Cauliflower Soup + Sweet Potatoes + running thoughts

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Happy Friday Eve!

I made this cauliflower soup all last winter and I’ve added it back into the meal rotation the past couple months. It’s become the base for many more additions to make it hearty and unique too!

I originally found it here!

As for my additions I will add in fresh kale (place kale in a deep bowl, pour over hot soup and the kale is perfectly wilted into the soup).
Or any veggie I’ve roasted.
You can also add in zucchini squash or other veggies to simmer and purée into the soup along with the cauliflower. (As you can see below I did with an extra zucchini I had on hand!)
I also love sweet potato ‘fries’ on the side. Peel and roughly slice up a sweet potato into thick ‘fries’. Lay on pan, spray with oil- I like coconut oil- salt, pepper and cinnamon and cook at 400-425 for 45-60 min. YUM! I make a huge batch and refrigerate the un-eaten to have throughout the following day. I could LIVE on sweet potatoes! Especially when they’re baked in this way!

 

Cauliflower soup

1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp unbleached flour (all purpose is fine too)
1 medium head cauliflower – chopped
1/2 cup chopped onions
4 cups fat free chicken broth (vegetarians can use vegetable broth)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

In a medium saucepan, make a roux by melting the butter on low heat. Add the flour and stir about 2 minutes.
Add the chicken broth, onions and cauliflower and set heat to medium high. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer over medium-low heat until vegetables are tender (about 20 minutes.) Puree with an immersion blender until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

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And a few running thoughts…

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With all the rain lately in Northern California… I don’t let it scare me away from getting outside for a run!

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Cheers to the last weekend before Christmas!

Anyone else doing last minute shopping this weekend? Not me! Getting back out on the trails on Sunday! Whoohoo!

 

 

 

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Easy workout you can do anywhere + Holiday Plans!

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Hello!

1 Week until Christmas Eve! We aren’t traveling anywhere for the holiday this year, and as much as I’ll miss my family and hometown friends, I am more than happy to relax locally and enjoy the California weather over the holiday 🙂

Are you looking for a Total Body Workout to power you through the holiday weeks coming up?

Check this out:

Total Body Workout-15 or 30 minute

Grab a pair of free weights and some space and you can do this anywhere… great excuse to escape the family for 30 minutes. Or even better, go for a run to get some fresh air and then end with this total body workout!

What is everyone doing for the last week/ weekend before the holidays really hit?

We need to get our Tree and make a visit to Santa! We’ve already played in some ‘snow’ (man-made) last week!

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Happy Monday and hello off-season! (For 2 weeks at least)

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This weekend was one to remember. My first 50 mile distance trail race in the bag and what an amazing (seriously!) experience it was.
From the course and views, to the spectacular muddy mess and blowing my expectations away… I couldn’t have asked for a better day.

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Rain stopped early morning so we could see the moon and skies clearing right before the 5am start.

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The trail of headlamps weaving up Bobcat… Picture doesn’t do justice to the beauty of it.

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Descending down into Muir Beach, about mile 17-18.

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Climbing out of Stinson beach to the top of Cardiac Hill. The conditions of the trails and the waterfalls roaring from all the rain we had was very difficult. This climb was brutal and a mental game that put me in a dark place.

But at the top was mile 36 aid station and then a long few miles of down hill single track slugging through the mud that lifted my spirits and made me feel like a kid splashing through the muck!

Another climb out of Muir Beach at mile 41/42 played more mind games with me, but by then I KNEW I was going to finish 50 miles so I might as well leave EVERYTHING I had out there.
Bring on the pain train!

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From my Instagram 🙂

And a final push downhill for 2 miles logging in a sub 8min and 8xx min mile to cross the finish line in 9:58:30. Under the 10 hour goal that was my ULTIMATE best case scenario!

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Great friends out there and rocking my BayBirds Racing singlet for the day.

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After getting myself home, a long hot shower and placing a take out order of burritos and chips/ salsa I sat on my living room floor with my daughter and ate these straight from the box.

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Feeling good, riding the endorphin high still and can’t wait to get a massage tonight!

Also taking a couple weeks off of running though still staying active with cycling, yoga, strength and core. And working on my training plan for Boston in April!! 2015 will also include a half marathon in February for a speed check-in. Ready to get my speed on and to the track in the first part of 2015!

How’s everyone’s week?
Anyone else race over the weekend?
Who else is in their ‘off-season’?

Preparing for my first 50mile trail race

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2014 has been a busy year with enjoying the first of many of my daughter’s milestones, running some amazing races, traveling and enjoying being a stay-at-home mom as well as running some new distances to me.

I have, to this date, ran 2 50k Ultra distances this year, and will end my season with a 50mile trail run this weekend in the Marin headlands called the Northface Endurance Challenge.

As the race is in less than 3 days I’m feeling nervous, antsy and anxious, as tapering for me was never my strongest suit. I feel much better being sore, wiped and have pushed my body to it’s fullest potential. The past 2 weeks have been too easy for me!
I did have an awesome last long run of 11.5 miles the day after Thanksgiving, completing 2500 feet of climbing in 4.5 miles right up Mt Tam at 6am to make the sunrise!

