promises kept!

The last day of Sept… what a long and crazy month.  I know October is going to FLY by since there are just a few gigantic things happening this month

sorry – are you getting tired of this pic?!

I also have a couple of other smaller races and it will be just as busy work-wise as Sept.  Wacky school year!

Yesterday I promised a few things… first a long run update.  Last Sunday I went for a 15 miler.  It started out decent.  I went to the Kal-haven trail, even though the trail and I have a contentious relationship.  This time proved no different!  I made two major mistakes:  1.  I broke in a brand new pair of shoes.  Yikes!  Don’t do this!  I didn’t have much of a choice but by the end my legs and feet were completely worn out.  2.  I didn’t bring any fuel with me.  Oh I brought Nuun and this probably saved me from completely passing out on the trail!  On my 10 miler the few days before, I only brought Gatorade/water and I was okay.  So of course me and my gigantic ego thought I didn’t need anything.  Yep, at the end of this run, I faded.  Seriously, with my legs wanting to jump ship and sheer lack of energy, I’m sure I looked like a zombie coming out of the trail.  Scary!  I was also freezing towards the end of the run and couldn’t get warm until I took a 20 minute HOT shower.  While I don’t know the science behind all of this, I’m guessing I did my body wrong and won’t be doing that again.

yep – this is a fairly accurate picture of me!

Today was supposed to be my last long run before the MARATHON!  18 miles were on the agenda and I was kind of looking forward to it.  As I mentioned in a past post, I was (sort of) diagnosed with PCOS.  Today this is happening

this should probably say, “can’t move today”

Sorry for the over-share but I’m in so much pain, I’ve had to resort to doubling up on pain killers.  Yep, I’m a little high.  I checked with my pharmacist friend before to make sure I wasn’t doing anything dangerous.   I’m trying to figure out when and how I’ll get those 18 miles in since today is totally out of the question.  But they are important to me – simply for confidence sake.

Onto more pleasant things:  Recipe… enjoy!  Don’t get me wrong – this isn’t the healthiest meal on the planet but it isn’t the worst and you know what’s in it.  I got this from pinterest so I’m not sure of the original creator of this yumminess – my apologies!

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken
 
The chicken coating:
 
3-4 boneless chicken breasts
salt + pepper
1 cup cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup canola oil
 
The sweet and sour sauce:
 
3/4 cup sugar
4 tbs ketchup
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp garlic salt
 
       Start by preheating your oven to 325 degrees. Rinse your chicken breasts in water and then cut into cubes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Dip chicken into the cornstarch to coat then dip into the eggs.  Heat your 1/4 cup oil in a large skillet and cook your chicken until browned but not cooked through. Place the chicken in a 9×13 greased baking dish. Mix all of your sweet and sour sauce ingredients in a bowl with a whisk and then pour evenly over the chicken. Bake for one hour and during the baking process you will need to turn the chicken every 15 minutes.  
Don’t skip the part of turning the chicken every 15 minutes – this really helps to coat the chicken in the sauce.  I also put a little less than a teaspoon of garlic salt in there (personal preference).  Next time, I am going to mix in some red and yellow peppers and pineapple in with it and hopefully it will make a bit more sauce.
Lastly, I’m crazy jealous right now… as I mentioned on Thursday, my brother is in the states.  He and my sister are getting fun sibling time – without me!  Boo!!
love this pic – it was just taken the other day :)

So I’m wearing my fleece polar bear pants that I convinced my sister she should give me (they originally were her’s) and sent them very sappy text messages.  Real quick – anyone with sisters ever notice how their clothes are always so much cuter and more comfortable than your own?  I swear, I could hijack my big sis’ ENTIRE wardrobe :)  I’m also decorating for Halloweenie very soon (it was supposed to be today but the whole curled in a ball in pain thing got in the way)!  Heid and I have this way of always decorating at the same time.  It’s strange.  One of us will text the other and sure enough, without discussing it first we are putting up the holiday decor.  Kevina cracks me up and I always get a boost of motivation from the little go-getter.  He is a fiercely hard worker – I tell him to sleep every time I see him and I really admire his tenacity.  Kev also has more talent in his pinky finger than I do in my whole body.  Yep, I’m definitely missing my sibs!

Hope you are enjoying your Sunday!  I’m going to start a petition to make weekends three days and work weeks 4.  Let me know if you want to sign it.  I’m going to change the average work week – you on board?!

2 thoughts on “promises kept!

  1. Thanks for sharing that recipe- it sounds really good. I love sweet & sour, it’s one of my favorite things to eat. I need to start decorating for Halloween too. I was going to pick up some stuff at Target over the weekend, but I never made it that far. I would sign your petition to shorten the work week because I feel the same exact way! :-)

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