Showing posts from November, 2013

Running & Eating During Thanksgiving Week

I'm especially thankful for a week of good running! If you've had to take a rest from running when you'd really rather be running, each running day is even more special.

Here's how I exercised this week:
Saturday: 6 mile run. Today I ran in the woods for part of my run. Sunday: Rest.Monday: 6 mile run. Deer sighting!Tuesday: 100 burpees - I think. I know it's hard to do math while running, but try it while counting up 100 burpees! This was my first time to try these in a long time and I had to stop to rest often. 
Wednesday: 5 mile run. Thursday: 4 mile run in 30 degrees early in the morning. I wore my fleece hat to keep warm for the first time this season. I did Melanie's Melanie's upper body strength training workout for my arms, too. It's a hard workout, but a good one.Friday: Rest.
3 Tasty Foods I Made This Week
Muesli - Noms McGee: I ate muesli when we visited Norway and found out that I like this less-sweet version of granola with milk or as a yogur…

The Puddle Experiment

2 Tips for Running in the RainWear a cap with a flap to keep the rain off of your face.Bring sunglasses in case the wind blows the rain into your face. After coming back from a long rainy run with red eyes, I started bringing my sunglasses even on rainy days.
I accidentally conducted an experiment for this blog today... 
The Puddle ExperimentWait for a cold (40 degrees), rainy day.Go for a run in your brand new Asics Nimbus shoes, which you hope to keep clean for at least 3 runs. (Not a chance!)Enjoy the scenery: the trees, the creek, the birds.Since you aren't paying attention to where you're stepping, run through a deep puddle with only your right foot.Be sure to keep your left foot out of the puddle.Notice how cold your right foot feels - very cold!Choose not to complain because you...Realize that it will be the perfect puddle experiment.Run for another mile and then... Check to see how your right foot feels compared to your left foot. Conclusion: My right foot felt the sa…

Bobcats & BQ's!

I like to run up a hill in the woods near my house. From the top, I can see the creek in the picture. In the woods, I usually only have to keep an eye out for deer, snakes or maybe even a coyote, but I've heard that we have a bobcat living there now.

I always wondered what I'd do as a runner if I lived somewhere where there were bears or wild cats and now here I am in Texas with that very problem. I try to remember to look out for wild animals, but sometimes I forget. The other day I was startled when I looked up to see a very large turtle in my path. I sure was glad that it was just a turtle.

In my last post, I wrote about wanting to BQ. I'd love to qualify for Boston and to achieve more personal records, too, and I'll keep working on those goals. It's good motivation and since I love to run, it's fun. I hope that in 2013 or 2014 we are all able to meet our goals and find ourselves with shiny new PR's and BQ's.

It's pizza night at my house! Here…

To BQ or Not to BQ

After posting my 10 goals last week, I checked every item off my list and more. That wasn't too hard since I chose realistic goals unlike some of the other goals I write about on my blog...

Like qualifying for the Boston Marathon. It's quite possible that my best time of 3:54:03 is my forever PR (personal record). At the time, I needed a 3:50:59 to BQ or to qualify for Boston. Last May, I ran a 3:58:11 (that's me in blue in the center of the photo) and in January, I ran a 4:00:29. I need at least a 3:55.

Actually, the time I need to beat is faster than 3:55 since the race fills up quickly. It's possible that my goal to BQ is out of my reach, but whether or not I ever BQ, I still love running. I've run in so many great marathons all over the U.S. already. In fact, the joy of ordinary running days is enough to keep me running all of my days - BQ or not!

