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September 2010

Emotional Running

Since my first marathon is a little more than a week away I figured I would post this morning about a topic that has been on my mind a lot lately – Emotional Running.

I am currently in taper mode and mentally trying to psych myself up for my fast approaching 26.2 mile run. Every day it becomes more and more real that I will step over the start line in Chicago and attempt to run a marathon, my first marathon.

That scares me and excites me in so many ways at the same time!

Running a marathon has always been something I have wanted to do. I had been a goal of mine, a bucket list item for me, but there was no real timeline for when it would happen. I always thought it would be cool to say I ran a marathon – To call myself a marathoner, but the reality of signing up for all the training held me back.

It’s a scary thought and a big commitment.

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But now, here we are with race day right around the corner. I have put in the long run work – I ran my first few steps past half marathon distance and reached 14 miles in July. Then I hit 16 miles in Chicago on Lake Michigan with some awesome blogger buddies, followed by 18 miles in Philadelphia with some friends. 

I then had an unexpected run and ran 20 miles for the first time ever. Watching the 20 pop up on my Garmin was a crazy feeling. Then I went for 21.5 miles a few weeks later and here we are now.

All that seems so long ago now.

It has been a crazy summer and just looking back at all the miles I have run and the time and effort I have put into it gets me very emotional about running Chicago. I am proud of myself for what I have been working towards and am excited about what’s to come.   Maybe it just all this running or the taper madness is making me crazy but I think about myself running the marathon and it gets me all teary eyed and I get a bit weepy.

Maybe its my nerves!? Maybe I am just a wierdo?!

I am very blessed because I am going to be travelling to Chicago with an awesome support system. Fiancé is coming with me as are both my parents, my brother and fiancé’s parents. Everyone is coming to cheer me on and watch me cross that finish line. Having my family with me for this special time means a lot to me.

Even typing that gets me all teary eyed!

Anyone else have this issue for their first marathon?

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Does anyone out there in the blog world have any words of wisdom for emotional running? Anyone else get emotional from while training for a big race?

Chex Mix Giveaway

The winner of last week’s Macaroni Grill giveaway is: Nicole-Lynn at Seaside Smitten. Email me your information and your prize will be on its way!

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This week’s MyBlogSpark giveaway is brought to you by Chex.

 

Rice Chex, Corn Chex, Honey Nut Chex, Chocolate Chex, and Cinnamon Chex have been reformulated to be gluten free and offer a great tasting, crunchy morning breakfast option.

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Up for grabs is a a Chex gluten-free cereal prize pack that includes a VIP coupon for a free box of Chex cereal, a microwavable bowl, a Chex gluten-free recipe card and measuring spoons and cups.

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Here is a closer look at the fun gadgets – measuring spoons

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Measuring cup – great for mixing up seasonings

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And this massive microwaveable bowl with comes with awesome snap locks which will keep its contents crazy fresh.

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All together now.

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Jackson sized everything up for you! 

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Interested in winning this little prize pack? Leave a comment below! Giveaway ends Thursday!

I’ll be back tonight with another fun dinner meal!

Emotional Running

Since my first marathon is a little more than a week away I figured I would post this morning about a topic that has been on my mind a lot lately – Emotional Running.

I am currently in taper mode and mentally trying to psych myself up for my fast approaching 26.2 mile run. Every day it becomes more and more real that I will step over the start line in Chicago and attempt to run a marathon, my first marathon.

That scares me and excites me in so many ways at the same time!

Running a marathon has always been something I have wanted to do. I had been a goal of mine, a bucket list item for me, but there was no real timeline for when it would happen. I always thought it would be cool to say I ran a marathon – To call myself a marathoner, but the reality of signing up for all the training held me back.

It’s a scary thought and a big commitment.

HLS 331

But now, here we are with race day right around the corner. I have put in the long run work – I ran my first few steps past half marathon distance and reached 14 miles in July. Then I hit 16 miles in Chicago on Lake Michigan with some awesome blogger buddies, followed by 18 miles in Philadelphia with some friends. 

I then had an unexpected run and ran 20 miles for the first time ever. Watching the 20 pop up on my Garmin was a crazy feeling. Then I went for 21.5 miles a few weeks later and here we are now.

All that seems so long ago now.

It has been a crazy summer and just looking back at all the miles I have run and the time and effort I have put into it gets me very emotional about running Chicago. I am proud of myself for what I have been working towards and am excited about what’s to come.   Maybe it just all this running or the taper madness is making me crazy but I think about myself running the marathon and it gets me all teary eyed and I get a bit weepy.

Maybe its my nerves!? Maybe I am just a wierdo?!

I am very blessed because I am going to be travelling to Chicago with an awesome support system. Fiancé is coming with me as are both my parents, my brother and fiancé’s parents. Everyone is coming to cheer me on and watch me cross that finish line. Having my family with me for this special time means a lot to me.

