rainy 8 miler @ Greenlake
When you live in the Pacific Northwest, every drizzly, cool rainy day can’t be a fat pants (or indoor workout day) because then you would be indoors a LOT. Not that I am complaining, the weather here in Seattle has been quite lovely overall and even most cloudy days end up sunny by the afternoon. And in comparison to what the people in Colorado are going through, it is a virtual paradise here. That said, I have found myself reluctant more often than not to go out in the mornings and run on cloudy, foggy and drizzly days. After all the windy, snow packed, blizzardy and mountain running in Colorado, it is a little unlike me… I blame it on the lack of beanies.
For new readers or those of you who don’t know what a beanie is – a beanie is defined as a best girlfriend, an essential running partner. You can read about beanie adventures all over this blog with a few notable posts:
and many more….
So this morning, I channeled my inner beanie and headed out for what ended being 8 miles from my home to Greenlake and back.
some things I need
As I ran today, I was thinking about some things I need (well.. want anyway). My MotoActv has been acting up for a few weeks. The device won’t always pick up my heart rate and even if it does, sometimes it will drop it mid-work out. I changed the battery on the HR strap this morning before I ran but I never got a HR signal. That in itself wasn’t too bad as by now, I am pretty in tune to my perceived level of effort but then the GPS kept dropping. I like my devices when I run and that was a bit frustrating … I am going to attempt a factory reset. I have had this watch since 2011 and it has been a great little gadget as it is useful for both running and all cross training activities but my eye might start to wander if I can’t get it to work properly.
Truthfully my eye has already wandered a bit and the Garmin 310XT is intriguing. If I can get motivated to run in this weather, a waterproof watch might come in handy.
Also while I was running today, I saw a fellow Hoka runner. He was wearing a pair of what looked like Stinsons (not sure if they were Evo or Tarmac) in a dark blue color. It was nice seeing a Hoka runner at Greenlake … there aren’t as many of us here as there are in CO.
As I approach 400+ miles in my current Stinson Tarmacs, I was thinking maybe I need a pair of these. After a google search, I found them: Stinson Tarmacs
and finally a recipe straight from the Vegetarian Times. I was looking for something different than my usual go-to recipes, when I found this Butternut Squash and Chickpea Stew with Couscous recipe. I made a few changes by adding some spices like paprika, corriander, a dash of cayenne as well as some chopped greens. A simple switch from couscous to quinoa made this dish a protein, packed hearty meal. It’s going to be one of my new go to recipes.
- 2 Tbs. olive oil
- 1 medium carrot, diced (¾ cup)
- 1 small onion, diced (1 cup)
- ½ red bell pepper, chopped (½ cup)
- 1 Tbs. whole cumin seeds
- 1 bay leaf, crumbled
- 2 16-oz. cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained, divided
- 1 32-oz. container butternut squash soup, divided
- 1 ½ cups couscous
1. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Sauté carrot in oil 3 to 5 minutes, or until softened. Add onion and bell pepper, and sauté 3 to 5 minutes more, or until soft. Stir in cumin seeds and bay leaf.
2. Purée 3/4 cup chickpeas and 3/4 cup butternut squash soup in blender until smooth. Add to carrot mixture along with remaining chickpeas and soup. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
3. prepare quinoa as usual (with a 1:2 ratio of quinoa to liquid – either veg broth or water)
I think it’s time I put on some fat pants, do some internet window shopping and heat up some leftovers.