Monthly Archives: October 2012

October Ends

And I did in fact miss my 100 miles.  By a mile.  Or 26.

74 miles for the month of October.  Between recovery from Akron, and tapering and then recovering from Columbus, and then the 4 days of cold windy rain brought on by Hurricane Sandy (wth I live in OHIO, people!) it just didn’t happen.  I’d even planned to run a few at the rec center yesterday since the kids were off school (cancelled), but then we lost power.  And since we live across the street from the rec center, they also lost power.  Leave it to me to lose power after the storm has passed.

It has actually been 6 days since I’ve run.  WTF.  I haven’t gone 6 days without running in quite a long time.  Definitely feeling v fat and out of shape.

Planning on a run tomorrow to get November off to a better start.  Hopefully I feel rested and healthy and have a great run, I need it!



Black Bean Soup

Fall is here, and it’s soup season! I love all soups. Passionately. I also love black beans. So, for lunch I whipped up this yummy black bean soup. Delicious!

Black Bean Soup
Prep time:
Cook time:
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Serves: 8
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 chopped or shredded carrots
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2½ cups vegetable stock
  • 3 cans black beans, rinsed and drained (you could probably get away with 2, but I love beans!)
  • 1 (11 ounce) can Mexicorn
  • 1 (15 ounce) can zesty stewed tomatoes
  • cilantro, sour cream and shredded cheese
  1. In a large sauce pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and carrots, and cook until onion is softened. Add chili powder, cumin and pepper; cook another 1 minute. Add vegetable stock, half of the black beans, all of the corn, and bring to a boil.
  2. In food processor or blended, puree tomatoes and remaining beans; add to pan. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 10-15 minutes until carrots are tender.
  3. Top with chopped cilantro, sour cream, and shredded cheddar or Monterrey jack cheese.



Salsafied Chicken

Don’t get too excited. One of the pressure of trying to keep up my dusty ole food blog was to always have some exciting meal I’d made to post about. The fact of the matter is, sometimes we eat like this. Easy one pot meals that are kid friendly.

So, I thought I’d share it with you, as unexciting as it may be. If not for the kids, I’d add black beans and corn. And heaven knows what else. I did give them flour tortillas to go with it, which makes me extra popular.

Salsafied Chicken and Rice

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cubed
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1 (8 ounce) jar salsa
2 cups instant rice
8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken with taco seasoning, salt and pepper. Cook and stir chicken in hot oil until cooked through and juices run clear, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the broth and salsa and bring to a boil; turn off the heat and stir in the instant rice. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese over the mixture. Cover the skillet and let sit until the rice is tender, about 5 minutes*.

*I actually brought the mixture to a boil, added the race, reduced to low and cooked for 10 minutes covered.

Scrappies 10/26

Just 3 this week, but I’m madly in love with them.

Products: This and Thats 1 by Valorie Wibbens and Lauren Reid, Edgy-Ness by Shawna Clingerman, Creative Bliss Papers by Shawna Clingerman, Topography Set No.17 by Valorie Wibbens, A Bit Worn by Valorie Wibbens, Chipboard Alphabet Soup by Kim Jensen

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My Favorite U
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See you next week – for DSD weekend. I’ll either have 1000 pages, or be dead.

My 100 Mile Month…

is fading away.

My 2012 goal was to run 100 miles each month. It’s easy while marathon training, not so easy when I’m not. But, so far, I’d done ok:


But October, not so much. I didn’t run much the first week, since I’d just done Akron. Then the taper for Columbus, and now this week.

Today’s run felt like my first. Ever. Legs not moving, and heart rate far higher than it should be for the pace.

At this point, I’d need to average 4 per day to make it. Which seems easy enough, but this is not enjoyable running, folks. Plus, my IT band is slowly becoming inflamed and I definitely don’t have time for THAT, so I might have to call it for this month.

If only I’d granted myself rollover miles.

Maybe I’ll have a miraculous recovery and be able to do a 16 miler on the 31st? Nahh.

Oh well, it’s been a fantastic year. I can’t complain!

Because why not?

I usually walk with my friend Jen on Monday mornings. We take the dogs, and we either walk 4 miles by the lake while they run around off leash, or we do 5 miles at Chippewa with them off leash only when no one is coming when I accidentally lose my grip on the leash.

