Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Playing Catch Up

Hey everyone! These past few weeks have been somewhat of a blur - so much to do and so little time. I can hardly believe fall is already here as evidenced by pumpkin EVERYTHING in stores, restaurants, coffee shops, etc. Not that I mind - fall is my favorite season with its brisk temps, vibrant colors and, of course, pumpkin treats :)

Anyhow, I thought we could start out by catching up a bit. What did you do last weekend? I had a wonderful weekend that started with a longer run on Friday. I couldn't quite tell what the weather was going to do during the afternoon - it looked like a storm was on the way - so I ended up running at my old standby, the Pettit track. There were tons of people at the Pettit that afternoon for a hockey tournament but the running track was empty. 

A freshly painted finish line on the Pettit speedskating track

Saturday morning, Mom and I did Brigg's and Al's Run/Walk. As is tradition, we opted to do the 5-mile walk. I look forward to this event so much every year. Mom and I always stop at Einstein's for a bagel on the way to the walk and then pop in Starbucks mid-way through the course. It's the beauty of being a walker at a large event like this one - no one notices if you step off the course for a few minutes and when walking you can actually enjoy sipping a coffee drink ;) It was a super relaxing morning!

We finished the walk!

The weekend also included heading west to Madison to get together with two friends from college. One lives in Cali and I haven't seen her in a few years so it was super wonderful to catch up. Being in Madison always makes me happy and makes me think I need to visit more often.

I also whipped up my first batch of chili this fall. This time I decided to make a chili bowl, including a spaghetti squash base, three-bean chili all topped with Monterey Jack cheese. It was super simple to make and extra delicious. I'll post the recipe for this one later this week!

Chili season is here!!

This week will be another busy one. Lately I've been runching Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and I'll continue that routine this week. Here's the training plan:

Monday: 4 glue miles + strides
Tuesday: 6 mile workout + Y-Blitz
Wednesday: 5 recovery miles + Y-Fuse + Y-Core
Thursday: 4 glue miles + Y-Blitz
Friday: 10 mile run
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: 5k Race + WU and CD miles

This weekend's race should be pretty low key. Once again, I'm treating it more as a race workout and will mainly focus on running faster from the middle to the end. It should be a fun time!

My questions for you:
  • What did you do last weekend?
  • What is your favorite chili recipe? OR, what is your favorite chili topping?
  • What are you most looking forward to this week?

Tell me everything and more :)

- ST


  1. I've been afraid to break out the chili for fall but ready to. I'm glad to see someone else has too!

    1. I figure football season has started so chili is fair game :)

  2. That 5 mile walk with your mom sounds absolutely fabulous (I love bagels more than donuts and cake combined)! I love fall food and am excited for cooking with pumpkin, squash, oranges, pears, and pomegranates!

    My favorite chili recipe is a yam black bean chili. I'm actually going to make a freezer version today to heat up once baby is here!

    1. Your chili recipe sounds delicious! I'll have to look that one up.

      I hope you're feeling well and can't wait to see the pics when baby Siena arrives!

  3. That walk sounds wonderful - and I like that you popped into the Starbucks :) Reunions with friends is always fun. That chili looks great - I just bought my first spaghetti squash of the fall and its waiting to be cooked. This week I am looking forward to a few quiet days in the office as the pope is in town and most people are teleworking.

    1. Ooh, can't wait to see what you decide to make with your spaghetti squash. Fall produce is the best :)