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I considered bringing home a t-shirt that said “I ran the Boston Marathon and all I got was a farmer’s tan sunburn, chafed inner thighs, quads that make me walk like a 90 year old arthritic man, and two missing toenails.”

But I ended up keeping all my toenails.  So it just didn’t seem right.

Plus that’s a pretty reductionist take on 26.2 miles, which somehow managed to feel like a lifetime.  And also like five minutes.

But let’s start at the beginning, shall we?  Or where we left off?

Justin and I in Athlete’s Village.  Shivering.  Freezing.  Drinking coffee like it was our job.  (And it was.  Anything to ensure that you won’t have food jostling around in your stomach at mile 22.)  Two port-a-potty trips (TMI?  These are the realities of marathoning.  Such is life.) and two hours later, he headed over to line up as he was in the first wave (jet-setter that he is) and I set about finding my cousin Meghan who had just arrived.  Another port-a-potty trip and about an hour of calm-inducing gossip (seriously, there is nothing I love more than gossip) and we were off!

The first 13 miles were a blur.  I felt good, I was speeding along way faster than my projected goal   I had Glee blasting in my ear (well, first I had Goljan’s pathology, which was a sad attempt to study while I ran.  Then I decided that Goljan was a sadistic ass for trying to talk to me about granulomas and tuberculosis while I was in the middle of a perfectly lovely morning.  And he had to go.)

My one complaint is that it was hot.  Really hot.  Like oh-my-god-I-feel-like-I’m-either-going-to-melt-on-this-pavement-or-vomit hot.  Neither of which happened. But you get my drift.  Temperature-wise it probably wasn’t that bad but the sun was directly in front of us. Which made for one very lovely sunburn, let me tell you.

The Wellesley scream tunnel was around the half marathon point.  Picture a wall full of girls, all carrying a sign that says “Kiss me, I’m insert descriptor here“.  Kiss me, I’m Canadian. Kiss me, I have a red thong on.  Kiss me, I like beer.  You name it, there was a sign for it.

And that, my friends, was the last time I remember feeling really good.  Around mile 14/15 my quads started to cramp up.  At first it was just an ache near the lateral edges of both my knees.  I was expecting to see my mom and family around 16.8 so I just told myself to keep going until then because I knew that seeing them would give me the energy to keep on keeping on.

But then. I didn’t see them.  And that’s when things started to get really rough.  Each step was a mental battle.  I walked the hills. I stretched frequently.  I reverted back to running for four minutes and walking for one minute, which used to be my old run/walk strategy (as opposed to what I had been doing which was running a mile then walking a minute).

It was hard.

I’m not really sure what I was thinking through all of this.  Because you don’t really think. You can’t think.  You just go.  Wait for each mile marker to come.  Try to listen to the people around you screaming the name that you’ve duct taped to your chest.  Smile at all the “GO TEAM”‘s you get, since you’re wearing your Team in Training shirt.

But then once you round that corner onto Boylston.  A corner that you’ve rounded so many times before.  A corner that is rife with memories from when you lived in Boston and you were so utterly happy and had all of the best friends a girl could ask for living just a few doors down the hall.  Once you see that finish line.  It’s all worth it.

Final time – 4:33:42.  A little less than an hour slower than my first marathon.  But given the state of my legs these past few months.  Pretty rock star.

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This marathon was definitely harder than my first.  I wasn’t as well trained, due to all my calf issues (which were shockingly non-existent during the race!).  The course felt hillier (even though I’m now staring at the elevation map from my first and that is just not true).  But it was amazing nonetheless.

It’s freed me.

When I got injured last year, I think part of me felt like I had lost my identity.  I could no longer run marathons. Heck, I could no longer run at all.  Something that was a huge part of my life, of how I defined myself, had been taken away from me.  And it was devastating.

But I’m back.  I am that person who I used to be.  Under all the stress fractures and calf injuries, I can still do what I love.  And so maybe what defines me is not the fact that I can run marathons but the fact that I have the mental ability to persevere through anything.  If there’s one lesson to be learned from Boston, it’s that.

