Last night, I hung out with my parents!
We originally planned to walk around and eat at the Rib America Festival, but when it started pouring down rain we decided on eating in at a restaurant.
We went to a little bar/restaurant called Chatham Tap. This bar is just so cute and has a great atmosphere! It is seat yourself, so sometimes when it is busy there can be a long wait, but last night we were able to waltz right in and sit down.
We started off with a delicious onion rings appetizer. I took a picture, but unfortunately the picture won’t show up on my computer. The breading on these rings was so light and crisp, and the sauce was slightly smoky flavored with chipotle and very runny which was a surprise considering most onion ring sauces are a bit thick. I think that my favorite part was the fact that the onion rings were topped with grated parmesan cheese…so yummy!
For my entree I go the balsamic grilled chicken salad.
It had blue cheese, sunflower seeds, cranberries, grilled chicken, a balsamic dressing (on the side of course), all on top of mixed field greens. The salad was wonderfully refreshing, which is just what I wanted after having onion rings as a first course.
Mom got the fish and chips, which is one of their more famous dishes, per Brian’s recommendation. I tried a bite of the fish, and although the breading was thick, it was slightly sweet and just so delicious! Good recommendation Brian!
We then ordered a piece of turtle pie to share.
We then, went to the Rib America Festival so that Dad could listen to the Dooby Brothers, and Mom and I walked around and sampled the barbeque sauce from each vendor…our favorite was the smoky! I can’t remember which booth it was at though.
This morning I woke up, and my knee was bothering me. Last night it was actually bothering me to on the lateral (outside) side of my right knee. I have never had a pain like this before, but I am positive that it is from the half marathon. I am hoping that it goes away with time, but in order to prevent further issues this morning I did some stretching and exercises to work my IT Band, hip adductors and abductors (the inside and outside muscles of my thigh).
Hopefully things start to feel better tomorrow! There is no swelling, which is good, I think I just need time to rest.
Breakfast this morning was what I think a Sunday breakfast should be…pancakes!
I originally wanted to buy buckwheat pancake mix when I went grocery shopping, but I couldn’t find it so I decided to try Hungry Jack Wheat Blends pancake mix. It tasted delicious. The pancakes were light and fluffy not dense like some wheat pancakes can be.
I topped them with some natural peanut butter, raspberries (thanks mom!), and sugar free syrup. We also had some coffee on the side. It was the perfect way to start a Sunday!
Yesterday, I told you I would go into detail about my training schedule for the half marathon. I looked at several plans, finally deciding on the Hal Higdon Training Schedule and the Fitness.com Half Marathon 8 Week Training Plan.
I combined the two workouts putting my schedule and my group fitness teaching schedule into consideration to come up with this 8 week plan: