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The Happy Gnome and (Half-Marathon) Training Update

Posted Oct 08 2010 8:01pm

Happy Friday!!!  I don’t know about you, but it’s been a long week for me–so the weekend is definitely a welcome development.  And a cause for celebration!

With the dawning of this weekend, Josh and I decided to celebrate at a new restaurant (for us)– The Happy Gnome .

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We’ve heard so many good things about this place, most of them beer related.  Their website says that they have over 70 beers on tap and over 400 different types of bottled beer.  Since Josh and I were going to use a gift certificate (which required us to order $50 of food), we decided to make a night out of it.  I was super excited!

That excitement lasted about 5 minutes into the night.  We got to the restaurant, I perused the beer menu, and then realized that I left my wallet and ID at home.  Cue the sad noises.  :(

I took solace in the dinner menu.  After seeing that The Happy Gnome uses a lot of local foods, my happiness returned in full force.  With $50 to spend, Josh and I decided to each get an entree and split an appetizer and dessert.

We started out with the pork carnitas.

Simple, but delicious!  The pork was so tender, and you know I can’t resist a good ripe avocado.  I had two tortillas worth of pork, avocado, tomato, lettuce and salsa.

The next course: Vegetable Pappardelle.

Wow.  I mean, just wow.  This was truly heaven.  The veggies were cooked perfectly–not too soft, but just cooked enough.  And white wine/truffle oil sauce was not overpowering, but wasn’t too light of a flavor either.  As you could probably tell…

I loved it.

Josh also took a picture of his dinner–Fennel Dusted Grilled Veal Loin.

I had a bite of his veal and the au gratin potatoes.  Both were very good, but they didn’t hit the spot like my veggie pasta!

And for dessert–blueberry beignets.

Soft yummy pastries with a tart, yet sweet blueberry sauce.  Josh and I each had one and a half.

Perfect meal on a perfect Friday night.  The only thing missing?  A tasty beer!  Good thing I was saving this pumpkin ale for a day like today.

This is by far my favorite pumpkin ale.  It may be a bit of a one-noter for some, but that is actually the reason why I love it.  It’s very pumpkin-y with just a hint nutmeg.  I may have missed having a good beer at dinner, but this certainly made up for it.

I’ve got a half-marathon race in 23 days.  With my constant stomach pains , I have not been training.  In fact, I haven’t done anything in a week and a half.  Good news–this is all going to change.

Today I went into the doctor’s office and she gave me the A-OK to start running again.  She believes that with some OTC acid-reducing meds, my stomach will heal in 6-8 weeks.  But, just to be sure, I was tested for an ulcer (which I learned today were caused by bacteria and not by stress).  Either way, I am glad I went in!

Training will resume this weekend.  I was scheduled to do an 11 mile long run on Sunday, which I may cut down to a shorter distance.  I just need to get back in the game!

Have you ever had to take time off in the middle of your race training?  How did you recoup for lost time?

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