You're in mile 18 and all you have to do is get to the next water station. Up ahead you see them. The group of happy cheering volunteers handing out half-filled paper cups of water. Only a few more steps and aawwhh! You're there! Take a break! Walk a few minutes! And enjoy the sights and sounds. You deserve it!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

GREEN MONSTER ALERT!

Chef Note:  Thanks to Kristin over at Iowa Girl Eats for the recipe!

In the mix:

• 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder

• 1/2 Tablespoon chia seeds  (I didn't put these in because I couldn't find them)

• 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze

• 1 Tablespoon almond butter

• 1 frozen banana

• enough spinach to fill the blender to the top!

I was very skeptical about this recipe.  She said it doesn't taste like spinach.  I just kept looking at her pictures of the blender with all of that green!  So I've had this frozen banana in my fridge for about a week now just tempting me to try it.  I picked up some more almond butter last night and this morning decided it was time.  This stuff is really good.  I don't even taste one bit of the spinach.  Trust me!  Try it!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Two more recipes down!

Well my breakfast was quick and easy and OH MY GOODNESS so yummy!  I threw together a Cottage Cheese, Yogurt and Fruit Parfait.  It is layered with 1/2 cup cottage cheese (I used 2% small curd), Chobani Greek Raspberry yogurt (1 serving), and a sliced banana.  The recipe called for a diced peach on top, but I was in a hurry and decided I would save it for a later date.  My lunch was something called the "Kitchen Sink" salad.  And that's exactly what it is - everything but the kitchen sink.  I used baby greens, cubed chicken, shredded cheese, dried cranberries, sliced carrots, sliced amonds and balsamic & vinegar dressing.  No recipe is necessary though you can find examples on Kristin's blog.  Me - I just put whatever I felt like having into a bowl and out the door!  Dinner was leftover Tortilla Egg Scramble - not bad the second day.  Just microwaved to warm up the chips and eggs.  Top with salsa, cheese, etc. 

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Day One of the Recipes - Three Down!

So I decided to get up early enough to make my breakfast and lunch before work..can't get up early to go for a run, but food, I'm right there!  I have really been wondering about some of the oatmeal recipes so I got everything together to make Baked Banana Bread Oatmeal.  It was super easy to make.  The only problem I had was the 25 minutes it took to bake.  As per the directions, I was going to put it under the broiler, but threw everything in a bowl and poured milk over it instead.  I would have taken a picture of it, but it was gone too fast. 

For lunch, I put some Aidells Habenero and Green Chili Sausages in a grill pan and cooked them until they were blackened on two sides.  I added canned corn and deli potato salad as sides.  I wrapped the sausage in a whole wheat tortilla instead of a bun and ate it plain.  The spices of the sausage were enough.  Safeway was having a sale on some really good potato salad - I would have made my own, but that takes a lot of time - to take the place of the homemade kind Kristin made.

For dinner, I started to think about the Tuna Casserole and quickly turned to the Tortilla Egg Scramble because it looked easier to get made before I starved to death.  I got so caught up into getting to the eatin' part that I forgot to put green onions on top of it before I took the piccy.  I used store bought salsa which worked out fine.   It was my first time cutting up an avocado.  Yeah I can hear you laughing.  I even had to ask a lady at the store how to buy one.  This stuff was delicious and I even made more than necessary so I can have some tomorrow - don't know if it will be as good then but it's worth a try.  Two thumbs up on this one!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Life in the Shopping Cart Lane

A while back I started reading Iowa Girl Eats' blog and found a lot of recipes I thought would be nice to try.  However, the more I read, the more I wondered how does she do her grocery shopping?  Low and behold, she offers tips on how to meal plan and grocery shop.  So I studied her tips, did some research on which recipes I wanted to make this week, made up my list and set off to the grocery store. 

