It’s the first Weekend Update Link-Up of the new year!
This weekend was busy but not as busy as those weekends leading up to Christmas, thank God. As much as I enjoyed being in “The Nutcracker,” it was certainly a relief to be able to own a weekend, again. My only obligations were to my home and family, which means that I basically spent the weekend grocery shopping, doing laundry, and cooking. Fun, I know.
I was inspired by Tara’s resolution to start cooking new recipes. Due to my busy work schedule, the kids’ activities, and my faltering culinary curiosity/creativity, we eat a lot of spaghetti and tacos in our house. The kids are getting kind of sick of those meals, so I needed to branch out. Thanks to Tara, I decided to post a query on Facebook asking for friends’ favorite blogs and websites for delicious, quick, and healthy recipes. My friends came back with a ton of recommendations, and I was off on the hunt to find new meals for my family.
I ended up making 2, count ’em 2, brand new (to me) recipes this weekend! The first was Sausage, Potato and Spinach Soup from Damn Delicious, and it was truly damn delicious (especially the second day, after the flavors had a bit more time to develop and meld). The kids aren’t huge soup fans, so unfortunately they didn’t enjoy it as much as my husband and I did, but I’ll make it again, anyway. Those kids need to branch out!
Last night, I made Crockpot Picadillo from Skinny Taste. According to the website, picadillo is a traditional Cuban dish made with ground beef, tomatoes, bell pepper, an olive mixture, and spices. It was also quite easy to make, although it involved a two-step process with the meat being browned and the veggies sauteed in a pan before being placed in the slow cooker. I usually only use my Crockpot during the week, but I appreciated being able to use it on a weekend day–it freed me up to do things other than stand over the stove.
We ate the picadillo over rice and with a green salad. My daughter and husband and I really enjoyed it, although my (picky) son was milquetoast about it. Verdict? I will also make this recipe again. In fact, I’m going to use it tonight in some quesadillas! (Also from Skinny Taste.)
That will mean 3 new recipes in 1 week. Who am I?!
I wish I could end the post here. But, other than shopping, cooking, and eating this weekend, I also exercised. I ran twice (about 3 miles on Saturday, and a little over 9 on Sunday) and took an hour-long yoga class. I didn’t really have hip flexor pain during my runs (yay!), but I ended up developing tightness and soreness near my inner (medial) left ankle after my Sunday long run (ughh…). This is the same area where I felt pain during the last mile of the SeaWheeze Half last August, and towards the end of the Seattle Half last November. I think it’s shin splints, and I’m not happy about it. At all.
Usually, shin splints develop due to overtraining. In my case, I don’t think I’ve been overtraining; my mileage has been quite low. I think the likely cause of my problem is overpronation. My podiatrist and physical therapist have both remarked that my left foot pronates more than my right, and this would explain why I’m experiencing these symptoms only in my left ankle.
This is not where I want to be right now, on Week 3 of my Eugene Marathon (#eugPR) training schedule. I’m trying not to go to that dark place of doubt (“Will I be able to PR at Eugene? Will I be able to run the marathon at all? Will I be able to run, period?”), but it’s getting difficult. I feel like I have been plagued by injury after injury despite doing my hip exercises, cross-training, and conservatively adding mileage. Oh–and I already wear orthotics prescribed by my podiatrist. So is this just this the way it’s going to be? Harumph.
How was your weekend? What was the best part? Are you training for any races?