Head this on a podcast the other day and it really resonated with me. Support those around you so you can all flourish.
Banh Xeo is a savory Vietnamese pancake that is made with a rice based flour and a little turmeric. Pork, shrimp and bean sprouts are typical fillings and usually wrapped in rice paper like a spring roll or a as a lettuce wrap.
I wish I had taken pictures throughout the cpoking practice but I was too excited to have these made by my mom, I totally forgot! This is one of my favorites Vietnamese dishes and something I’ve been craving for a very long time!
During a morning FaceTime with my friends John and Erin we talked about smoked salmon and they suggested input this together and boy was I glad I did. This was a good, quick sandwich that I will for sure be making a little more often!
Smoked Salmon on a Dave’s Killer Bread Everything Bagel with cream cheese, tomato, red onion, capers, and a fried egg.
Thought I’d start sharing some foods that I enjoy. Short posts and thoughts about them, not full blown reviews because ain’t nobody got time for that.
Yesterday I had a bacon breakfast burrito from Rod’s Char-Burger in Redondo Beach. The unique thing about their breakfast burritos is that they put chili (as in chili cheese fries chili) in their burrito). Very good, I liked that the chili didn’t overwhelm the burrito, just gave it a nice twist.
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Walking to the mailbox to get my Joe Exotic mask (dumb quarantine purchases) there was an unexpected package from my sister in Arizona. Enclosed were some cards and school photos from my nephews and a handwritten letter from my sister with some photos from my childhood and family. It’s things like this that are really making this time especially hard since I’m not able to see my family. However it’s also things like this that really make me look forward to seeing them all when this whole stay at home order is over.
With this whole Coronavirus situation that the world is going through, our lives have definitely changed. We’re to stay at home, wear facial coverings, gloves, etc. The once busy streets and stores are now empty. It’s a change in our daily lives that a lot of us are struggling with.
We tell ourselves no big deal right? I honestly thought that I would be ok with staying at home but this week this is all hitting me really hard. Seeing my siblings and nephews on a regular basis has always been very important to me and on Tuesday for my birthday, my sister dropped off some snacks to me. It was a very awkward situation having to keep distance and not being able to hug her. She then sent me a text message that I later read and man did that hit me with a wave of tears that I could not hold back. Later that day on a Zoom call with my family I started crying again seeing everybody’s faces. I would be lying to you if I told you that I wasn’t getting teary eyed as I write this.
These really are tough times but I understand why we are being told to stay home and keep our distance. I know that once this is all over We’ll all celebrate our love for our friends and families on a level of gratitude and appreciation for one another that we have not felt before. Stay strong everybody.
Things really have gotten bad over the last week with this whole Covid-19 situation. Running has become such a social activity but with the social distancing we’re all supposed to be practicing, it has pretty much put a stop to big group runs.
That doesn’t mean you can’t stop running and training. Your race was canceled but your training hasn’t been wasted. There is no such thing as wasted miles. Keep the ball rolling and build a better base for future races once things “get back to normal.” Make the best of this situation, find a new hobby, read that book you’ve been meaning to get to. We’re all in this together!
Los Angeles is saddened by the loos of Kobe and Gigi Bryant. This was an athlete I followed throughout most of my life. To me he was the greatest, I only started watching sports towards the end of Michael Jordan’s career so to me, Kobe was the greatest. He was L.A.
Life can end in an instant. Tel the ones around you that you love them, don’t let petty differences cause a rift in your relationship.
The California International Marathon from the Sacramento Running Association is known as a fast course with a net downhill elevation profile as well as the typically great weather conditions since Decembers in Sacramento are usually very cool which makes for great running weather. The downhill isn’t anything crazy where it would destroy your quads/glutes since the max elevation is 350ft and finishes at around sea level. I registered for this race planning to race it with my brother Cong but he had told me that he wanted me to run it for a goal because of the favorable course and weather.
The drive up was nice. We accidentally missed the exit for the 5 North and ended up on the 99 which was a pleasant surprise because it actually took us through the city of McFarland which is home of the high school cross country team that the movie McFarland, USA was about.Brenda since she now lives in Norcal and it’s always great to see her when the opportunity arrives. We also used this chance to plan out cheer and aid stations for those of us running the marathon the next day.
Race Day. Goal is sub 3:25. My marathon PR at the time was 3:33:59. I have tried for 3:25 twice prior with unsuccessful results. With this cycle I wanted to try something a little different than in previous training cycles. All my cycles before were 18 week cycles and this time around I trained for 10 weeks. My long runs were a little slower, my easy runs were a lot slower. I wanted to go into CIM with fresher legs and for the first time I went through a training cycle with no aches, pain or soreness. I felt great going into race day but was it because I didn’t have the fatigue of a long training cycle or because I didn’t train hard enough? my marathon training paces were closer to a 3:20 goal but I did that in anticipation that I would slow down in the later miles.
This was the most well organized event I’ve raced and I’m sure I’ll be back in the future. 4 marathons in 14 months is enough for me.