Clever title, huh?
I’ve had a pretty fun weekend and wanted to blog some updates now that the holidays have calmed down.
Saturday I ran near North Charleston’s Park Circle neighborhood with the Believe Achieve run clubbers. One group ran 6.5 miles and the other group ran 12.5 miles, and I ran 12.5 to get in one last long run before the Charleston half marathon in two weeks. Since we were running part of the actual race course, we had a big turnout including the group I ran with, who really pushed the pace for a long run. We ended up finishing the run in 1:44 which is faster than most of my endurance training paces, and I’m thankful for Catherine, Kevin, and Ed for pushing me during the run (especially Ed who shared the Gatorade! I owe him Gatorade or gel now).
After the run, we all hung out and had bagels, fruit, pastries and coffee courtesy of Proaxis Physical Therapy. They also showed some stretches and tips for relieving any pains from running. I saw some familiar faces who I hadn’t seen in awhile and met some new people too, it was a lot of fun even if it was 36 degrees when we started (brr…).
On Saturday night, a big crowd of us went out to Bushido so Clay, Doug, David, and Drew could do the Spicy Tuna Challenge. The challenge was featured on the show Man Vs. Food and we see pictures and challenge details every time we go to Bushido (which is often since it’s so close to us… actually we have a LOT of restaurants near us that have been featured on the Food Network or Travel Channel).
In the challenge, you have to eat 10 spicy tuna rolls in order. Roll #1 is the mildest and roll #10 (if you get that far) is the spiciest. If you accomplish this, you get your picture on the wall, a special headband that entitles you to a free appetizer every time you wear it to Bushido, and of course bragging rights with your friends. None of the guys actually accomplished the challenge, but David and Drew ate 5 rolls and Clay and Doug ate 6 (they both started the 7th roll but did not finish it). You could tell from the smell of the rolls that they were spicy, too!
On the other hand, I enjoyed a nice dinner of hibachi vegetables and rice and salad and everyone else ate sushi to their heart’s content, enjoying our meals (I don’t think any of the guys actually *liked* the spicy rolls after the first one or two). We had a great time even if the guys didn’t complete the challenge (David fashioned a “white flag of defeat” on the roll he stopped on, haha).
No spicy sushi for me, sorry! I probably wouldn’t even be able to finish one roll… not a fan of hot foods.
The first week of the challenge is the kitchen. The blogger shares lots of awesome ideas once I get past the obvious kitchen envy (we can’t wait to buy a home with a bigger kitchen and more storage space. No kidding, we have a blender in our downstairs bathroom cabinet).
The grill isn’t in our kitchen- that’s the only picture I can find to show how small the kitchen is and how little storage we have. We only have two drawers- a silverware drawer and a gadgets drawer, so not even a junk drawer. Seriously.
I got up this morning and worked on spices and threw out everything expired, and the next step is the fridge. The cabinet isn’t too bad since it only holds so much food so we don’t buy as much, but I’ll also look through it this week. I always throw out expired food from the fridge or cabinet but I guess it didn’t occur to me that spices expire too?
So, I’m posting this here to keep myself accountable to actually do the challenge- at least for the rooms our home has (don’t think it’ll bother me to take the garage, playroom, or laundry room weeks off…) Definitely check out A Bowl Full of Lemons if you want in on the challenge or want organizational tips.
Well, I’m off to drink some coffee and keep organizing and cleaning (it’s rainy, cloudy, and depressing outside today so I’ll take that cue not to get out). Hope everyone has a great weekend!