Another recipe to try: Sweet Potato and Kale soup 4 oz. fresh kale – cut out and discard thick veins, coarsely chop leaves.1 Lg. onion, chopped3 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning (oregano, basil, thyme)2 tsp. olive oil3 14 1/2 oz cans of veg broth (or 1 1/2 quarts)2 15 oz cans of white kidney or cannelloni beans, drained and rinsed1 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced (the printed recipe called for 12 cloves, and I think that’s a misprint. That’s too much garlic for this amount of soup–and I like garlic.)1/2 tsp salt1/4 tsp pepper In … Keep reading

My achilles heel is my achilles heel

So now I’m healthy in the sinus/lungs department, but I irritated my achilles heel dancing like a crazy person at a concert I went to (I considered it a workout!). On the advise of my coach, I am holding back on training because a small problem with an achilles can turn into a big one. I am so antsy to get out running and biking, but I am holding tight and enjoying the extra time I have right now. I’m putting it to good use getting to know new people in my life and re-connecting with already-established people in my … Keep reading

Some days are just better than others

A mere two days ago, I ran 3km at a snails pace and felt terrible. It was my first run since being healthy again. Compare that to tonight, when I went for a 6km run in 45 minutes. I felt great from the very beginning. The temperature was perfect at -4 degrees C and the sun was just starting to set. I think it was a mind-set thing. I had a short day at work and it felt very spring-like as I walked home from my staff meeting. It was relatively unstressful and maybe that came out in my run. … Keep reading

I’m back and it feels GREAT!

After being sick for over two weeks, I did my first outdoor activity today: I ran. It wasn’t very long or far, but it sure felt good. It’s nice to use my legs again and get my heart pumping and the sweat flowing. Tomorrow I’m going to swim and go bike riding, but I think I’m going to skip running. I’m going to skip running because I went dancing the other night and I strained my achilles. It is quite sore and I’m trying to baby it. So swimming – yes, biking – yes, running – not hard. Today I … Keep reading

Update? Nope.

I really have nothing to report. I have been sick since Wednesday night. I caught a chest cold and have decided not to train until I have recovered 100%. Last year a friend of mine trained through a chest cold and it developed into pneumonia. She was out the whole season. So I’m erring on the side of caution. Plus, my left foot has really been bugging me. I went to the chiropractor and he said it was swollen. He told me not to sit on my feet, which is hard for me because I always sit on my feet. … Keep reading

Happy New Year!

2007 is definitely going to be one for the books with Ironman, marathon, biking, and lots of training! I’m excited to train hard and be prepared for this year’s triathlon season. This morning I went on my new year ritual run solo-style. It felt good running today. I really like new beginnings and I look forward to this year being a good one. Last night I kind of had a crap time, but I came home and thought about this year being the year of training and Ironman for me. I look forward to being in the best shape of … Keep reading

A week is a long time

I started my bike workout today thinking it would be a piece of cake. 1 hour?! No problem! However, about halfway through the workout, my legs were really fatigued. “What is going on?” I asked myself. Then I remembered that I haven’t even been on a bike in a week. A whole week! Usually I am on a bike at least twice a day. Usually more. But once a year I am forced to take time away from my bikes and that is at Christmas. Maybe that’s the real reason why I don’t like Christmas. My workout today was supposed … Keep reading

Holiday cheer!

I thought that I would do a lot less training over the holidays than I did, but it still wasn’t very much. On Boxing Day I went on a 6-mile run. It was one of the best runs in the past little while. I was at my parent’s farm in middle-of-nowhere Saskatchewan and my dad suggested I do a run “around the block.” In Saskatchewan, the gravel roads are set up in a grid with 2 miles between them. So it was easy to calculate that 1 block and then home would be 5 miles. I started out thinking that … Keep reading

Run run running!

Yesterday was my day off. My hamstrings were still a bit sore, so that was good. I didn’t do a lot of anything, except walking around trying to get Christmas shopping done. This is what I have found to be most difficult: juggling work, training, AND getting ready for Christmas. Really, it’s ridiculous! I’m so exhausted and I’m not even training as hard as I could/should be. So I took this morning off of work and went for a run. It seemed really early, but really it was only 7:30. I did a good 6km and then did yoga. That’s … Keep reading