I'm feeling better this week and got in a 6 mile run this morning after eating an English muffin topped with …

Oatmeal 3 Healthy Ways

It was cooler this week so I warmed up with oatmeal. If I'm hungry when I wake up, I'll eat oatmeal before I run in the morning. Otherwise, I like to have oatmeal after I run so that it warms me up after I've been outside. 
Coming up with some healthy topping ideas was a good way to get my brain working early in the morning! 
Apple Oatmeal
Today, I made myself some apple oatmeal. Rather than just top my oats with uncooked apples, I took an extra step that made my oatmeal even better than usual. 
I melted a dab of coconut oil in a small pot.Then I warmed the apples in the oil and placed them aside in a bowl. I made my oatmeal in the same pot - you don't want to have a mess to clean up when you're done! (If you'd like an oatmeal cooking lesson, here's one: video from Eating Well.) When the oatmeal was done, I added: 
Small Granny Smith apple (diced and warmed in coconut oil)Wheat germAlmond extract Molasses (a sweetener)Toasted almonds Chocolate Nut Butter Oa…

10 Goals for the Week

My goals for this week:

1. Just making a list of my goals goes on this list since I don't usually do this!

Fitness Goals:

2. Run 3-4 times. I want to run more than that, but one of my hip flexors hurts a little so I'm keeping the miles low. I ran yesterday so I'm taking today off.

3. Do a home workout twice. I found a new Upper Body Workout at

Food Goals:

4. Remember to take daily vitamin D. My blood tests show it works. For Monday and Tuesday: completed!

5.Eat kale 2 times. Try a new smoothie combination.

6. Try this new recipe: Pinch of Yum's Whole Wheat Honey Apple Bundt Cake. Looks so good!

Blog Goals:

7. Write two blog posts.

8. Work on my project plan for a new blog idea. (More on that later!) This week's questions: Wordpress or Blogger? or

Personal Goals:

9. Read Hebrews (chapters 6-11) in the Bible.

10. Listen to two chapters of Jane Austen's Emma with my Librivox app.

Number one and half of number 7 on m…

Common Trail Running Mistakes

After running three road marathons and one half marathon this year, I've been thinking about doing some trail running. But before heading out on the trails, I came across some common mistakes that road runners make when they hit the trails. Here's what you need to do to combat those mistakes.

Rather than go all out for a technical trail right away, start on easy trails like the fairly flat one I ran on in Scotland's Hazelhead Park (photo) while on vacation. Once you feel comfortable with the smooth trails, move on to technical trails with some rocks and roots. Shorten your stride. It may feel strange at first, but it will cause less of an impact on your body. Relax! If you run while tense, you're more likely to fall. Remind yourself to relax at each mile or water break.
Thinking about trail running makes me think about trail races. If I run one, I'll pick one that takes place at nearby Huntsville State Park (Texas) where I've run a couple of races including a h…

Blogger & Twitter Tips

Today I fixed a problem I was having with Blogger and I learned a Twitter tip, too.

First, I saved myself a headache by ignoring what Blogger told me to do. Instead, I did a Google search on the problem and found that I was not the only person experiencing trouble. That led to learning how to fix the problem.

The problem was that I wasn't able to make any changes to my blogger page from the design page. This message would pop up: the following errors were found: isExperimental: Required field must not be blank. If you are still having trouble, we recommend: Clear your browser's cache and cookies and then try again.

After a Google search, I found that I should go to the blogger draft page and click the gear icon which is located at the top right. Then I clicked "user settings" and removed the flag from "using draft blogger." This fixed my problem and saved me the trouble of clearing my browser's cache and cookies. 
Then I came across a Twitter tip. If yo…

2 Almond Butter Tips

Sure, you can buy almond butter from the store, but there's just something special about making it yourself.

First, you layer some almonds on a cookie sheet. (I use about a cup of almonds.) Then you bake them at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Last of all, you place them in a food processor or heavy duty blender and blend them until they turn into almond butter. It's easy to make, but here are a couple of tips that will make the work even easier.

2 Almond Butter TipsUse roasted almonds. After using unroasted almonds a couple of times, I started using roasted ones and that cut the blending time down.  Be patient. It will probably take 10-15 minutes of blending to get the consistency that you want. For me, this is the only hard part about making almond butter.

The almond container in the photo is one I've saved to transfer bagged almonds into because it has a handy top that makes snacking on them convenient - a good thing because almonds are good for you.

Have you tried an…