The best part was that my pace didn’t feel hard and I felt like I easily could have run another mile or two. Generally, long runs in the summer are torturous for me, so this was an amazing feeling. It also probably means that I’m due for a disastrous long run this week.
I’m pretty sure this is proof that I have ESP
N because man, this week’s long run was a mess from start to finish.
I think the biggest issue was that I tried to run around my neighborhood, which meant I had to rely solely on my 16 oz water bottle instead of the plentiful water fountains by Lady Bird Lake. Apparently I ingested way more than 16 oz of water during my run last weekend because the amount of water I consumed over the course of 9 miserable miles did not feel adequate. I also started running later in the morning than I should have, so the sun was really strong and I didn’t get much of a breeze. I was drenched in sweat by the second mile and decided at that point to run in a big circle around my apartment so that I’d never be too far from home in case I needed to bail. I didn’t pay much attention to my pace as it took all of my energy just to slog through but it took me nearly as long to run 9 miles as it took me to run 10 miles last weekend. Womp womp.
Anyway, on to more exciting happenings: last week I got to sample free food and beverages on two occasions for marketing purposes. This had absolutely nothing to do with blogging– I seriously get about 5 hits a day, so I’m definitely not reaching enough people to be on anyone’s radar. The first free food event was coincidence and the second one was thanks to some friends who got on a mailing list. I don’t really see myself ever getting money or other stuff from blogging, which is fine– I have a real job and other things I like to do in my spare time besides blog– but I love food and shamelessly love when I don’t have to pay for it, so I guess I can see the allure of trying to make your blog a “thing”.
Free food event number 1 was last Saturday at the Draughthouse, which is our go-to place when we have nothing else going on on a Saturday afternoon and we want to get out of the house. In addition to the usual assortment of delicious beers, every Saturday afternoon the Draughthouse also has free bratwursts. Yay free food! They also typically have 1 or 2 rotating food trucks in the parking lot. On Saturday they had the usual lobster roll truck plus a Ben & Jerry’s truck which is apparently touring Texas this summer.
The deal is that Ben & Jerry’s is going to release a Texas flavor in pints later this year and they want the public to decide which of the two flavors should represent our fine state. (I have no idea if this ice cream will be available outside of Texas or whether Ben & Jerry’s is doing something similar in any other states).
Here is my spread at the Draughthouse:
On the left is the Bar-B-Que Peach— peach ice cream with peach chunks and a “bar-b-que caramel swirl”. This was okay when I first tasted it– the ice cream was sweet with a subtle peach flavor, which all checked out– but the barbecue flavor left an overwhelmingly burning sensation in the back of my throat. Ice cream, by definition, should not leave a burning sensation in one’s mouth. Also, the peach chunks reminded me of the chunks of fruit/”fruit” that are in fruit cake.
Bourbon Pecan Pie (on the right) was much more successful. It doesn’t have much of a bourbon flavor, which was a shame since I love bourbon-y desserts, but I liked the chunks of shortbread and caramel swirl. This was the clear winner in my book, and thankfully 80% of Texans seemed to agree with me when I last checked the polls. If that peach ice cream abomination makes it into stores, I’m done with this country.
Free food event number 2 was on Monday night at Parkside for a Brugal rum tasting event. Some friends heard about this via a newsletter and passed along the sign up link to us. I was excited for this because free food and drinks!!! but also a little apprehensive because I rarely drink liquor and didn’t really want to wake up with a hangover on Tuesday morning.
We started off with some sort of daiquiri and some hors d’oeuvres that I didn’t get a chance to photograph because it was 6:30 and this event was full of people who were hangry after work. Then we went into a main dining hall area, listened to a spiel about how Brugal rum is different (read: better) than any other rum and did some tasting.
I remember enjoying the one on the left about as much as I am usually able to enjoy straight liquor, i.e. not very. The one in the middle was like vodka. The one on the right was like whiskey but didn’t make me want to vomit the way whiskey usually does, so I’ll give credit where credit is due.
The alcohol was clearly getting to my head at this point because I just found this selfie on my phone that I don’t remember taking.
The last part of the evening involved making our own daiquiris at stations with fancy barware, shooters of rum, and various ingredients like strawberries, jalapeños, etc.
We all played it safe and made strawberry daiquiris, which was probably for the best. The quality of my photography had a perfect inverse correlation with the amount of rum I consumed over the course of the night.
After the rum event was over we went to Torchy’s and I ate the biggest burrito in the history of burritos. I think the burrito is the reason I woke up the next morning feeling perfectly fine. Thanks Torchy’s!
Actually, it’s kind of shocking to me that I don’t have people flooding my inbox with sponsorship opportunities. One of the ice creams I tried didn’t set my throat on fire and the rum that was like whiskey didn’t make me hurl. Don’t you want click my affiliate link and buy these things right now?!