I’m feeling a bit sorry for myself. At this moment I am supposed to be running the annual Turkey Trot here on campus but instead I’m laying on my couch hacking up a lung. I was certain I would be able to kick this sickness by resting this past week however this hasn’t been the case.
Oh, I’m sure it’s helped. I was out of work for two days. Yesterday I went back and noticed I was out of breath walking around. So, no running this morning… Being smart is dumb. There is another Turkey Trot in town on Thanksgiving so this is a definite possibility. I’m also thinking a trip to the doc on Monday might be in order.
Alright, whining finished… I think…
I did make a very good pot of chili this week! I love Wendy’s chili and found this copy cat recipe on pinterest (of course) and it turned out really well. Actually, I’ve seen this recipe floating around the internet for years and I finally made it. It is incredibly easy and came together quickly. I was pleasantly surprised. Here is the recipe I used – it makes a big pot and I intend to freeze it. It’s nice to have a ready made lunch/dinner option considering this upcoming week of hectic-ness. ***I just noticed I forgot the 2 cups of water! Ha! I’ve only had a bowl right after I cooked it and it seemed like the right consistency. Oh well! Also, I used a can of diced green chili peppers and drained them a little.
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 (29 ounce) can kidney beans (with liquid)
- 1 (29 ounce) can pinto beans (with liquid)
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1/2 cup diced green chili pepper
- 1/4 cup diced celery
- 3 medium tomatoes
- 2-3 teaspoons cumin powder
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 cups water
How to make it
- Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat.
- Drain off the fat.
- In a large pot, combine the beef plus all the remaining ingredients, and bring to a simmer over low heat.
- Cook, stirring every 15 minutes, for 2 to 3 hours.
- Serve with shredded cheddar and a spoon of sour cream
I’m curious (and changing the subject) when you’ve taken time off from running, do you find it difficult to jump back in with your training plan? I do think momentum plays a decent size role in my motivation and I feel like this has been trampled into submission this week. I’m also basing this on my recent past with my depression level at the time so maybe this won’t be as big of an issue.
This hiccup in training is only a bit concerning. While I know the first couple of runs back are going to be uncomfortable and I may not be jumping into my running tights with a fervor, I know I haven’t lost all of my running fitness and this setback can be remedied. I believe it.
Last tidbit, I started falling asleep last night at 8:15 pm. I slept off and on and never made it to my bed – my couch is crazy comfy! While I don’t recommend sleeping during episodes of Law and Order, Criminal Intent (DISTURBING dreams, yo), I think I should go to bed at 8 pm more often. I woke up this morning at 5:50 am; I never thought this was possible!