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Monday, October 12, 2009

20 Days to NYC

So I have not written in a very long time and I didn't think that anyone noticed. Did anyone notice? Well, for one, my husband, Len, did. My excuse is that in the last month I have had less and less time for myself but how sad is that if I don't even have 10 minutes for myself each day to reflect on the things that make me happy...or the things that drive me crazy. Or both.

So today was a stellar day, for once, in terms of three of the things (outside of humans) that make me so happy:

Running:
My second-to-last long run before the New York marathon. And so much has changed since I last wrote. First of all, I met my fundraising goal. I could say "yeah me!" but really is it "yeah everyone else who help me out!" Thanks so much. Second of all, I have come to terms with the fact that I have short runs during the week and only one long run on the weekends. This gives me adequate time for my body to recover. And my body needs to recover.

I have also learned that I don't always need music to run...as long as there is something else to distract me. In my case, it was the MOST amazing trail run in Mono Cliffs Provincial Park. I was so distracted by the terrain and my surrounding that I totally didn't even think of needing to be distracted by music. Time just flew by as I ran...along with my feet. I think I ran my fastest 5k ever and that is with stopping a few times to make sure I was reading the very confusing map properly.

So back to my long run. Wow. I did it. I even over-ran my distance goal of 32k. Ok, so I only overran it by .2km but still...And I ran the whole time without getting crazy tired. My only slow-downs were at the beginning when it was so cold that I couldn't breath and had to keep using my inhaler and when I ran out of liquid and had to stop to buy a drink and there was a line up-so annoying. I was super-proud of myself because for the majority of the run, it was 5 degrees or lower and I have always had this mental block that I can't run when it is that cold because of my asthma. But Len "yelled" at me before I left on the run about not calling him to pick me up prematurely because "I don't feel well" (don't ask...long story last week). I thought about that while I was running and that became my motivation to keep on going. So thanks, Len, for kicking my butt.

Recipe:
Made the very best sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving. So easy. So crazy good. So bad for you.

Cut up 4 sweet potatoes into large cubes or so (I leave the skins on but it is your choice) and put into a 9 x 13 pyrex baking dish. Preheat the over to 375. In a small saucepan, melt 5 tbsp butter, 2/3 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg (do it yourself...it lasts forever and tastes that much better than the pre-ground junk) until smooth. Pour over the sweet potatoes & stir around. Cover tightly and bake for 45 mintues. Uncover and stir well and bake for 10 more minutes. Repeat final step once. At this point, you should let them cool to room temperature (chances are you are making this for Thanksgiving so I would do this stuff before making the turkey and then make the turkey)

Do the final step right before dinnertime: Turn the oven up to 500. Sprinkle baby marshmallows all over the top of the sweet potatoes and put them in the oven. Keep an eye on it. WHen the marshmallows and browning nicely, take out and serve right from the dish. YUM!

Reading:
Started reading Stuart MacLean's latest Vinyl Cafe installment. Just as good as the others. I love how one story makes me cry and in the very next one, I find myself laughing out loud.

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