Yesterday I ran a 5K in shorts in Chicago in February and not because of global warming The Warm yourHeart 5K was an indoor race, a single loop course through McCormick place. It was in the space that hosts the Chicago marathon expo, plus the room behind that expo hall and the expo hall across from it. There was a lot of zigzagging through the rooms like an amusement park line.
The lanes were fairly large, so it wasn’t crowded. There was also a wave start. I was thinking with all the turns that I’d probably do a 7:30 pace and was debating starting in the first wave (the 6 & 7 min/mile paces) or the second (8 min/mi pace). I went with the second wave and it was the first time I’ve been right at the start line when the gun went off (or air horn, as the case may be). The turns slowed me down a bit, but it was a fun race. It was well organized. A little stuffy inside, but no wind, of course. The only complaint I have is the water stop. I didn’t stop for water and most people ahead of me didn’t either, but spilled water on a concrete floor can be dangerous. I ran back by the water stop at mile 3 and already the water was coming over and making the floor a little slippery. Hopefully, no one fell.
I finally wore my no meat athlete t-shirt to a race!
I didn’t hit the start button on my watch hard enough, so I don’t know my splits, but my finish time was 23:01. That’s a 7:26 pace and it put me in 9th place (out of 218) in my age group.
Superbowl XLVI -a game where we all got together to cheer
against the Patriots for the Giants.
I dream of the day when an NFL team plays in a stadium named after its vegan sponsor, but until then we can create, and eat, the Chicago Soydairy Field: a “stadium” made with Dandies rice crispy treats, “fans” of tortilla chips, a “field” of Teese Nacho Sauce, salsa, & guacamole (and black bean dip if your field is large enough), and pretzel rod “goal posts.”
- 1 bag of Dandies marshmallows*
- 3 tablespoons margarine*
- 6 cups brown rice cereal*
- 1-2 containers of Teese Nacho sauce (heated when served)
- guacamole (I mashed 2 avocados with a minced garlic clove and stirred in finely chopped cilantro, lime juice, salt and chopped tomato)
- salsa (I just used salsa from a jar, but made it fancy by putting cilantro on top)
- Black bean dip
- Two colors of Tortilla chips
- pretzel rods
*If you are going all out and have enough people to eat two batches of rice crispy treats, double this.
You will also need:
- a huge platter or table space (I used a cookie sheet and only had room for 3 dips, but I had to carry it)
- 3-4 rectangular dishes or a dish with dividers (I used mini bread loaf pans)
For the rice crispies, I just used the basic Kellogg’s Rice Krispy Treat recipe: melt margarine, melt in marshmallows (stirring the whole time), remove from heat, stir in cereal, spread in a 9×13 pan covered in cooking spray, cool and slice.
And the rest is pretty self-explanatory. Build a wall with your rice crispy treats, put the 3-4 dishes in the middle and surround with chips. To make the goal posts, break off pretzel rods to your desired size and use 3 toothpicks (per goal post) to hold pretzels together.
The most wonderful time of the year! Last year the festivities were canceled because of the blizzard; this year it was a toasty 32 degrees and there was a large crowd at the Woodstock Square.
The Square is still decked out with Christmas lights. I love fog. Maybe not when I’m driving, but for standing around, it has a calming effect.
I arrived at the Square shortly before seven, so I caught some of the singing. The guest of honor (besides Woodstock Willie, of course) was Bryan White. His career must be going nicely.
Woodstock Willie dancing
Woodstock Willie waiving to the poor people on the side who can’t see anything.
Woodstock Willie did not see his shadow (yay!). Spring will be here soon!
I really wish they didn’t use a real groundhog. They have the big mascot, who is the highlight of the event; a stuffed groundhog would do the job. It’s not like the groundhog actually predicts the weather. The groundhog comes from some animal rental company and that kind of makes me sick. How is it treated in captivity and how traumatic is it being stuffed in a fake tree stump and then shown off to a big group of fans and cameras? It’s a fun celebration and groundhogs are cute (and often overlooked), so it’s nice that they get their day, but there is no need to use a live animal.