Running Early and Late


I accomplished even before I (publicly) committed!

I just returned from a 5 mile run and it turns out I have a new temperature threshold for running, 22 degrees Fahrenheit.   If you told me last month that I would think running in 22* was “not bad at all” I would have said “phew”.  But it really wasn’t bad at all.  The bad parts are that I haven’t had a real nights sleep in over three days (old insomnia issues are back) and my hamstrings are a wee tight today.

The first half of the run was a serious slog but for the second half my oats must have kicked in because I started running some sprints.  The 5 miles took 49 minutes, which includes a few minutes of walking.  All the means is that I am getting faster!  I walked at least 5 minutes of those and still ran finish with an under 10 minute mile average.  All that sprinting is paying off.

What are your workout plans for today?  If you haven’t participated in COMMENT COMMIT yet this week, it’s super easy.  Just write a comment to this post telling us what your exercise goals are for today and we’ll cheer you on.  This evening I will write a wrap up post and you can comment to brag all about your accomplishments.  No stress, no pressure, this is a resource for you to get support from others to help you reach your goals.  Let’s help each other be accountable!

I was up and out early today because, besides that I couldn’t sleep, Tate and I are driving to WV this morning to start the holiday festivities with our families.  We will probably be there all week, unless the banks decide to get their act together and we can close on the clinic FINALLY.

One last thing…

By request Tate has generously offered to share his recipe for last night’s soup.

Tate’s Now Famous Curried Lentil Soup

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In a large pot bring 3 cups of water and 2 cups of brown lentils to boil.

Instead of watching the pot as it wait to boil take  a skillet and heat 1 T of coconut oil over medium heat.

To the skillet add 1 chopped onion, 1 chopped green bell pepper, 3 chopped carrots, and 1 package of extra firm tofu cubed.

Once the veggie-tofu combo starts to brown throw it all in the pot with the lentils.  To the pot add 1 can of coconut milk, and a few handfuls of chopped kale.

Give the mix a few good stirs.  Now comes the key ingredient, the curry!  Our favorite is this green curry paste, which can be purchased for a few bucks at most Asian groceries and a few regular grocery stores.

Add curry paste to taste.  We like it spicy around here so we start by adding huge clumps but start small at first, it’s much easier to add than take away!

Serve hot!  This soup is an awesome meal and a bowl and can be easily modified by altering the veggies used.   Tate left the onions out for Kath and we didn’t have any tofu but this is his usual recipe. And this soup is even better as leftovers so you can always double the recipe and eat it for days.  Enjoy!

Whoa, look at the time! I’ve got to get on the road!

See you this evening for COMMENT COMMIT!



  1. Yay for getting faster! Running in cooler (not freezing!) temps is so much better than hot humid running…in my book anyway!

    My plan is to not run. My calf/shin has been bothering me a lot lately and I don’t want to irritate it more by running on icy packed snow. This will be day 2 of “resting”. Hopefully I can get back on my game on Sunday.

  2. srzasa

    I walked 2 miles with my 7 year old this morning – in the dark and at 3 degrees. We walked to get coffee and had breakfast out. It was a fun morning. I’m also hoping to get another 20 min of yoga and pilates in before the day is done. I’d also like to get the boxes of presents from Amazon all wrapped. Have a great afternoon!

  3. Alison

    I was up early (5:45) to make sure I got on my workout before work, otherwise I know I wouldn’t do it! I did 1 hr of p90x kenpo x. I also have presents to wrap!

  4. Kristi

    Safe travels!!!

    I am going to go to the gym today on a free pass I received from a friend. Supposedly, this gym is especially fancy-pants, the kind with women who put ON make-up to workout. Not at all my cup of tea, BUT with it’s rock-climbing wall, 2 pools, saunas, racquetball courts, classes, etc- it’ll be awesome!!! My goal is just to explore, play and have fun! Ideally, that will include some forms of cardio, strength training, and a spinning class. Swim and steams will most definitely be included! THANKS!

  5. I’m about to go to the gym and run two miles and then do a strength workout from the new rules of lifting for women.

    I’m also going to run with my dog for about 15 minutes because, according to our vet, he’s a bit overweight. Oops.

  6. Omg, I dunno if I could run in weather that cold! Good for you! My hamstrings have been a little tight lately too (but mine always get this way during winter). Extra stretches feel good : )

  7. Katie

    Made this tonight! Loved it!! Although I needed to add a lot more liquid. My mom said it was the best soup she has ever had!

    • Awesome! Tate like to make it really thick and it depends on how high you simmer the lentils in regards to how much liquid you have in the end. I will be pleased to tell him you loved it!

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