I love asparagus. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it makes my pee smell. I know I’ve talked about this before but really, it’s annoying. Other than that, they are high on my list of veggies. And now, they have been transformed into a new addition on my kitchen table.
When I was in Arizona visiting my family last week, my mom bought two huge bunches of asparagus and threw them in the biggest vase she had with water. I thought, “holy crap why haven’t I thought of this? This is perfect!” Since they need to be kept in water, why not? BRILLIANT!
I came home and immediately did the same. Dennis thought it was strange, but then again, a lot of things I do with food are strange to him so it wasn’t really a surprise.
Until he saw them sitting in the center of our kitchen table.
“So asparagus is now our centerpiece?”
Aren’t they cute?
Do you like asparagus? What is your favorite way to cook them?
My favorite way to cook them is tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper and fresh crushed garlic on the grill. Although I can eat them cooked in just about any fashion, something about cooking on the grill just makes everything taste better.
In other news, tomorrow is my half marathon. You know, the one I’ve been talking about for the past 3 months? Yeah, that one.
How am I feeling about it? Well, I’m a little frustrated. My IT band has been bothering me, and despite my attempts at foam rolling and stretching, I’m going into tomorrow’s race with a slight injury. I’d say I’m about 80% right now.
I did some research about running with IT band inflammation and it is definitely doable; however I have to be very careful while I’m out there tomorrow. The Galloway method was a suggestion from a friend who said he did it when he was injured to finish a marathon, and that he still finished with a decent time (much better than anticipated.) I’ve never trained using the method, and I’m afraid to try something new on race day, but I don’t see it being damaging.
My friend Stephanie did bring up the fact that if I wanted to consider trying the Galloway method, I’d need to be sure I had a watch that would properly time when I needed to stop and start. I have a Garmin FR60 and I’m not quite sure if it has a feature that will allow for this. I’ll be playing around with it today to find out.
I figure it like this: yes I’ve been training my ass off to run my fastest half time tomorrow, but I also want to be able to run the other races I’ve signed up for this year. There will be other half marathons. I’ve already singed up for one in June, and I already have another on the radar for later in the year. So, if this one doesn’t turn out to be my best, that’s OK. It’s better to be able to walk away from this race without further damaging myself than to push myself through it and have to take 6 weeks off.
I’ll give you the updates next week. Have a great weekend!!