I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s fairly warm here in New York City.
Hot outside, that is.
I’m not going to go into all my hot weather running tips, because frankly, I don’t really have any. Honestly, I just do what I normally do. I maybe don’t wear compression socks. Or sweatshirts. You picking up what I’m putting down?
I do try to hydrate more throughout the day, but that’s really the only tip I can give you besides “don’t run at noon” and “wear sunscreen”. But you already heard that from Baz Luhrmann, right? (If you haven’t heard this song, LISTEN. It’s amazing. Also, enjoy the weird nineties music video.) The older I get, the more emotional I get about this song. Yikes. My old age is catching up with me.
Back on topic. I ran tonight. It was hot.
The air felt almost breezy while moving, but as soon as I stopped the heat hit me like a brick wall. Brendan texted me in the middle of my run asking if I wanted to go to the grocery store. I never miss a trip to the grocery store. So, after trying to convince him to stay at work a little longer; “I’ll run to your office and ride with you!” and then trying to get him to wait for me at home; “Just twiddle your thumbs for 20 minutes and then I’ll go with you!”, I finally decided to just run to the grocery store…more so because I wasn’t feeling an out-and-back run and wanted a destination. What could be better than the icy cold frozen foods section and Brendan’s smiling face after a hot run? Nothing.
Yeah, maybe I wasn’t feeling so strong after this run. It was pretty short and I felt the lactic acid building up right away. (Is that a hot weather thing, or just a tired muscles thing?) But, whatever. I was happy to be out there. I’m thankful for every. single. day. I’m out there.
While everyone has been complaining about the heat, I’ve been reveling in it, for the most part. I LOVE summer. I love hot days. It reminds me of being a kid, of high school, college, internships, fun with friends, birthdays, bbqs, graduations, popsicles, everything fun in life. Summer is where it’s at.
As for the rest of the night…look what Brendan whipped up for me!
Secret recipe! I know he used chicken and pineapple salsa and some spices, though. Hope he doesn’t get mad I gave away the secret ingredients. I know one of them is Cumin. Speaking of Cumin..if we were, by chance, playing some kind of word association game, there are A LOT of words you can say that Brendan and I will respond to in exactly the same way. For example, if you say “Cumin”…we’ll both say “Tommy Cumin”. (HA!! Don’t ask. Our friend Tommy is allergic to Cumin. That’s pretty much it.) People hate being on our team for Catch Phrase or Taboo because all we do the whole time is say “OH! Remember that time…” We once won Catch Phrase just by me saying “What do gay horses say!!?” (Answer: Hayyy!)
That tangent was totally unnecessary and unrelated but I think it’s funny and proves how perfect we are together. Awww.
For the record, I steamed the spinach using a trick I used from one of my favorite blogs (I THINK it was Peanut Butter Fingers but not positive!). Tip: take the boiling water you use from boiling spaghetti (or rice, in my case) and pour it over spinach, creating instant steamed spinach! Amazing trick. I used to put my spinach in a pan with olive oil, wait 5 minutes for it to steam, etc etc. This way literally took 5 seconds, and didn’t require the use of any more dishes or pans.
Another food tip? (I know, look at me, just call this Kara Cooks from now on.)
V8 popsicles; I met some representatives at the Fitness Magazine Meet & Tweet event and they mailed me three full samples of their V8 Fusion smoothie drinks. Wild Berry, Strawberry Banana, and Mango. So far, I’ve been drinking/popsicling Wild Berry. SO GOOD. Thumbs up.
Okay lastly, OUR RAGNAR RELAY ADIRONDACKS TEAM IS FINALIZED. I am so beyond excited. It’s Lora’s bachelorette weekend (she’s getting married a couple weeks after our 200 miles of fun!) so we have a fabulous group of bloggers/friends and are officially named…
Get it? Bride? Bridesmaids? Bachelorette? Running Maids of Dishonor? I don’t know what makes us so dishonorable (maybe the fact that we are crazy enough to run 200 miles over two days from Saratoga Springs, NY to Lake Placid, NY?) but go with it. We had a successful rooftop-beer-garden-planning-meeting last night and are officially registered as an awesome team of ten. Don’t worry, I’ll introduce you all to everyone soon.
Ever run a Ragnar? Like hot weather? V8? Have a live in-chef like Brendan?