Of course, today when she texted, I said SURE. Because what’s smarter than walking 5 miles with a crazy ass dog pulling you the day after a marathon and a new PR. Well, nothing, I say!

For the most part, there was no one out today, and Bella got to run pretty freely I was really clumsy with the leash. But, just to make it more exciting, we picked THIS day to go explore the hiking trails back there.

I think Bella approved.


Normally she can run off the trail, but it’s thick with shrubs and whatnot. Back here, she could run off the trail through the trees at top speed and be really really bad and ignore me when I call her.

At least my bad choices led to some good fun for the dog. I, however, still feel like hell.

Columbus Marathon Recap

In 10,000 words or less. Maybe.


I arrived in Columbus Saturday afternoon since it’s 2 hours away and ain’t no way I’m getting up that early. I got checked into my room (once I asked AGAIN for the marathon rate they told me on the phone did not exist… and it ended up being a $60 savings, woot!), chilled for a few, hit the expo, ate dinner, you know all the normal stuff. Fell asleep before 10 and slept like it was my job.

Run All the Marathons

The ORIGINAL plan back in the summer when Phil (Best training buddy ever. Love him.) and I came up with this brilliant idea to run a million races/marathons this year was to do Akron as a training run, and then go all out at Columbus. Then I went 2/3 out at Akron, and he went all in, and got his PR there. So then the plan was he’d run me in at Columbus. A few miles? Half? It was all up in the air. As recently as Tuesday, I’d decided I didn’t want to run the full and was just going to do the half. He agreed and my blood pressure went down 30 points. The next day he informed me that he bought a full bib, we were doing the full, and he was going to pace me to 4:25. Blood pressure up 50. Still wasn’t feeling 100% physically since Akron, and definitely wasn’t 100% emotionally. But I’m in it uptoherenow, so lets do it.

Our alarms went off at 6:00, same time, different chimes. V revolting. Ate my yogurt/granola/banana, and drank my “delicious” hotel coffee. Then we moseyed our way down to the starting line.

The race started at 7:30, but they were super diligent about starting the runners one corral at a time, so we didn’t actually cross the start line until 14:45 behind the gun. I’ve been behind the gun at every race, but not by 15 minutes. Crazy. I was rather disappointed to have to start running, as I was having a fine time just standing around chatting. Furthermore, it was warm when we were all packed in there. Once we started running and spread out, it was COLD.

At mile 2, we saw the lead runners looping back. They were at mile 7. I wasn’t even warmed up yet and they were over 1/4 done. Side note, what to the Kenyans think of the signs that say RUN LIKE A KENYAN? Are they honored? Insulted? Running too fast to even read them?

Things went along pretty well for the first half, despite the need to pee. I have a rule in races… I will stop to pee, but I won’t wait in line. So, I figured I’d hold it until after the half cut off, and then would be able to go without a line.


I looked at my watch when we crossed the halfway point, and told Phil “2:14″. He asked how I felt about that and I said “not encouraged”. My goals were: A) 4:25, B) 4:29 or C) 4:33:59 PR. I knew that 2:14×2 was 4:28, and that’s assuming I could hold that pace, which I was pretty sure was not going to happen as I was already getting weary. Already the goal had switched to “just PR”.


At this point I said “I don’t think I can do this for another 10 miles” (there were actually 11 left, but I was in denial). He didn’t say anything, just looked at me like “oh, shit”.

We pressed on along through my least favorite part of every marathon, miles 17-22. I was really getting more and more tired with each step. Nothing necessarily WRONG, just tired.

Running through the stadium (17ish) was kind of cool, but I’m not sure it was worth the straight down and straight up hill we had to run to get in and out. No one laughed when we went down and I said “now how the hell are we going to get OUT of here?”.

11:04 (finally got my bathroom break)

By now I think we were both concerned about whether or not I’d even hit the PR time. At this point, Phil ran the pace I was supposed to be running and tried to talk me into just keeping up. I told him I hated him, but I still did what he asked. Or at least I tried. It worked out pretty well. I, of course, did not want to have had him do all this for nothing, so that kept me from just giving up and walking (my usual M.O. once I know my goal is out the window). It seemed that every time I got to that point, was when he’d turn around to see where I was. Most of the time he’d be pleasantly surprised that I wasn’t that far behind, and then he’d smile. As corny as it sounds, seeing his smiling face would carry me for another 5 minutes until we repeated the process. I was just about as miserable as I could be and still be moving, but I pressed on. I was pretty sure I’d slowed to end-of-Akron pace, or about 12 minute miles. I was also trying to avoid looking at my watch, but at one point I did, and happened to notice that my overall average pace had gone down from 10:18 to 10:16, which surprised me.