Well let's just say I'm worse than a bachelor because I had to buy almost everything for each recipe.  Therefore, I totally blew her on a budget of $50 a week.  I spent $160!  And I really tried to save money with my Safeway card.  Maybe shopping at Aldi in Iowa is cheaper.  I'm going to try out King Sooper next weekend which is part of the Kroger chain.  But don't my fridge and cabinets look FABULOUS right now?!  **Nod to the Almond Butter gods - you are my new found friend!**

The recipes I picked to try out are:
  • Spinach Salad
  • Tortilla Egg Scramble
  • Fresh Vegetable Pasta Toss
  • Tuna Salad
  • Green Monster – only if I find the ingredients  **found all of them @ Safeway!**
  • Lemon Tuna Noodle Casserole
  • Cottage Cheese & Fruit Parfaits
  • Chicken Brats W/Potato Salad & Sweet Corn
  • Turkey Burgers W/Baked Beans & Potato Salad
  • Baked Tilapia W/Asparagus & Rice
  • Baked Banana Bread Oatmeal
I'll let you know how things go as I try things this week.  I'm curious about the Green Monster. 

On another note:  I now know what everyone is talking about with regards to these things called Sweaty Bands.  I ordered one on Saturday morning - after I didn't win one in a giveaway - because I wanted to see for myself if it worked.  I have very fine hair and most headbands do that slow creep to the back of the head and BOING off the back.  I got it in the mail today - yes today!  And so far I'm not having any problems with it, but I just got done with a short run and my hair is sweaty.  I'll have to see how it is when my hair is clean and dry.  I got the white reflective for nighttime running.  It looks very pretty.  I may have to order one of the patterned ones if this one passes all of the tests.  Thanks to everyone who spread the word on these!

[Update:  The band works!  Order up a bunch!  I'm thinking about one of the polka dot ones with some green - my favorite - color.]

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Remember this is my opinion! Go get your own!

Well yesterday I got the larger size of my golden slippers, a.k.a. Puma Complete Velosis, and I tried them on immediately.  They felt good.  Still felt like my toe was hitting something - see what I discovered later.  Unfortunately, I had homework to do and I couldn't try them out last night. 

Today, I came home to find the other model I bought to try out which happens to be the same one in an updated version - Puma Complete Velosis I in screaming turquoise (see piccy at right).  This one felt larger than the other and wider in the toe box.  I decided I would try it out first.  The cushion in it felt great.  Like some of the Adidas shoes I've had in the past like the Boston Classic.  However, for some reason, my right foot (the weird one) didn't like them and I turned back after just over a mile. 

I immediately switched over to the golden slippers and took off again.  They felt great.  Not a problem other than that toe thing so I stopped to see if my toe was actually hitting the end of the shoe or what.  It looks like I'm raising up my big toe just enough to brush up against the seam right where the mesh upper meets the leather.  Not a big deal.  Did a speedy .5 to check them out and called it a night. 

So the decision is to stay with the original choice of the Puma Complete Velosis in one full size up from my normal size (8 to a 9).  Happy running!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

K9's Against Cancer

I just received an email about a race this fall put on by Bow-Wow Buddies.  Anyone planning on attending?  I'll be there for my Jersey Girl and in memory of my other Rottie, Leo. 


You can register now at: k-9sagainstcancer.blacktie-athon.com

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Jersey Girl Update

I've had a few requests for updates about my little Jersey Girl.  She's fine.  You wouldn't know she was sick if'n you saw her.  She had a chemo treatment a week ago Monday and it went well.  She really had those "why me, mommy" eyes when I picked her up.  I stayed home Tuesday just to make sure she was okay.  She's got another dose on the 20th, so in a week.  We're trying a different treatment path this time around.  Those nasty cells have probably built up a defense for the old stuff.  This stuff is going to kick butt!  She's a real trooper. 

