Race Report: Big Bad Wolfe 10/20 miler

21992793_1730930733598088_4678976804627306850_oI ran this race with one of my running partners and I had originally signed up for this to be my longest race of the year.

The course was on a public running path and the field was really limited – it only felt crowded at the beginning of the race. Due to the heat, they changed the course so that the 20 milers doubled back on the 10 mile loop we were running. It made for a cheerful atmosphere and let us runners cheer each other on more.

I was very happy with how this race went – we only slowed down from goal 15 seconds a mile due to the heat. It was very well organized and I would absolutely run another Columbus Running Company race.

Harvest Beef Chili with Pumpkin and Pinto Beans

(sorry there’s no photo but this was de-licious)

You’ll Need:
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/4pounds well-marbled beef chuck, cut into 1-inch chunks
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
1 large onion, diced
1 bell pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder
1 1/2 pounds pumpkin peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch chunks (~4 cups)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
15 oz can of pinto beans, rinsed and drained

You’ll:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat the oil over medium heat in a 5 or 6-quart Dutch oven. Dredge the meat in the flour, shaking off the excess. Working in batches, add the beef and cook until browned all over, about 7 minutes. As you work, transfer the meat to a bowl.

Add the garlic, onions and bell peppers and stir to coat. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add 1/4 cup water and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are tender, about 7 minutes.

Stir in the cocoa powder, cumin, paprika and ancho chili powder. Return the meat to the pan and stir until well coated. Stir in 1 1/2 cups water, the pumpkin, tomato paste and salt. Bring to a boil. Cover and transfer to the oven. Bake until the meat is tender, about an 1 to 1 hour 30 minutes.

Stir in the beans, return to the oven, and bake for 10 more minutes.

What I Read: Sept ’17

The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart: I found this at our library and I remember loving the other book I read by Stewart. This was a quick read and I really enjoyed it but it isn’t earth shattering YA work.

Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay: This was a book selection for a new book club I’m attending (or…trying to) locally. It’s a collection of essays from Gay that was published in 2014 and some of it was hard to read, as things are very different now politically. Essay collections are not my favorite genre but I enjoyed her commentary on media and representation.

Lessons from Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott: I found Jennifer online first and decided to pick up one of her books from the library. I love her idea of a 10 item wardrobe so I thought I’d really enjoy this book. While I laud Ms. Scott for turning a run of the mill study aboard experience into a writing career, I found this book reductionist and overly simplistic. She presents all Americans as sloppy, fat and ill-mannered and all the French she encountered as chic, formal and perfectly well-cultured. Skip this book.

Baby C: Month 15

I’ve decided that doing these quarterly for the next year or so makes the most sense to capture where we’re at with our beloved little dude and giving him some privacy as he continues to grow.

Likes: cottage cheese, playing outside, riding [read: being pushed on] your trike, climbing on the furniture

Dislikes: diaper changes, not being able to type on a computer or phone,

Who You Saw: one of Mama’s friends and her wee one came for a visit, the eclipse!

Where We Went: so many parks, Chicago for 1 day, the Ohio State Fair!

Milestones: you are running with abandon, saying dada/mama, feeding your with a spoon or fork, stacking toys and cups, starting to follow directions

Detroit by the Numbers

old New Hollands: 4
new New Hollands: 3
runs scored by the Minnesota Twins: 7
runs scored by the Detroit Tigers: 3
miles Driven: hundreds
acres of Ohio corn: thousands
epic road trips: 1

I went to Detroit to visit a friend for my first night away from Baby C. Being a good Midwestern girl, there are few things I love as much as gassing up my car (even if I was driving my first non-Chevy) and heading out on a ribbon of highway, buffeted on both sides by tall walls of Ohio corn. Detroit is only 3 and half hours away from where we live now in Central Ohio and it was an easy trip to do alone.

