The Cooking Runner

Finally some sun!

MILES RUN THIS MONTH: 59.6 MILES

MILES LEFT TO REACH 2013 GOAL: 1865.94 MILES

I did my long run on Friday because I knew I had a busy weekend ahead of me. I am so glad I did. The sun was out, the wind was calm, and I rocked that 10.51 miles. I added an extra .51 miles for shits and giggles. We have a lot of wildlife in my neighborhood… deer, wild turkeys, geese, ducks… I am a city girl so when you see wildlife, I kinda get excited.

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I came across these tom turkeys getting their  strut on for a good lookin female and thought “blog material” . Yeah, so next time I think “oh blog material”, I will make sure I will not be taking pictures of wild turkeys. They were not thrilled to be bothered while they were trying to get it on. They chased me. Ok I admit, I would not want to be bothered when I am getting my strut on either.

I had a fun filled day of shopping and girl time, thrift-ing, a little Lulu, and a lot of Froyo.  We ate lunch at The Real Food Cafe. Oh my, so good!!! We came across Rosa’s Closet , in Gas Light Village. It is an upscale resale boutique. Wow, it is pretty awesome. They have 7 for all mankind, Joe’s jeans, Kate Spade, Dooney and Bourke… the list goes on and on. The sales person working was so so nice. Go check it out!   While I was at the airport, I walked into the bathroom only to be greeted by the most amazing display of awesomeness… totally made my day…

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Who ever you are that did this… YOU ROCK!

After picking the hubs up at the airport, we went for sushi. We ended up at Ju Sushi Lounge.

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The Ju Island… super sweet, but really tropical and much needed! We ordered three different rolls. The most impressive was the Flaming Mountain. Yes, it was flaming… it was on fire and spicy hot. I never had flaming sushi before. I was so enamored with the fire, I forgot to take a picture. Oh my gosh it tasted amazing. We also ordered the Red Dragon Roll (also spicy), and the Dynamite Roll. For dessert we had Mochie Ball ice cream. also so good.

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Sheesh, what a weekend!

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Beginning Running…The Gear (and the best margarita recipe E-V-A!)

Miles run this month: 41.7 miles

Miles left to reach 2013 goal: 1883.84 miles

Did my long run on Saturday so I could do Mexican night with the husby and our awesome amazing friends. It was cold, snowy and icy…but…all the ice slowed the cars way down. AND they actually took caution at all the runners out. I have never seen so many runners on a winter morning!!! Mexican night consisted of beef and chicken tacos, guac, homemade corn bread, and very berry, very yummy margaritas.IMG_0947[1]

Very Berry Margarita (modified this recipe from Epicurious)

  • 1pint baskets blackberries
  • 1-pint basket raspberries
  • 1/2-pint baskets strawberries
  • 1/2 pint blueberries
  • 1/8 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar… then add to taste
  • 1/2 cups tequila
  • 1/4 cup triple sec…if you want to be all fanc- shmancy you can use Grand Marnier
  • 5 cups ice

Combine all the fruit into a blender and puree it until smooth. Add lime juice and sugar. Add the tequila and triple sec. Blend to mix. Add more sugar if needed. Using a strainer, pour the mixer through to remove the seeds. I did not do that, but HIGHLY recommend it! Once you strain it, pour the mixture in a gallon bag and freeze overnight. When you are ready to drink it, add 4 cups ice and the margarita in a blender and blend it up! Pour into glasses and enjoy! Makes 4

Ok so now we got the important stuff out of the way… on to gear…which is important too! If your are just starting out and unsure if running is for you, I would not invest in all the gear. But if you know running is your game, I can not live without this stuff.

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1.) A water bottle- I really like Nathan Quickdraw Plus bottle…I got mine at TJ Maxx for $10.

2.) Ear buds that actually don’t fall out… I use YURbuds…just make sure you get the right size! I use the Ironman inspire series.

3.) Two words… BODY GLIDE. This anti-chaff is a lifesaver. No matter how skinny or heavy you are, you will chaff. Whether it is from a band on your clothing or thighs rubbing together (common  on runs over 8 miles for me) Body Glide saves me from a lot of pain.

4.) An iphone/ipod pouch- You don’t want to have to carry your music! I have two. On longer runs I wear my arm band case. On shorter runs I put my iphone in my SpiBelt AND IT IS MADE IN THE USA!!!!

5.) RoadID bracelet- So this may not be an important part of training gear for most, but if you have a health condition, I highly recommend it.

6.)There is nothing worse than hair sticking to your face when you sweat. My hair is so silky, the head bands do not stay in they slide right off. I tried the Bang Buster from Lululemon. It works!  It is super wide and it slightly covers your ears. Which helps keep your ear buds in!