(And also that doing hill repeats while training for my next marathon – Nike Women’s in SF in October – is definitely a good idea.  Definitely.)

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More of a curry than a chili, I made this a few days before I left and it was so lovely to come home to yesterday.  It has a really interesting flavor, especially with the smoked paprika that I used (and that is now my new favorite spice!) and is filled with so many good fats and fiber that it will keep you full for a looonnnggg time.  All the better to sustain you during those long hours of studying.  Or running. Or chasing children around your living room. Or whatever endurance “event” you’re participating in.

Also, thank you SO MUCH for all of your support!  Knowing that so many of you were out there rooting on me definitely kept me going and whenever I felt like I couldn’t take another step I thought of you guys. Propelling me forward. Pushing my legs further than they knew they wanted to go.

Vegetarian Chili with a Cashew Pistachio Sauce
Serves 6, adapted from 660 Curries


2 cups dried pinto, red kidney, or black beans, or a mixture of the three
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, finely choppd
1 large carrot, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 jalapeno peppers, minced
2 large tomatoes, diced
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup raw, unsalted cashews
1/2 cup pistachio nut meat
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley for garnishing

1. Rinse the beans in a strainer.  Put into a pot, cover with water and let soak overnight or at least 8 hours.  Drain, put back in the large pot, cover with water by about 2 inches.  Bring to a boil and then simmer, covered, for about 1 hour or until tender.  Drain and set aside when done.

2. While the beans are cooking, prepare the nut sauce.  In a blender or food processor, combine 1/2 cup water with the nuts.  Blend until you get a gritty paste.  Add 1 cup water to the blender and pulse.  Set aside.

3. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.  When hot, add the onion, carrot, garlic, and chilies.  Cook, stirring often, until the onions begin to brown.  Stir in the chopped tomatoes, cayenne, smoked paprika, cumin, coriander, salt and turmeric.  Lower the heat to medium low and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally until tomatoes start to thicken, roughly 10 minutes.

4. Add the nut paste to the pan.  Toss in the cooked beans.  Stir well to combine and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure the ingredients don’t stick to the bottom of the pan.  Add more water (if necessary) to reach desired consistency.  Season with salt to taste.  Serve garnished with chopped cilantro or parsley.

Like all good chilis,  this tastes better the day after you make it.  And especially good the day after you’ve run a marathon. Just saying.

I am submitting this to My Legume Love Affair, which is being hosted this month by Jaya of Desi Soccer Mom!  And also to Deb of Kahakai Kitchen for Souper Sundays!

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123 Responses to Vegetarian Chili with a Cashew Pistachio Sauce…and a Boston Marathon Recap!

  1. Big Dude says:

    You didn’t say if you won the race or not :-). Congratulations on just doing it.

  2. Shannon says:

    Great recap Joanne! You are amazing!

  3. janet says:

    Congratulations, Joanne! Just finishing a marathon is phenomenal in my books and the best part is that you feel like yourself again. You ARE a rock star!! 🙂

  4. Love the recap! I can’t believe you actually attempted to study! 26 miles. Holy cow, good for you! Let’s just hope you don’t peel!

  5. Shannon says:

    awww, i should’ve tried to get to a later point on the course after we finished cheering at 10k! totally rockstar, and I’m glad you’re feeling more like yourself 🙂 after not running at all for 6 months, it has felt so good to get back at it, even if i am only running 15min.

    funny how hot you were and how freezing i was standing there in framingham…

    now, this chili sounds fabulous. smoked paprika is very delicious, i don’t use it enough!

  6. That is quite the recap! I am so impressed that you make it after all of the challenges you have had. I don’t think I could ever run a marathon so doing it even once is impressive enough for me! Way to go!

  7. bellini says:

    Congratulations on completing the marathon, for being so strong and an inspiration. Keep training and you will achieve your goals..and oh ya …eat more chili!

  8. OohLookBel says:

    Oh, well done! I saw a story on the TV news and they made it look so fun and easy. Congratulations on getting you running mojo back, and it must have felt great to dig into that delicious chilli afterwards.

