Up until a little over a year ago, I was the opposite of a runner.
I did run track in high school, for two years, but that was almost a decade ago (which by the way was really scary for me to type out — crazy). Anyway, last year I signed up for the 10-Mile Broad Street Run here in Philadelphia with a couple of friends.
I remember the first time I went out for a run to “train” for the race, I literally couldn’t run a full mile! Well, it’s amazing how quickly your endurance can pick up, because in a couple of weeks I was running 2-3 miles without a problem and when race-day did come I was able to finish the race without walking (albeit in pain and not the greatest pace, but finished nonetheless)!
This year, we decided to embark on a half-marathon (13.1 miles) as well as the Broad Street Run again. We just completed both races in the past three weeks — and it felt awesome!
As the races approached, there’s this whole concept of carb-loading, since carbohydrates is where you get your energy when running long distances.
Well, I love carbs, so I thought this concept was just great.
With that in mind, I wanted to come up with a pasta dish that wasn’t your typical red sauce, but also wasn’t in a rich cream sauce since it was the night before a race. I also feel like I’m constantly cooking with lemons, so I wanted a change of pace. What resulted was really delicious — shrimp linguini in an orange herb butter sauce.
This was… really good. You need to try it. I was a little skeptical of my judgement and how the orange would go with the dish, but it just complemented the shrimp and veggies really well and the butter and garlic balanced the sauce from being something too sweet.
I was extremely happy with the end result, so I hope you’ll try it too!
If you’re up for it, and the weather is nice this weekend or in coming weeks, maybe challenge yourself to get out there and go for a run! (If the concept of running gives you a visceral reaction, then challenge yourself to take up something else active outdoors.)
Here are some ideas of goals you can set for yourself if you want to give running a try:
- The Color Run 5K: this is a 3.1 mile race that tours the country, it’s a great starting point if you’re just beginning to run. As you run the course, there are pockets of people throwing “color” (aka colored powder) at you so that when you end the race you a) feel uber accomplished and b) look like a walking rainbow — sounds like fun to me!
- Road Race Runner or Runners World: these are actually great links for you to find different running events in your area. The distances range from 1-mile to a full marathon (26 miles)! They are great resources to use if you want to find an event out in the future to give you time to train.
- Tough Mudder: maybe the idea of straight-up running for any length of time is unappealing (or not challening enough?) to you. Train for this 10-12 mile obstacle course instead then! They have events all over the world, so look for an upcoming event near you.
- I hate running: alright, I’m not going to force this running thing on you. So maybe instead, you can find a trail near where you live and go for a bike-ride or long walk. This link will help you locate local trails near you to just enjoy yourself and take in the outdoors, no running necessary…
- Support Boston: one of the great things at the two races that we just ran, was the amount of unity there was in support of the tragic event at the Boston Marathon. Everyone wore black ribbons at the half-marathon and red socks at the Broad Street Run to show there support while running the races. Here’s a link to show your own support for those who were affected.
If you decide to make a goal for yourself, running-related or not, I wish you luck! But if you train for a run or some other event, be sure to carb-load with the yummy shrimp linguini!
I am proud of myself for completing the half-marathon — if you told me I would be running 13.1 miles on purpose a couple of years ago, I think I would have laughed at the idea — but I actually did it!
With that said, I really never care to run a half-marathon again — I think 10 miles is my limit. So two things are certain:
- I will (most likely) never run a half-marathon again
- I will definitely make the shrimp linguini in orange herb butter many times to come
Good luck, and enjoy!!
Have you trained for any races? How did you prepare?