Day 12 – My training mantra

Last night wine beat out yoga. Not really a surprise……….


We did meatless Thursdays. This week has been unusually meat-heavy so back to veggie dinners – cauliflower dal.


Really easy to make and pretty darn healthy.

1/2 tsp cumin seeds + 1/2 tsp coriander seeds crushed

3 clove

3 cardoman seeds bruised

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 onion slice

1 head of cauliflower

100g of red lentils

600-800 ml water

2 green chilies diced

Cook onion for 1 min in oil. Add spices and cook for 2 mins. Add chilies, lentils and 300 ml of water and cook for 10 mins (don’t let it go dry). Add cauliflower and 300 ml of water and cook for 10-15 mins. I served mine with some chopped cilantro, Greek yoghurt and flaked almonds. Serves two very hungry people.

I’ve decided after yesterday’s post that my new training mantra is “Keep the easy days easy and make the hard days hard”. That way I won’t feel guilty for gliding through my easy runs. Unfortunately, this morning was scheduled to be a hard day. We’re due to get a snowstorm this weekend which should dump a ton of snow on the nearby ski resorts so we’re planning on taking Sunday as a ski day – so no running. This means today is 3 miles at half marathon pace and a long run of 6ish miles tomorrow.


This is where I’ll be on Sunday :).

We had been forecast about an inch of snow overnight so I was ready to give up hope of a fast run (and secretly hoping I would have to do a slower run). But once again the weather guys got it wrong. Clear sidewalks and no excuses not to go for it. So I went out comfortably hard – hoping to do a little under 8 min/mile pace. These days my hands are gloved and I do not expose any skin – not even to check my pace. So I was a little surprised when I got back and saw that my pace for 3 miles was 7.38 min/mile. I couldn’t believe it. If I could make this my race pace I would get a new PR. Happy morning! And a relaxed slow run tomorrow.

This will sound weird – especially for someone who spent the first 27.5 years of their life living in Ireland and Scotland – but I’ve hardly ever run in the rain. SLC is really dry and it doesn’t rain much. (Except on the day of my first half marathon where it poured non-stop). Tomorrow I’m going to have to (wo)man up and get out there.


But first some burgers and beer to fuel up. Happy Friday!