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My kind of Black Friday!

Otherwise, I’ve been dodging raindrops here in Northern California, while entertaining my daughter, trying to lay low but also keep my legs moving and limber.

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I have had 2 early morning runs this week that have been in pouring rain:

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Anyone use the ‘Outsider‘ app to get an overall view of the weather for a run? It’s great!

Enough about rain and tapering… Otherwise I’ve been keeping my core strong and continuing lots of yoga to stay loose.

Wish me luck and I’ll be back later with some great new workouts I’ve put together as well as a 50 mile update!

 

Stay warm and dry out there 🙂

Hi! It’s been a busy couple weeks!

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So last time I checked in I was visiting family in St. Louis.

IMG_9754.JPGMy grandma, Eloise’s great grandma!

That’s been over two weeks ago, and it is been very busy since. My visit to St. Louis was filled with family, visits with lots of friends, a weekend trip to Austin meeting up with my husband (who was there that week for work) just us 2, leaving the baby with my parents back in STL 🙂

IMG_9801.JPGFinally found some decent coffee in Austin!

IMG_9796.JPGYep! Pretty much sums it up 🙂

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And arriving back to STL to some of the cold cold weather in the Midwest. Brrrr! I knew it was time to get back to Cali then.
My mom flew back to San Francisco with me, but we even had a cancelled flight the night we were supposed to fly back and a really rough flight with the baby and my mom when we did fly out.

IMG_9850.JPGThe calm before the melt down 😦

Two days after we got back to San Francisco, I raced in my second ultra distance, the Mt Tam 50k which was a tuneup for The Northface Challenge (50mile distance!) coming up on December 6th!

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Representing the Bay Birds Racing Team!

IMG_9855.JPGThis just happened (again! my first 50k Ultra distance was back in June)

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The 50K was supposed to be a confidence builder, but it was a tough course, with almost 7000 feet of climbing and very technical trails (Um, we climbed a 9 foot ladder at one point!)  I went through a rough time from miles 18-25… There was a lot of climbing, many descents which tore my quads up and feeling lonely and wondering how I was going to get through the remainder of the day. But I finished the race really strong (passed 2 girls the last 5 miles to place 3rd overall) and now that I reflect back I know I am ready to take on 50 miles!

So after the 50k, it’s been getting back into our routine the past week and really relaxing. We won’t be traveling for the holiday season at all, just enjoying our family of 3 at home, hanging with friends, eating some good food and exploring around the Bay area!

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Cheering on the Dawgs!

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Playing in the leaves!

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Library story-time and songs! (Sorry for photo quality. I busted my phone screen on my New iPhone 6 while I was running in Austin- hence the blurring selfie pic)

OH! And one of the biggest milestones the past couple weeks is that my baby girl, now 15 months, has finally, finally started walking self sufficiently!!!

IMG_9856.JPGEnjoying her early Christmas gift from the grandparents, the kitchen is a perfect encouragement for walking.

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Here’s to a busy busy holiday coming up chasing after a toddler!

I’ll be back soon with more, just a check in and hope all is well!
Cheers and happy Turkey week!

Train Your Body Thursday

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It’s the time of the season that many runners take a break from training for a specific race, so it’s perfect timing to pick up the slack in working on the core basics of strength the body needs to stay healthy, injury-free and strong. The time you spent running long mileage you should spend building a nice base for next year.
Check out some of these moves on Runners World The Body Shop: Ground Work to lay the groundwork for a strong body for next season.
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Halloween and weekend in the Midwest

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We all piled onto an airplane on Friday and flew out to St Louis to hang with the family for the weekend.

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In-laws came in from Atlanta and we had a full house of grandparents, cousins (my nephews), aunts/ uncles (my brothers, SILs) over the weekend!

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Best photo I could get of a constant moving toddler!

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After a long day of flying, Eloise is so happy with her cousins 🙂

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Had a beautiful view during my run along run the Katy Trail in Missouri
I had a long run of 22 miles for this weekend but found it difficult to get away for 4 hours to run that long with so much family in town/ around!
Instead I split the run to 12 miles on Saturday and 12 miles on Sunday mornings, being gone for 1 hour 45 min is much more manageable. Not the best way to get in training, but have to make choices and adjust accordingly sometimes.

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I mean look at these faces I had to tear myself away from! 😉

This week I’ll be spending some time in St Louis, hanging with close friends, getting a Massage at my mom’s fav place for runners to get kneaded out, checking out the Magic House and then popping down to Austin, TX to meet up with the hubs for the weekend after his week of work there. Great excuse to leave baby girl behind with grandparents and have some true couple time!
So will popping back in later this week!

How was your weekend?
What did you did you dress up for Halloween?
I was nothing but a comfy traveler but baby girl was a Lady bug!
Ps check out this throwback to Halloween last year on my Instagram. Baby’s first Halloween, but so love the toddler hood right now!