San Francisco's proximity to the Napa Valley is another one of the zillion reasons as to why we love living in the SF Bay Area. However, DD did not choose his first marathon to run exclusively because it was in Napa. He chose it based on a friend's recommendation that it was a fast, downhill course, excellent for beginner marathoners - and it fell pretty much on a date ideal for his goal of completing a marathon before he turned the big 3-0.
Part of the training plan involved running part of the course before the Big Day (March 4th), so DD chose the weekend of his 18-miler, which also conveniently fell on the MLK Day holiday, to head up. For those of you curious about a marathon (or half) training plan, DD and I generally run at least 2 short runs during the work week (3-5 miles each), and make sure to never skip a long run on the weekends. Long runs start at 3 miles and increase by a mile or so a week. If you are marathoning, once you get up into the teens, you can drop down every other week until you reach 20 miles. After DD reaches his 20 miles, he starts a gradual 3-week taper period where weekly mileage gradually decreases to leave him in strong, tip-top shape for the main event.
It's been a while, my friends (all 4 of you who may actually read this, ha!). But - I just wanted to provide an update as to where I am (still in San Francisco, thank goodness), and why I've been silent.
It hasn't been for the lack of tasty adventures. We took a trip to Florida, for the wedding of DD's younger brother, and ate at a couple of memorable restaurants (Pubbelly Sushi and Sugar Cane Raw Bar & Grill). When we're not traveling I've still been cooking during the weekends for our weekly meals, but haven't been as assiduous with documenting those attempts. We've also been eating out while in the city, but I've a backlog of photos needing to be processed and uploaded. During Porcini season, DD had been in full-forage mode, and we tried to come up with more recipes to use up the lovely mushrooms he'd been bringing home.
And so perhaps I should let on about another obsession that's taken over me - and that - oddly enough, has been this thing called running.