  9. CONGRATS!!! You did it!! I was thinking about you all day on Monday! You should be so proud of yourself! And of this CHILI, which looks awesome. Love the addition of cashews- makes it so rich. I am also addicted to Spanish smoked paprika. It’s like crack- but good crack!

  10. CONGRATS, LADY!!! reading this made my morning! I love the way you write about the going when the going got tough… and I’m just as inspired by your attitude towards all of it. what an unbelievably huge accomplishment – I hope that that post-marathon glow lasts a long, long time 🙂

  11. Dawn says:

    Congratulations on completing the Boston Marathon! What a great follow up dish. Cashews and pistachios sound like the perfect recovery.

  12. tinytearoom says:

    wow. this looks so tasty and healthy. I love all the spices in there. the more the merrier I always say.

  13. Suman Singh says:

    Congratulation on completing the marathon…truly impressive..well done!
    And this chilli looks and sounds delicious..great recipe!

  14. Cate says:

    Congratulations on your Boston finish! Sorry the second half was really rough. I think that elevation chart was full of lies…it seemed like we went up WAY more than down (which obviously wasn’t true)

  15. brandi says:

    Congrats!!! Marathoners impress me so much – such hard work and perseverance!

  16. Danielle says:

    COngratulations on the marathon!!

  17. You are amazing, I felt your pain when you described it, running is just something I could never ever do, now walk a few blocks in the city to window shop, I’m in! Just amazing! I would’ve bagged the wordy guy, too, LOL!

  18. I know you could. I knew you could. I knew….. . Congratulations. You deserved a good chili and I’m glad you are sharing the recipe.

    Best,
    Bonnie

  19. Mo Diva says:

    Congratulations on completing the marathon. You are most definitely a rock star!
    I love the concept of the pistachio sauce with this chili- i have been a big fan of the veggie chilis these days! So filling and so affordable to make!

  20. MM says:

    Good for you, Joanne!

  21. Catherine says:

    Congratulations! Joanne, I am happy for you that you accomplished your goals in the run. I suspect you are pooped!, and the comfort of this delicious chili is welcome. It is an interesting recipe. The nuts must add texture and a welcome crunchiness to the chili. Excellent. Blessings, Catherine xox

  22. Kim says:

    Awesome job, Joanne! I know you felt on top of the world when you crossed the finish line. That has to be an amazing feeling.

    The chili looks amazing and full of beans, which is right up my alley. Love the idea of a nut sauce to top it all off.

  23. Victoria says:

    Soooooo proud of you!!! I know it was rough, but you did it! You can do anything 🙂 Glad you got to do it in the city where it all started!

  24. Patsyk says:

    I’m so impressed that you completed it! You really are a rock star! I’m still working on runnig a 5k w/o walking at all…but, I finish and most of it is running, so it makes me happy. 🙂

  25. Candace says:

    I loooove smoked paprika. I’ve been putting it in everything lately. I’ve never thought of using a nut sauce before. That’s inspired! Congratulations on your finish! I was cheering you along. Have a great week, Candace

  26. Nicole, RD says:

    My second marathon…same way. I could’ve written this post (if only I was this good of a writer!). My first marathon was 4:07 and my second was right around 5:00…maybe a minute more or less, I can’t remember. You are amazing! And this dish looks incredible, too! I love smoked paprika, as well.

  27. Amy says:

    Hell ya 26.2 miles is hard. Understatement. You’re totally a rock star you are! I cannot believe you actually tried to study while running – that’s hilarious. Listening to someone drone on about disease and body parts though, would put a hop in your step.

    Thank goodness I can make this chili without the prerequisite of running a marathon. Thank goodness.

  28. Congratulations! I am so impressed with your dedication and perseverance!! I bet knowing you were coming home to a delicious bowl of this chili was even more motivation. Looks delicious!

  29. Mo 'Betta says:

    You GO girl! Very proud of you (and envious too – you have way more dedication than I do!)

