Boston Strong! By Association…

Man!  I hang out with some REALLY cool people…and REALLY fast people!  The Boston Marathon is Monday, April 20th so today was the last track workout before the race.  My buddies and I decided to send them off with the best wishes possible.  This is the picture my awesome photographer friend Crystal got.  It was so dark!  All of my pictures looked like they were taken behind a fog.  Anyway, unfortunately they couldn’t all be there in person this morning, but they were there in spirit.  We are sending 14!  That’s 14 people in my little (big) club that qualified and are able to run Boston this year!  Yep.  We are super cool.

So about a month and a half ago my little group of running buddies and I decided we would put together a Boston Basket full of goodies they need for the trip or the race.  Well, we go big or go home.  That basket in front of them is so full of stuff.  We were so excited to give it to them it was like Christmas morning for us.  Such nerds!  We’ve been scouring the weather apps for Tuesday morning praying it didn’t rain.  The weather was perfect and they seemed excited.  Almost as excited as us!  Oh and those posters are their initials.  Our friend Jennifer stayed up late last night making each one of them that they can keep.  You thought you caught us being bad spellers huh? 

The thing is, these guys and girls are elite runners.  I don’t know how fast they run.  As far as I’m concerned as fast as a bolt of lightening, or faster.  But you would never know it in a conversation with them.  They are humble and gracious for their talents.  Every single Tuesday while I am hauling myself around the track they are shouting encouragement to me.  They care how our workouts go and compliment us for a job well done.  As they fly by me I also hear them encouraging and pushing each other.  They accept no excuses and lay it all out there.  That’s part of the reason they are flying to Boston this weekend.  The other part is just pure awesomeness…

Crystal also got a great picture of the whole group.  One of these days maybe we will run in the daylight...not really.

Crystal also got a great picture of the whole group. One of these days maybe we will run in the daylight…not really.

 
MeandDawnTrackSo on to the workout.  We were so inspired, my buddies and I kind of killed it.  The workout was 6×400 with 400 recovery.  It is actually a short workout because they are tapering.  We are too…by association.  My buddies Dawn, Dana and I had one of the fastest workouts I’ve had in a while with negative splits.  (Which means we got faster with each 400.)  It really helped that our other fast buddies, Sarah and Alisha, literally chased us down for the last one.  I mean chased us like a couple of skinny greyhounds after a rabbit.  We survived and lived to brag about it on Facebook.  I got that awesome, foggy looking, picture of Dawn and I.  Dana bolted before I could catch her.  She’s fast like that.

Now that we are all on the Tuesday track high, I promise I am still cooking and creating recipes for you!  I will get one posted later this week.  I am full blown committed to the Paleo challenge so I’m making some new stuff to go along with that.  The challenge is going well.  I’m such a weirdo.  I like having a regimented food plan and a regimented training plan.  Maybe a little Type A ya think?

Cream of Mushroom Soup

 

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Hi guys!  Man, it’s been a busy week doing the Christmas thing.  Of course I’m still running like a crazy person but I also have to do the mom thing.  You know, buy presents, wrap presents, remember all the little things I’m supposed to take to school for Christmas parties, remember to go to the Christmas parties… you know the deal.  I would make a terrible room mom. 

So on to the Cream of Mushroom soup.  There is no reason on earth you should buy the canned stuff when you have this recipe.  It is delicious and literally takes 10 minutes.  I looked up some other paleo mushroom soup recipes and I’m sure they are super delicious but none that I found are as easy as this. 

Here’s a little recipe I’m addicted to with the soup.  Make the soup and set it aside.  Then dice and season chicken tenderloins and sear in a pan with a little butter.  Then add the soup back to the pan.  Simmer for a couple of more minutes until the chicken is done.  It’s a creamy, delicious, chicken dish.  This is my new prerace food.  Seriously.  I’ve put it over white rice for carbs but cauliflower rice would be delicious too.  Or just a giant ladle, whatever it takes to get it in your face.  

I know since I’ve been MIA you’re also dying to hear my running schedule for the week.  You are right?  Anyway, sometimes I think maybe my Coach has lost his mind.  But then I remember I haven’t died yet and New Orleans is right around the corner.  EEK! 

Tuesday (two days after a half!) – Track work.  8 miles with 5 x 1000 5k pace with 400 recovery.  BRUTAL

Wednesday – 4.5 miles easy

TiredoutThursday – 10 miles.  Our workout said with 6 40 sec bursts.  He actually meant 6 but we took it as 6 miles!  Yep we basically did 6 miles of sprint intervals.  We were the laugh of the running club.  I felt like this.  And yes, that is a cookie in my mouth.  It’s not Paleo but it is gluten free.  Shoot me.  My socks say “Steak” and “Eggs” at least.

Today was Crossfit and tomorrow is 15 miles.  Fun times!

Basically, it’s crunch time.  That’s ok.  I’m trying to get enough sleep and still keep up with life…which is dang hard sometimes.  I’m also keeping a tight reign on my diet and rolling my legs a few times a day. 

On a last note.  I’m not one of those people to be vague and mysterious, obviously.  But my immediate family got some really great news this week.  This being the interweb and all, they probably don’t want me airing business, but I do want to openly thank God for his blessings.  It doesn’t even have to do with running!  Go figure!

Cream of Mushroom Soup
Creamy soup to eat alone or use as an ingredient in dishes.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tbsp. unsalted butter (grassfed)
  2. 1/4 cup blanched almond flour
  3. large handful of cremini mushrooms diced small
  4. 1 tsp. each salt and pepper. More to taste
  5. 1 tbsp. ground flax seed
  6. 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Melt butter over medium heat in a saucepan.
  2. Add almond flour. Stir and cook for a couple of minutes to make a roux.
  3. Add chopped mushrooms, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for another couple of minutes.
  4. Then add the coconut milk and flax seeds. Stir until it thickens.
  5. Taste test and adjust salt and pepper if needed.
Notes
  1. Seriously! That's it!
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Let me know any other ways you use the soup!