Happy Monday! Before I get into my race recap, and Meatless Monday recipe, I would love if after reading, you hop on over to Run to the Finish, and check out my guest post on Amanda’s blog about Is running different for men and women?
I hope everyone had a marvelous weekend filled with whatever made you happy. I definitely enjoyed my weekend; Steve and I went to an Orchard to go apple picking, which was fun. I think visiting Orchards are the best part of fall.
On Saturday, I ran in the Somerset Road Home Half Marathon, and won the whole thing by 5 minutes, feeling GREAT! Originally, I was told to run at “what feels like 6:20 pace”, but once we heard from the race organizer (who did a great job!) that the course was extremely hilly, and had lots of turns, we decided to say 6:20-6:30, especially through the first half.
I was very grateful he forewarned me as these were not just rolling hills, but instead, the kind of hills that almost bring you to a walk…..and there were lots of them. I decided to stick with what I preached in my post last week, and not look at my Garmin after 400m. After chasing down one guy, I was in the lead from about 5 miles in with the police escort. I felt strong, even with the hills doing their best to take my breath away. I knew I was moving fast, but did not let myself think about what pace I could be running, and instead just focused on staying relaxed, and enjoying it.
As I turned the final corner, and heard my name being called, I was surprised to see that I had run 1:18:37! Thats 6:00 pace, and I probably ran at 80% effort! I know I could have run at least 2 minutes faster on that day. This race was in complete contrast to my progression run on Monday, where I was absolutely exhausted, yet utterly disappointed because I was no where near where I wanted to be, and obsessing over the pace!
Just shows you what “just running” does for you. Take what your body gives you each day, right? 🙂 If you listen to it, and you trust in yourself, the result will take care of itself. I guess it did, and now I have a lot more confidence that I can run to my potential next month in Chicago. All I want, is to cross the finish line proud of myself, and happy with my result.
Enough about my weekend, and on to Meatless Monday with my lovely cohost Confessions of a Mother Runner. If you do not know what we are talking about, click HERE. I am excited to see what you bring to the linkup this week. PLEASE remember to use our button 🙂 Thank you!
I am sure I have already lost a few people with the c word in the title….not THAT c word, I mean the word that a lot of Americans are afraid of….curry. Curry does not help itself by being almost impossible to photograph. However, I promise you that this curry not only tastes good, but is packed full of more of those recovery foods that will help you bounce back from your training, and feel strong!
Preparation time: 10 minutes
2 tbsp oil
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp paprika
2 pieces crystalized ginger, broken into very small pieces
2 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
2 large tomatoes, cut into small chunks, separated
1 cup greek yogurt
1 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (if not spicy enough)
1/2 tbsp cornstarch
1 cup sweet potato
1 cup butternut squash
1 cup sugar snap peas
1/2 cup chickpeas
1/2 cup edamame
3 cups spinach
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup water
1 cup brown basmati rice
Combine the cinnamon, paprika, ginger, curry powder, cumin and salt in a small bowl.
Using a cast iron pan. Heat the oil over a medium high heat. Add the onions, and cook until soft. Turn the heat down to medium, and add the garlic. Cook for 2 minutes, before adding the spices and 1 of the tomatoes. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until the onions are coated, and the oil has soaked up the spices.
Add the greek yogurt and 1 cup coconut milk. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil, and add the butternut squash, sweet potato, and 1/2 the spinach.
Turn heat to low, and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Add the cornstarch, sugar snap peas, chickpeas, edamame, and remaining spinach and tomato. Cook for another 10-15 minutes, until the curry has thickened.
Meanwhile, cook the rice in the water and remaining coconut milk to make coconut rice.
Serve the curry over the coconut rice, with naan bread.
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Wow, you are just so stinkin quick! Great job!!! 🙂
your recipe looks delicious, as usual! great job on your run! you are awesome! I also love apple picking and coming home with pounds and pounds of apples!
