Happy Monday! Why is it such a happy Monday? This week, the weather is going to be gorgeous in Chicago! It’s currently 67 and sunny, so after this post I am going to take advantage of it and stroll around the neighborhood. This weekend was pretty low-key, which was okay in my book. There was one thing that I was pretty excited about, and that was brunch at my favorite place in my ‘hood, Cinnamon Café. This is why:
I love this breakfast dish! No, it’s not healthy but it is such a treat! Here is the description from the menu: Banana French Toast, Caramelized Bananas, Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Cheese and Almond Rum Sauce. There are days when all I can think about is this meal. The reason I was so excited to go is that the restaurant had closed down for a few months. It didn’t seem likely it would re-open because there was not enough business during the week and because when you look at the place from the outside it doesn’t look like anything special. It re-opened though and I am super excited. I am constantly trying to get the word out to friends and via Facebook so that it remains open. Besides the great french toast dishes, the menu has many items with a Spanish influence. I have yet to eat something that I haven’t liked. I had never tried an egg over chicken enchiladas with molé sauce before, but there’s is fantastic. This is what my hubby ate this time:
~Jess’s relationship with running~
My delicious, and not healthy, food selection at brunch yesterday helped increase my motivation to run first thing this morning. I feel great after it. Let me explain to you my relationship with running. Three years ago, if you would have suggested that I would ever enjoy running, I would have thought you were crazy. I couldn’t even run 3 minutes without having to stop. It gradually became easier. My goal is to start participating in races, however I am 0 for 3 this year so far. I have a habit of signing up for 5Ks and then not actually showing up to the race. Usually I blame Chicago weather, because when I wake up and it is cold and rainy, I do not feel motivated to run. The last two races, I legitimately was going to run though. After signing up for the taste of chicago 5K, I realized it was the same day as a family baptism. There was no way I would be able to run and then make it to the ‘burbs for the baptism. This last one was a 5K that had to do with the Chicago Blackhawks. At the end, there was an open practice. Ofcourse, this was motivation for me! In the days leading up to the race, I was on my couch for two days straight due to a neck strain. I couldn’t move my neck. The day of the race, I tried running in place and my neck just still wasn’t right. So, I had to sit out once again.
Despite not actually running in a race, I regularly run 3 miles. I have never followed a schedule and just run until I can’t anymore. This has not helped increase my endurance at all, or help out with my pacing. So, I decided to start a 10K schedule. Here is my schedule for the week:
2 miles easy running
Tuesday: Alternate 1/2 mile run at race pace, with 4 min. walks (4X), 1 min. walks to warm up, cool down
Wednesday: rest or cross train
Thursday: 2 miles running on a hilly course
Friday: 2-3 miles walking
Saturday: Long run at easy pace, 3-4 miles
Sunday: Rest or cross train
Wish me luck! Now I am off to stroll through the neighborhood and hopefully find some new running shoes. I have a $10 reward coupon for DSW; hopefully I will stay in the athletic shoe aisle and not wonder through the rest of the store. Very unlikely.