Weekend Recap

I read an article today that the summer will officially pass the baton to fall at 10:29pm TONIGHT.

Are you excited?

I'm excited.

Though I'll probably be in bed.

I'll catch up with fall in the morning.

Anyway, how was your weekend? A family situation caused Clayton and I to reshuffle some weekend plans since we didn't want to venture too far from home, but we certainly made the best of it.

Being at home this weekend suddenly freed me up to once again participate in the Hoosiers Outrun Cancer event. It was too late to formally register, but a friend of mine had a bib they weren't using and I was able to run the 5k (albeit under a name that wasn't mine). Since it was the 15th running of the HOC, the race organizers thought it would be a fun treat to let racers run a lap around the inside of the football field. I suppose it was cool, but the field lap made the race 3.50 miles and after running such a hilly course, that extra .40 miles felt like a lifetime.

Since I was a last minute addition to the race (and ran under a different name), I didn't get a race t-shirt. That's totally fine because I made my own HOC race shirt with fabric markers to honor my friends and family who fought (or are still fighting) cancer.

I hope you all realize there's a method to my traditional post-race pictures. 
My sister, Ashley, is a scrap-booking genius and asks for pictures of 
my races so she can update my running scrapbook.

Despite running a 5k the previous day, I set out to run my scheduled 6-miler early Sunday afternoon. I wasn't too sure how my legs would take to the run right after a race, but I actually ran it a lot faster than I originally planned (which delighted me to my core and convinced me that maybe this new training plan IS working!). The weather was sunny, but cool and during this time of the year, you seriously can't ask for better for a long run!

This weekend I also made Clayton and I a big ol' batch of chili for dinner because the changing leaves and slight chill in the evening air just seemed to call for it. Below is my take on Southwestern Chili (hint: It's delicious!):

Courtney's Southwestern Chili:

1 lb. ground beef (we used ground turkey)
1 can yellow corn
1 can black beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can diced tomatoes
2 cups salsa (I used a black bean salsa so I could be doubly sure we'd get gas)
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder (optional)

Garnish (optional)
1 can sliced olives
fresh cilantro
sour cream
corn chips
sliced chilies

1.) Brown ground beef or turkey in a skillet. Following the instructions on the taco seasoning packet, add contents to meat. 
2.) Drain fat from skillet and add browned meat to a large pot. Add the remaining ingredient (including all of the juices from the canned items) and mix thoroughly. Bring contents to a boil and then let simmer for 20 minutes. Garnish as desired and serve (preferably with a beer because you deserve it!).

This recipe makes enough for about 6 servings (or about 4 Courtney and Clayton-sized servings). I'm getting ready to re-heat some now for dinner and this time I'm adding a sprinkle of shredded cheddar on top, too!

I don't know about you guys, but we're loving the start of fall and the onset of hearty dinners like these! I've already printed out a slew of slow cooker recipes and this fall is going to be the yummiest yet!

Hope you all had a great Monday!


  1. I'm still sorry I missed the race and all of our family, but I love your shirt!


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