Potatoes, Tuberculosis, and Running Revelations

My 3.1 mile treadmill run on Friday wasn’t too bad, but my legs still felt pretty heavy from my long run on Wednesday night.

Tuna and I cooked a supposedly plain but surprisingly yummy dinner by adding a shit ton of Old Bay to all items on the plate (minus the spinach.)

It was pretty darn good!

Potatoes are probably my favorite food of all! These are way better for you than french fries, but still give you that potato fix, and are super easy to make.

CNG’s Quartered Red Potatoes:

Small red potatoes
Garlic or Garlic Powder
Old Bay
Cooking Spray


Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.

Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.

Cut in the potatoes into quartered pieces.

Put the potatoes on the baking sheet and sprinkle (or heavily shake, bahaha) all of the spices onto the potatoes.

Cook for approx 35 minutes in the oven – this time depends on how hot your oven gets! You may want to double check them around 25 minutes, just in case.

You will know when the potatoes are done when they start browning on the tops and are more squishy than they are hard (I’m convinced my best asset is my cooking terminology.)

Add some ketchup and enjoy!


On another note, I’m still a hot sweaty mess. I had another episode of night sweats last night, which was even worse than the first one. I woke up at 2:30am, and couldn’t fall back asleep for awhile, so I changed and read some Hungry Runner Girl.

My washing machine is really getting some action lately.

I made the mistake of Web MD-ing night sweats and it gave me these options:

– Mononucleosis
– Tuberculosis

Seriously? Seriously.

I had mono in college (didn’t we all) so it obviously must be tuberculosis. Maybe I can make my tuberculosis death lovely and romantic like Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge.


Numerous running revelations occurred this morning.

I found some great articles with beginner race tips when browsing Runner’s World online.

Mistake: Too much food
RW columnist Jeff Galloway says many first-timers eat too much before a race, particularly the night before. Carmichael agrees. “You don’t need to carbo-load for a 5-K,” he says. Most people have enough stored energy in their bodies to run a 5-K without taking in any additional calories (http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-238-520–11941-0,00.html).

Mannnn, carbo loading is superfluous? There goes my excuse to have an entire pizza pie on Friday night. Sadface.

Revelations also came via g-chat (of course) from my marathon running, Tough Mudder finishing pal Vicki.

Victoria:  i did most of my tough mudder training last year without music, because i didn’t have an ipod

Sheeeeeet. I forgot that I won’t be able to use my iPod for the flippin’ race I’m training for.

Victoria: oh btw, my trainer said if you run on a treadmill you should always have at least 1% incline apparently it better simulates a flat road, otherwise it’s more like you’re running on a very slight downhill

Crrraaaaap. So I have been training solely downhill. From now on, I promise to always run at 1% incline. P.S. Thank you for the legitimate personal trainer insight fo free. We must continue this arrangement. 🙂

Victoria:  you should get in at least one run in warm weather to prepare for your race. otherwise it will be a huge shock to your system

Say no more. I shall obey and run outside on Wednesday.

Therefore, my Runner’s World/Insightful Friend via her Personal Trainer race week plan will be:

Monday: 5 miles on the treadmill at 1% incline
Tuesday: Rest Day
Wednesday: 3 miles outside in the heat
Thursday: Yoga
Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: My First Race: DC Purple Stride 5K

Wish me luck!

Was your first race experience awkward or amazing?

What do you do for race weeks? If you do a race with short mileage, do you taper?

5 thoughts on “Potatoes, Tuberculosis, and Running Revelations

  1. I haven’t been regularly running since last year, but when i did i never tapered for short races – only for half marathons.
    But most importantly listen to YOUR body, we’re all different.

    My first race was an all-womans 5 k on a racing circuit – so much fun!
    My first half marathon was the best ever, that feeling when you cross the finish line – bliss!

  2. Glad to be of help! I’ll have to make a mental note to use better grammar and punctuation when we g-chat from now on… Races are (or should be) FUN! You get to meet all kinds of people and see athletes at every imaginable level of fitness and experience. I particularly loved the last couple of races I did (a 15-K and the marathon) where portions of the route doubled back over themselves. Although this means you run certain parts of the course twice, it also means you get to see all the other runners! On of the top finishers in the Charlottesville Marathon ran the race barefoot, and another guy juggled beanbags for the entire 26 miles!! Just have fun, and make sure to HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE. Good luck!

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