Even typing that gets me all teary eyed!

Anyone else have this issue for their first marathon?

March 308

Does anyone out there in the blog world have any words of wisdom for emotional running? Anyone else get emotional from while training for a big race?

Cheesy Squash Casserole

Are you ready for my first squash of the season, because I sure am!

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This beautiful squash was purchased during one of my recent Reading Terminal trips. 

For this meal I called upon the power of twitter to provide me with an awesome butternut squash recipe. I asked and twitter answered!

My inspiration for the meal was based on – Paula Deen’s Cheesy Squash Casserole – Yum!

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I made a few changes here and there, but followed the bulk of the recipe provided.

Step one – peel the squash. I don’t think I have ever technically peeled a squash like this before, but the vegetable peeler did the job great!   

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I love the bright orange/yellow color inside the squash.

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Without the skin, ready to be sliced and diced.

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I sliced the squash in half and embraced the orange. 

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I used my melon baller to scoop out the guts of the squash.

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It worked like a charm!

Side Note: Preheat oven to 350* while chopping up the veggies!

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Then I got to cubing up my squash.

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To do the cutting I used my favorite knife, the New West Knife.

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Ingredients for Cheesy Squash Casserole

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cauliflower, cut
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-2 handful of crackers, crushed medium to fine

Serves 4-6

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After cutting everything up I sautéed all the veggies until soft. 

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While I was getting my cook on, I had myself a little brewski. Remember when I went to the Dogfish Head brewery a few weeks ago? Good times, good times! Any other Punk fans out there?

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I knew the dish was ready for the next step when the butternut squash was very soft and mushy. I then transferred the dish to a mixing bowl to add the parmesan, cheddar and yogurt – as well as salt and pepper to taste.

Then I transferred everything to my Dutch oven, which I used as a casserole dish without the top to go into the oven. 

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It was orangey yellow and just beautiful pre-oven!

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Then I crunched up 2 handfuls of crackers and sprinkled it on top.  

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The crackers added a little CRUNCH!

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Into the oven it went! Bake for 20 minutes or until the top is golden and bubbly.

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It came out pure perfection!

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I am sort of obsessed with my addition of the cauliflower. Mixed with the butternut squash it was so tasty!

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This dish was amazing. It was the perfect combination of savory and sweet. The butternut squash gave it a hit of sweetness and the rest of the veggies kept the flavors more calm and the crackers gave it a little crunch action!

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It might be one of my new favorite butternut squash recipes! Thank you so much to my twitter friend who suggested this!

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What’s your favorite butternut squash recipe?

Cheesy Squash Casserole

Are you ready for my first squash of the season, because I sure am!

DSC_1568

This beautiful squash was purchased during one of my recent Reading Terminal trips. 

For this meal I called upon the power of twitter to provide me with an awesome butternut squash recipe. I asked and twitter answered!

My inspiration for the meal was based on – Paula Deen’s Cheesy Squash Casserole – Yum!

DSC_1569

I made a few changes here and there, but followed the bulk of the recipe provided.

Step one – peel the squash. I don’t think I have ever technically peeled a squash like this before, but the vegetable peeler did the job great!   

DSC_1574

I love the bright orange/yellow color inside the squash.

DSC_1575 DSC_1576

Without the skin, ready to be sliced and diced.

DSC_1577

I sliced the squash in half and embraced the orange. 

DSC_1579

I used my melon baller to scoop out the guts of the squash.

DSC_1580

It worked like a charm!

Side Note: Preheat oven to 350* while chopping up the veggies!

DSC_1581

Then I got to cubing up my squash.

DSC_1582

To do the cutting I used my favorite knife, the New West Knife.

DSC_1583

Ingredients for Cheesy Squash Casserole

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cauliflower, cut
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-2 handful of crackers, crushed medium to fine

Serves 4-6

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After cutting everything up I sautéed all the veggies until soft. 

DSC_1588

While I was getting my cook on, I had myself a little brewski. Remember when I went to the Dogfish Head brewery a few weeks ago? Good times, good times! Any other Punk fans out there?

DSC_1590

DSC_1591DSC_1592

I knew the dish was ready for the next step when the butternut squash was very soft and mushy. I then transferred the dish to a mixing bowl to add the parmesan, cheddar and yogurt – as well as salt and pepper to taste.

Then I transferred everything to my Dutch oven, which I used as a casserole dish without the top to go into the oven. 

DSC_1593 DSC_1594DSC_1596

It was orangey yellow and just beautiful pre-oven!

DSC_1595

Then I crunched up 2 handfuls of crackers and sprinkled it on top.  

DSC_1597   DSC_1602DSC_1600DSC_1599 DSC_1601 

The crackers added a little CRUNCH!

