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November 5, 2010

Icky Run but There’s Soup!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 14:17

Like Wednesday, the day after my tempo quality workout, today brought about not dead/sore/awful legs.  My quads and hips felt the effort of going for 20+ miles, and the last few really fast!, but moving about still feels fine today.  I guess my body is quick to adapt.

Still my recovery run was slooooooooooooooow.  I didn’t get much sleep last night as I think I picked up a bug from a friend. My stomach had been acting up during clinic last night but I just thought it  was being finicky after my long run yesterday (it tends to do that) and I figured I also hadn’t eaten enough.   I tried to eat some saltines and drink some ginger ale but I think it was too little too late.  I’m not going to say I was up all night as I’m pretty sure that I got some sleep but it wasn’t pretty.

That said, since I was awake when my alarm was supposed to go off I did get in my aforementioned recovery run. I actually got pretty far into it until my stomach started giving me problems again.  I still ended up with 10 as I don’t feel sickly or anything.

Anyway.  I’m sure I could on and on about my stomach woes but that wouldn’t be a fun read.  So I’m going to talk about a soup a friend and I made on Wednesday after a long day at work.  Not cookies? Maybe I’m becoming a real adult…scary.

Oh, because I can’t go a post without mentioning the weather: it was almost 60* at 0445 this morning! Mother Nature needs to make up her mind, one way or the other. I’d prefer the warm temps though 🙂

That said, today is a day where the temp is supposed to plummet all day so this soup might be making a repeat appearance tonight or over the weekend.

Sweet Potato Soup


  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 large garlic cloves minced
  • 3 large carrots, sliced thin (this equaled about 1.5 cups)
  • 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced thin (The recipe called for 2 lbs of potatoes so we guesstimated with the 3)
  • 6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth (you can add more if you want a thinner soup)
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 15.5 oz can of low sodium white beans OR cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • salt and pepper
  • .5 cups chopped pecans (optional. We left this on the side for the people to put on if they wanted)


  1. Heat the oil in a kettle over medium high heat
  2. Add the onion, garlic, carrots and salt & pepper to the oil and allow the mixture to cook until the vegetables are softened.  Stir frequently
  3. Add the sweet potatoes, broth, cinnamon stick, bean and water.  Cover the mixture and allow to simmer, allowing to cook until the potatoes are tender (this was about 15 minutes or so)
  4. At the same time you can toast the pecans in a skillet over medium heat.  (We didn’t because we just placed them in a bowl. Laziness)
  5. Remove and throw out the cinnamon stick and puree the mixture in a blender until smooth.  Transfer to a saucepan (or a pot) and add more broth to thin.  Season with salt and pepper
  6. Ladle into bowls and ENJOY


From google images because I didn't have my camera or my phone on me! But this is EXACTLY what it looked it. I promise 🙂


  1. Yuuummm! Adding the beans is a great idea!

    Comment by Laura — November 5, 2010 @ 15:46

  2. We were at 30 degrees here in Ohio when I got up at 4:30 this morning & we even had a light cross b/w rain snow….yes, snow already! The soup looks delicious too, I might have to add that to my long list of recipes to try.

    Comment by Jenny — November 5, 2010 @ 16:05

  3. I never toast nuts. It’s waaayyyy to easy to burn them.

    Comment by Chelsea — November 5, 2010 @ 16:23

  4. Sorry about the tummy but yummy soup! I made 2 soups the other day: Butternut squash and sweet potato/tomato. Need to get back to cookies soon! ; )

    Comment by Marcia — November 5, 2010 @ 17:27

  5. I wonder what “slooooooooooooooow” running is to you. I have a feeling it just might be my race pace already, haha!

    Comment by Julie @ Hotlegs Runner — November 5, 2010 @ 18:06

  6. Guuhhh stomach issues + running = no fun. Hope the bug runs it’s course soon. Almost 60* at 4:45?? In November? Crazy ass New England, wtf! 🙂

    Comment by sweatykid — November 5, 2010 @ 18:21

    • The weather has been all over the freaking place. Seriously: wft?! I want out hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 7, 2010 @ 20:56

  7. Funny … look back at your blog about a year ago … you did not have time to use the restroom, much less eat. Now you’re making soup. 🙂

    Comment by a marathoner — November 5, 2010 @ 18:58

  8. Holy hell you are cooking a lot lately! I love it 🙂

    Comment by Matt — November 5, 2010 @ 19:06

  9. I’ve not started on the soups yet this year, I need to buy a new blender asap so I can do, yours sounds yummy 🙂

    Comment by Laura — November 5, 2010 @ 19:45

  10. nom nom, delicious soup! Sounds like you need some good sleep and a little recovery time – feel better! 🙂

    Comment by mealsformiles — November 6, 2010 @ 10:21

  11. A soup recipe? I think you are an adult? 🙂 Just kidding. This looks awesome. And I hope it helps you feel better. Ginger ale works wonders for me so keep it up and maybe it’ll help you too.

    Comment by Ameena — November 6, 2010 @ 11:54

  12. Yum – looks awesome! Funny, I love potato soup but had never thought of sweet potato soup before… I think I just figured what what I’m eating for dinner tonight!

    Comment by Terri — November 6, 2010 @ 14:11

    • Did you make it? Was it as tasty as I thought it was or was I just under the “I made it so it’s awesome” delusion? hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 7, 2010 @ 20:59

  13. Oh, no so sorry your stomach hurts. I have never had sweet potato soup but I love sweet potatoes! Hmmm. Cookies are always good, too though!! Great job on the 20 by the way! 🙂

    Comment by Jaime — November 6, 2010 @ 15:05

  14. OK, OK, I´ll try. (from Spain)


    Comment by Guillermo — November 6, 2010 @ 15:38

  15. […] I’m glad you guys liked seeing the soup that I made. I’m becoming so domesticated and adult.  Not sure how I feel about that hahah! Leave a […]

    Pingback by Can’t You Read? « MarathonMaiden's Blog — November 6, 2010 @ 15:54

  16. you’ve become quite domesticated recently. next up: a math lover!

    Comment by lindsay — November 7, 2010 @ 10:24

    • Too bad you can’t just whip one up for me. Maybe if I beg: please?! hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 7, 2010 @ 21:10

  17. Hope your stomach is feeling better. I know the feeling.

    Comment by J — November 7, 2010 @ 19:54

  18. I repeat Julie’s question. And your caption of the soup cracked me up haha : )

    Comment by Caroline — November 7, 2010 @ 20:23

    • Slooooooooooooooooow = slooooooooooooooooooow. I’ve been trying to only use paces for key workouts as I go back and forth whether it’s useful to post all my paces all the time. Especially when I feel like a complete whiner on my days, like intervals, where I *know* it’s fast but I can’t see it anyway. If you guys really want to know though I can bring it back 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 7, 2010 @ 21:13

  19. I had a stomach bug last week, too. BLEH. Yummy soup recipe!

    Comment by kletco — November 8, 2010 @ 13:27

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