This Just In!

Official results are in for the marathon! I was the 136th woman (of about 650) and 26th (out of ???) in my age group. Chip time = 3 hours, 51 minutes, 37 seconds. No pictures yet, but I’ll get some up later this week. Check out the full results here. (Note: I can’t link directly to the results so you’ll have to select the “female marathon” to see the details).

It’s Over

Boy am I glad that race is over! I think I was a tad cavalier about running 26.2 miles again. I’m in good shape and all that but it’s still no small potatoes. Anyway, I finished in about 3:51- perfectly fine. I don’t have official results yet. And I’m not prepared to write about the race in detail either. But I’m about to pour myself a large glass of wine and do a whole lot of nothing until bedtime. More to come.

This Time Tomorrow

By this time tomorrow, I’ll have finished the Seattle Marathon. I debated whether or not to do it for many weeks. FINALLY last week, I registered and committed to running. I don’t feel I’ve trained very much since the 50K, so I don’t have terribly high hopes for a fast finish. I’m reasonably confident I can finish the race, although I’m sure it won’t be the fastest I’m capable of. My goal is to finish in less than 4 hours (roughly a 9-minute mile). G and Lucy have plotted their support strategy and will cheer me on at about the halfway point, as well as the finish. In years past, the weather for the Seattle marathon has ranged from snowy and cold, to pouring rain. I lucked out this year – the current forecast is mid-40s and sunny.

This afternoon, I’ll lay out my gear for tomorrow: running clothes, hat, gloves, shoes, body glide, GUs, GPS, race number, water bottles, and a change of clothes for after the race. After that, it’s a big plate of pasta for dinner and (hopefully) a good night’s sleep. I’ll let you know how it goes. And if you want to see me at the finish line, I should be there between noon and 12:30.

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Carrot Soup with Ginger and Lemon

For this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, I was blessedly off the hook. Our friend Susan both hosted and did the majority of the cooking. My only task was to bring a soup for a start to the meal. This carrot soup sounded perfect and indeed, it was an excellent start to the feast. The flavors are bright and clean and not too heavy. G named it one of the highlights of the dinner (along with mince pies, of course!).

Carrot Soup with Ginger and Lemon
Source: adapted from a recipe in Bon Appetit, June 1997
Serves: 4

2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 tablespoon finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 1/4 pounds medium carrots, peeled, chopped (about 3 cups)
2 tomatoes, seeded, chopped (about 1 1/3 cups)
1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
2 1/2 cups (or more) chicken stock or canned low-salt broth
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 tablespoons crème fraîche
1 small carrot, peeled, grated

Melt butter in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 4 minutes. Add ginger and garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Add chopped carrots, tomatoes and lemon peel; sauté 1 minute. Add 2 1/2 cups stock and bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover partially and simmer until carrots are very tender, about 20 minutes. Cool slightly.

Puree soup in batches in blender. Return soup to pot. Mix in lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.)

Bring soup to simmer, thinning with more stock, if desired. Ladle into bowls. Top each with crème fraîche and grated carrot.

Happy Happy!

A Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Wishing you peace, safe travels and GOOD FOOD.

And a happy 10-month birthday to my little girl. It has been a very good year, indeed.

Thanksgiving time!

OK folks, it’s that time of year again. My family’s annual tradition of making “thankful lists” now has a blog. Anyone can add a list, so feel free to come on over and chime in! The only rules are that you can’t include friends/family, job or your health. This year I am thankful for:

my midwives and doula
a husband who changes more diapers than I do
running, running, running
a daughter who loves nursing, kisses and cuddles
the various coos and gurgling sounds of a newborn
a supportive boss
the great community of friends we have who are local and can do things like babysit and bring us dinner
birth centers
fall fruits- cranberries, apples, pears, pumpkin
food blogs
flickr
having a “fan section” (aka Gordon and Lucy) during a race
grandmothers who knit
being a one-car family
car pool lanes
working part-time
cashew butter
fireplaces
people who hold the door for you when you’re trying to get a stroller in or out
amazon prime
being able to fit into (most of) my pre-pregnancy clothes
wi fi
video chats
not traveling for the holidays
people who give gifts for no reason
good running coaches and a team to run with
sleeping with Lucy
energy efficient appliances
my red corduroys
Cougar Mountain and Discovery Park
spicy chai
short security lines at the airport
my Le Creuset dutch oven

albums: “Cease to Begin”- Band of Horses, “A Singsong and a Scrap”- Chumbawumba
books: “Water for Elephants”
movie: off the top of my head, I liked “Ten Items or Less”
meal: Chez Shea