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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Things I Love Thursday - Stuff Made Out of Oatmeal

Once upon a time, I ate oatmeal for breakfast every single day. Now, I eat it probably twice a week. I still like oatmeal, but it is no longer an everyday kind of food for me. There are just some mornings it doesn't sound good. But throw oatmeal in something else, like cookies or muffins, and I'm good to go on the oatmeal. So when I saw a recipe for Personal Size Baked Oatmeal on Pinterest (where else, duh?), I decided it was worth a try.

And it was soooo worth a try. I ate it for breakfast and lunch yesterday. And sometime mid-morning I finished the little bit of the Bean's that she didn't eat. Then it was my pre-run breakfast this morning.

The recipe topping suggestions were walnuts, chocolate chips and raisins. The chocolate chips were a must, the raisins...how about blueberries instead?, we opted for a pecan/brown sugar crumble instead of walnuts, and finally we tossed coconut on a few (thanks to The Princess's brilliant suggestion).

The chocolate chips are a hands down favorite for the girls, the pecan/brown sugar are my favorite, and the coconut was a hit. The blueberry are next on my list to try, but I'm sure they will not disappoint.

Can you tell which ones my little Bean helped with?

Some things I learned from making these:

  • Even if you grease the muffin liners, they stick. I won't use liners next time. I will just generously grease the pans.

  • The recipe easily makes two dozen, not 18 like it suggests.

  • If you don't expect a muffin, you won't be disappointed. It took a few bites for The Princess to decide they were pretty good because she expected a muffin.

  • I used 1/2 cup of honey instead of Stevia, and it is plenty sweet.

  • The recipe tips suggest reheating for 45-60 seconds. I only had to reheat mine for 20 seconds and that was plenty. I think 45-60 seconds would practically destroy it. Just sayin'.


So if you like oatmeal, head on over to Sugar-Free Mom's Blog and print out the recipe. Or head over to Pinterest and pin the recipe for later. Happy oatmealing.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Seven

You know you are a runnerd if...



...you have seven pairs of running shoes in active rotation.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Things I Love Thursday - A Free Race

Something that peaked my interest recently is the Blue Ridge Marathon, which is lovingly called "America's Toughest Marathon." I'll pretend the reason I haven't signed up for it is because it is in Virginia and not because the St. George Marathon seemed hard enough although it is considered a downhill marathon (I still don't agree on that description). But just watching the promotional video footage for the Blue Ridge Marathon put little butterflies aflutter in my stomach. What is it about a marathon, any marathon, that does that to us crazy runnerds?



Here is what runners can expect from the Blue Ridge Marathon on April 21, 2012:

Picture this --- a cool breeze at your back, the scent of blossoming flowers, “purple mountain’s majesty” in front of you…and the SEARING pain in your quads with each and every stride down this effing mountain!

Don’t come to Roanoke, Virginia to enjoy a relaxing weekend; come to see just how much the National College Blue Ridge Marathon can kick your butt.

If you’re one of the growing population of marathoners seeking challenging marathons to test your mental and physical endurance, you may have noticed a rivalry quickly building between the National College Blue Ridge Marathon in Roanoke, Virginia and the TMC Mount Lemmon Marathon in Tucson, Arizona. Both races claim to be America’s toughest road marathon. When organizers of the Blue Ridge Marathon learned about Mount Lemmon’s claim, they issued a challenge to “let the runners decide which is tougher,” and they backed their challenge by offering free entries into their race to anyone who had just completed the Mount Lemmon Marathon.