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Into the oven it went! Bake for 20 minutes or until the top is golden and bubbly.

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It came out pure perfection!

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I am sort of obsessed with my addition of the cauliflower. Mixed with the butternut squash it was so tasty!

DSC_1613

DSC_1614DSC_1616

This dish was amazing. It was the perfect combination of savory and sweet. The butternut squash gave it a hit of sweetness and the rest of the veggies kept the flavors more calm and the crackers gave it a little crunch action!

DSC_1615  DSC_1617

It might be one of my new favorite butternut squash recipes! Thank you so much to my twitter friend who suggested this!

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What’s your favorite butternut squash recipe?

This Week’s Produce

You know I love to share with you my weekly produce purchases at Reading Terminal Market! This week I tried a new booth out to check out some other options for my weekly buys!

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There are so many produce booths to choose from, so I am going to have to check them all out at some point!

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I love taking pictures of fruits and vegetables. They are so photogenic! These carrots were freakin’ gorgeous!

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And THESE carrots were massively HUGE!

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Sugar cane and aloe were two things I hadn’t seen before at RTM.

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Fiancé was having a ball with all the awesome produce at amazing prices…ok, not really! But at least he held the basket! 🙂

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And I hit the GRAND PRIZE today because on top of the super crazy low prices at RTM I got a 10% extra discount with my student id.

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At the market for produce this week I spent a grand total of: $6.17

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Here is my loot:

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Since you all know how much I love sprouts, so I got a bagful of those, and a shallot and some grapes.

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A bagful of peppers and green beans

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A bag of onions, 3 massive zucchini’s and a cauliflower

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I can’t wait to cook up some awesome eats this week with all this awesome stuff! Any recipe suggestions for me based on my purchases?

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In other news I am having an OpenSky sale! For the next 4 days I will have 30% off products in my OpenSky store if you use the code THIRTYDOG

This coupon is only good for the first 5 customers but here are some of my favorite products in my store –

These Recycline Mixing Bowls are AWESOME! They are made with 100% recycled #5 plastic. I love the fun colors and sizes!

Are you on the compression socks bandwagon yet? Try some socks by Oxysox or some  Zensah socks,  leg sleeves  or running skirts are also some of my favorite things to wear while running!

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I also am seriously loving this Live Well 360 bag.

These yogitoes yoga mat covers are AWESOME for yoga lovers!

Just a few of my favorite OpenSky things! The first 5 customers get 30% off their total order! Enter THIRTYDOG!

This Week’s Produce

You know I love to share with you my weekly produce purchases at Reading Terminal Market! This week I tried a new booth out to check out some other options for my weekly buys!

CHOCOLATE 228

There are so many produce booths to choose from, so I am going to have to check them all out at some point!

CHOCOLATE 215 CHOCOLATE 216

I love taking pictures of fruits and vegetables. They are so photogenic! These carrots were freakin’ gorgeous!

CHOCOLATE 217 CHOCOLATE 218 CHOCOLATE 219   

And THESE carrots were massively HUGE!

CHOCOLATE 223 CHOCOLATE 224

Sugar cane and aloe were two things I hadn’t seen before at RTM.

CHOCOLATE 225 

Fiancé was having a ball with all the awesome produce at amazing prices…ok, not really! But at least he held the basket! 🙂

CHOCOLATE 227CHOCOLATE 232  CHOCOLATE 229 CHOCOLATE 230  

And I hit the GRAND PRIZE today because on top of the super crazy low prices at RTM I got a 10% extra discount with my student id.

CHOCOLATE 233 

At the market for produce this week I spent a grand total of: $6.17

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Here is my loot:

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Since you all know how much I love sprouts, so I got a bagful of those, and a shallot and some grapes.

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A bagful of peppers and green beans

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A bag of onions, 3 massive zucchini’s and a cauliflower

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I can’t wait to cook up some awesome eats this week with all this awesome stuff! Any recipe suggestions for me based on my purchases?

*******************************************************

In other news I am having an OpenSky sale! For the next 4 days I will have 30% off products in my OpenSky store if you use the code THIRTYDOG

This coupon is only good for the first 5 customers but here are some of my favorite products in my store –

These Recycline Mixing Bowls are AWESOME! They are made with 100% recycled #5 plastic. I love the fun colors and sizes!

Are you on the compression socks bandwagon yet? Try some socks by Oxysox or some  Zensah socks,  leg sleeves  or running skirts are also some of my favorite things to wear while running!

fooood 156

I also am seriously loving this Live Well 360 bag.

These yogitoes yoga mat covers are AWESOME for yoga lovers!

Just a few of my favorite OpenSky things! The first 5 customers get 30% off their total order! Enter THIRTYDOG!

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