  30. Claudie says:

    Congratulations! Really nice performance! Boston marathon is notoriously hard, so you should be really proud :))
    And yay for Nike Women’s marathon in October! 🙂 I was considering it as well, but I probably won’t be able to run it, so I’ll have to focus on other races!

  31. Allison says:

    I was stalking your blog all day yesterday for a recap. You ROCK! You did an an amazing job. So envious of your experience. Crossing the finish line of the Boston marathon and keeping all of your toenails. CONGRATS!!!!!!

  32. You are so hard core. Seriously–I’m filled with admiration for your mental strength.

  33. Joanne, first time here on your blog, love it. Congratulations on completing the marathon with all the odds you mentioned (heat, hill and everything else) and that too after an accident. Bravo !!!

    The chili looks just awesome, I am surely going to give it a try and I will let you know how it went 🙂

  34. sweetlife says:

    Amazing!~~Congrats~!~! a true testament to your dedication!! a perfect bowl of comfort to come home to!!

    sweetlife

  35. That Girl says:

    4 anything is amazing. Even moreso at Boston. You are incredible.

  36. I am sorry that the race got quite tough after mile 13 – but congratulations on finishing! Even your not-as-good time is still a REALLY good time!

    A LOT OF MY FRIENDS ARE DOING THE NIKE SF MARATHON. I LIVE AN HOUR FROM SF. WE ARE GOING TO MEET UP. YOU CANT STOP ME.

    I am going to make the cashew pistachio sauce. And put it on everything I eat.

  37. Congratulations!! You did fabulously and I’m super impressed. And super sorry I missed you while you were in Boston 🙁 Come back, please!!

    Sues

  38. Girl, you are absolutely AMAZING!!! 🙂 I’m so inspired by you today. 🙂 Docs finally found out YESTERDAY what was wrong with me and for the first time in three months I’m almost pain-free. HOORAY! It’s such a lovely thing to feel my old self coming back. 🙂

  39. aipi says:

    Great job Joanne- You go gal!! So proud..
    The chiili sound yum am in love with that cashew – pistachio sauce!
    US Masala

  40. sra says:

    reductionist take, and calm-inducing gossip – nice turn of phrase!

  41. Joanne, you’re a super hero! I knew you could do it, way to go! Congrats!

    ?
    Camila F.

  42. Out of curiosity I had a look at your times. Consistent pace, little slower 2nd part but considering the far from ideal circumstances, really impressive. It must have been the regular bursts of energy from this bean dish and those bean laden cookies:)

  43. Shanon says:

    woooohooooooooooooo!!! so awesome! congrats!!!

  44. I am so in awe of you. How amazing and thank you for sharing with us! The curry beans looks delectable and the pistachio and cashew meat would be delicious with it. YUM!

  45. Kalyn says:

    Go Joanne! I am so completely impressed! (Even more impressed with you than I already was.)

  46. Swathi says:

    congrats Joanne, you are amazing person. love this vegetarian chili with cashew and pistachio.

  47. Congratulations. Definitely rock star. You did it… injury free. 🙂

  48. I can’t even imagine what running a marathon must feel like. It sounds like torture to me, but I have to applaud your stamina and courage. Two traits that will make you a wonderful doctor one day!

    What a beautiful bowl of chili goodness to welcome you home. Love the sound of the nuts in there!

  49. What a vivid recap.Did u win it? How do you keep so active Joanne, I go to gym 2 days and 3rd day I start feeling lazy 🙂
    This looks great.I like the addition of nuts in here, makes the curry more decadent.I have to try this.

  50. Congratulations! You did great. And, your chili looks like perfect energy food. I’m a big fan of smoked paprika too, and the nut paste sounds great.

  51. Pam says:

    You ARE a ROCK STAR for running the marathon (again) and for making this amazing chili. Nicely done girlfriend.

