him say anything even remotely along these lines because hes a carnivore) “I would rather have 4 ears of this corn and no beef!” It was that good. I had another ear of corn plus some of the radish salad once I demolished this plate. So, so good. I’d never had grilled green onions before, and they are so tasty with a char! I highly recommend it because they’re super cheap too – even at the Farmer’s Market.
To go with the dinner, we also split a bottle of wine.
Notice the vineyard on here? Klein wines! My dad makes and bottles wine for a hobby and this was his Sauvignon Blanc. It’s actually really good and went really well with our meal. This past Christmas my family did “Make Your Own” gifts, so we all made things for each other, and my dad gave Wil and I each 3 bottles of wine that he made – 2 sauvignon blanc, 2 Zinfandel, and 2 Malbec. The Malbec will be ready to taste next month, so I’m looking forward to trying that because I love Malbec too. Isn’t that so cute that my dad makes it!? I love seeing my own last name on a bottle! 🙂
I also realize I don’t think I’ve ever showed you a picture of Wil before, so here’s a picture of us on vacation from our trip in March to Puerto Rico.
We have a really fun day trip planned for tomorrow and are going to try to get on the road pretty early, so you might not hear from me until the afternoon when we’re back from the trip because I might not have time to come on and blog breakfast, but I cannot wait for our adventure!! Hope you had a wonderful weekend, too! 🙂