Wine & Running—In That Order

Forgive me for my lack of blog last night. I was busy getting drunk with my mom.

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My dad had a last minute dinner meeting, so Mom and I decided to have an impromptu girls’ night! We checked out another condo for me (too small—TWSS Winking smile), did a little shopping at TJ Maxx where we both coveted purses that were still too expensive, and grabbed dinner at The Quarter Bistro!


Any place that has a giant bulb of garlic hanging over the entrance is OK by me!


Of course, we had to start with wine because that’s how we do.


A word about wine. My parents have totally ruined my palette. Well, not ruined, but let’s just say my taste in wine exceeds my budget. They go to Napa Valley every summer and bring back amazing cabernet, so I was pretty much raised on really good red wine. This makes it difficult to A: purchase wine to have at home that won’t put me in the poorhouse, and B: find wine on a restaurant menu that isn’t outrageously expensive, but that I’ll actually enjoy. (First world problem).

Anyway, Mom’s trick is to find a winemaker she likes and order their merlot instead of the cab. It’s usually pretty tasty, but much less expensive. Smart!

Hummus and hot bread to start.


Please excuse the photos—the lighting at the Quarter Bistro is great for ambience, but horrible for photos.

Mom had a giant bowl of shrimp and scallop pasta in white wine sauce with garlic and mushrooms. Holy yum!


And I went for a Bourbon Louis salad with hard boiled eggs, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, shrimp, and lump crab meat.


I scarfed it! The Louis dressing was kind of Thousand Island-y, so I had it on the side and it was perfect—sweet and tangy!


We had a lot of fun chatting away. Since Mom is a teacher, I gave her all of my classroom stuff, and she’s actually using a lot of it! Such a compliment to me that my mom, who is a master teacher, can use some of the materials I was using. Smile

And don’t worry, we didn’t drink that whole bottle of wine . . .


We took it to go. And yes, this is legal, so don’t get all crazy on me.


Ahhhh good times. Makes me glad to be back in Michigan. We’re going to have to do this a lot when the temperatures are sub-zero, and I’m wondering why the hell I moved back here. Smile

This morning I slept in a little (perk of working from home!), and then hit the treadmill for a tempo run.

Remember this treadmill


Yeah. So the tempo run. I give it about a 2 out of 10. Sucked. Hard.

In the spirit of Rachael . . . Open-mouthed smile

What I was supposed to be doing:

Tempo Run Distance: 7 miles, including warm up & cool down; 5 miles @ 8:38

What I actually did:

Tempo Run Distance: 7 miles,  including warm up & cool down; 5 miles @8:45-9:15 with 1-2 minute walk breaks every mile or so.

No, every run isn’t going to be fantastic. Sometimes it’s really hard and it just plain sucks. That was today. But I did it. There are several excuses I could make, or several ways I could go easy on myself, but I’ve decided not to meditate on it and just move on.

When you have a bad workout, do you beat yourself up over it or just let it go?

Do you like wine??? What kind? If not, what do you like to drink? Rum? Beer? Water??? Winking smile


12 thoughts on “Wine & Running—In That Order

  1. Ahahaha you are awesome! 1.5 incline is crazy, I tell you, CRAZY! But I guess good in terms of doing some sort of hill work?

    Sometimes I beat myself up over it and sometimes I realize that no matter how much I beat myself up over it, it’s not going to change the fact that the workout sucked.

    And well, I think you know I love wine. Especially cab, it’s my absolute favorite. But I’m not picky, I’ll drink cheap or expensive. 🙂 I drink beer too.. No rum for me though. Unless of course it’s a mojito. Sigh, I am healthy, I promise.

    • I’ve recently gotten a little more into whites, too. The warm summer weather makes me want a chilled wine. But then, I drink it like water, which is a little dangerous . . . 😉

  2. That treadmill looks older than my mom. Does it turn on, or do you have to self propel it like a Flintstone?
    Oh and yes to all the alcohol. I need to live through you for awhile because I need to lose a few lbs. And by “awhile,” I mean until someone puts alcohol in front of me on Saturday.

    • Based on this morning’s run, I’m going to have to go with self-propelled. Time for a gym membership, methinks.
      That’s my problem, too. Yes to all the alcohol. And I’m good until someone puts it in front of me. Yeah . . . I just really like drinking.

  3. So….have I ever mentioned that I work for a wine and spirits importer? 😉 I do like wine, but have to be careful because I am a total light weight (not even joking). I definitely carry my mom’s genes for that. My siblings are the complete opposite. They can drink pretty much anyone under the table.

    Glad you were able to share some quality time with your mom. My mom is my best friend. We speak at least twice a day and I miss not being able to see her often. I’m looking forward to visiting her this weekend. 🙂

    • I know work is crazy for you right now, so I won’t be too too envious, but I kinda am anyway!!!

      My mom is one of my best friends, too. I am so glad that I’m close enough to hang out with her again. I missed it! Have fun this weekend!

  4. Hmm I have a few. In the summer, I like Kim Crawford Savignon Blanc, Chateau Ste Michelle Eroica or Sokol Blosser Evolution. I also love reds: La Crema Pinot Noir, Coppola Claret, the new Red Velvet wine from Cupcake, or the cheap J Lohr Cab. I also love Super Tuscans, but they are incredibly hard to find which makes me oh so sad … but it makes me happy to order bottles of them at Carrabbas or Maggiano’s 🙂

    • Oooh, I want to go wine drinking with you! And you know, that J Lohr Cab doesn’t upset me one bit, either. I don’t really care about the price tag or the rating–I just know what I like! 😀

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