  52. Glad that you ran the marathon without any issues and came back with all toe-nails intact! Love the vegetarian version of Chili/Curry! Looks yummy~

  53. You are a rock star! woulda been a cool t-shirt anyhow 😉
    love this chile, awesome sauce!

  54. nico. says:

    Congratulations on the marathon; you are really making want to get motivated so that I could do something like that! The “chili” looks delish; I love all of the seasoning and nuts … 🙂

  55. daphne says:

    Awesome finish with the marathon. U r competing with self more than with anyone.. and guess what? YOU WON! What a lovely dish to top it off-esp with pistachio!

  56. Martha (MM) says:

    Congrats on the Marathon Joanne! Sorry I didn’t make it by to with you luck on your marathon cookie post but was keeping up with your tweets. You did an awesome job with the marathon and of course as always with the food too 🙂

  57. Cara says:

    You are indeed a rockstar! I am so happy for you 🙂

  58. Raina says:

    Congratulations Joanne! You are an amazing person. That is a major accomplishment and you should be super proud. Wow! I cannot imagine how tough that must have been. Your timing was amazing.

    Your chili looks pretty darn amazing too. I love smoked paprika and I know I would love this:)

  59. Julie says:

    Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment!

  60. tigerfish says:

    I like it as a curry more than a chili! Woo hoo…..but that’s because I seldom have the latter.

    Go go go! Joanne! Still supporting you….for the next one.

  61. Karis says:

    Congrats! I really liked your race recap and the chili looks so good, can’t wait to try it.

  62. Reeni says:

    You are definitely a rock star! I am so proud of you! I try to fathom even walking 26 miles and I can’t. I remember your first marathon like it was yesterday – even though it feels like a long time ago. It left a big impression on me. Anywhoo I love smoked paprika too and your thick and hearty chili! The nut sauce sounds extra special.

  63. Johanna GGG says:

    hurray! completing the marathon sounds like a huge achievement – unfortunately my endurance activities are limited to chasing children around the living room but am glad the chilli is good for that too – sounds lovely – esp glad to hear the smoked paprika works – that is one of my favourite spices too

  64. Megan says:

    You are definitely a rockstar! Congratulations!!

  65. elly says:

    Congratulations on finishing the marathon! I am SO amazed by people who run it, let alone finishing it with some of the problems you had. Amazing. Also amazing = this dish. Three kinds of nuts? Yes, please.

  66. Deborah says:

    You rock – and are seriously inspiring!!

  67. Kim says:

    Girl, I am soooo so proud of you! That’s amazing! I wish I had your endurance, strength and drive! Simply amazing.

    And yes, I will be making this chili over the weekend for myself. It’s too good to pass up! A very cool spin on chili, something that can be so traditional to some people. I love the differences and changes you’ve made to it! Fab!

  68. Girl- I could not have done it but your are AMAZING! So proud of you and what an accomplishment! I think my husband’s last meal request on this earth would be chili- this one looks beyond delicious! I can’t wait to try it

  69. Beth says:

    I was so happy to read your race recap. I was thinking of you on Monday and wondering how you did. Congratulations — you’re a star!

  70. Nadji says:

    Je suis partante pour un chilli végétarien.
    Ca nous changera beaucoup du chilli à la viande.
    Je note.
    A très bientôt.

  71. I certainly think you are a rock star for running the marathon! You have determination and you go girl!

    This vegetarian chili sounds wonderful. I really like the nut paste.

  72. Marisa says:

    You may think that time is slow, but to me it sounds amazing! Hats off to you – you’re a HUGE inspiration to a lot of people here in blogland.

  73. Kristin says:

    The fact that you ran the marathon period is rock star! This recipe is deserving of that title as well. It looks amazing!

  74. So happy that you ran again! Bravo and well done!! You’re such a super rock star, serious. What a healthy and tasty meal!

  75. Faith says:

    Hello Joanne! I’m back from vacation and happy to be catching up on my blog reading…I’ve missed you! The chili looks fantastic and awesome job on the marathon!

  76. Barbara says:

    Congratulations, Joanne! I’m so proud of you.
    And you certainly proved something to yourself, which is the main (and really, only) reason to put yourself through all the torture! My daughter went to Wellesley (many years ago) and I remember her telling me they all turned out to encourage the runners…although back then they probably didn’t have kiss me signs. 🙂

  77. Lora says:

    fantastic feet #1 – Congrats on finishing the marathon!

