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The Ranting Chef’s Half Marathon

(Forgive a little self-congratulation here….)

I’m a big guy. Well, really, I’m overweight. Always have been. Sometimes I weigh less, sometimes more, but always way past where I should be. What often goes with that, and does in my case, I am not what you would consider to be athletic.

Two years ago (9/9/12), I completed my first half-marathon. I started walking (a lot) during the spring and summer and set my goal to walk the half. The race I chose allowed walkers to start an hour prior to the runners and I completed the race in 3:05, which was a 14 minute, 7 second pace. I was very proud of myself as I hadn’t ever thought I’d do something like that.

Less than a month later, while walking very early one morning, I tripped over an uneven sidewalk and went down hard on one side. Months of pain and rest went by and I found out in February of 2013 that I had degeneration in the hip I fell on and I was heading towards a replacement. By June there was no question I needed one and on September 10, 2013 (366 days after the race), my right hip was replaced.

This past Sunday (almost a year since my hip was replaced and two since I walked the first half marathon), I once again completed a half-marathon, with The Ranting Wife walking the distance by my side. My pace wasn’t as good, but it wasn’t bad for walking either. It just shows you that hard work, determination and a good surgeon can make all the difference.

All-Day Red Beans and Rice

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With the amount of time this takes to cook, I could have started it before the race and walked a full marathon before it was done.

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A few ingredients.

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I put all four ham hocks in.

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A great recipe.

All-Day Red Beans and Rice

Prep Time: 20 min | Cook Time: 510 min | Servings: 6 servings.

Ingredients:

1 cup dried red beans (or 2  cans)
7 cups water, divided
2 smoked ham hocks
1 medium onion, chopped
1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups hot cooked rice

Directions:

1. Sort beans and rinse in cold water. Place beans in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Add 4 cups water; cover and let stand overnight.

2. Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid. Return beans to slow cooker; add the ham hocks, onion, garlic, cumin and remaining water. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until beans are tender.

3. Remove ham hocks; cool slightly. Remove meat from bones. Finely chop meat and return to slow cooker; discard bones. Stir in the tomato, pepper and salt; cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until pepper is tender. Serve with rice. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Info: 2/3 cup beans with 2/3 cup rice equals 297 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 441 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrate, 12 g fiber, 17 g protein.

Source: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/all-day-red-beans—rice

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Categories: Cajun, Main Dish 3, Pork2, Recipes, Slow Cooker, Soup and Stew, Vegetable4

Author:The Ranting Chef

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7 Comments on “The Ranting Chef’s Half Marathon”

  1. September 9, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    Congratulations on your walking accomplishments – you are an inspiration!

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  2. September 9, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

    Congratulations indeed! I had made tentative plans to do a half-marathon next fall. You’ve inspired me to turn those into concrete plans! 🙂 Annnndddd…those red beans and rice…I want some right now!

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  3. September 9, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    Wow, quite an accomplishment. I admire your persistence, even after a bad fall and surgery. The red beans and rice look really tasty. Congratulations!

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  4. September 9, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    Good going!! As someone who runs half marathons, I actually find walking the distance harder than running it, so I am quite impressed!

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  5. September 9, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    Good for you ranting chef, I love little personal confessions as it shows we are all human. Always trying to keep it together myself i know where you are coming from. Keep walking!!!

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    • September 10, 2014 at 9:20 am #

      >I love little personal confessions as it shows we are all human.
      – Ditto.

      Kate

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  6. September 10, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    >Forgive a little self-congratulation here….
    – Forgive? Psssh. You gone done earned the gleaming badge, Ranting Chef! Flash it with pride.

    >This past Sunday (almost a year since my hip was replaced and two since I walked the first half marathon), I once again completed a half-marathon, with The Ranting Wife walking the distance by my side.
    – Go, Team Ranting! Woo hoo!

    >It just shows you that hard work, determination and a good surgeon can make all the difference.
    – Amen!

    Thank you for keeping your blog going despite all the, um, excitement.

    Kate

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