About 20 runners accepted the offer and hit the pavement this past April. After the race, organizers showed some southern hospitality by treating the Mount Lemmon runners to breakfast at Thelma’s Chicken and Waffles. Those who know Thelma’s would argue this was a bribe…and that may be the case. Regardless, after experiencing 26.2 miles of elevation change, pounding rain and hail, and a course that trekked through the downtown area, followed a river, climbed the mountain and took runners back down the mountain, runners were asked to share their experience. Here’s what they had to say:



National College Blue Ridge Marathon
Roanoke, Virginia
http://www.blueridgemarathon.com/
TMC Mount Lemmon Marathon
Tucson, Ariz.
http://www.mountlemmonmarathon.com/
Three mountains to ascend and descend, totaling 7,200 feet of elevation change.
Gradual climb of 6,000 feet.

Roanoke’s is tougher. At least that’s according to Tim Sykes. He won the 2010 Blue Ridge Marathon and came in second at the 2011 Blue Ridge Marathon. As his prize in 2011, the folks in Roanoke paid for him to head to Tucson and compete in the Mount Lemmon Marathon.

He won that too. “It wasn’t the race itself that helped me decide which was tougher,” said Sykes, “It was how long it took me to recover after the race that was really telling!

"I was able to run 40 minutes the day after the Mount Lemmon Marathon, [but I] couldn’t really run for three days following the Blue Ridge Marathon,” said Sykes. “Although Mount Lemmon was beautiful, very tough, and challenging - both mentally and physically … I’d have to say that the Blue Ridge [Marathon] is definitely tougher.”

You decide.Pete Eshelman of RoanokeOutside.com, an organizer of the Blue Ridge Marathon, wants you to decide for yourself. Receive 15 percent off the registration fee; just use the code “Tough”.

Roanoke has so much to offer visitors: wineries, hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails, quiet countryside vistas, quaint boutiques, and restaurants for almost every palette, everything a guest needs to enjoy the beauty and serenity the Roanoke Region of Virginia has to offer. But for one weekend a year, we’re looking for the visitors that don’t want any part of that – instead they’re looking for the challenge of a lifetime – and we can offer them that too!

Or win a free entry. First, make sure you follow my blog. Then leave a comment telling me why you want to run this race. The most convincing reason wins. Please keep in mind the race is next month, on April 21, when you enter. Winner will be selected from an unbiased set of judges still to be determined (probably my husband and a non-running friend). Winner will be contacted and announced next Wednesday, March 28.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Spectrum 10K Deets (PR!) and a winner


I ran the Spectrum 10K on Saturday. I was sporting my Active Bands green glitter headband because the race was on St. Patrick's Day and I don't own any green running clothes. I ran this same race two years ago and set a 10K PR, running it in 54:51. On Saturday, I set a new PR:

50:32

8:09 Pace

210/776 Overall

79/460 Women

18/80 Age Group


I shaved more than 4 MINUTES off my previous time! Needless to say, I was am pretty dang happy. I went into it with the goal of setting a new PR and felt confident I could do it because I had trained for the race, I knew what to expect, and I have been injury free for a while now. And I did it.

Even better than a PR...my little family at the finish (even if Bean won't look at the camera)


Finishing the race also meant I can add the St. George Marathon to my list of upcoming races because I did the Runner Series again this year. In spite of swearing off marathons after St. George last year, I decided to give it another try. Third time's a charm, right?

And now to make someone else happy...

The winner of the Vega One giveaway is Trumbelina. Please email your mailing info to me at ihaverun@hotmail.com!


*Vega generously provided the shakes for the review and to give away in exchange for my unbiased review.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Shake It (Vega One Review & Giveaway)


You may remember my Vega Sport review (HERE) a few months ago. Well now it's time to talk about another Vega product line, the Vega One All-In-One Nutritional Shakes.

Here are a few of the stats and details you might want to know about the shakes:

  • Contain 50 percent of your daily intake of vitamins and minerals

  • Dairy, gluten & soy free

  • No sugar added

  • Clean, plant-based choice

  • Comes in chocolate, natural, vanilla chai and berry


So now for my thoughts. I first tried the natural flavor. I put it in my morning smoothie. I was a little surprised by the greenish color when I first added water. But it turned a lovely purple once I added blueberries, strawberries and bananas. I thought the Vega flavor would blend in subtly with the fruit, but it kind of took over. And it really changed the texture. I wasn't in love with it and prefer my Vega-free smoothie. But that wasn't the end of my Vega One adventures.


