Daily Archives: August 8, 2014

Five Things Friday – Five Race Memories!

I am once again joining up with Courtney (Eat, Pray, Run DC), Cynthia at You Signed Up for What and Mar at Mar on the Run for Five Things Friday link up!   I had a great time last week reading some really awesome blogs that are new to me! I can’t wait to read what everyone else has for this weeks theme!

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5 Race Memories!

1. First half marathon – Houston, Oct, 2009
It was a loop course, and the third time around in the heat was not my idea of fun.  I was thankful to finish, and it helped me believe I can do anything!

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2. Nashville Half Marathon, April 2010
Survived the tornadoes and terrible storms.  My friend who ran the same race finished before I did, I thought was missing! Thankfully she made it to the hotel and used twitter to say she was OK!  It was her 1st half and it was a CRAZY day!

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3. Arizona Half Marathon, Jan 2011
I got to chat with my running hero Meb again! He remembered me from another race, so that was cool!
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Finished the race then woke up in an ambulance!
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Made it out of the hospital with just enough time to catch my flight home!
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4. Disney Princess Half, Feb 2012
My FIRST time ever to Disney World!  And I was blessed to run with TEAM FREEDOM! We raised well over $50,000 for Abolition International, and helped raise awareness about human/sex trafficking!

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5/5.5 This is kinda 2, cause I can’t choose just 5…hehe
My first 15k (and first race with my sister), July 2009
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My first duathlon, April 2013
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Do you have any special race memories?
Tell me about them 🙂

Xo
Esther
-Chocolate Runner Girl-

Friday Foodie Link-up: Smoothies

Hello all and welcome to Foodie Friday Link-ups!  I am joined by Farrah from Fairyburger, Montana from Pretty Lil Mudder, Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama!  Today’s theme is the Smoothies!!

Possible Logo for Foodie FridayI have always loved smoothies!  When I was in college I pretty much made one every morning in my dorm room!  I was an RA my junior and senior year and my girls would hear my smoothie maker going in the mornings and come over for some!  Hello easy breakfast to drink on the way to class!
This was similar to the one I had in college and grad school! It literally gave me a way to get lots of nutrition in my life!  I know blenders/smoothie makes have come along way over the last 12 years!
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So back to some smoothie recipes!  I am a huge fan of ‘Green Smoothies!’  Until the last 2 years I never had heard of this concept, but I am SO glad I did!  It makes me happy to know that I am adding extra nutrition and cutting the sugar I am drinking in my smoothies!

My basic recipe is:
2 cups greens (kale or spinach or both) + 1/2c – 3/4c liquid (coconut water or almond/coconut milk) + 2 – 3 fruits (a mix of fresh and frozen).

1. Blend greens and liquid
2. Add fresh fruit and blend
3. Add frozen fruit and blend

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Coconut water + mixed greens + 1 banana + 1 mango = Green deliciousness!
Even the twins I nanny LOVE to make smoothies! They even request spinach and kale by name!

In April I did a smoothie challenge and did at least 1 smoothie a day!  It was really fun to try new recipes and to change up my normal routine!  Of the new ones I tried was spinach, coconut water, raspberries and frozen mango chunks!  It was heavenly!

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Have been also doing a lot of strawberry/banana smoothies!
Almond milk + mixed greens +1 banana + 7 large strawberries

Basically get some yummy fruits and veggies in an easy drink!  You can also add protein powder or nut butters for a nice post-workout recovery drink!

What kind of smoothies do YOU love?
Check out the other smoothies in the link-up and add your own recipes below!

Come follow these amazing ladies!
Farrah | blog | instagram | pinterest | twitter | bloglovin
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Emily | blog | instagram | pinterest | twitter | bloglovin

XO,
Esther
-Chocolate Runner Girl-