Way to GET IT and blitz the whole field! Is it kinda weird running with the police escort? I'm not sure how that would feel. I think it would almost mess me up because I wouldn't be pacing myself off of someone and then I would end up either too fast or too slow, regardless of the Garmster.
Yay! You are so awesome. I hate hills so this is even more amazing than your usual amazing. Even that cider donut looks amazing to me when I normally go for only chocolate donuts. I am ready to make my fall chocolate covered apples I think.
You rock girlfriend! I can't even imagine running that fast for even 1 mile let alone 13. You are amazing and such an inspiration. Hope you are resting up today with your feet up eating some chocolate. That's meatless!
Confessions of a Mother Runner
WOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! that's an awesome time!!! I'm so stinkin proud! #sherpafriend. Love YOU!
OMG!!!!!! Congratulations! You are such a super star and I love it. YES to taking what your body gives you on any given day. So inspiring Tina!! Can't wait to read what you have to say on Amanda's blog too…
omg… i want this right now!! btw… you are a rockstar! I am amazed at your time!
You are a speedy racing machine! Impressive.
You are amazing! Congrats on being first and that time! That's faster than I plan to run my 10 mile race coming up 😉
Congratulations on the amazing “by feel” Half!!! I'm seriously thinking about running by feel for my upcoming half in 2 weeks, but part of me is really scared to “let go” like this. I've been mostly training without looking at watch (just wearing it so that I can see how I did after I'm finished, but I'm a little undecided if I'm disciplined enough (haha, ironically…) to not look. Also! This curry looks delicious! I have a standard go-to Thai style curry that I make on nights when I'm in a rush that I've got down to a science. It's delicious, but I'm always looking for a change and you sold me on the crystallized ginger! Yum!
Wow–you are a beast! Congrats, Tina! I'm really happy for you!! (and the curry sounds yummy, too)
Loving so many things about this post! 1. I went apple picking over the weekend, too! It's a must every Fall. 2. You're a Rockstar! Win by 5 minutes?! Killer! Congrats! 3. I love curry! Will be making this 🙂
Geez good luck lady!! So speedy! I'm more at a 10min pace..so…yeah. But I am back to running again..woot! Signed up for a 10 mile race in October! 🙂
Also that pic of you in the orchard is adorable.
I think I will be linking up next week because I have a couple of meatless recipes planned! Have a great week! 🙂
I love that both are posts today include Amanda! And this looks yummy!
Wow! What an amazing race! You killed your time. That is awesome. So happy for you!
Wow! What a great race! Way to kill your time. Congrats, Tina!
Wow! Congrats on your race- that absolutely amazing!!! Your meatless recipe looks pretty awesome too!!!
Whoa – amazing race!! Hell yeah!! I am so jealous of your cider donuts – I wonder if I can find any in my area?
WooHoo – way to go on that race!! So awesome that even with all the hills you ran at a much faster pace than you had planned – and the fact that you were only exerting about 80% is great!! You are going to be so ready for your upcoming marathon!!
What a great race! Congrats!! So very happy for you!
WOW. Your time was absolutely phenomenal. Congratulations on an awesome race and the win! I am craving one of those cider doughnuts big time!
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WOW, awesome race!! Congrats!! I absolutely love apple picking! Fall is just a great season all the way around.
Congratulations on the race! I am always amazed how different running can feel day to day! But definitely a nice confidence booster.
Great job!!!! Wowza!!!
OMG< how exciting! You are such a beast! Ok, I am slightly jealous because you got to run with a police escort. I've always wondered how that feels! lol
I swear I eat at least one but usually 2-4 apples every day of my life and I love orchards! We went to one in Virginia a few years ago and one in Tennessee too, they are amazing. My Mom brings me pink lady apples right off the tree every year!
And way to go on that race, absolutely amazing! You are such an inspiration 🙂
Way to go Tina! I thought of you on Saturday morning around 3 a.m. as I was climbing some major hills during RTB. I wanted to walk but all I could think of was “What would Tina Muir do???” 😉
Oh my goodness what a race! Congrats!!
