Six Miles and Successful Soup

Good morning all – how is your Tuesday morning going? I set my alarm this morning to go running, but it did not happen. I was very much enjoying my sleep. So – to the gym it is tonight!

A quick recap of yesterday eats starts with a yummy oatmeal, banana and peanut butter breakfast. This has been a recent favorite – it’s really creamy and filling.

Monday morning passed along quickly and soon it was time for lunch. I had leftovers from Sunday night’s pasta dish and it was delish.

Looks a little less than delicious in the heinous light and old tupperware, but it was yummy. Afternoon snacks included Chobani yogurt with Galaxy Granola and a small snack bag of walnuts and raisins.

I bolted out of work at 5 p.m. and flew home to get ready for a nice evening run with Katherine and Bodhi. After my 15 miler on Saturday and my speedy run on Sunday, I was ready for a nice longish not-so-fast run. Here are our stats:

Mile 1 – 8:58
Mile 2 – 8:53
Mile 3 – 9:16
Mile 4 – 9:25
Mile 5 – 9:18
Mile 6 – 9:07

Total mileage: 6.04 miles in 55:23

Not too shabby! My legs were feeling mighty heavy throughout this run. We headed out at 6:00 p.m. and it got dark faster than I expected. Running with Katherine and Bodhi really makes me want a dog…but I doubt Murphy would like that and our apartment is way too small. Still – it’s nice.

If you’re a dog owner, do you take your pup on your runs? How far can your dog comfortably run with you?

Once I got back from our run, I set to work on making dinner. I bought a huge bag of baby spinach a little more than a week ago and wanted to be sure to use it up before it went bad. I decided to make my mom’s: 

Tortellini Tomato Spinach Soup

 1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup minced onion
1 clove garlic, minced
4 to 6 cups chicken broth (can also use vegetable broth)
1  14 oz. can whole tomatoes, crush them up 
1  9 oz. package fresh tortellini or dried tortellini
Salt and Pepper to taste
Dash of Parsley and Basil
6 oz. package fresh baby spinach – tear into pieces
Parmesan Cheese

Directions
In a 3 quart soup pot, heat olive oil over med. high heat and saute onion for several minutes then add garlic stirring for few minutes then add broth and tomatoes, parsley, basil, salt and pepper ;  turn heat up to high and bring to a boil – add tortellini and cook according to package instructions.  When tortellini is almost done, add spinach.   Cook few minutes till spinach is wilted.  Once you dish soup into bowls, shave parmesan cheese over the top and serve. 

Takes about 10 minutes to prep. and approx. 20 to 30 minutes to cook.

The end result:

This is seriously one of the easiest soups to make and it came out great. It was delicious and filling. Thanks to Hubby for picking up the missing ingredients for me yesterday so I wouldn’t be late for my run. 🙂

The rest of my night was low-key. I did not watch The Bachelor wedding – I just couldn’t do it. I went to bed pretty early and am looking forward to doing the same tonight.

Have a great day all! P.S. – it was 57 degrees out when I went running last night. YAYAY!!!

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16 responses to “Six Miles and Successful Soup

  1. Huge fan of the nut butter in the oatmeal, definitely helps fill the tummy up.

    You have had some great runs lately! I wish my pooch could run with me, but beagles are not meant for distance…. he can do a short sprint and that is about it. Plus his nose is rules when he goes outside.

  2. Awesome run! I was so tempted to go back to bed this morning but I made myself get to the gym to hit the treadmill. I am excited for daylight savings this weekend- longer hours for running outdoors after work! I don’t run with my dog; he is tiny and would tire out too quickly. He’s cute though! 🙂

  3. We have two big dogs and my husband takes them running…they’ll go along long as he goes:) I’m not a runner, so I just take them on walks. It’s nice!

    That soup looks wonderful….i

  4. That soup looks awesome… I think I might have to try that one. Did you use fresh basil and parsley or dried?

    Let’s hope that this nice weather is here to stay!!!

  5. Yum..that soup looks great! I have a OLD dog…he is 14 and can barely make it down the street but I wish I had a dog to run with me!

  6. You’re always welcome to borrow Bodhi (and me!) if you need a running buddy 🙂 I had a lovely time last night and I’m impressed with our stats, especially considering they included potty breaks for Bodhi, run-ins with other dogs, stairs and darkness!

    • Hahaha – thanks! I wish you didn’t have class tonight and would be willing to do two runs in one day! (And something tells me you might actually be game if you didn’t have class) It’s soo beautiful outside. I’m trying to convince Bill to run with me tonight. 🙂

  7. I just have to say that I have made your moms soup a number of times since you first posted about it and it is my favorite! Now I want to make it again after seeing it 🙂 I can’t wait to get a dog after the wedding and go running with him or her. I loved running with Kiko when she was more youthful.

  8. This soup looks so good! I think I’ll pick up the ingredients on the way home from work and make it for dinner tonight. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Delicious looking soup! I do take my pup on runs but she is slow as molasess. I usually take her on my “easier” workout days. Maybe one day she’ll pick up the pace 🙂

  10. That looks like a great soup recipe. I am saving it!

    And I didn’t watch the Bachelor Wedding either. I can handle watching the actual show but that felt too cheesy. LOL

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