Good Friday morning to you! Happy Passover, Happy Easter, Happy Weekend! Ok I’ll stop. This weekend should be a fun and busy Easter filled weekend with Easter Egg hunts, church services, baking, and gatherings galore! For now though, let’s jump in to Five Things Friday!
First, Beach Music It’s Back!
One of my favorite events in Raleigh is back for Spring and Summer, the Midtown Beach Music Series! Don’t know what Beach Music is? That’s ok, neither did I until precisely two years ago when I wandered out of my hotel in Raleigh, and literally stumbled into this weekly gathering of young professionals and families shagging (not in the British sense ;)) to this classic Carolina music. The most classic of all Beach music songs, The Embers legendary, I Love Beach Music….
Second, Links I Love
Speaking of I Love Beach Music…. time to get ready and in the mood!
If you are have not been following the drama that has been unfolding over the past few months in professional running between professional runners, the US Track and Field Association, and Nike, this article sums it up from a competing running apparel company’s perspective. If you are at all interested in running, sports, or business in general, I highly recommend reading Oiselle CEO Sally Bergesen’s blog post!
Third, Lemon Ricotta Penne with Asparagus
As I said on Instagram Monday evening, I know I say a meal is my favorite a lot. What can I say, I really, really, really like to eat :) When i say that this Lemon Ricotta Penne with Asparagus is my new favorite meal, I mean it in a drop what you are doing and make it right away context.
I never intended to develop this dish beyond something tossed together in my kitchen, but the moment I tasted it, I knew I had to share. The recipe will be coming next week!
Fourth, The Kinds of Others (and this delicious jam)
One of my many odd quirks is that I always have a jar of handmade jam in my fridge. The good stuff does not get used on PB&Js, recipes or other normal uses for jams and jellies. It is reserved solely for spoon to mouth action. A perk to living in the south is a strong canning and preserving culture. Sure canning is trendy now (yawn) but round here, it’s been a staple for hundreds of years!
A former co-worker once left a jar of her homemade preserves in the break room with a note reading, “help yourself.” And help myself I did! I told her how much I adored her preserves. Two days later, I found a jar of her Strawberry and Fig (I would die for figs!) Preserves on my desk! My co-workers kindness blew me away even more than her preserves as I drew the jar that I had been saving from my pantry this week. The cherry on top…. it was just as delicious as I remember!
Finally, The Week In Fitness
Friday: 7 miles untimed, my favorite back workout
I was able to run outside (yippee!) on a workday, which was fabulous. My Garmin however decided it did not feel like synching with the satellites, so after about 5 minutes, I had to hit the road without it, but I am guessing I averaged a 7:50ish pace.
Thursday: AM: 7 miles 3 @ 8:19, 4 @ 7:30, abs
Tuesday: 7 miles: 1 @ 8:19, 8 sets of 2 min @ 7:13, 1 min @ 8:19, 4 sets of 1 min@ 7:03, 2 min @ 8:19, 1 mile @ 8:19
This was a fun and challenging workout I gleaned from the pages of Runner’s World. It called for 8 sets hard where I did 4. Next time I might scale both sets of repeats to 6 so I can actually finish the workout :)
Monday: 5 miles easy @ 8:19, arms
Sunday: 12 miles @ 7:51 average pace
Saturday: 10 miles @ 7:44
Is there a type of music or dance unique to your city?
I swore I never would, but I am thinking about going self hosted as soon as I have some free time. Thoughts? Advice?