Awesome job! I tried hard to not look at the watch at my marathon yesterday, and after I realized I wouldn't make my goal time, I ignored it and just enjoyed the second half. It was lovely.
SO speedy! Awesome job, Tina!! I loved your article at Amanda's, too… and I also love curry! 🙂
Wow that cider donut looks absolutely delicious!! Congratulations on your race you are AMAZING!
Congrats on your awesome race! I'm so glad forgetting about your watch and just running off feel worked out so well 🙂
Loved your post on Amanda's blog too btw!
Thanks so much Danielle 🙂 That is exactly what I did……$25 worth…oops!
Thanks Suzy! It was weird, at one point I actually asked him if he could turn off the blue lights as they were giving me a headache hahah!
Thanks Meri 🙂 These were special cider donuts, they really were the best ones I have had! Chocolate apples….YUm!
Thanks friend 🙂 I am grateful my body lets me do that. I definitely did enjoy lots of chocolate, and white chocolate blondies…and ice crea.m…..that counts as one sweet right? 🙂
Thank you dear friend 🙂
Thanks Allie 🙂 Hope you liked it!
Thanks Brittany 🙂
Thanks Maryea! Hopefully I can impress even more at Chicago 😉
Thanks Heather, I am definitely grateful for what my body can do!
I love curry – seeing I grew up with it! Loving the sound of your veggie crammed one! And CONGRATS on winning the Somerset Rd half!!!
Thanks Heather, I needed it 🙂 Thanks for the feedback on the curry!
Thanks so much Megan 🙂
Thanks Annmarie 🙂 Yours sounds pretty darn good too!
Thank you Megan 🙂 Not even close to a PR, but I will take it 🙂
Thanks Brenda 🙂 I am sure you can find them somewhere, we had to drive 30 mins. Where do you live?
Thanks Kim, yes! That is the part I was most happy about! I sure hope so 🙂
thanks Michelle 🙂
Thanks Amy 🙂 They are amazing, and only available this time of year!
Thanks Lora, it is so much fun isn't it! Especially if they have giant ones 🙂
Thanks Gianna, it is crazy isn't it. Things come together when they need to though, hope your training is going well 🙂
Thanks Kierston 🙂
Thanks Maria, haha I have never done it before. It was kinda cool, but the blue flashing lights were giving me a headache haha
Thank you so much lovely lady! I loved your shout out yesterday, you really made me smile.
Your mom has a pink lady tree? That is amazing!!! I want one!
That is amazing! Funny, your tired state brought thoughts of my mind….not sure if that is a compliment, or whether I am some kind of she devil hahha? And what did your inner thoughts tell you I would do? 🙂
Thanks Kaitlin 🙂
Thanks Tara 🙂 That is amazing, and EXACTLY how a race should be! Very impressive you were able to switch off too, I know your time will come 🙂
Thanks Laura 🙂 Glad I am doing a lot that you enjoy 🙂
It was amazing…as were the 2 I have had since :)Thanks for your support!
Thanks Christine 🙂 I hope you are right!
Thanks Amber 🙂 It did, have you tried it recently? Thanks for your support!
Thanks so much Shashi 🙂 I thought you would like it, I love cramming veggies into things. 🙂
Congrats, Tina! What an awesome race! You're going to KILL IT at Chicago!!
P.S. I love curry and will be making this asap.
Wow, what an amazing race. Confession- I kind of would go meatless for that amazing looking curry. (but then eat steak after :p)
Congrats on an awesome race on a tough course!!!!! Chicago here you come.
CONGRATS ON AN AWESOME RACE! You should do a post on what it feels like to be at the front of the pack at a race… because I will never know haha.
It was so nice to chat with you the other day! Your curry looks delicious and is inspiring me to cook up some delicious Indian-inspired food!
I knew you were going to KILL that half after the hard work you have been putting in! Also, I’ve been racing garmin-less the past few months and it’s done wonders for my confidence as well as i’ve grabbed some not too shabby new PRs as a result. Happy to see you ran so well and were able to trust the training! Way to go!