7.) Lastly, I didn’t have a picture, for obvious reasons… A really good sports bra. Running takes it’s toll, you don’t want them saggy baggy down to your knees before you hit 50! If you want a good sports bra, you are going to pay for it, especially if you are busty. I really like the Tata Tamer from Lululemon and the 7 Wonders Bra from Title Nine.

*I am not a running sales person, nor am I sponsored by any of the companies listed above. I am also not a medical professional . All information provided is from my own personal experiences and is my own opinion. 

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Beginning running…Shoes

Miles run this month: 32.4 miles

Miles left to reach 2013 goal: 1893.2 miles

A good friend of mine asked me how she should go about starting to run, I have also gotten questions before about which training programs I use as well …Well….

I have been running since I was in high school. My dad is a runner and so is my sister. My dad is the first person that told me the general basics of finding a shoe that works for you.

I went to Gazelle Sports in Grand Rapids. (love that place) They are runners, they know what they are talking about when it comes to what kind of shoes and gear you need. If you live in the area, I highly recommend them!!!

There is a lot more that goes into buying a running shoe than picking out cool colors (boo…sad face). You need to answer these questions:

*Shoe fitting professionals can help you answer these questions!

1. Are you a road runner or a trail runner?

2. What is your shoe size? I am a 7.5 but I buy an 8. The extra space saves my toenails and also allows for foot swelling when I run.

3. Are you flat footed, or do you have a high arch?

4. What is your stride?

When you go shopping for shoes, go to a store that knows running. You can take a pair of older shoes in with you. The wear on the soles can provide the shoe person information on your stride.

Check out this web page for an in depth description of shoes… Expert Advice for Running Shoes

The big problem I have is a super narrow heel and a wide foot. No matter which shoe I pick my heel ALWAYS slips. If your heel slips try lacing your shoes like this…

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Super nosey Schnookies

Super nosey Schnookies

Once you have found the shoe that works for you, you can almost always find it at running warehouse for on average $30 cheaper. I also wear Superfeet insoles in my running shoes. I use these:

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I have osteoarthritis in my hips. These insoles are a life saver. Without them, I have extreme hip and knee pain as well as back pain over 8-9 miles. When I run with them, I can go for a full marathon pain free. They are $$$$ but worth every single penny.

To save money on your running stuff, check out  my little running shoe/apparel secret… www.runningwarehouse.com. Everything on the site is SUPER CHEAP.

*I am not a running sales person, nor am I sponsored by any of the companies listed above. I am also not a medical professional . All information provided is from my own personal experiences and is my own opinion. 

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A cream puff and cheesecake will help you run awesome!

Miles run this month: 12.3 miles

Miles left to reach 2013 goal: 2000.7 miles

I had to do my long run today because my weekend was filled with military and happenings. Today was all about breaking PR’s and I didn’t even try. I use Nike running app on my iPhone, and it tracks everything.

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These are not my fastest ever, but they are for this training season, so they stand to be broken. As I was finishing my 8 mile long run today, (it was actually 7.39…puppy issues) I was thinking what did I eat yesterday that made me so awesome today. I mean I am awesome everyday, but today I was double awesome.

Croissant, Bagel, Salad, lasagna  ravioli  cheesecake, and a cream puff…. Wow, yeah, I ate wonderful yesterday! It had to have been the cream puff and the cheesecake!

Not sure what it was but no cramping, not short of breath, no joint pain, and I ran an average 9:06 mile for almost 8 miles. I guess it just boils down to an amazing running day!! I am sure the wonderful sunshine helped too!!! I just know I need to bring my SIL and my Mom in Law with me when I run races so they can cook.

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I LOVE LAKE MICHIGAN… anytime of the year!

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Smooth running

I am starting fresh before the first of the year. ATS and I have a busy next couple months, a vacation,training, and a military ball… yep gotta look good in an evening gown!!! So I dressed for the weather and headed out the door. IMG_0455[1] I think we need better lighting in our house, currently not conducive to picture taking!

After my run, I made THE BEST SMOOTHIE EVER. My inspiration? Pinterest of course. I did not use a specific recipe but a mix of recipes.

Strawberry Blueberry Banana Smoothie

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1 single serving container vanilla yogurt

1/2c strawberries

1/2c blueberries

1/4 cup milk

1/4 cup Gluten Free oats

Put all the ingredients in the blender and mix until smooth.

This smoothie is not only healthy, but it keeps you fuller longer. The oatmeal adds some extra yummy stuff!

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On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….

6 geese a-laying….well we are back to the birds again. The geese are prolly not a-laying in my neck of the woods. They are hunkered down in their nests, avoiding the winds. 30-40 mph sustained winds with gust up to 55?! Hello winter!

We are all ready for our Christmas getaway, had to run a couple errands this morning and the checkout girl said, “I hate the weather, it sucks.” My response… “you can’t complain until after Christmas” She said nothing and gave me a death stare. She didn’t even respond back when I told her “Merry Christmas” when the transaction was done…BAhhh humBUG chickie poo. Looks like you are on Santa naughty list this year! …now that is something that sucks!