Now everyone go hug your furry children (the ones with four legs!) and let them know how much you love them!  Okay you can hug the two-legged ones too!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Complete Velosis Women's Running Shoes

Ever since the foot doctor said I was turning my right hip in when I run, I've been trying to locate a pair of shoes that would solve this dilemma.  I've tried Saucony (the larger woman runner's best friend - note to konk the next saleperson who says that one), Asics, Adidas and Mizuno.  Mizuno being my favorite so far.  Adidas has really nice cushion, but they stopped making the Boston Classic's some time ago.  So when I saw Puma, I was a little hesitant to try a different brand.  Once a runner finds a shoe that works, it's like written in stone that it is the only shoe brand they'll use.  Me, I throw caution to the wind and try something new every once in a while.  So back to Puma.  I researched (to locate the best price) what type would work for my situation and found the Velosis.  Giving the shoe the once over, I noticed that the sides of the shoe around the toe box were wider on the outside area.  This would help with the supination.  The cushion in the heel looked promising.  So after reading the sales pitch: 
 
Forget therapy
This shoe will respond to your needs and won't bill you at the end of the session, even if you run over your set time. A unique, Fast Forward design features a high toe spring to give you a little extra boost.

Features:
  • Extremely lightweight, breathable upper for built-in air conditioning
  • Enhanced cushioning for arch support
  • Memory foam midsole for shock absorption
  • Sockliner to wick moisture and keep feet dry
  • Durable rubber outsole for a great grip
  • EverRide outsole

I decided to give them a try and boy was I glad I did.  My right foot (yeah only one of them does it) wasn't able to turn out at all in them.  These are made for neutral runners with only minor supination.  I love the yellow color - started calling them my "golden slippers".  Now if I could only find Prince Charming - 'nother story for some other time.  I did, however, feel like maybe a 1/2 size bigger would have been better (I normally wear an 8.5 in running shoes which is what I ordered).  So I wrote back customer service to see if they could send out another pair (have to wait for word on it).  They were very comfortable so I think I keep 'em!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Good Advice

I've been sitting here for most of the day trying to come to terms with the fact that my dog's cancer has come back.  We'd nap for a few and I'd think it was all a dream.  I'd look at her next to me with her front leg shaved from her chemo treatment this morning.  And it's all there in front of me again.  I hated the look on her face when I picked her up today.  The 'why me' look was back.  I'm so sorry puppy. 

As I was trying to make it through today, I surfed the blog world.  I came across a runner's blog with some good advice on self defense.  It had some good points so I thought I would pass it along.  Visit Wendy and read her post The Devil Drives A Red 4-Wheeler for some info on self defense.  Her husband has his black belt in Taekwondo and offers 7 tips on what to do. 

Well me and the Jers are going to bed.  She's giving me the sleeping puppy dog eyes because she hates when I'm on the puter - ignoring her - so I get the face.  Night y'all!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Food Porn?!

I'm relatively new to this blog thing.  Been doing it for a few months now.  Slowly getting the hang of it.  I enjoy jumping around to other blogs, seeing what they're in to and then jumping on to the next one. 

Well I jumped over to one site (Iowa Girl Eats) and oh my goodness!  I wanted to lick the screen.  This girl, Kristin, is making up some meals that make me want to move back home.  Not really, but almost (I grew up there and now, after being in Colorado for years, I can't stand the bugs or humidity).  I digress too much. 

Anyway, I mentioned it to some friends and they said it's called "Food Porn".  Never heard of this, but apparently it's something a lot of people have taken a liking to.  Being the starving dieter that I am, I can see why this reference would fit for sites posting delicious pictures of scrumptious meals.  My stomach growls when I see Kristin's recipe for Baked Blueberry Banana Oatmeal or her desert recipe for an over-the-top Rhubarb Tart.  And she makes the recipes seem so simple to make.  More recent is the Fruit Cobbler Oatmeal (see her picture of it on the right)! Love it!

You are warned!  Bring papertowels if you visit her site or others like it.  You will drool!  Happy cooking!