Wow! What an amazing run I had this morning! First of all, I slept in until 9:50 am. That was glorious! I was debating whether or not I should throw on my running clothes and hit the road or wait and run later in the evening. Because the weather was absolutely perfect, sunny and really cool, I decided to just go ahead and do it. I followed the running route I had planned for yesterday morning without any problems. I am amazed at how quickly I could run from my apartment to Retiro. Princípe de Vergara isn’t nearly as long as I thought it was. When I arrived at the park, I had only run 1.5 miles.
In the 10 months that I’ve been in Madrid, I’ve never once gone running in Retiro mostly because I thought it was too far away from my piso and that it’d be silly to take the metro there just to run. Had I known I could get there so quickly on foot, I would’ve been running there this entire time. The atmosphere was amazing! I don’t know if every day is like it was today, but there were SO many runners out running. It was so incredibly motivating. I think I spent the first two miles in the park smiling! When I got to the really massive hill that runs through Retiro, the smile sort of went away, but I was pleased that my pace didn’t go over 9:03.
The estanque in Retiro! I love rowing those boats!
After the very pleasant run, I popped into the chino store and got a Bon Bon and a diet coke. Unfortunately, when I was trying to make sure my cell phone was securely placed in the pocket of my shorts, the can of diet coke fell to the ground, busted, and started spraying me! A couple of people watched and one man laughed with me. After getting the second diet coke, I walked to my colegio. Google Maps says it takes 30 min. to get there, but I made it in 24, stop lights included. The pavement seems fine for my rollerblades, so when I’m skating to school, I should arrive in way less than 24 min. The only bummer is that when I’m skating home, I’l have to skate up fairly lengthy hill. It’ll probably be a pain the first couple of days, but I suppose I’ll get used to it.
For dinner tonight, I made a recipe Antonio taught me a week ago today, “pollo al ajillo.” Basically it’s a garlic chicken. When Antonio and I made the chicken last Sunday, we ate homemade french fries with it, but this evening I cut the potatoes into little squares and cooked them with some red and green bell peppers. I did use olive oil to semi-fry the potatoes, but they were by no means drenched in oil like we do when we make french fries. Is there a term for “semi-frying” potatoes? Ha. I know very little about cooking. Obviously.
Here’s the recipe:
Ingredients: chicken breasts cut into little squares, olive oil, garlic, white wine, laurel leaves, pepper, and nutmeg.
Preparation: put all of that into a big pot on the stove. Before adding the wine, nutmeg, and laurel leaves, wait until the chicken has been cooking for some 10 to 15 min.
Pollo al ajillo
Potatoes with peppers!
I forgot I had taken my spices to my new apartment, so I had to go without the nutmeg and I added almonds to the mix tonight. I think I did a good job, especially considering it was my first time cooking it alone! Also, I intended to only eat half of the bread. I shouldn’t have put it on the plate because I ate it all! oops! Tomorrow night, I’ll have leftovers for dinner! score! (slash, in case you’re wondering what’s on the fork in the picture below… It’s spicy mustard. Definitely not my thing, so I didn’t eat it with the meal.)
I consider it a success!
Dinner was great tonight and for dessert I would love to have eaten birthday cake with my dad and family to celebrate my dad’s birthday! Today, he turned the big 5-O! At least we got some celebrating in before I came back to Spain!
The cake I bought for my dad in August!
Tomorrow morning, I start my teaching job! I have to be at work at 9 am, so I’m not sure when I’ll go running. I think Ill wait until the evening because I’m not sure I’m comfortable running in the dark here and I’d have to run in the dark if I get up at 7 am. If it’s entirely too hot tomorrow evening, then I might have to make myself run early anyway and just carry mace with me! :) Seriously, though, I hope there are lots of early morning runners in Retiro. If there are, I will feel safer running in the dark!
That’s it for this post!
Distance: 7 miles
Weather: sunny and cool
Terrain: mostly flat and one massive hill
After the run: I felt excited to be living near such a wonderful park this year! I can’t wait to move into my new place!