Good Eats ~ Breakfast Cookies

I am an eater.  I can remember when I was a teenager I went out on a date with this one guy and he took me to a steakhouse.  There really wasn’t too much choice back in Aiken, circa 1984.  I believe the name of the restaurant was Ryan’s which has since closed and Aiken has much better choices now.  I was NEVER one of those girls that shied away from eating in front of dates.  The next day I happened to see his brother to which I partook in the typical teenage banter fishing around to see if said individual “liked” me.  To which his brother replied, “yes he likes you, and he said you can really put away some groceries“.  BADGE OF HONOR  Mama likes her food, that ain’t no lie.

 

 

 

 

 

Matter of fact when I’m not eating, I’m thinking about what I’m going to make next.  Multiply this by 100 when I’m training.  I am an Eggos™ gal too.  I love two in the morning with butter.  But even the Eggo™ routine can get old and I do like to mix things up.

Behold the savory breakfast cookie!

I found this recipe online and now I can’t seem to find it…again to link.  I’m sure with enough diligence if you’re interested you can find something similar.  Again a quick fix for the morning to give you energy.  There are a lot of breakfast cookie recipes out there, but most of them are a sweet version.  When I came across this one, I thought that I would give it a try because it had meat.  Ingredients are almond and coconut flour, bell pepper, onion, cheddar cheese, eggs and turkey.   Mix it all together and bake for about 15 – 18 minutes.  They can be made ahead of time and frozen for later.  And you can make them meatless.  I thought they tasted good and they are small enough to have a few and not feel like you over ate.  Enjoy!  Happy Miles to You!!

Women On the Move ~ Crystal Clark – The Heartland Running Podcast

Happy Sunday everyone and of course Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads.  Next up on my Women on the Move is Crystal Clark from Heartland Running.  I came across Crystal on Instagram, of course, and was curious about her and the running podcast she helps host.  Crystal’s first run was a half marathon and as they say the running bug definitely has bitten her.  According to her Instagram page she has run 15 x 26.2, 1 x 100k, 3 x 50k, 2 x 50 miles and is currently training for 100 miles November in 2017.

Crystal is one of three hosts on The Heartland Running Podcast.  From the site:

Crystal did not grow up athletic and almost failed gym.  So everyone was pretty surprised when she signed up for her first race – a half marathon.  She fumbled her way to the finish line (despite not evening know how far it was) and was hooked.  Since then she has run 20 marathons/ultras including the Boston Marathon.  Crystal’s current goal is to chase down a 100 mile finish.

Crystal lives in Ohio with her husband, son, and their pet cat Geddy Lee.

You can follow her adventures on Instagram @seecrystalrun.

I really like the site because it focuses on the running life in the Ozarks (I lived in Illinois for eight years) and beyond.  Over the last few months I have enjoyed listing to podcasts in the car and wouldn’t mind doing it myself one day. Maybe interviewing women on the move!  They have some good podcasts consisting of inspirational and informative stories/information about running and other sports as well as gear reviews and basic advice.  Really cool and they are fun to listen too as well.  Enjoy (link at the top).  Happy Miles to You!!

Mileage Recap ~ 5 – 17 June A Slow and Steady Build

I happened to be flipping through the channels the other day and I came across some sort of “seniors Olympics” challenge.  It wasn’t the actual senior Olympics (and no, I’m not old enough for that yet) but something similar and the commentator was interviewing different people and the events they were participating.  It truly was amazing to see people running the 50 yard dash at age 90.  It was slow, but man what heart.  After about 10 minutes in, they interviewed a guy in his late 80s.  This guy was in phenomenal shape and spoke very eloquently about his participation in the events.  What stuck with me is he said never stop, you have to keep moving, our bodies are meant to move.  He went on to say I know my body, I know when I need to slow down.  I thought that was very good advice from a senior and true for everyone at every age.  Know thyself.

Marathon training for me is moving right along.  I have had some really good days and some not so good days.  I started with  walking/running the first week and then slowly built on continuous running with both weeks longer runs capping out around 5.5 miles and some speed work on Wednesdays.  The first weeks longer run was a real pain in the tail and out and out sucked.  Literally.  Allergy season as been on full blast for me and as the heat rose I found myself really struggling to breathe at certain points.  You know the “I gotta stop and bend over or I’ll pass out” type of feeling.  Started off well, but slowly deteriorated into yikes, but I finished it with an 11:50 pace.  I know, it’s slow, but that’s how things are rolling these days.  Also, don’t forget it’s getting…hot.  I’m usually out between 6 – 6:30am (way too late) and it’s already hitting the high 80s.  I will need to do a bit better than that as the runs get longer.  I think I will be safe at around 5 am – at least from the coyotes!  Next week it’s supposed to hit 1990 highs here – meaning 120s.  Go ahead and say it… It’s going to hurt!  In more ways than one.

Disney’s Hot Sun

But forward we shall go.  I’m enjoying the process. There always seems to be a bit of a climb for me when I start running again.  There is this threshold I just need to get passed and it seems a whole lot harder here in the desert.  I added another 26.41 to the tally with 6759.61 miles gratefully remaining in my adventure. I hope this finds everyone’s Saturday full of joy and hope.

“You are never a loser until you quit trying.” – Mike Ditka

Happy Miles to You!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good Eats ~ Great Balls of Energy!

