I've been away for a while! As it turns out, having a stress fracture--and therefore not being allowed to run for months--did not result in me spending all that extra free time writing for the blog. Instead, I've worked a bunch, enjoyed a busy holiday with the family, and performed in a musical (which is something I do sometimes!). My stupid metatarsal is taking its sweet time getting back to normal. I blame the kids, of course (shhh, don't tell them). Not being able to truly stay off my feet has taken its toll, even with the walking boot that I was rocking for 2 months.
As spring approaches and I ease my way back into running, I'm also easing/barreling my way back into the wellness-focused life I'd been living. Yes, I know it's "wellness-focused" to take necessary time off for physical therapy, but in the moment it just feels like one big couch-bound Netflix marathon. In the vein of easing, I tried an amazingly easy recipe yesterday that turned out to be AMAZING.
As it turns out, I made a couple of tweaks to the original recipe, but they were minor:
- I pureed 2 cups of canned corn kernels into the soup, and added 2 cups of frozen corn kernels at the end for texture.
- I slow cooked on low (in my new Instant Pot!) for 10 hours, but the potatoes were still not tender enough for my immersion blender, so I pressure cooked the soup for 15 minutes before pureeing, If you're using a regular slow cooker, just give it more time or cook it on high instead.
- The only toppings I needed were some toasted and crushed corn tortillas and a ridiculous amount of avocado, but Wife stirred a load of sour cream into hers and loved it.
- Bonus: turns out toddlers love this soup.
- I'm hoping to be cleared to try running on the ground soon. I've only run in the Alter-G treadmill (which is this amazing anti-gravity thing), and I'm starting to work out on an elliptical and stair climber, but I'm itching to get back on the trails.
- As my show closes and I have more time for cooking actual meals--much to my family's delight--I'll be messing around with (and sharing) more recipes!
- I'll be sharing my 2017 race plan as soon as I have more info on my foot. 2017 is supposed to be Year of the Triathlon!