Welcome to the work week, friends. I hope you had a relaxing and active weekend! My weekend was both. I feel so fortunate to have had a string of great weekends lately!
Before I go any farther, I need to point out that once again I’m joining up with Tara’s Weekend Update. Please check out her terrific blog, Running ‘n’ Reading, for the latest on her running and reading hijinks. While there, please consider linking up, too.
My relaxing part of my weekend started out appropriately with this chubby lovah greeting me in the laziest way possible.
And the active part kicked off with my first run in 1 whole month! I had been nervously anticipating this run for several days leading up to it, and opted to run solo (rather than with my BRF, Aimee) because I wanted to run at my own pace and be able to stop if I needed to. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for my first run–mid-40s and dry. I dressed warmer than usual (crops and the Oiselle Long-Sleeve Funnelneck I scored at the sample sale) because I figured I wouldn’t heat up enough if I was running at my planned slower pace. I also wore my new Hoka Stinson Lites.
I chose a completely flat course because I didn’t want to aggravate my hip flexor or posterior tibialis tendon with uphill running. I set off at around a 9:30-10:00/mile pace, estimated because I also chose not to wear my Garmin so I wouldn’t put unnecessary pressure on myself. I felt strong for the first mile or so but then started to focus too much on my hip flexor (“Was that pain? Was that a niggle?”) and started to worry a bit too much to enjoy the rest of the run. I also started to note about midway through that I had lost a significant amount of cardiovascular fitness. I was sweating quite a bit and breathing in and out of my mouth, which I don’t typically do on easy runs.
I’m not gonna’ lie: Those 3 miles felt long, making me marvel that I was able to run a 3:44 marathon last year. I took a break at the end of my run to put my feet up take a picture to commemorate my return to running.
The fog that blanketed the early morning burned off by the time I reached home, and the day continued to heat up from there. I cannot believe how early spring has arrived in the Puget Sound.
Aimee told me she heard that this winter has been officially marked as Seattle’s warmest ever. Saturday heated up to the mid-60s. Every other person was wearing shorts, and even the ice cream man made an appearance.
I swear that’s gotta’ be a world record for Tacoma.
Sunday had similarly wonderful weather. I started the day with a boozy birthday brunch for my dear friend, L. A group of us went to Smoke + Cedar. I ordered the appropriately-titled Hot Mess, a pile of gravy, home fries, house-smoked pastrami, sweet cabbage, and fried eggs. Not satisfied with the diet-destroying properties of my entree, I also decided to order the Bottomless Mimosa (subbing grapefruit juice for orange.)
[Dear Every Breakfast Restaurant in the World: Please put the Bottomless Mimosa on your menu. Thank you.]
I burned off approximately .0014% of my brunch calories at ballet rehearsal that afternoon before whisking off to meet up my new pal Kevin for my very first #mixedkidfoodtruck food drop.
What’s #mixedkidfoodtruck? A creative and delicious monthly culinary adventure that has a monthly food drop rather than regular operating hours. If you’re on the mailing list, Kevin will email you the menu for the monthly drop. You select what you want and then pick up your food a few days later. And there’s not really a truck.
After meeting Kevin and picking up our order, the family and I hustled home to try the food. And how was it? In a word: Scrumptious. (Sorry, not my favorite word, but it fits here.)
My favorite item was the Pork Sammi, consisting of a slowly-roasted pork butt on toothsome Vietnamese French bread slathered with cream cheese and Kevin’s Mother Green Sauce and topped with some bacon. I added a generous helping of the housemade giardiniera (a twist on the Italian classic, with marinated celery, jalapeño, carrot, garlic, herbs, and olive oil) to my half of the sammi.
And OMG if that wasn’t one of the top 5 sandwiches I’ve eaten. (Also on that list: the Godmother from Bay Cities, Carribean Roast Pork Sandwich from Paseo, muffaletta from Central Grocery, and the roast beef po boy from New Orleans’ The Parkway.)
There was so much food in our #mixedkidfoodtruck bag, we’ll be able to eat out of it for the rest of the week. Once it’s all gone, I don’t think I can wait until the April drop!
If you live in the Tacoma-area and you’re interested in #mixedkidfoodtruck, check out @wizdaddy75 on Instagram.
The weekend closed out with my husband’s USTA tennis match. He played doubles, and I had fun watching him play for the first time in about a year. He and his partner won the match 6-0, 7-5, and that second set stressed me out enough to give me a pseudo-cardio workout.
Can you see his shoes? I think they’re hard to spot.
All in all, another great weekend.
What was the best thing you did this weekend? Have you ever been to a boozy brunch? Do you frequent food trucks, or have you ever participated in a food drop? Do you play tennis?