The Tastiest Lentil Soup You’ve Ever Had

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I bet you that this is the tastiest lentil soup you’ve ever had.

Maybe you’re like me and you’ve never had lentil soup before. (In that case, I win the bet pretty handily.)

Maybe you have had it before.

Prepare your mouth for awesomeness.

And to prove once more why I will win this bet, this recipe is from eatliverun.com. If that doesn’t prove to you that I am right, you’re hopeless.

Crock Pot Lentil Sweet Potato Soup

taken from: eatliverun.com (http://www.eatliverun.com/crock-pot-lentil-sweet-potato-soup/)

serves 6-8

Ingredients:

4 large carrots, chopped

4 stalks celery, chopped

1 onion, diced

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed

1.5 cups chopped green beans

2 cups green lentils

1 tsp minced fresh rosemary

1 bay leaf

1 tsp dried oregano

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 15-oz can diced tomatoes

64 oz vegetable broth

2 tsp salt (or to taste)

1/2 tsp pepper

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker. Turn heat on low and cook for 10 hours, adding a little more broth at the end if soup seems too thick.

Time:

10 hours

LOOK AT THIS DELICIOUSNESS!
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PURE YUMMINESS
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Plus I made this recipe. If I can do it, then I promise you can. (Just ask my roommate. Or my mom.)
TRY IT.
Erin 🙂

Crests and Troughs

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Hello people!

I hope that you’ve had a spectacular weekend and are looking forward to an even more awesome Monday.

(Believe me, thinking TGIM makes life much more fun.)

I’ve been riding a wave for the last few weeks – a sinusoidal wave to be specific – and as any physicist knows, waves have highs (crests) and lows (troughs). The highs are followed by lows, but the lows are invariably followed once again by highs.

Returning from my stress fracture has been a little more stressful (notice the stress that results from STRESS fractures… coincidence? I think NOT) than I would have anticipated. Things were going smoothly, so I should’ve known I was bound to head for a trough sometime soon.

My trough was another stress fracture scare. I was very lost and confused with this potential diagnosis, as I really hadn’t done enough running to have built up stress that would’ve led to a fracture.

Fortunately, this trough was short-lived. After a few days of rest, the pain subsided and a doc diagnosed it as simply some tendonitis (phew!).

Right now, I am back on the comeback trail and things seem to be going smoothly. I know that another trough is inevitable – the only thing that I can do is to take care of my body as well as humanly possible (or as close as I can get to that) and then to manage my emotions when it hits.

When I was afraid that I had another stress fracture, I almost lost it. I forgot that troughs are followed by crests. I would’ve been so much happier (and more fun to be around) if I had simply put things into perspective and remembered that there is so much more to life than running.

Right now, to avoid hitting a trough anytime soon (and to soften the blow when it does hit), I am working on putting on more weight/muscle, designing a comeback plan, and staying grounded by participating in other things (church, school, etc.).

Two other cool thing about waves:

Depending on how you define what is positive, either crests or troughs can be a good thing – it’s all about how you look at it.

OR you can square the wave, making the troughs into crests – it’s all about the work that you put into it.

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Also, if you haven’t seen this, then YOU SHOULD HAVE.

Erin 🙂

Blog Post Numero Uno: New Year’s Resolutions

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Hooray!! The first real post has arrived!

It’s time to PARTY ‘TIL WE’RE PURPLE!*

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So now you have TWO reasons to celebrate tonight!

Now for the good stuff:

Unless you’re living under a rock (see *), you know that 2014 is coming to a close and that 2015 is waiting, full of possibilities. Many of you have probably made New Year’s resolutions in order to make the most out of the opportunities that 2015 will be awarding, and I am no exception.

Here are a few of mine:

1) I often have made the promise that I am going to write in my running log EVERY SINGLE DAY. If any of you are at all like me, you’re super vigilant about keeping track of it for the first few days, but this tops out at maybe a week or two. Perhaps homework piles up or a routine changes, and you put off writing in your log until the next day. And then you put it off again. And again. And again. You convince yourself that you’ll remember all of your workouts until you get around to writing it all down. More time passes, and finally, you’ve forgotten everything. Thus ends another fruitless attempt at keeping a training log.

From now on, I WILL write in my training log EVERY SINGLE DAY. Right after I brush my teeth before bed, no excuses.

2) I am awful about taking my iron. After taking it for a few days, my stomach really starts to hurt, so I inevitably stop taking it (sound familiar… see #1). Once taking iron falls out of my normal routine, I completely forget about it and go weeks between taking a dose.

From now on, I WILL take my iron consistently, even when I have to stop taking it for a few days to manage my stomach.

3) I am an extremely competitive person. I turn almost everything I do into a competition. I am not going to say that this is completely bad – because it’s not – but it definitely creates some problems. I too often compare myself to other people, to other runners. I think that this has hindered my performance in the past, and even played a role in causing my injury this past cross country season.

From now on, I am going to focus on myself. I am not going to let what I have heard about how other people are training affect what is the best training method for me, and I am not going to be fearful of the performances that I see other people throw down.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

4) I have a Poptart problem.

From now on, I WILL limit myself to one Poptart (two pastries) every three days.

Actually, nahh, probably not.

I hope you’ve all made resolutions that are somewhat feasible and I wish you luck in their completion!!

See you all next year!

Erin 🙂

*Slightly adapted from the one and only Patrick Star

What’s a running blog without food?

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What blog, especially RUNNING blog, is complete without recipes?

None, I tell you, none!

I FULLY admit that I am not a vey good cook, but I want to learn! So I will be posting healthy (and also probably not-so-healthy) recipes here. Perhaps I will have tried them, perhaps not. Like I said, cooking isn’t my forte.

After all, Poptarts are probably my favorite food (and not even the semi-healthy fruity ones).

I also might try to throw in some cool nutrition information in here. Beware of nerdy biochemistry and metabolism posts.

Q&A Attempt

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So I tend to get a myriad of questions over a variety of sources – twitter, DMs, Facebook messages, emails, and even in person – and I thought that it might be cool to have a one-stop shop to find all the answers (plus it will help me not have to answer the same question over and over again).

Feel free to email me at erinfinn94@gmail.com to submit a question! You can also message me over Facebook, but as others may have found, I am not very good at responding to Facebook messages… (sorry)

Also, know that if you request it, a question CAN be completely anonymous.

I’ll do my best to answer truthfully and promptly.

Until then, ask away!

About Erin

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Hi! My name is Erin Finn. I am an avid follower of Christ, a distance runner at the University of Michigan studying biochemistry, and a lover of life.

I’ve been through my fair share of ups and downs, and I’d like to share them with you. Hopefully you’ll avoid my mistakes and learn about what I’ve done to be successful.

hi. i’m new here :)

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sooooooooo hello my friends!

I have embarked upon a new mission. I want to spread the knowledge that I’ve gathered over a few years of running and answer questions in an open forum. I want to empower girls to be the best runners that they can be, and I want to glean information from the world to become the best runner I can be.

I’ve learned that you can never help someone without being helped yourself.

So, I entreat you, join me on this adventure.

Also, beware, I have much to learn.

Erin 🙂