I wasn’t too sure about the 10 mile run planned today.
The only thing I was really sure about was getting coffee afterwards and meeting two of my great running friends, Jess and Jen. A few ibuprofen down the hatch for good measure and I wished my IT band well, giving it a pep talk, and promising a good ol’ fashioned foam roll afterwards.
Fingers crossed, Garmin started, we head off for our 10 mile standard loop in the north country’ish area. (after all, we do start and stop at a grocery store that has a Starbucks inside — so, it’s not TOO country).
Mile one – feeling fine. Mile two — still doing well, I can feel the IT band ever so slightly. Only 8 more to go right?! Mile three — umm, ouchie. Ok, Gina – just listen to Jess and Jen talk, get your mind off the IT band. Mile 3.4, I look at my watch and swear I’ve been running over 5 miles. Only 3.4?! Oh no!!! My IT band hurts. Boo. I keep plodding along, trying to work it out, trying to stay light on my feet. I suggest to Jess and Jen that perhaps we might cut the loop a little shy and head towards town, just in case I need to stop. Thankfully, Jess and Jen were fine with this plan (they are awesome like that).
And, why was I doing 10 miles today anyway?!
I don’t start official Ironman training until MONDAY. I guess it’s just one of those things I had in my head that I wanted to accomplish for the day. I wanted to run 10 miles. Not 6, not 7, I wanted 10. Type A?! Perhaps. Sue me. I wanted 10. But, I was bargaining now with myself that maybe 7 would be good.
We head back towards the store with Starbucks (STARBUCKS!! —- oh – I can’t wait!!) and by mile 6.5, I do not feel my IT band anymore. WOOHOO! We make it back to the grocery store and my Garmin reads 7.5. Let’s keep going GIRLS! So, off we set in the other direction to finish off our ten. My IT band seemed to be just fine. YES!!! Or, maybe it was just frozen because it was COLD!! Or, maybe it was the ibuprofen?! I’ll take it nonetheless. I don’t care. Starbucks is calling.
And guess what?!? I had a free drink coming!!!
HIT ME STARBUCKS BARISTA LADY — Quad Venti Skinny Vanilla Latte!
I had to jet right away to get the daughter unit to tumbling again today, along with another girl in our carpool. No time to stretch. OOPS. I grab my to-go gym bag and take the girls to town. I drive to the gym and shower and another oopsie …. no time to stretch again — I only have an hour and I need to hit the Trader Joe’s before picking the girls up.
I stock up on tons of fruits and veggies because I had it in my head this morning, I wanted to make a homemade veggie soup.
Back home and my legs are crying a bit. Feeling neglected. So, I give them a few minutes of stretch time while unpacking the groceries. I multi-task like that.
Before I continue with my impressive Sunset Magazine like winter soup for soul — I must tell you:: I had some firsts today!
1. I bought a falafel wrap (I’ve never had falafel, but my friend Meghan raves about it and I keep promising to try it). Perfect, I haven’t eaten and I will have it the minute I get home. I’m starved.
2. I bought some tofu! Not sure what to do with it yet. But, I bought it and am determined to put it in something. I’m considering trying an all veggie diet in January. I know, I know … crazy talk, huh?! Especially from this baconator. This will be another blog though …
Anywho … the falafel wrap = yumminess! I will have to try to make my own without the wrap next time!!
Now for the soup! OH MY — I outdid myself. It was just what I needed on this cold day!! So easy to make too! I didn’t feel like searching the web for a recipe, so I improvised. Here are some pics and a follow-a-long type recipe::
Leeks – chopped and sautéed in a little EVOO and lots of garlic. Add:
Chopped Red Pepper – sautéed with leeks for about 7 minutes. Then add:
Chopped Yukon Gold Potatoes with skin on. MMM!
Love the Yukons!
Cook with Leeks and Red Pepper for another 5 minutes. Add a titch of salt, red pepper flakes, garlic salt, and dried parsley.
Added two containers of Vegetable Broth, along with these little cutie baby zucchinis:
Also added a 32 oz can of diced tomatoes and some chopped portobellos. Bring to a boil, then turn on low and simmer for 20 minutes.
Added Kale after veggies and potatoes were tender and ready.
Soup was so colorful!
Here is the finished product — WA-LAH::
Straight out of Sunset Magazine if I say so! (Well – I wish!)
I topped soup with fresh chopped parsley and some parmesan cheese. Mmm! DELISH!
Whatcha think? My family loved it — which is the true test!!
Hope you all had a Super or Souper Sensational Saturday too!