Getting back to our Christmas getaway…packing for winter weather running…wow, the stuff you have to bring!!!IMG_0427[1]

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This is only half the gifts, (but the amount of glitter everywhere is enough for all the gifts) I took the rest of the gifts when I was in Chicago on Wednesday because we can not fit everything in our car…yeah, and we don’t even have kids!

Icebox Shortbread- Martha Stewart Original Recipe

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*I have to give dibs to Martha on this one…I didn’t change anything about this recipe except the oven temp. These cookies are AMAZING.

Ingredients

  • For The Shortbread

    • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling
  • Flavor Variations (Optional Mix-Ins And Coatings)

    • Mix in grated zest of 2 oranges and 1/2 cup dried cranberries
    • Mix in grated zest of 2 lemons; coat with 1/4 cup poppy seeds
    • Mix in grated zest of 2 limes; coat with 1/4 cup cornmeal
    • Mix in 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots; coat with 1/2 cup finely chopped pistachios
    • Mix in 1/2 cup mini chocolate or peanut-butter chips
    • Mix in 1/4 cup finely chopped candied ginger; coat with 1/4 cup sesame seeds

Directions

  1. With an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt until smooth. With mixer on low speed, add flour, mixing just until a dough forms. Stir in desired mix-ins.
  2. Divide dough in half; place each half on a piece of floured waxed or parchment paper. With floured hands, gently roll each into a 1 1/2-inch-diameter log. Dividing evenly, sprinkle logs with desired coating if using, rolling log (to help coating adhere) and pressing in gently. Wrap logs tightly in the paper, and refrigerate until firm, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. (To store longer, wrap log and paper tightly with plastic wrap.)
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Unwrap logs; with a serrated knife, slice dough 3/8 inch thick (if dough crumbles, leave at room temperature 5 to 10 minutes). Arrange slices, about 1 inch apart, on baking sheets.
  4. Bake until lightly golden around the edges, 12-15 minutes. Cool on baking sheets 1 to 2 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

*You may have to adjust the fllour amounts so the dough is dry enough otherwise your cookies will spread in the oven from the amount of butter in these cookies.

* My mix-ins were pistachios, cranberries, and Lemon zest.

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On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

4 calling birds, 3 french hens two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree… Or I could just give you a recap of one fun as hell races I ran this weekend!!!

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via whoville Facebook page

It was a 5k fun run, it was not timed. The race supported a great cause, Wounded Warrior, and the shirts were long sleeve Patagonia tech t-shirts…AMAZING!!!!!  My new race running buddy (she just doesn’t know it yet) ran with me for the first time!!! K- I am compiling a list of 5k’s…

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Oh Yeah…Can’t forget Whoville Gangnam style!!!!

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taken by Rudy Malmquist of Mindutopia

Once again not my picture, but check out the video! and check out more pictures from the race here!

Packet pickup was so convenient. Parking was a breeze. Starbucks coffee and hot chocolate. Lots and Lots of Christmas goodies…

These people need to write a manual about putting on a race. There were a lot of people running and you would have never known it. It was FANTASTIC…way to go WHOVILLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WE ARE DOING THIS NEXT YEAR…AND YOU SHOULD TOO!!!

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Give a girl the right bra and she can rule the world…

…and it is so true. The right shoes always help too! In the past I have just picked up sports bras at T.J.Maxx and Marshall’s for super cheap. They were just the normal ordinary Champion. My mom told me about this store called Title Nine in Evanston, IL. I just thought, I am not spending $75 on a running bra. Then, when I was out in Colorado with my sister in law at a water park, this lady had on a bathing suit I loved…Where did she get it? Title Nine of course. So a couple weeks ago I decided I would not worry about the price and order a couple sports bras. They were expensive, almost as expensive as my running shoes, but worth every penny. They passed the pre-run bounce test with flying colors, so I was curious what the run would be like. WOW… Title Nine you rock!!!! What a fantastic way to start a marathon training season! And the best part… ATS commented: “There are somethings you can not put a price on to protect.” Bahahahha… thanks babe!

Since I decided I was flipping my running and rest days, today was the first day of my training for the upcoming year. I started short, I only did 3 miles this morning, but it was 3 quality miles (in my new bra). I was reminded of the beauty and the reasoning of my I live where I do…No puppies with me today though, there were way too many deer, turkeys and squirrels out and about. It would have been a pulling run. So I enjoyed the sun and mother nature alone…and I loved it!!! Then I came home and took a two hour nap… I loved that too!!!

We had Polish food from the freezer for dinner. So because I really didn’t cook, I had to make something, So I made a Chocolate Covered Raspberry. 

Take one part Young’s Double Chocolate Stout and one part Framboise.

 

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