Yesterday I had a terrible run. I’ve been doing almost all my marathon training runs on the treadmill at the gym because of the snow, or the cold, or just because I happen to be at the gym.
Anyway, I was scheduled to do a 4 mile with 5 minutes total uphill time (TUT). I was so exhausted after each of the 1 minute uphill intervals (I used a 5% incline) that I had to completely stop to catch my breath! And a spent a good part of mile 4 walking. I was thoroughly disappointed.
I did the run with my vibrams. Granted, I haven’t worn them in a while, but my ankles and calves were feeling good. The run was hindered more by my exhaustion than my soreness.
At least I ended my workout on a high note, with a great Vinyasa Yoga class. That’s 4 hours of yoga so far this week! Chalk it up!!
When I got home Matt and I wolfed down some leftover Manhattan Clam Chowder and headed to FreshCo to pick up some items for tonight’s wine and cheese. Matt had already taken care of buying the cheese during the week so we set out to get the ingredients for our appetizers: baba ghanoush, guacamole, and stuffed jalapeno peppers.
We did whatever advanced prep we could last night. I made some dough for pain a l’ancienne. Then I whipped up some of my famous baba ghanoush (okay, so it’s not really famous, but it’s Matt approved)
Matt, of course, made his own speciality: Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars!
And we also put together some killer Jalapeno Pepper Bites. I find Jalapeno peppers to be hit or miss. At times they’re almost mild and other times they are burn-the-roof-off-your-mouth spicy. These were burn-the-roof-off-your-mouth spicy. Yowzas! Lucky I love spicy stuff.
Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers
16 jalapeno peppers
1 pkg light cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. manzanilla olives, chopped
2 t. apple cider vinegar
salt & pepper to taste
In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, olives, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
Cut the jalapeno peppers in half, lengthwise, and remove the stems and seeds.
Smear about 1 teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture into each of the pepper halves. Refrigerate and serve chilled.
I’m going to spend the afternoon weightlifting – I better make it good since it’s my last workout of the year! – and preparing for our party tonight. I also have to plan my outfit. I think I see a blazer in my future!
I hope everyone has a Happy New Year. Please stay safe. If you drink, don’t drive.