sad face.

I’ve been putting off writing this post for a couple of weeks now in hopes that the situation might change, but sadly it has not.

Please allow me to be hard on myself for just a moment, I promise we will end on an optimistic note.

I’ve been training for the Cleveland Half Marathon since January 27. It has not been easy. My body has struggled through the whole process, and I called it quits a week ago. After  attempting to run one day I experienced shooting pains in both my legs. Barely being able to go a quarter-mile I knew I was done. Hobbling back home, bawling my eyes out I couldn’t help but feel like a huge failure. I worked SO hard for nothing. Spent a ton of money for nothing.

I’m not quite sure where I went wrong, but I knew I just needed to stop.

I had to stop TWO weeks before the race. Wahhh.

I am extremely upset to not be running my first half marathon this Sunday, but I will give my body the time it needs to heal. If all goes well, I will try again for the Towpath half in October. I WILL run 13.1 miles this year!!!

Although I’m sitting this one out, I will be there cheering everyone on.

Good luck to all the runners! See ya next time!

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runcbus 10 miler.

First race, DONE! Today was a b-e-a-utiful day for a run, but I’m sure you already knew that.

After not sleeping too great (nerves, hotel bed), I got up at 6:30am and slowly got ready. I ate a bagel thin with Sunbutter, drank coconut water, and popped 2 aspirin. I am extremely happy to report that my leg did not give me any trouble. I purchased new shoes this week and everything seems to be in working order again. I did end up with a very minor blister on the bottom of my foot, but nothing that really bothered me.

The race stared promptly at 8am and was an easy, flat/downhill course at the beginning. I knew I was in trouble. Sure enough around 2.25 miles I look ahead and see a monster hill, or death hill as I like to call it. The words, “ooooh *BEEEEEEP*” came spewing out of my mouth. I took my time and made death hill my biotch. Yay me!

Since I did not train passed 6 miles I was not surprised that my body tapped out at the point. I kept a fast pace (for me) those first 6 miles, averaged 9:30 – 9:50 a mile. I stopped to walk a few times because it was just too dang hilly. I’ve never walked in a race before, so I probably hesitated doing it for about a mile. I allowed myself to walk and recharge, since I am injured and all.

At one point the course took us through a cemetery. By far the best part for me. It was beautiful. Wish I had my camera but I already had enough junk dangling off me.

All in all, I had a great race. I couldn’t me more happy.

931 Courtney Marshall    27 F         1:48:54 10:54 **

Oh, and I got this sweet swag:

New Balance running jacket, aka the Inspector Gadget jacket of jackets. All kinds of fancy do-dads. (pardon my hair, I just woke up from a much-needed nap)

The soreness is starting to settle in, I’m off to bask in my victory.

**Correction – after fixing blips in their timing system, I actually finished at 1:48:34**

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motivation.

Well, the time has come. My first race for the year is on Sunday and I’m as ready as I’ll be. I head down to Columbus on Saturday for the Runcbus 10-miler on Sunday morning.

I’m not going to lie, I’m nervous. Just as my right leg healed, my left started to act up. I gots a terrible case of the shin splints. And after weeks of trying to “heal” myself, nothing seems to be working. I’m compressing, icing, heating, elevating:

I am now stuck wearing these compression sleeves when I run; I changed my shoes and I take an aspirin before I head out – all which help A LOT.

Don’t mind me, I’m just going to soccer practice…

With my struggle to overcome the pain, my motivation has gone down the tubes. Some days, running is the last thing I want to do. I can’t just throw on a pair of shoes and head out the door, it has to be this whole ordeal.

Thankfully yesterday, I discovered that one of my favorite documentaries is on Hulu. The Spirit of the Marathon is an amazing film following 7 runners (of all levels) who run the Chicago Marathon in 2005. I dare you to watch this documentary and not be inspired to run. You may fall in love with the sport, too.

I took time out to watch it yesterday and needless to say, I immediately grabbed all my gear and ran 6 miles. I felt good amazing. I am ready.

Hope you’ll excuse me, I have a couple of races to run.

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hipster chicken.

Ladies and Gents, I give you beer can chicken.

Not just any beer can chicken, HIPSTER CHICKEN.

Yep, I was the creepy girl playing with a raw chicken on Friday night. Totally worth it.

Step 1: make the chicken and you incredibly uncomfortable by sticking a beer can up its rear.

Step 2: slather body with butter and spices of choice – the chicken not yours.

Step 3: roast at 350 for an hour and a half to two hours.

Step 4: crack that puppy open and devour.

Hipster love through and through.

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whoa.my.god.pizzaaaa.