I came across this recipe a while back but just now getting around to trying.  Courtesy of Health Magazine I tried the Zesty Orange Chocolate Energy Balls.  Say hello to my little friends:

Anything with chocolate is good.  YES IT IS!!!!  And if it’s supposed to give you energy ~ well slap me and call me Sally.  Main ingredients are dates, nuts (choice), vanilla, cocoa powder, orange zest, and shredded coconut. Everything goes in the food processor then you ball them up and freeze them.  I found that they really didn’t ball up to well and I had to add a little water. Then rolled them and put them in the freezer.  I kept them in the freezer and was still able to eat them in 5 minutes, no problem.  Adding the water did make construction a little messy but it was worth the fuss.  I was looking to take some with me on runs and rides but, uh no dice in this 106 Phoenix heat.  So I pop one before or after I go.  Not hard on the stomach either.  The recipe is in Health Magazine June 2016 issue.

If you are old enough and you remember when Saturday Night Live was funny you’ll remember this…funny thing though even as I was making them I immediately thought of this….yes, you can’t take me anywhere.  Happy Miles to You!!

Mileage Recap ~ 21 May – 4 June

I looked at my blog page and my countdown widget now says 4 months to go!  This is really going quick almost a blink of an eye.  I am in the very beginnings of training for the Dublin Marathon.  After my calf injury, again, I rested from running for almost a full two months.  During that time I have been strength training, walking and some riding.  I can’t tell you enough how much the strength training has been helping me.  Working on the core and legs have given me less pain in the knees and hips.

I started off just walking then I incorporated short bursts of running then back to walking and it really has helped.  I had minimal pain in the knees, especially my left, all the while building into longer runs.  So it seems to be working.  There is no pride here either.  If I started to feel little niggles I simply slowed down or started to walk.  The best part was my breathing.  I didn’t feel tired at all.  That was a fantastic feeling.  Although, it is starting to get very hot now, the long runs will have to happen in the morning…on a weekend ~ lol.

This upcoming week will be more of the same, building strength, and foot placement.  One of the nice things about starting from the beginning is correcting the errors.  I tend to slog along sometimes so when I’m doing that I mentally remind myself to pick up the feet and swing the hips more.  May has been my biggest month yet this year at 92.66 miles.  I had a total of 26.33 for this tally and 6786.02 miles wonderfully remaining.  I hope this post finds you well ~ Happy Miles to You!!

Good Eats ~ Chicken and Quinoa with Olive Gremolata

Now that I’m in full training mode I have been seeking out more recipes for energy and overall body health.  I find this to be a little irritating and too time consuming at times.  It seems for every search there is something that is supposed to give you more energy and be healthier etc.  ad nauseam.  For the most part I eat healthy and I love to cook and bake.  Did I mention…bake.  For me I’m always looking for things that won’t make me feel sick or dragged down.  Once I’m in the running zone, I don’t have to worry too much about calories, but I do look after what I’m putting in my body.  I judge a good meal by eating enough and I don’t fee like I want to crash afterwards.  I think everyone knows what I mean.

I have been cooking with quinoa and man do I have way to much of it in my house right now.  This next recipe is a little ditty I found on the internet.  I know it came from one of the running sites or someone’s running site ~ so I give you kudos my friend!  I’m not even sure of the real name but I’m calling it Chicken and quinoa with olive gremolata.

 

Not bad at all.  I could have done with a little less of the parsley and mint that made the gremolata, but overall it was a really tasty dish.  The recipe however made a LOT.  If this dish appeals to you I would suggest halving the recipe or you will be swimming in quinoa.  I’ve attached the recipe below in pdf.  Enjoy and happy eating!

 

 

Chicken_quinoa

Women on the Move ~ Laura Kennington – “Think Big, Be Brave and Start Now”

There is something electric when you witness another’s passion.  You know, you’re surfing the web about YOUR passion and then you come across someone who shares the same interests and is totally taking it to another level.  Even through words you’re excited for them, their achievements, and their goals.  You can’t wait to see how they attack their mountains. Their wins bring a smile to the face, a lightness to the heart and you find yourself saying…yes, I believe…I believe I can…I KNOW I can do this…whatever THIS is to you.

Meet my next woman on the move, Laura Kennington who hails from the United Kingdom.  Laura is an adventurer, public speaker and avid sports enthusiast.  I first found Laura through Instagram.  You can also find her on Facebook, and her personal website at https://www.lauraexplorer.com/ (I just now realized ~ laura the explorer!  Good play on words) or her blog https://medium.com/laura-kennington.

From her about page:

“Laura spent her early years as the only female sibling on a farm in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. She discovered adventure at an early age by embracing muddy countryside exploration with the beloved family dog, Hobo, a White Alsation.

Years later whilst living in London, she gained a unique insight into sports science and how the human body copes under physical stress whilst working within the fitness industry. This lead to her curiously exploring the limits of her own body – she hasn’t looked back since!

These days Laura can mainly be found pursuing endurance adventures and telling stories

Quotes I love from Laura:

“In Search of adventures in defiance of limits, in love with life.”

“Make a difference through the power of sport.”

Such beautiful statements.  Laura has participated in all sorts of races to raise money or bring awareness to issues she cares about.  If you visit her website you will see pictures of her public speaking events and in the background it says “How to Start Your Adventure”!

Her latest adventure IS and I say is because she is supposed to be finished tomorrow is running the length of Fuerteventura, part of the Canary Islands.  She is running 100 miles and you can follow this journey on #FuerteventuRun on Instagram.  One of the coolest things is this real time tracker called ZeroSixZero.

Check this out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is this just not the coolest thing!??  Ha!

I meandered over to her blog and clicked on the Nepal Marathon! Wha…wha…What?!!!  Yes, it is a real thing.  There is a Nepal Marathon.  Oh my, goals ya’ll, goals!  She ran the Nepal Marathon, raising money for Support a Survivor of Torture and Human Cruelty.  If you’re interested about the Nepal Marathon click here.  I do believe this might be a bucket list item.

So many wonderful women, so little time….”Think Big, Be Brave and Start Now” ~ Laura Kennington.  Happy Miles to You!!