At mile 22 or so, I yelled “WHERE is the turnoff for the half marathon?!?”. No one laughed. Tough crowd.

At mile 25.5 I saw a sign that said ACCORDING TO PAUL RYAN, YOU CAN STILL BREAK 3:00. Which made me giggle. I don’t often giggle at mile 25.5, so kudos to that lady.

9:47 last .57

We finally rounded the bend and I took off full sprint (probably 9:30 pace at that point haha) down the final hill. Phil waited for me and ran in next to me. Once again, medical rushed over. That’s 3 finishes in a row that my beauty overtook them.

I noticed just ahead of me a bunch of people holding signs that said WILL YOU MARRY ME SOME NAME? (he knew her name, I just don’t remember) I thought ‘oh how cute’ and then noticed the news cameras everywhere. At that point I was like ‘wait, this is like happening right now’ and I turned around to look for the girl just as she walked up and noticed it and burst into tears. Normally that would have had me sobbing, but I was exhausted and dehydrated and all it brought on was “aww Phil look how cute. Where’s my chocolate milk?”

Oh, by the way… 4:33:33, a PR by 27 seconds.

On a day when I felt like crap for at least 75% of the race, 3 weeks after having run another marathon. So, while I once again did not break 4:30 (I’m 0 for 6 on that goal), I now know for a fact I am capable of doing it. In fact, my slowest section of this one was from 13.1-20, which just proves to me that my stumbling block is emotional, not physical. My previous PR was last year’s Akron, where I’d done 3x 20 milers in training, and was weight lifting and cross training like a fool. This PR I barely feel like I trained for, and I’m 10lbs heavier, and not in as good shape. So, I know I’ve got it next time. Plus, I PR’d, so I’m thrilled. Phil made all the difference – I’d have given up for sure without him there, since I already knew at mile 15 that it wasn’t going to be a good day.

I tell my clients all the time that you don’t know what you are capable of until you have to push through feeling horrible. This was one of those times. I guess sometimes we need help from a friend to help us see what we can do. Guilt is a powerful motivator. And a good friend and training partner is absolutely invaluable.

I don’t have a picture of us together during the race (which is weird, I swear he was next to me the whole time!), so here’s one from the summer. Good enough.  Just picture us in different clothes, in a different town, in the road instead of on the grass, with trees in fall colors instead of summer, wearing marathon bibs, and running instead of sitting.  It’s not that much of a stretch.

Best running friend ever!

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Because no out of town marathon is complete without them:

PB Chocolate

For Cincinnati we had Carrot with Cream Cheese Frosting. For Columbus, I made Reese’s. Almost worth running 26.2 miles for. But you can have them just because!

Reese's Peanut Butter Cupcakes
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Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 12
  • Cupcakes:
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • ¾ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup lukewarm water
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • Frosting:
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar
  • Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups
  1. Cupcakes: Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, combine water and buttermilk. In large bowl of mixer, combine sugar, brown sugar and butter. Beat until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture, alternating with water mixture. Scoop into 12 paper lined muffin tins. Bake 18 minutes at 350­°. Allow to fully cool.
  2. Frosting: Cream butter and Peanut Butter until fluffy. Gradually add powdered sugar, alternating with a little milk at a time. Beat well, until desired consistency. Frost cupcakes. Resist temptation to just eat all of this frosting. Top with Reese's mini peanut butter cups.



Scrappies 10/19

Here’s what I digitally pasted together this week. There’s a new designer at TLP and I might have gone on a bit of a binge. Don’t judge me.

Products: The Weekender by Paislee Press, Press Plate 23 by Paislee Press, Font – The Dry Ribbon by Heather Hess

Products: Don’t Harsh My Mellow papers by Amy Wolff, Don’t Harsh My Mellow elements by Amy Wolff, Hodgity Podgity Templates v3 by Amy Martin

Happiness Is
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This Photo
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Its Official
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Made of Awesome
Good Life by Shawna Clingerman, Sedum by Sara Gleason, “Made of Awesome” word art by One Little Bird, Stitches by Amy Martin