I did it! I got in my 12 mile run yesterday. It was a pleasant experience–sunny skies, green trails, beautiful views of the bay through many of the miles… In fact, I don’t really recall the run having a beginning middle and end. There was no wall. I just enjoyed the entire experience. I listened to one of my new favorite podcasts, Gilmore Guys (it’s ridiculous), and caught up on another episode of Serial. I realize that I run a bit slower when I listen to talking and not music, but my time (had I continued for a 13th mile) still would have produced a finish time in line with my goal, which is to best my 2:20 time from September. And now… sweet sweet tapering. I welcome the tapering. With only a few weeks remaining in the courses I am taking this semester in my doctoral program, and less than three weeks remaining until my spring chorus concert, I can really use the extra time.
My goals for the next two weeks leading up to race day are:
1. Enjoy shorter recovery runs and keep up the cross training
2. Get in the pool at least three times for water jogging or swimming
3. Go to hot yin yoga at least once
4. Hydrate well
5. Eat wholesome foods
Speaking of eating, it is the third day of Passover. Yesterday morning, before my run, I was fiercely craving some carb action… a banana and yogurt was not going to cut it. So, I decided to cook up one of the most delicious creations on earth–sweet matzo brei. It tastes like French toast. But even more amazing. Okay… maybe I am just missing anything reminiscent of bread… but I still think this brei is amazing.
Here’s the recipe!
1. Take 2 sheets of matzo and soak them in water for 30-45 seconds… until just slightly mushy.
2. Remove the matzo from the water and break into small pieces. Set aside.
3. In a separate bowl, beat together two eggs, 6 tablespoons of whole milk or half & half, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder.
4. In a frying pan, melt a tablespoon of butter. Pour the matzo pieces in the pan, coating with butter and heating for about a minute.
5. Pour the egg mixture into the pan. Scramble with the matzo for about 2-3 minutes… until cooked through and golden brown.
6. EAT. ALL OF IT. WITH MAPLE SYRUP AND YOGURT AND JAM AND ANYTHING ELSE.
I can testify that matzo brei is a great simple carb supply for runners. It powered me for 12 miles!