Atlanta Running Groups Round-up & a Butternut Squash Frittata

I’ve been spoiling myself lately… Now I only want to run in groups! I’ve joined four different run groups here in the city and each has helped motivate me to train for my next half marathon. I just run so much faster and longer when I run with people than I’m alone.
Example: In my Wednesday group, we ended up running 6 miles at a 7:45 pace, whereas alone the next day I ran 4 miles at an 8:45 average pace. Its amazing what group running does!
This week I tried out a few new groups and I’m excited that from now on I’ll actually be able to run with them since I don’t work at the restaurant anymore.
On Tuesday I went to the Highland Runners Club hosted by Highland Running. A great small group of people, they’re very personable and ensure that no one gets left behind. Each week they send out an email with the route beforehand so you know what you’re in for… that way if you do lose sight of people its not hard to get lost.

Wednesday was West Midtown Run Club. They meet at the LuluLemon on Howell Mill Road. I’ve been going to this one for the longest and really love all the people. There’s all ages but its a pretty young crowd. Tess, also founder of Running Nerds is in charge and she always welcomes new people. The route is usually 3-6 miles depending on who comes. I go for longer of course! This week, I tripped and fell though! Now I have a huge bruise on my whole left side!

Thursday I tried out Phidippides in Ansley Mall. This was the biggest turnout for a running group, over 40 people! Its a basic 3ish mile route around Piedmont Park. There’s walkers and runners, fast and slow. It was their “Ugly Running Outfit” contest, so of course I was totally on-board! I brought my mom’s old workout cloths (not saying they’re ugly) and wore some tacky battery-powered lights. I won 3rd place in the contest and got a $20 gift certificate!!

3rd place!

On Saturday morning I found a Meet-up group that meets at Caribou Coffee on 10th and Piedmont. This was another huge turn out of all levels of runners. The group walks to Piedmont Park then runs one or two laps for 2.5 or 5 miles. I found some awesome women to run with, it was so good to have females that were my pace!

Sunday the Highland Running store does another run. Its pretty small because no one knows about it, but again this is a great group of people and it gives motivation to run! I enjoyed it!

I’ve found I really look forward to running with all these groups. I’m planning on making it out to all of these. For me I feel so much more comfortable talking to people while I’m running and (cheesy as it is) I really feel like I can be myself. I would much rather prefer to get up early on Saturday and Sunday to run with people than to stay out at a bar late at night. Then again, I am an old lady in a 22 year old skin!

All this running makes me hungry for a quick but nutritious dinner, especially when I get done at 7:30 or 8 at night. This frittata is just the thing!

butternut squash frittata

RECIPE: BUTTERNUT SQUASH FRITTATA  for one

INGREDIENTS 
2 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
salt, pepper, nutmeg
1/2 of a small onion, chopped
1/2 of a green pepper, chopped
1 cup cubed butternut squash
1 cup chopped kale

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, a pinch of salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
  2. Peel the butternut squash and chop them into 1/4-inch cubes. Put in a pan with a little bit of water and bake on high heat for 10-15 mins.
  3. On the stove, sautee chopped onions and green pepper until browned, about 5 mins. Add in the kale and cooked butternut squash.
  4. Turn the heat down to low. Whisk the eggs one last time and pour them over the spinach. Crumble the goat cheese with your fingers or a fork over the top of the frittata. Put the pan in the oven and bake until you can shake the pan (wear oven mitts!) and see that the middle is just barely set, about 12 to 18 minutes.

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