Too Much Research and Pumpkin Soup

by Joanne on October 20, 2014

Do you ever think that we might find more information than is needed when searching the internet?  I do especially when the information deflates confidence.  Here’s what happened.

The TCS NYC Marathon is fast approaching. I’ve just begun my tapering and had the time and energy to scope the internet for answers to this question:  “Is the NYC Marathon course harder than the Boston Marathon course?”   I looked at 3 sites and 100% said a BIG, NASTY …


There were also a few “Not a course to PR”.  There were more “Take it all in. Bring your phone and take photos.  Enjoy the race.  The last stretch into Central Park will take everything you’ve got”…. and so on.   You know, I think I did this very same thing to myself the first year I ran Boston.  By the time I finally made it to Athletes Village race day morning, my nerves were shot, my legs were jelly, and I wanted to go home. 

As race day approaches, I’m hoping to rustle up confidence and focus on the positive aspects of my training.  How strong I was in training this summer. How I felt so good during most of those long 20 milers and that slow but long 26.2 Portland Marathon with Ted. It’s really tough when we get nervous to dig deep and pull up positive thoughts to get over our fears.  Those fears are the hurdles we have to get over in order to succeed,   Let the mental games begin!

…And so we fuel our thoughts with warm comforting PUMPKIN SOUP!

I picked  the perfect little pumpkin.  It was perfectly round.  It had a perfect burnt orange color.  Thoughts of all the delicious things that could be made from that pumpkin! 

The air had a little chill in it and the leaves were blowing around the yard.  I could smell the fall air that hinted at the inevitable cooler season over the horizon.  Then I looked at my pumpkin and thought “soup”. 

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Serves 4

  • 1 small pumpkin or you might use a butternut squash if preferred
  • 1/2 TBS coconut oil
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 4 tsp. roasted pumpkin seeds (optional)

Preheat the oven to 325 F. Place pumpkin on a foil lined pan and allow to roast for 1 1/2 to 2 hours until fully cooked.  Allow to cool. *Cook time will depend on size of pumpkin.

Slice pumpkin in half and remove the seeds.

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Scoop out the pumpkin “meat” and set aside.

In a large saucepan, heat the coconut oil over medium heat.  Add the onions and cook for 6-8 minutes until they begin to turn golden.  Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.  Add the pumpkin, the broth, salt and pepper, nutmeg and honey. Stir and allow to cook for 20 minutes with the lid on and stirring occasionally.

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Don’t forget to top the soup with roasted pumpkin seeds when ready to serve!

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Light, wholesome, and good for warming the bones.

How much emphasis do you put in the information you find on the internet when it comes to something that is very much under your control?  When it’s something that is very individualistic?  Do you think you’ll fall into the same category with the same outcome as everyone else?  or do you believe that you are different and the outcome will be different?

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  • At 2014.10.21 09:33, misszippy1 said:

    I have pumpkin waiting to be used, so I’m going to give this a go! I wouldn’t stress over NYC too much–you are so experienced and I don’t think you’ll have any trouble with that course. Exciting that it’s so close!

    • At 2014.10.21 10:22, Tina@GottaRunNow said:

      I don’t think you’ll have any trouble racing NYC. With such good long runs under your belt, you’re ready!

      • At 2014.10.21 10:35, Joanne said:

        Thanks for the confidence boost Amanda. I don’t think I could run 100 marathons and not get nervous before the race. I do know once I start running, after all that waiting at the start, I’ll relax and take it all in.

        • At 2014.10.21 10:36, Joanne said:

          Thanks Tina. I know…I keep telling myself I’m ready but then anxiety takes hold and the “what ifs” crop up.

          • At 2014.10.21 11:43, Heather said:

            NYC is the best race ever! It’s a fun, supportive course (although challenging)! But you like rolling hills, and this will not disappoint in that regards. That being said, go out there and run YOUR race. Yes, a lot of people run it for fun – but I had a friend who ran a PR on the course – because that is what she trained for. So go get it!!! 🙂

            • At 2014.10.25 02:17, Mary said:

              Good luck with the marathon! I went back and read about your Portland race, let me know next time you will be in the Northwest, I will try to watch you if you make it to Seattle! You’ve done Tacoma, Portland, seems like Seattle could be next!

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