Monthly Archives: June 2013

My (delayed) reaction to Boston

The other day I received the Boston Edition of Runner’s World in the mail. I knew I was traveling today and so I threw it into my carry on. Seems the only time I get a chance to read anything significant these days is when I am traveling and I am forced to sit in the same place for several hours at a time. During my normal day to day life this does NOT happen very often. And when I am sitting down at work or home, I am always working on something! I have to say I was really looking forward to reading this edition.
I have struggled for a long time with being called a โ€œrunner.โ€ I have yet to fully identify WHY, but I feel it has something to do with my speed (or lack there of), quality and quantity of ‘runs’ that I embark on each week. Even though I have been ‘running’ for many years, I have never really made much progress with my times and milage. Yes, I have participated in many races, but my goal is to finish and to survive. Each time I race I wonder to myself WHY AM I DOING THIS? I have never really trained that great for a race, and have never felt proud of myself for any of the races I have completed. Many of my non-runner friends are very sweet and think I am some sort of amazing runner for all the work I do, but I have yet to feel that for myself. Dealing with health issues and random injuries seem to keep me from really achieving the goals I have mentally made for myself. I honestly struggle when I see people talk about how ‘slow’ they are when they run twice as fast (or faster) than I do. I have to work on keeping myself from getting really jealous of their accomplishments. To not compare myself to their speed and times for races. Wouldnโ€™t I LOVE to run a half in less than 2 hours? Of course I would. Will that ever happen? I don’t know. On April 15, 2013, none of that seemed to matter anymore.
Most of those struggles and feelings evaporated when I heard about the bombings in Boston. For the first time since I began to run for myself, I felt like I belonged to a group. Runners of all speeds, levels and abilities came together. It did not matter who was fastest or slowest at that moment. It was about joining our hearts together across the nation, and the world. I feel it is one of the few sports where each individual comes together to make the largest team in the world!
As I sit here reading the stories in Runner’s World, I am bawling my eyes out (I am sure my seat mates are wondering what the heck is wrong with this lady??). My heart aches for the families who lost loved ones, and for those who lost limbs. My heart swells with pride at those who stepped up and offered help to those who desperately needed help. I did not personally know anyone who was running Boston that day, but I follow other runners who were there. There is certainly a connection in the running world for ALL who were there and all of us cheering them on from all over the world.

Since Boston I have had challenges with my running. Reading the stories reminds me that no matter what my mile time is, I can still run! That is a gift I need never take for granted. I am not thankful for the bombings and the tragedies that occurred, but I am thankful for the running community, and their response to what happened. A few weeks after Boston I finally jumped on board and joined a running group! BEST CHOICE IN AGES! More on that choice and how it has been going for me coming soon!

Recipe time!

I am happy to share to yummy dessert recipes that are mostly healthy!

Last week I sent my great Foodie Pen Pal a wonderful recipe that I LOVE LOVE LOVE!! So I am pleased to share it with you all ๐Ÿ™‚
Some of you might have seen it before floating around on my FB page or my old blog.ย  If you are new to this recipe, then YAY!ย  If you get a chance to make it, I would LOVE to hear what you think.ย  I can not take any credit for this recipe at all.ย  I found it on Delighted Momma’s blog! Welcome to the amazing world of ZUCCHINI BROWNIES!

What you will need:

  • 1 cup of almond butter.
  • 1 1/2 cup of grated or chopped zucchini. I cut 1 into a few pieces then stick it in my food processor till the pieces are small!
  • 1/3 cup of raw honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1 cup of dark chocolate chips. I used dark chocolate chips!!

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix everything together.
  3. Pour into a greased 9×9 baking pan.
  4. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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They are SO delish! In my opinion they are the BEST brownies I have ever made, and I have made a LOT of brownies in my day ๐Ÿ™‚

The next recipe I have been working on this week is a healthier version of ‘ice cream’ ๐Ÿ™‚
I love real ice cream, but I really can’t eat it every day like I would love to sometimes.
I have been seeing other foodie friends posting about using frozen bananas to make ‘ice cream’ and I finally remembered this week to actually freeze some bananas!
I played around with the bananas and some other ingredients, and I think I found a pretty good recipe.ย  Next week, I am going to try adding some other fruits and see what I can come up with ๐Ÿ™‚

Clean ‘Ice Cream’

Ingredients

~ 1 frozen banana (I peel several at a time and freeze them at least 12 hours before making)
~ 3 TBS Organic Raw Cacao Powder
~ ยผ cup unsweetened almond milk
~ 1 TBS Raw almond butter

1. Place the frozen banana in a food processor and blend for about 30 seconds. (A blender could work as well.)
2. Add the Cacao powder and blend for 10 seconds.
3. Add the milk and blend for 10 seconds.
4. Add the almond butter and blend till everything is mixed together.
5. If it is too think for you, add a little more milk. If it is too thin, add more banana or peanut butter.
6. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I also put my ice cream back in the freezer for about 15 min to make it a little more firm ๐Ÿ™‚

Just a few pics of some of the ingredients I experimented with ๐Ÿ™‚

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This was my FAV recipe so far ๐Ÿ™‚