Should I and Sweet Peppers with Mushrooms Topped with Egg

by Joanne on October 18, 2013

A bit of a dilemma going on in this head of mine.  I’m signed up for the Syracuse Empire Marathon on Sunday.  The weather isn’t looking very pretty for Sunday’s run but that’s the least of my concerns. 


I came away from Chicago feeling ready to go again.  I’m not super woman it’s just that the plan was to run with Ted in his first marathon and give him any support he needed along the way.  We ran at Ted’s speed which had to be very slow with walking breaks along the way.  Ted insisted on completing his first marathon in spite of being injured.  In the end, he was sore but is healing quickly with no major damage. 

As for me, I ran a couple of times this past week without a lot of energy and with a painful hip.  On Wednesday afternoon, a strange pain in my foot started up and has hung around ever since.  I’m not sure if running another 26.2 is going to cause something serious to happen in that foot or if it’s one of those mystery pains that hang around then disappear without explanation. 

My current plan is to pick up my race packet then see how I feel Saturday morning during a 2 to 3 mile shake out run.  I’m going back and forth on this as follows:

1. I’ve run two marathons this Fall.

2. I have my BQ for 2015 from the Rochester Marathon on 9/22.  *I’m a confirmed entry for 2014 (my 4th Boston) and hoping I can keep going with consecutive runs.

3. I ran with my husband in his 1st marathon and my 10th marathon, Chicago. 

…so do I really need to do another?!

1.  I wanted to run another because I’d like to get into the Marathon Maniacs.


2. I would like to run another to see if I could possibly better my time from Rochester.

3.  I would like to run in Syracuse because there is a part of me that wants to run long again this weekend, in a local race.

Realistically, I’ll be lucky if:

A.  I can run a third marathon and not come out of it without exasperating any of my current aches and pains.

B.  I can run it any faster than my average marathon pace of 3:46.

Maybe I’m being foolish pushing my limits?  But then, maybe I haven’t reached my limit?

We’ll see. Right now, this dilemma is making me grumpy.  I absolutely HATE to be undecided.

Food:  The all around Egg.

A hearty, gluten free, healthy, meatless meal.  There’s a lot of chopping but that’s therapeutic after a long day at work, right?

Serves 4 to 6

  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 2 small leeks, thinly sliced – use white and light green parts
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 pint sliced portabella mushrooms
  • juice from 1 Meyer lemon
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/3 cup currents
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 6 oz Plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 6 large eggs

Preheat the oven to 375 F.

Heat the oil in a large stir fry pan.  Sauté the peppers, leeks with a little salt over medium heat for about 8 minutes.

Add the mushrooms and cook another 3 minutes.  Add the lemon juice, olives, and currents and cook another 4 minutes. Remove from heat.  Stir in black pepper.

Spray an 8 x 8 square pan with non stick spray. 

Spread the yogurt over the bottom of the pan. Top with the pepper mixture.  Sprinkle with feta cheese and break eggs over the mixture in the pan. One egg in each corner and 2 both sides, in the middle.  Sprinkle eggs with pepper, salt and maybe some paprika if you like.. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.

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  • At 2013.10.18 18:58, Mary said:

    So that would be just a week between marathons? I see why they call that marathon maniac. I have one friend who wanted to become a marathon maniac, too, but didn’t quite go for it– and now, not too much later, is sidelined from running due to injury. Sending wishes that you make the best decision for you, and that if you do go for it, all your iffy ‘parts’ behave both during and after the race.

    • At 2013.10.18 21:02, Lori said:

      Only you can decide whether to run or not. I think it does say something that you are questioning it and maybe you should listen to that. If Boston is the most important thing, then looking ahead to that and wanting to be injury free is probably the most important.

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