I’m pretty new to the world of yeast. I’ve used it twice, both within a month. After today’s adventure, I’m way confident in my mad skillz.

I referred to The Joy of Cooking for this recipe. I halved it and used partial wheat flour.

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

  • 2/3 c. warm water
  • 1 1/8 teas. active dry yeast
  • 1 c.all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 to 1 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar (optional)

Let yeast dissolve in warm water, about 5 minutes. Mix (by hand or with a dough hook attachment on your mixer) remaining ingredients, knead for 10 minutes.

Set aside in a warm place. Cover and let rise till it doubles in size, 1 – 1 1/2 hours.

Punch down and loosely cover with plastic wrap. Let rest 10-15 minutes. This recipe makes one large pizza (12-inch) or 2 small (6-inch). After I punched it down, I cut in half – one to make for dinner and the other to freeze for another time.

Whenever you decide to make your pizza, roll dough out into desired size.

Top, bake, eat!

I baked this at 450 for about 7 – 8 minutes. All ovens are different, keep an eye on it.

This rules so hard.

Enjoy it.

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relaxy-weekend.

I enjoyed one of those quality alone time sort of weekends.

I watched movies…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ran…
6 miles.

laundry, cleaned…

and most importantly, ate.
All I really wanted to do was cook this weekend. I managed to make a few delights.

I made Picky Palate’s Mexi-Chicken Campanelle Bow Tie Dinner:

I know you are asking, “Courtney! Chicken?!” Yes, chicken. It was weird actually buying meat to make. But I really wanted to make this recipe, sounded delicious. And it was.

I roasted some asparagus, too. Asparagus for one looks so sad:

Other things that were consumed…

Chocolate chip cookies:

Eggs, sweet potato hash browns, toasted naan, and OJ:

Naan pizza (seriously get naan – it is so yummy):

Two egg frittata with green peppers, carrots, potatoes, tortilla chips, and cheese:

Happy Courtney : )

A little pantry (I wrote panty first, haha) organization, and “My So-Called Life” shall finish off this Sunday:

xoxo.

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march to may.

I’ve been in a little rut lately. Not many productive things have been accomplished; I’ve let my precious blog wither away.
I’m sorry, blog. I promise to take better care of you. I will be much more attentive. Starting…NOW!

Welcome to March, everyone!
I know many of you are excited for this new month. The month that brings Spring, the mostly lovely of all seasons.

I don’t know about you, but I always feel extremely energized at the beginning of a new month. New goals to make, things to accomplish.

With 74 days, training for the Cleveland Half Marathon is coming along wonderfully. My plan is mapped out perfectly (*cough*nerd*cough*). Mentally pumping yourself up is also part of training.

While running my 4 miles tonight, I decided that “Month of May” is going to be my half marathon theme. The song by Grammy Award-Winning Arcade Fire came on and I instantly felt inspired and well, pumped.

Arcade Fire – Month of May

Gonna make a record in the month of May
In the month of May in the month of May
Gonna make a record in the month of May
When the violent wind blows the wires away

Month of May it’s a violent thing
In the city their hearts start to sing
Well some people singing sounds like screaming
Used to doubt it but now I believe it

Month of May everybody sing love
In the city watch it from above
And just when I knew what I wanted to say
The violent wind blew the wires away

(We were shocked in the suburbs)

Now the kids are all standing with their arms folded tight
The kids are all standing with their arms folded tight
Now some things are pure and some things are right
But the kids are still standing with their arms folded tight
I said some things are pure and some things are right
But the kids are still standing with their arms folded tight
So young so young

So much pain for someone so young well
I know it’s heavy I know it ain’t light
But how you gonna lift it with your arms folded tight?

First they built the road,
then they built the town,
that’s why we’re still driving around
and around and around and around
and around ……

2009, 2010 Wanna make a record how I felt then
When I stood outside in the month of May
And watched the violent wind blow the wires away

If I died in the month of May

Let the wind take my body away then

Wish I may I wish I might
Make me down there with my arms folded tight

It’s almost too perfect. Gonna SET a record in the month of May…

Before my awesome run this evening I ate pizza, but not any regular old pizza…

Delicious.

Welcome to Awesome-Town:

Oh, again?

This beautiful idea has been floating around blog world for a while and no wonder.

Pizza, good.
Egg, good.
Eggy Pizza, goooood.

Bake pizza normally, crack an egg (or two) on top and finish baking for few minutes. I would suggest a regular circle-shaped pie. This plank style was not a good platform for the eggy membrane. After much struggle I finally got the egg to work with me, but it wasn’t easy. I got my revenge though…

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