Since my friend was still working when I got into the city, I headed straight to Motor City Brewing Works for a drink and to read alone at the bar. Everything I tasted was really great – I would absolutely recommend it if you’re in the area (but, if you live in Detroit, you know what an icon Motor City is!). After meeting up with C, we went to Grand Trunk Club for supper and stopped at the Detroit Water Ice Factory on our walk up to Comerica Park to see the Detroit Tigers play the Minnesota Twins. I was beyond impressed with this ball park – it is huge, clean and well designed. Really puts Wrigley to shame, if I do say so. We walked back to the waterfront to stay in our hotel and passed through the Oktoberfest celebrations happening on Woodward Ave.

The next morning we stopped the Roasting Plant for coffee and I got my cup of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee and it. was. delicious. Clocking in at 72USD a pound, it is something I’ll only enjoy by the cup. We went to Dime Store for brunch and it was an amazing meal. I cannot recommend this place enough. On our way out of town, we went to the Detroit Institute of Art and saw about half the collection, namely the Rivera Courtyard. We also walked around Midtown for a bit and even stopped in the Shinola store (it is the Apple Store of watches).

Sewing Projects ~ Getting Honest Vol. 2

It’s been a while since I did one of these and some stuff has happened. I did finish that blue and white quilt though!

  1. curtains for my reading nook (this room has been done save curtains since MAY)
  2. quilt an antique double wedding ring top I have
  3. tree stump cushions for Baby C’s room
  4. soft letters & numbers for Baby C
  5. dino-fy a hoodie

I also need to start prepping for #memademay2018. I think I did pretty good on my No Fast Fashion Summer challenge. I did buy 3 things, which is more than 0 but way less that I would have purchased without this challenge. One was a sports bra that I desperately needed, one was a t shirt that came with a race entry and one was a Wonder Woman t shirt I found that I would worried I wouldn’t be able to find again later (I get that’s an excuse but I also didn’t just go shopping when I wanted to check out…and I stayed off Nordstrom.com).

Here’s the list of items I want to have ready for no later than 1 May 2018.

  • 1 tank top (I already have the fabric!)
  • 2 t shirts
  • 2 dresses (ideally, at least 1 with sleeves)
  • 2 pj bottoms
  • 1 raglan tee

I know that list is not enough to wear *only* clothes I made for the whole month. I might start with just week days but right now I only have some costumes and a blouse so this would still be a huge step forward.

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What I Read: Aug ’17

The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us From Violence by Gavin de Becker; This is another book that our librarians have put up in the ‘adult books in the children’s section’ and I picked up on a whim I suppose. I am really really glad I did – de Becker does not mess around and addresses something I’ve noticed and worried about in our American society for years without a real name for it. America is violent – violence happens here all the time. In our homes, in our streets, and in greater numbers than other places in the world. These are facts. de Becker posits that we all have an intuition that is always watching and keeping us safe. He tells several true stories about how it has saved lives – or how ignoring it to be polite has cost lives. This is a must read for all women to keep ourselves safe and it is a must read for all men to understand the threats women are constantly under.

Race Report: The Hoot Half/10k

I signed up for this 10k at Roots and Rocks in Alum Creek State Park back when I was first getting back into running again and thought maybe M would want to do it with me but, life with a little dude makes trail running *together* essentially impossible. So I ended up running it alone, with my two dudes cheering me on at the start and finish.

I thought the course was pretty well marked but M was surprised to hear there were no pin flags, especially at intersections. I did have to point out a few twists and turns to other runners – I guess M’s natural navigator awareness has rubbed off on me more than I would have thought! Packet pick up was a total joke and I will never make the drive to Fleet Feet before one of their races again if it isn’t required.

That said, I would totally run another race at Roots and Rocks again.

I ran along several parts of the trail with other MRTT-ers (Mom’s Run This Town) and even though we had never met before this race, they were super friendly and welcoming. I think they could smell the ‘new to trail racing’ fear on me and were extra helpful.

I hit 8 miles the previous weekend so knew I could handle the distance and have hiked much more technical things with M so knew I could handle the terrain; it was simply putting them together that was a bit tougher on my legs than expected. We’re two days out and my quads are still pretty dang sore! All in all, I would highly recommend this race if you’re in the greater Columbus area.