Weekend Wrap up-Marathon training week 2 complete!

First off, I finished my second week of marathon training strong!  My first 20 miler week is complete and I am quite pleased.  A couple of the miles were walked, but the majority were spent running and I even finished my first double digit run of TEN miles on the indoor track in a neighboring suburb on Saturday.  8 laps equaled ONE mile, so yeah…you can imagine how this MIGHT have felt.  But it went surprisingly fast mostly due to my awesome friend Janel providing me with great conversation as well as keeping track of the miles with a clicker.  I set out for 8 miles, but felt so good I did an even 10 miles for the day.  I don’t do a mid week long run, so often times add a mile or two to my weekend long run. All in all-WINNING.  (My only set back for the week was missing my yoga work out, but I made sure to foam roll and stretch today to help with the soreness.  I also took a 25 minute Epsom salt bath tonight to help ease my sore muscles).

Runner love right here!!
Runner love right here!!

I came home to be informed that although my hubby had returned from his 3 weeks of travels just this past Friday, that he would be leaving again on Wednesday and suddenly my runners high was deflated. First I got mad, then I cried, and then I decided to just take a hot shower and try to move forward with my weekend.

As you all know, his travels are a bitter chip that resides more times than not on my shoulder.  I wish I could kick this chip’s butt, but darn it the anger sure seems to win most times as I tackle the single parenting gig.  Keep in mind I have a job too, kids that are in school/have activities to be taken too and a house that needs tending to…after a while, any normal person would break, right?  Please say this is normal…lol

So this morning I awoke after FINALLY sleeping most of the night for almost 9 hours and I felt…better.  It’s Sunday, and with Sundays in our house comes Sunday Supper.  We decided to have a chopped challenge as well, and my 5 ingredients were:

Beef round roast

Tomatillos

Beets

Mangos

Mussels

So here’s what I came up with:

Appetizer

Mussels steamed in white wine, garlic and saffron with red pepper flakes served with a salad over tomatillo dressing.

For the tomatillo dressing, preheat your oven to 350 degrees, husk and rinse your tomatillos and quarter.  Dice 1/4 onion, 2 cloves of garlic and add in the tomatillos.  Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, season with salt and pepper and spread evenly on a baking sheet.  Roast for about 45 minutes.  Transfer to your food processor or blender, and liquefy the mixture.  Strain for seeds, and set aside.

For the mussels, in a stock pot melt 2-3 tablespoons of butter and extra virgin olive oil, and add in 3 cloves of minced garlic, a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes and a pinch of saffron.  Sauté for 2-3 minutes, and add in 3/4 cup of white wine, and a splash of water.  Bring to a boil.  Add in your previously cleaned mussels and cover the pot, shaking every minute or so.  Cook for 4-6 minutes or until the mussels open. Pardon my spelling error…

This was...divine!
This was…divine! .COM

Main course

Beet and chipotle pepper soup serve with braised beef.

First, season your roast with your favorite Mexican spices.  I used cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Sear on all sides, and transfer to a crock pot or dutch oven.  Add 2 cups of beef broth (unsalted), 1 cup of red wine, and a large onion that has been sliced.  Let simmer for 2 hours.

Secondly, for your soup…

In a soup pot that has been preheated to medium high heat with extra virgin olive oil add:

1 onion-diced

3 cloves of garlic-minced

4 large beets, peeled and chopped

1 chipotle pepper with adobo sauce

Sauté for about 5-6 minutes until just tender

Add in 3-4 cups of unsalted beef stock and bring to a boil.  In a separate cup, add a teaspoon of corn starch to cold water.  Mix well, and keep the soup at a boil for a couple of minutes.  Reduce to a simmer for about an hour.

Puree the soup, and just before serving add a couple of tablespoons of greek yogurt. Mix well, and serve!  Don’t forget to check for seasoning!  I sliced the beef thinly, and served with the soup!

Gosh, isn't it pretty? <3
Gosh, isn’t it pretty? ❤

Desert

First off.  I don’t bake.  I hate to measure, and baking makes my crazy. But I decided to use the mangos in a desert type style, trying to keep with my Mexican type theme of cooking.
I peeled and chopped the mangos, and added them to my food processor.  I added in brown sugar, cinnamon, and a splash of water and mixed well.  Set aside.

Take 2 sheets of puff pastry dough and roll out.  Cut 8 circles out, spoon in the mixture, and pinch the edges tight.  Crimp each tart with a fork, brush each tart with a fork and sprinkle some more brown sugar over the top.  Back at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.

In my defense I only half of one, and skipped the vanilla ice cream but YUM!
In my defense I only half of one, and skipped the vanilla ice cream but YUM!

So at the end of the day, I’ve trained, I’ve cooked, and I’ve shed a few tears.  But I’ve kept moving forward.

How was your weekend?  Did you cook?  Are you training for any races?  How do YOU deal with stress?

Thanks, y’all!

❤ Michelle

 

16 Comments on “Weekend Wrap up-Marathon training week 2 complete!

  1. I get your stress with the hubby gone. My husband is a pilot and is gone a LOT. It’s tough and a LOT of wine gets consumed 😉

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  2. Looks like a delish dinner.

    That’s tough not having your hubs around a lot. One of the reasons I had to DNS my half in Florida is bc my hubs didn’t think he could handle parenting duties with me out of town that week. In light of everything that’s going on, I knew I’d do nothing but worry while I was away, so it seemed reasonable. But do you think he would have changed his plans for me? As if….! Hang in there, my friend…

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    • I totally understand, Wendy. I think that is a lot of where my anger stems from…If the tables were turned, I don’t think the story would match…
      Dinner was delish, if I do say so myself, hehe! Thanks!

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  3. Sorry about your hubby being gone again. It’s not easy, especially when it’s sprung on you and your head’s not around it yet. Hooray for a solid training week though. You’re off to a great start!

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  4. Sounds like a wonderful weekend despite the news of B leaving again. I know it is so very hard, being a military spouse is tough stuff. I empathize. Truly. Your meal looks amazing! I handle stress by usually taking a walk on my lunch break at work or a walk at home or exercise a bit, and if all else fails I read. It brings me to a different place. Hugs honey. I’m always here if you need a shoulder, I don’t sleep so call me if you want! Xo

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  5. Did you run at the track in Bartlett? Looks like I can see the blue track of dreams (there is a story behind that!) in the background of your runfie. I have logged quite a few miles on that track this winter.

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  6. I’ve only had to deal with my husband being away to visit his Mum and only when the kids were all grown. I know how much I relied on him when they were young so it much be really tough to have him away so often.

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  7. Awe Michelle, hate to hear about your husband. I can only imagine how frustrating that is. {{Big hugs (and a kiss)}} OMG, great job on your runs!! That’s fabulous!! You should be SO proud of yourself. Never easy running indoors. Proud of you! XOXO

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