Next I tried the chocolate. I really like the Vega Sport chocolate Performance Protein Shake, so I had high hopes for the Vega One shake. The flavor was pretty good. They all have a similar underlying taste, but this had a good chocolaty flavor. But again, the texture got me. I tried the chocolate mixed with just water, and it was a little gritty.

So I decided maybe blending the shakes with a little ice was the answer. And it worked wonders. I am a vanilla fan, and the vanilla chai blended with water and ice was my favorite. It has a subtle flavor and the ice masked the gritty texture, as it did for the berry as well.

I am not a berry fan when it comes to things like shakes, but I think anyone who likes berry protein type shakes would like the Vega One berry shake.

Now, I don't have a cool Vega shirt for you that you can take a really bad picture of in really bad lighting like mine, but I do have a sample of each flavor for one of you to try. Here's how you can get them:

  • Follow my blog. Leave a comment telling me you do. (1 entry)

  • Tweet and/or Facebook about this giveaway. Be sure to include #ihaverun in your Tweet or @I Have Run in your FB post so I know you did this. (up to 2 entries)

Random.org will select the winner on Monday, March 19!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

My Own Little Runnerd

The Princess turns SIX today. For her birthday, one of the things she wanted the most was this outfit for her American Girl doll :




And this is what her face looked like when she opened it this morning:



Happy Birthday to my own little runnerd!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Adventures in Running

I love being inspired by others, especially when it comes to running and runners.

I'm not talking about being inspired to run a little longer one day because your daughter keeps trying to pull your running shorts up a little higher on your waist because "your bum is showing" but what she thinks is part of your "bum" actually happens to be back fat. I'm talking about the inspiration that comes from people doing amazing things, having the courage to live their dreams. Especially when living their passion helps others live their dreams, meet their goals or just do something they never thought was possible.

I don't know if you remember me talking about my cousin (in-law) last year when he placed in his age group at the Utah Valley Half Marathon, but he is an amazing runner. Whenever we see each other, we talk running of course. A while ago, he mentioned that one of his running partners was moving to Guatemala to set up a running adventure there. I didn't think much about it until I received an email a while ago from a guy named Greg introducing himself and the Mayan Running Adventure.

Sure enough, it happened to be my cousin's friend. And Greg is out there, living his dream. I mean seriously. How could something that involves running as your job not be pretty great?

Greg Jensen is the founder and owner of Mayan Running Adventure. He has been running for over 20 years and decided to share his passion with others, which meant quitting his nine to five corporate job, selling his home and belongings, and moving to Guatemala with his wife Lucy and their four boys. They now live in Panajachel, Guatemala, nestled on the edge of majestic Lake Atitlan.

Here is what Greg says about his Mayan Running Adventure:

Mayan Running Adventure is a week-long, all-inclusive trail running adventure tour based at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Runners who want to run trails, breathe fresh air and enjoy year-round, spring-like temperatures will love Mayan Running Adventure. Participants run breathtaking trails all week, and we take care of the rest. Along the trail, runners will experience breathtaking scenery and explore the colorful Mayan culture. We include all transportation in Guatemala, deluxe hotels, healthy and delicious meals, a professional massage, kayaking on Lake Atitlan, a forest canopy zip line tour, travel insurance and a book about Lake Atitlan when they sign up. We provide the best on their trip; we do not “rough it.”


Mayan Running Adventure is currently filling spots in the spring 2012 season and is offering a $250 discount off the regular price of $1995. When you register, just let them know you heard about it from Candice at I Have Run to get the discount.

For more information or to register, go to www.mayanrunningadventure.com. You can also email MayanRunningAdventure@gmail.com or call 209-FUN-RUNS or 209-386-7867.

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