The Marathon and What is Pho?

by Joanne on September 21, 2010

Today’s Run:

I didn’t pull any Pheidippides feats today, explained below.  I worked total upper body for an hour before heading out with Shane for a SLUG-A-LUG run of 3 1/2 miles.  It was pretty chilly and foggy.  For what ever reason, it was a little stinky outside.  Ted said Shane was probably gassy but I disagreed. My dog doesn’t stink and he HAS manners.

The Marathon  

When you’re running along and an hour or so has passed, you start thinking about some very odd things.  One of my thoughts the other day was “how did the MARATHON come to be called the MARATHON?”  Soooo….. I looked it up and this is what I found:

The Story of Pheidippides and The Pheidippides Syndrome? 


In a story of the ancient Greek battles, Pheidippides was an Athenian who ran 26 miles (42 Km) from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to announce the Greek victory over Persia in the Battle of Marathon (490 BC) shouting “We were victorious!”.  But then poor Pheidippides’ heart burst and he died on the spot.  Source: Ancient Greek Battles.   Yet another Greek Tragedy.

According to THIS article, the Pheidippides Syndrome is “to continue running long after the body begs you to stop”   The article goes on to explain that …”If we don’t collapse at the finish, we think we haven’t given it our all.  We may wonder what we could have accomplished if we went all out but, when it comes down to it, we can only appreciate what we actually achieve.

After every race, because I recover so quickly, it never fails to cross my mind that I could have run harder and given more.  What a bummer.  I always boast about how healthy I am and now the truth comes out:  I have a sever case of Pheidippides Syndrome. 

Do you ever wonder if you could have given a little more or are you content with what you achieved?

The next adventure….

Ted signed us up for a swimming class at MVCC on Thursdays.  Where are we going with THAT?!!!DSC_5700


“Pho” is pronounced “fuh” and is Vietnamese for “noodle”. 


I was sent these brown rice noodles to try from StarAniseFoods.  Ted and I enjoyed them for lunch.  They are spicy.  The flavor was “Zesty Ginger” and what ZEST


The ingredients are nothing short of wholesome, nutritious and organic.


In the package is a spice packet and healthy portion of noodles, to serve 2.  There was actually enough  for 3 or 4 especially if you add protein and vegetables.  They’re easy to cook up, just boil broth or water, add tofu or other protein, let cook about 5 minutes, adding salt to taste then add the noodles and warm through for 2 minutes. EASY!

*Don’t over cook rice noodles. They are very unforgiving!


We enjoyed the noodles with simply the spice packet.  It adds a lot of flavor. 


I love trying new products. 

The owners of Star Anise have offered a discount promo to October 5th.  If you like rice noodles or want to try something Gluten Free, you can get a $2.00 off coupon by using the CODE ESEFJ7WN for orders on Amazon.  It’s free shipping as well so just as good as picking them up from the store without the drive. Don’t you just LOVE shopping on line?!

What new products have you tried lately?

Don’t forget to VOTE.


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  • At 2010.09.21 07:08, Heather said:

    A swimming class sounds like fun!

    When I work out in the mornings I feel like I could have given more sometimes, but not when I run or in the evenings. I have so much more energy in the evenings so I push myself hard! 🙂

    • At 2010.09.21 11:26, Joanne said:

      I’m hoping. He put us in intermediate. I’ll probably get kicked out for lack of ability or
      worse… FAIL SWIM CLASS!!! Yicks!

      • At 2010.09.21 09:26, Anne@ Food Loving Polar Bear said:

        I just voted for you, good luck! 🙂

        Cool swimming goggles, btw. They look so professional 😀

        • At 2010.09.21 11:27, Joanne said:

          Thank you Anne. Hope you’re feeling better.

          • At 2010.09.21 12:30, Lori (Finding Radiance) said:

            Sometimes I think I could have given more, but when I really look in hindsight, there is almost always a reason I finish as I do.

            A quick recovery just means you are in pretty peak condition!

            • At 2010.09.21 12:37, Monet said:

              Thank you for enlightening us a bit on the root of “marathon”. And your pho looks so good…I wish I could make a bowl for lunch. Swimming is my husband’s favorite form of exercise…I could take it or leave it though. Have a great day!

              • At 2010.09.21 23:45, Amanda @ BakingWithoutABox said:

                I always want to give a little more. Which usually results in bruising, injuries, etc. Someday I’ll learn that I do have limits. Hopefully way before the point where poor Dippy got!

                Love the pho. We have “pho” restaurants out here. I always forget how to say it right.

                I’m sure the stench had absolutely nothing to do with Shane. Boys always blame the dog.

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