Saturday, August 28, 2010

Pushing through and forgetting about the crocodiles....

Today was my 3.5 m Easy + 1 m @ level 7 run. Since we had quite a few errands this morning, I went out around 6 this evening, when it was 80°F (around 30°C). Oh, it was a hot and humid struggle. I managed the 3.5 miles in 37:08 at a pace of 10:37, not without a great deal of huffing and puffing, and a few rests in between. I got back home to do the last mile on the treadmill. I do not yet have the 'legs' to run at level 7 for a mile consistently on my own, so the treadmill is a good training tool in helping me build up the endurance needed for that pace. Even so, level 7 was just a wee bit too fast as I felt a bit knackered, so I did the mile in 9:13 at level 6.5. My total time for 4.5 miles was 46:21 and the breakdown turned out to be:

Mile 1: 10:23
Mile 2: 10:40
Mile 3: 10:54
Mile 3.5: 10:22
Mile 4: 9:13

When I run outside, I usually run sans ipod. However, I took my ipod with me today, and whilst I would prefer to run without it, as it is quite hard for me to override the uncomfortable sensation of running slowly, I thought it was worth a try to attempt to get the right beat. I started with Come on Baby Light my Fire and ended with Asereje. It's ok, but I am not easily distracted by music when I run outside. On the treadmill it's fine, as I really think about the songs, whereas outside I actually concentrate on the matter at hand! Still, I am going to try this a few times and see if this actually has an influence on the quality of my running.

Stuart went out for a run as well, and naturally we were starving afterwards. I had not prepared anything before hand, and needed something quickly. Step in Trader Joe's Meatless Meatballs. This is a lifesaver! These meatballs are pre-cooked, so all I needed to do was to make a quick tomato sauce, and add the meatballs. I left to simmer for about 15 minutes and everything was ready in 30 minutes. I started boiling the whole wheat pasta when I added the meatballs. It usually takes around 12 minutes as whole wheat pasta takes a few more minutes to cook. Strain, add to the sauce immediately, and grate the parmesan cheese (takes me about 2 minutes to grate enough for both of us), and voila' it's done. A glass of Bordeaux, and we had a very yummy dinner.

Serving Size 6 meatballs:
Calories 140 Calories from Fat 50
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 560mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 1g
Protein 16g

I think these meatballs are actually quite amazing.  They are delicious, very healthy and you can whip up a great meal in 30 minutes.  We have a very small freezer, so I cannot make a few meals and store them, but I am going to try and make a batch of this, some ragu' and some pesto tomorrow.  That way, I only have to boil the pasta if I don't feel like cooking.  Have a great Sunday!


  1. hmm, da "un'italiana" come te non ci si aspetta un sugo con le polpette precotte (spero che almeno la pasta fosse al dente)... ;)) ottimo invece il vino!

  2. Ah, ma codesti so' speciali! Poi, non sono 'veri' nel senso sono di soia. Eh si, il vino era favoloso....buon vino fa di certo buon sangue!

  3. ....e se mai dovessi venire a Boston, te gli faccio provare!

  4. Off to Trader Joe's I must go today to buy the meatballs.

  5. Well done on the run! I always use my Ipod but when I get home I hardly remember which songs I've heard but I like to have music on my runs especially since the area where I run is pretty boring, not much to see so I can use the distraction.

    Those meatballs look delicious.

  6. Good going on that run. I never run with music. I don't even own any MP3 player. Maybe my phone can play them but I don't know.

  7. I love those meatballs! They are such an easy lunch to take to work.

  8. @Christina: Yes you must! They will fulfill your expectations!

    @Fran: Thanks. Your area is very pretty, but I can imagine that all places get a bit boring after a while when there are not too many running paths.

    @ Johann: Thanks, yes, I am not a big fan either, but since I do not have to worry about boomslange here, I sometimes allow myself this distraction!

    @Mary: I have not gotten around to making them into a work meal yet, but they are very satisfying, and I can see how they would be a great lunch.

  9. Che peccato, sono astemio non bevo vino. Anche io corro sempre con l'i-pod dove ultimamente ho inserito un brano dal vivo degli ac/dc, sembra veramente scritto per dare ritmo alla corsa:

  10. Peccato davvero! Come si fa a fare il buon sangue allora? Anche a me garba tanto gli ac/dc...questo brano poi, e forte. Grazie, lo scarichero' e ci provo anch'io.