I thought street running in the rain with N on Tuesday was already moving out of my comfort zone and required quite a bit of commitment to my new “training” program. As it turns out, today was a true test to my training in the rain. Compared to the drizzle that touched upon us on Tuesday, today’s rain came down as a healthy pitter-patter that formed puddles everywhere. I found out before noon that N had lunch plans and she would be unable to join me. It did cross my mind that maybe I should just skip today. Do I really want to go out in the rain and run on my own…?
Earlier in the morning, I noticed my irritation level was starting to rise. It was quite obvious to me as I was making conscious efforts to keep all my little bits of grumpiness under wraps. When lunch time rolled around, I looked at the bag with all my running gear. Can I get myself to go out and run… alone? Of course! In fact, I realized with all the negative energy settling in, I needed to get out, run and expend some energy — even if it was a very slow and short run,
Once I had changed into my running gear and cap, I felt eager to go out and start my run. If I didn’t melt on Tuesday’s run, then I knew it would be all good today. I plugged in my running playlist and started out at a slow pace. The uphill trek at the beginning required some mental push. Because I was running alone, I had considered just running a kilometre and then turning back. As I neared the one kilometre mark, my running was at a comfortable pace and I decided to keep pushing ahead. Eventually I ran two kilometres out before turning back. In total, I ran about four kilometres at lunch time.
As I ran, my mind started to wander back to food and places where I have eaten before. Perhaps it was because I was running in the west end but my mind kept returning to Forage. Located at The Listel Hotel (1300-block Robson Street), Forage is another “farm to table” sustainable restaurant around the city. It supports sustainability and making a positive contribution to the world.
B picked Forage for her birthday dinner last summer. We had a group of 10-12 people and we were seated against the back wall area. I arrived fairly early so I had a few minutes to look around, take a couple of photos and even chat with some of B’s friends. I must admit that it was a little distracting to be sitting across from two tv screens. The screen was only showing a repeat of a few slides showing some random pictures (ok, maybe not all of them are random…).
When the majority of the group arrived, we ordered a number of dishes to be shared:
It was good to have a big group of people at the table as we were able to share and sample many different menu items. This was the first time I actually paid attention to kale (at least enough to know that it’s called kale). My favourite items were the crispy kale, the gnocchi and the chowder.