    Fantastic Feat 32 – This recipe. I am so totally making this.Yum .

  78. Miriam says:

    Just checking in on my fabulous marathon runner friend :), the beans look great! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  79. Mari says:

    As I read your recap, I had tears in my eyes…I think you are so amazing and you inspire me, every single day with your determination! LOVE YOU!!!!!

  80. Ada says:

    You are seriously the most amazing person ever. Major congratulations! You did such a great job, I’m so proud of you for forging ahead despite the pain in your calves. I also find it hilarious that you attempted to study while running the marathon. We definitely need to go out and celebrate soon!

  81. Jo , ur are simply amazing , the rock star for sure!
    And + u baked those amazing cookies before u left to have ur bro (wont he be happy with this mention on ur blog , if it counts 🙂 ), eating ’em all along the way and now this amazing deliciousness!
    How do u do it i wonder!

  82. teresa says:

    i’m so proud of you!! what an amazing experience, and a fantastic time!

    this is a gorgeous chili, i love that it has curry in it, what wonderful flavors.

  83. A big ol’ congratulations! This sounds like such a neat experience (to read about, that is) 🙂 See you in SF in October! 🙂

  84. I’m so glad you were successful, my dear. And it was wonderful meeting you!!! Send a big Thank You to your mom again for me!

  85. Peggy says:

    Woohoo girl! I’m proud of you – and you did better than I could ever do, that’s for sure.

    And I’m with you, smoked paprika is my “secret ingredient” lately – I love love love it!

  86. Karen says:

    Congrats! I ‘discovered’ smoked paprika last year and it is my favorite spice, too!

  87. Wow, I can’t believe that you ran the marathon, actually I can! You’re amazing!

  88. A Rock Star indeed, congratulations for making it through…next one you’ll be all the way back 🙂
    Gorgeous chili and love the sauce 🙂

  89. Maria says:

    Congratulations Joanne, you really did great!! What a beautiful dish too, I love all the spices in it!

  90. sofia says:

    damn girl. good for you for sticking it out and runnin’ that thing, through the injuries and everything. that takes guts. and a lot of effort. and a lot of super awesome meals such as this. rock on.

  91. Velva says:

    I am proud of you! Not that you know me, or care but still very proud. Running a marathon is about endurance and spirit, you had both. Cheers to you!!!

    Your chili looks really good.

    I cycled through the Loire Valley of France (what the hell was i thinking?) but, I can remember day 4 in the swimming pool, thinking I must get out, because I will sink to the bottom, and have no energy to get to the surface. I can imagine your muscle fatigue.

    Have a great holiday weekend.

    Velva

  92. Claudia says:

    Hey, I swam 5 laps today. My kind of exercise.

    Your chili is very well balanced, protein wise, with the nuts. And, they likely give a nice flavor contribution as well.

  93. Gloria says:

    Congrats Joanne and this look awesome! gloria

  94. Natalie says:

    way to rock the race, loved reading your recap!

    isn’t it weird how our bodies behave during a marathon? i had NO pain or soreness during training and then in mile 14 of the race—BAM old knee injury returns.

    can’t believe you’re already signed up for another–i’m jealous (and need to get my butt in gear :))

  95. Angela says:

    I am loving your marathon recipes. I still couldn’t run the race, but I could definitely eat the food!

  96. sophia says:

    How craaazy are you? I would have given up, but you still trucked on…and another marathon in October?! I hope you stop by LA?! Yes? Yes? :YES?!

  97. Congratulations girl! That is awesome.

    Oh, the nuttiness of that dish is just so perfect. You have an amazing culinary mind. Are you sure you want to be a doctor instead? I suppose you can be one of those “chef” doctors 🙂

  98. Congratulations dear! What an amazing dish! Your click makes them more tempting…..

  99. Katerina says:

    Accomplishing your goals is always a source of joy and fulfillment. The stew is the best reward for this accomplishment! Happy Easter to you and your family Joanne!

