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The Best Three Courses

November 13, 2011

Hello, I hope everyone has been having a fantastic weekend. I’ve been revising for a good portion of the weekend (boo hiss!), but it was my Mum’s birthday yesterday, so we went out for a special meal. We went to Mitchell’s Wine Bar and Brasserie, which is local to my parents. It was such a nice meal that I want to share some photos with you, but please forgive the poor quality. It’s an atmospheric candle-lit place, which does not make for attractive photographs. Hopefully you’ll get at least an impression of how good the food was.

To start with I had melon and ham with basil olive oil and cracked black pepper.


The olive oil, basil and pepper was an unusual combination, but it really worked!

For my main course I couldn’t decide between salmon and the vegetable and bean enchilada. Mitchell’s specialises in fish, but I wasn’t sure that I was in a fishy mood, so I plumped for the enchilada in the end.


This photograph is truly terrible, but the food was amazing! I don’t think I’ve ever had an enchilada before, but this is definitely something that I’m going to be recreating at home in the near future.

Because it was a wine bar we had to indulge in a glass of wine, of course. I had a gorgeous glass of Rioja (my favourite at the moment) and Mum had a Shiraz.


I don’t know who the lady in the purple is, but I thought that it was quite amusing that she ended up in my photo – I didn’t realise she was there when I took it!

My starter and main were fairly light, so I definitely had room for pudding! I had a baked blueberry cheesecake, which was divine!


That’s a big blob of cream that it’s served with. I really dislike cream on it’s own, so that was left, but I did rescue the strawberry from the top. My Mum reckoned that her dessert looked better than mine – judge for yourself:


It’s a marbled chocolate torte … it did look good!

Today I’ve mostly been chained to my textbooks, but I did schedule in a 6 mile run before lunch. I was uncharacteristically unenthusiastic for this run – I just didn’t want to go. I forced myself to get changed into my running gear and kept saying to myself “I can just go slow and I don’t have to push it”. I wore my Garmin, but I didn’t look at it because I think I’ve been getting too preoccupied with pace recently, although I like to wear it so that I can review how I’ve done when I get back. I started slowly and then just got into what felt like a plodding pace. The weather was gorgeous and my legs actually felt good, so I began to enjoy myself. I was listening to my running soundtrack and got into my groove. I still felt good during the last mile, so I picked up the pace – it wasn’t premeditated, it was just what I felt like doing.

When I got home I was super-sweaty, but on an amazing runner’s high – I couldn’t believe that I was so reluctant to go out. When I looked at my Garmin I was delighted that I ran the last mile in 8:25 and my overall average pace was 9:05 min/mile. That’s the fastest that I’ve ever ran in a training run, so I’m optimistic that I can pull off a good pace in the 10k I’m entered for next weekend. I think I run faster when I don’t look at my Garmin – I’m not too sure why. Maybe I limit myself when I’m monitoring my pace and I’m better off doing what feels good instead.

Runners – do you pay attention to your pace when you’re running?

Baked blueberry cheesecake or marbled chocolate torte?

15 Comments leave one →
  1. November 13, 2011 7:02 pm

    Wow, that cheesecake would do it for me 🙂
    I use my iPhone for tracking runs and walks and it’s quite good as it gives me a 1-kilometre pace update, but I can’t constantly look at my times! I find in any activity if I can watch the clock, I get a bit disheartened and don’t really get into the flow of it very well. Sounds like your 10K is going to go really well!

  2. November 13, 2011 7:26 pm

    That looks like such a delicious meal! I would be very hard pressed to decide between those two desserts! I’m starting to try and not look at my garmin too much at the moment as my pace is definitely slowing from what it was at the peak of my training for the GNR. I try and just go out to enjoy the run and not worry too much about keeping to a certain pace 🙂

  3. Bronagh permalink
    November 13, 2011 8:02 pm

    I never really pay attention to pace (which is why I’m probably not getting any faster with my running) but instead just try to enjoy being outside in the lovely fresh air. I tend to lose motivation and become paranoid that I’m too slow when I pay attention to the numbers :-/

    I’d definitely go for the cheesecake, although I also can’t stand plain cream on it’s own. Looks mean nothing to me when it comes to dessert, it’s allllll about the taste and you just can’t beat a good cheesecake!!

  4. November 13, 2011 8:03 pm

    That chocolate torte does look good- I am not a massive fan of cheesecake so would have gone for the torte. I always run faster when I do not look at my pace- I think when I glance down it makes me panic if I am going slower, or I try to push on up hills a bit too fast and then pay for it later!

  5. November 13, 2011 8:07 pm

    Ahh there’s nothing better than a workout that you didn’t want to do that ends in a full blown high is there! And such a good revision break too. How long til the exam?
    The cheesecake would have done it for me, I loooove cheesecake!

  6. November 13, 2011 8:48 pm

    I don’t look at my pace while running, I just analyse the splits afterward – so many runners I see get distracted while looking at their Garmins that they actually lose speed, and also it can really mess with your head if you’re easily demoralised like me.

    Sorry, I have to go for the marbled chocolate torte because…well, it’s chocolate!


  7. November 13, 2011 10:45 pm

    Sounds like a great run – sometimes I don’t want to go out on the bike or whatever but always feel better afterwards.
    I’d have to go for the cheesecake. I love cheesecake anyway but although I also love chocolate, I’m not a fan of it in tortes or pastry… Any tart-based pudding is better with fruit I reckon – or just a big slab of chocolate of course… 🙂

  8. November 13, 2011 11:35 pm

    I love when runs end so much better than you thought they would… that is the best 🙂 I pay attention to my pace only on certain runs… like if I am trying to do a tempo, HIIT style workout, or maintain a pace
    I would go with the chocolate torte!

  9. Errign permalink
    November 14, 2011 2:15 am

    Generally yes, especially on outdoor runs, I keep an eye on it. I can usually tell by how I feel though, if I’m going too hard, etc. Yummy food! 🙂

  10. November 14, 2011 9:27 am

    Looks like you had a great time, Sarah! Happy Birthday to your Mum!

  11. November 14, 2011 2:14 pm

    That looks like such a tasty meal, and can I say both for the desserts. It’s so hard just to pick one! 🙂

  12. November 14, 2011 2:21 pm

    Its always good to get out the door for a run, its the opening of the door that is sometimes SO hard, well done you. And all the best for your exam, I’m sure you will do fine.

  13. November 15, 2011 4:25 am

    Ohhh…. tough one! I’m going to go with marbled torte, but I am a cheesecake lover too. Can’t I choose both? 🙂

  14. November 15, 2011 5:30 am

    I ❤ bday dinners!

    I don't pay attention to pace at all when I run. I don't wear a watch just so I can be free from time and numbers and just enjoy myself!

    Also, while I am the world's biggest chocoholic, blueberry cheesecake is very special.

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