Five Things Friday #10 - Erin's Inside Job

Five Things Friday #10

Talk about a sporadic week. My brain was just not feeling it. Today I am back with a vengeance to share with you some of my favorite things right now!

A quick recap on training: the weekend is supposed to be my long run, but my running partner is going to be out of town, so we moved it up to Thursday morning.  I woke up at 6 am and we were off on our 11 mile journey by 630 am.  The weather was a great temperature, but super humid and cloudy.  The only interesting picture I could capture was a turtle friend crossing the path:


Our pace was a little slower than normal, but still a big improvement over my paces of the past! My knee started to throb some by the end, so I made sure to demand politely ask for some ice and attention when I got to work.

I am still deciding what to do this weekend as part of my training. I will either go on a short run or take a class at the gym.  Which one do you suggest?

Without further ado, I give you my favorites of the week:

1. Gluten Free Pasta

Gluten free foods have come a long way. When I used to buy gluten free pasta, it was mainly made of rice and turned into a gooey and mushy mess.  I found this brand at Costco and made some last night for a quick dinner.  It is a blend of quinoa, amaranth, rice, and corn and tasted surprisingly like regular pasta. Now I have another excuse to eat basil (and pasta).



2. New Foods

One of our friends came back from Taiwan this week and brought us these delightful snacks. I love new foods to try, especially ones that I can’t get anywhere myself.  I also received a box of Gluten Free Bars and GFB Bites and am SUPER excited about it. I have been talking about these bars for a couple weeks now and can’t wait to try these bites! Look for my review next week!



3. Microwave sweet potatoes

I usually don’t make baked potatoes because my brain thinks that it will take too long and sometimes (usually) I am lazy.  I know this is probably old news to most of you, but I realized I could make potatoes in the MICROWAVE and my world was turned upside down.  Last week I didn’t know what to make for lunch, so I just made double the eggs and mushrooms that I have for breakfast and dumped them on top of a microwaved sweet potato. BAM. Protein, veggies, and carbs.


4. Running in new places

I told you guys about the joy I had with running in Rhode Island a couple weeks ago.  It is a great way to explore new places and get some exercise in at the same time.  I also read about Anne’s running tour through Paris recently and it made me realize that I should look for running tours when I am visiting somewhere new! For those of you who aren’t as excited about running, walking is also a great way to explore.  There is something magical about setting out on foot to see the sights.


5. Crossword Puzzles

This may seem random, but I forgot how much I LOVE crossword puzzles. On our flight I almost lost it when I realized that someone had torn out the crossword from my magazine.  Luckily Neil’s still had one intact and I stopped acting like a child.  We used to have a subscription to the Washington Post and I think their crossword puzzles are still my favorite.  Neil said we got it so he could read the news, but I think it was really for the crosswords.


So those are my favorites this week. My weekend should be relatively quiet which is great because next weekend we have a big wedding to attend.  It’s sari time!!

Question of the day: What are some of your favorite things this week? Should I run or go to the gym this weekend?

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