Hi Friends! It’s been a busy week and it’s already time to gear up for another new week. I am THANKFUL that I only have to go to work 3 days this week 🙂
I didn’t get to spend much time at home (or blogging!) last week due to school meetings, class, continuing to clean the house, and a candle party. I also didn’t get to workout much last week, but I’m going to save my reflection on that for another post.
With Bells On
This morning I got up to run in the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run! A good friend of mine organized this year’s run, so I was happy to go out and support her and such a great cause. Here are some facts about arthritis:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis affects 1.3 million Americans.
- 27 million Americans live with osteoarthritis.
- 300,000 children have some form of juvenile arthritis.
- Arthritis isn’t just something that happens to ‘old’ people- it effects people of every age. (facts from www.arthritis.org)
Along with our race numbers, all participants were given jingle bells to tie on their shoes. I kept mine in my pocket because I thought they might be a little annoying on my shoes, but it was really cool to hear all the bells jingling when the race started!
Despite it being 22* when I woke up and about 26* during the race, I set a new 5K personal record! My chip time was 24:29, a 7:56 pace!! I think I run faster in the cold because I’m motivated to get inside where it’s warm! The run felt great, I definitely pushed myself but didn’t overdo it.
After celebrating my great run with a Pumpkin Spice Latte and catching up on a few DVR-ed shows, I made a HUGE pot of soup for lunch:
I used this recipe, but modified the ingredients like this:
- omitted onion (didn’t have any on hand)
- minced garlic from the jar in my fridge
- dried oregano
- dried basil
- bay leaf
- diced tomatoes- a little less than one can
- dry lentils
- 4 c. chicken broth; 4 c. water
- dash of red wine vinegar
- S + P
It was good! I’ve never made lentil soup before, but this was pretty tasty. I had a small mug with some leftover cornbread.
I think it will taste even better tomorrow, which is good, because that pot made all these leftovers (that’s 3 servings for the fridge to eat this week, 4 for the freezer to be eaten later):
So, while this soup did a good job using up things in my pantry, it didn’t really help out my “clean-out-the-freezer” mission! Oh, well 🙂
I spent the rest of Sunday working on a project for school and enjoyed a nice long walk with my husband and dog! Here’s a question: WHY do runs (like this morning’s Jingle Bell run) start at 8 am on cold November mornings?? It was 25* this morning and about 50* this afternoon!