Rollin’ on a Doughnut

My goodness, can my brain even rewind to Wednesday? I have too much floating around in their now. Pesky nargles.

When I returned home from work on Wednesday, it was cold, grey, and rainy. Not ideal weather for a run, but I’m getting a little nutso about following my schedule, so I put on my chill chasers long sleeve shirt, capris, running shoes, and tough chick hat to keep the rain out of my face. I got drenched.

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It was a great run, though. I purchased the newest audio book from David Sedaris: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, and I’ve been laughing aloud while running instead of wondering how long I’ve run and how much farther I have to go. I run a lot better in cool weather, so the 55 degree weather did not dissuade me. And the rain didn’t really bother me until I stopped and it sunk in.

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Not the prettiest river….especially when it rains.

I was scheduled to run 3 slow miles (11:15-11:45 pace) followed by strides, which I had to look up, because I wasn’t sure what they were. Strides are basically running at about 80-90% of your maximum speed, like you would during a 5K, only your pelvis is tilted up a little higher like you’re doing high knees.

This video helped a lot.

Mile 1: 10:33 (At this point, my Iphone was being wonky, so I wasn’t sure how fast I was running).

Mile 2 : 11:33

Mile 3: 11:01

Mile 4: 10:26 (This half mile was done doing 20 seconds of strides, 2 minutes of jogging, repeat and end with strides)

Total miles: 3.48     Duration: 38:08    Pace per mile: 10:58

I’m sure this is really boring for you who find running akin to sliding down a cheese grater naked, but I am loving it so far. It’s always good to have goals for yourself, physical and otherwise.

When I returned home I was cold, wet, and hangry. I asked Dave to make half whole wheat pizza dough while I was gone and he lovingly obliged. We split up the dough, and Dave made us a flabread ‘appetizer’ pizza that would cook more quickly while I worked on a ricotta, truffle, and arugula pizza similar to the one we had at Bleu.

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Since truffles are way out of our budget, I brushed the pizza dough with truffle oil. Truffle oil is actually not made with real truffles either, but it tastes amazing.

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I topped the pizza with about half a cup of ricotta cheese and some halved mozzarella pearls and a little bit of pepper.

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Then some bella mushrooms sauteed with garlic. While we waited for the pizza to bake, we dined on Dave’s flatbread creation.

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His pizza had feta cheese and romaine lettuce and, although it was a little salty, it definitely cured my hanger.

We baked the truffle pizza at 425 for 20 minutes, and when I removed it from the oven, I topped it with a large handful of arugula.

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The crust should have been rolled out more, but it was wonderfully thick and chewy, just the way I like it. This pizza was nowhere near as good as Bleu’s. But it was still pretty delicious. I have plans to keep improving it.

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We ate our pizza while watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones. Have you seen it? No. Words. I knew it was coming, but it was a little depressing.

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So….yesterday.  I was a little anxious at work not knowing what to do with my car. My coworker gave me a warm chocolate chip cookie to alleviate my car distress.

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What do other people do instead of calling their dads when their car is broken? I don’t know. All I know is my dad is my hero. When I finished work at 1:30pm, I went out in the parking lot to find my two sisters with a can of Fix-a-Flat and my dad with a jack.

To make a long story short, my car is broken. Surprise, surprise. I cannot put my regular tire back on my car due to a broken strut and spring, so I’m carefully riding to and from work on my doughnut until Dave and I can find a new car (hopefully this weekend). I am decidedly not happy about it, but I knew it was coming.

Dad and I spent the entire afternoon driving back and forth and figuring out the car situation, so I was tired and famished by the time he escorted me back to my apartment. I was in no mood to cook, so I heated up something from Kitchens of India.

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This was by far the most disgusting looking Indian meal I have ever purchased. But it was great tasting! Spinach and cheese are a great combo. I topped my meal with some Greek yogurt and closed my eyes while eating it.

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I served it with a toasted pita cut into slices for dipping, watched an episode of Gilmore Girls, read two chapters of Game of Thrones: A Clash of Kings, and slept my car woes away.

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

I love pretty much anything on pizza (except too much meat), but my absolute favorite pizza so far is the truffle, arugula, and ricotta pizza from Bleu.

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