  100. theUngourmet says:

    Congratulations on finishing the marathon. It’s so great that you can still do something that is so much a part of who you are. 🙂

    What a great jazzed up chili! I’d love to try this recipe.

    Have a wonderful and restful weekend.

  101. You are a rock star my friend. I am so proud of you! Congratulations.
    This chili looks amazing–I am loving the cashew-pistachio sauce.

    Thanks for sending it to Souper Sundays. 😉

  102. Comfy Cook says:

    So proud, I can say, I know you. Congrats on your achievement. You do rock. We need banners put up. Three Cheers for Joanne.

  103. it’s beyond well done, you’re amazing! i collapsed even before i hit 1km T_T

  104. Chris says:

    You are a rock star, Joanne. Congratulations, very proud of you.

    I totally understand the mental element from the 100 mile bike rides. You go numb at one point, like the body is shutting down just to ignore the pain.

    I like the veggie chili. It seems like it would be ideal recovery food.

  105. Dana says:

    Joanne, this is so inspiring. I cannot imagine running a marathon – mentally. Physically I’m sure I could train but I just don’t think I could do anything for over 4 hours, even eat. Anyway, good for you and glad your body held out. Time to nourish it with lovely healthy food!

  106. Stephanie says:

    Congrats on completing the marathon, Joanne! I could never imagine running for nearly 5 hours, you truly are an inspiration!

  107. Lizzy says:

    Joanne- I’m so sorry we didn’t meet up at Athlete’s Village.. I ended up taking my husbands phone which was much smaller than mine. I agree with your post about it being so freaking hot… omg I thought I was going to die. You are amazing and I love that you kept it real in this post like I did. Marathons are freakin’ hard but we’ve done something most people haven’t! Congrats!

  108. aww so amazing!!!! way to go, congrats girl! the BM is such a huge deal!!! hope you are super proud of yourself =)

    and as always your recipes never fail to impress me!! love it.

  109. Veronica says:

    You are so inspiring!!! I don’t know what injury you had but I’m so glad you’ve overcome it and proved to yourself you can still run. Great job–congrats!

  110. Wow, rock star indeed!!
    You are amazing lady, and that chili curry is perfect fuel for your life.

  111. Congratulations my darling! I cannot fathom ever running a marathon and that makes you a demigod in my eyes. Also, the fact that you tried listening to Goljan while doing anything besides poking your eyes out with pencils is quite impressive. Love it all.

  112. Oh! I have that cookbook and should be beaten for not using it more. Loving all the veggie dishes lately, Joanne!

  113. grace says:

    i applaud you, joanne–what an accomplishment! well done, both the marathon and the chili.

  114. Kimberley says:

    I can’t believe how much I’ve missed on your blog while away! Major, major congrats on the marathon. Your story reminded me so much of this Radiolab episode: http://www.radiolab.org/2010/apr/05/

  115. Kerstin says:

    Rock star indeed and SO inspiring!!

    This looks like the perfect way to refuel – yum!

  116. Tried it out on Wednesday and blogger about it just now. It can out great, though I guess I ground my nuts too much, but liked it that way and used a mix of beans. Thanks for a great recipe 🙂

  117. TipsNDeals says:

    looks yummy…first time here and love your blog…..

  118. Carolyn Jung says:

    I don’t think I could even walk that many miles, let alone run them! You amaze me! I would need at least a month to recuperate after all of that. Bravo to you on such an incredible feat.

  119. Made this tonight and loved it! We added a 1/2 tsp of chipotle powder and left the seeds in one of the jalapenos. Came out with a nice kick and was perfectly filling. It has such a unique combination of flavors and textures, too. Love your blog! 🙂

  120. Kevin says:

    Another tasty and healthy dish! The pistachio sauce sounds great!

  121. I have this cookbook but never noticed this recipe! It sounds amazing. A very belated congratulations on finishing the Boston Marathon! And what an amazing life lesson you learned from it about how you feel like you can persevere through anything.

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