Stubborn Warrior 5K (Recipe: Vietnamese Caramel Pork Stir Fry)

As part of our weekend shenanigans, the three of us signed up for the Stubborn Warrior 5K where the proceeds went to the families of wounded warriors.

I helped motivate Cheryl into running last summer/fall, so now we try to do 5Ks when we are together.  And she did awesome!

This race was fairly hilly and was on the Dorthea Dix campus near downtown Raleigh.  The organizers were super enthusiastic and even had a group warm-up session!  I’ll be honest, I’ve never seen that at a race before.

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We took our pre-race pictures (Cheryl and I are really into pictures), and we were off to the starting line.

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Anthony took off crazy fast and almost finished in under 20 minutes!  Woohoo!  Before the race started I asked Cheryl what her goal time was.  Her response:  “Under 33 minutes.”  (Our official time from our last race together was 33:05.)

Our first mile was pretty darn fast–somewhere around 8:25.  But then we settled into a solid pace and finished in 27:04!!  She beat her goal by 6 minutes!!  I was so stoked for her!

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We waited around for awards–Anthony got 2nd in his age group!  And then headed off to the Farmer’s Market to scope out the scene and have a bit of cool down time before lunch.  The NC Farmer’s Market in downtown Raleigh is awesome.  Now, I looooove the Dane County Farmer’s Market in Madison, but this one was great, too!  I’m excited to go back!  I’ll have to convince some of my friends (cough cough Shawn cough cough K&T) to go with me my next free weekend here.

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Then it was lunch time.  We were kind of starving to say the least.  And we went to this delicious place:  Beasley’s Chicken + Honey.  YUM.  Just take a gander for yourself.

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Ummmm, yeah.  We had planned on getting banana pudding for dessert, but we were all so full that we just didn’t have room!  And that is a RARE occasion.

So, that was the start to our Memorial Day weekend!  It began fabulously!

Running Tip:  After about 45-60 minutes of intense activity, we need to be taking in carbs/calories to help maintain blood sugar levels, power our muscles and keep in good spirits.  You wouldn’t expect a car to drive 600 miles without a fill-up.  Our bodies need the same attention.

Food for Thought:  Peppermint.  Best for stress relief.  Research shows that breathing in peppermint can decrease the body’s levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.  It also reduces fatigue and chocolate cravings.

Quote of the Day:

“don’t rush love, stranger.  it will come and it will find you. it might not be at the time you want it to be, but it will come in the exact moment you are ready.” -Jessica from

So, Friday night we made this delicious dish for our main course.  Vietnamese Caramel Pork Stir Fry.  We all agreed that we would make it again.  Relatively quick and easy and tasty.  Score!


Vietnamese Caramel Pork Stir Fry


– 1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, cut into cubes
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1/4 teaspoon pepper
– 1 1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
– 1 sweet onion, diced
– 1 teaspoons ground ginger
– 4 garlic cloves, minced
– 1 cup low-sodium chicken stock
– 1/4 cup loosely packed brown sugar
– 1 tablespoon soy sauce
– 2 teaspoons cornstarch
– 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
– 1/2 head napa cabbage, sliced
– 1/4 cup cashews, halves and pieces (it called for peanuts, but we know my dislike for peanuts)
– 1 lime, cut into wedges
– 2 cups cooked jasmine rice, for serving


– Heat a large wok or skillet over high heat. Season the pork with the salt and pepper. Add the oil to the skillet and once it’s hot, add the pork. Cook until seared and golden brown on all sides, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove the pork from the wok and place it aside in a bowl. Add the onion, ginger and garlic to the skillet, stirring to toss. Cook until slightly softened, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

– In a bowl, whisk together the chicken stock, sugar, soy sauce, cornstarch, and vinegar. Pour it into the skillet and bring it to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the pork into the wok, tossing to coat and cook for another 2 minutes.

– Serve immediately over jasmine rice. Top with the cabbage, cashews and a spritz of lime.

Adapted from How Sweet It Is

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