Showing posts from July, 2014

The Easiest Pickle Recipe

The only easier way to get yourself some pickles would be to open up a jar of store-bought pickles! This is a great way to get some extra use out of leftover pickle juice.

When you've finished a jar of pickles, save the pickle juice in the jar.Slice a cucumber and place the slices in the pickle juice in the jar.Refrigerate.  I followed steps 1-3 and opened the pickle jar two days later. My cucumber slices were ready to be eaten and tasted great. I plan to put cucumber slices in my pickle juice like this again the next time that I use all of the pickles in the pickle jar.

Goal: Pull-ups!

I have some fitness goals that seem impossible like getting a BQ and my new goal: pull-ups.

After seeing a video of Kacy Catanzaro on America Ninja Warrior, I read that she does a lot of body weight exercises like pull-ups. I found our pull-up bar in the garage and put it up inside, but I couldn't even do one pull-up. So then I found some pull-up tips and started working on those.

There's a pull-up bar at the park where I run so sometimes I stop there during my run and work on the exercises that I hope will help me to complete some pull-ups someday.

7 Exercises that Prepare You for Pull-ups
dead rows, bicep curls, push-ups, dead hang, flexed arm hang, negative pull-up, hanging rows

Most Important Tip for Beginners
Don't do too much work on pull-ups on your first day. If you do, you might be crazy sore like I was for a few days!

One more helpful link:
Pull-up Progression Guide

Focus on Races

Today I've got 10 race reports to share and I'll focus on the Badwater race that began on Monday. I hope you find some new running blogs that will become favorites and be inspired to sign up for a challenging race.

The Race

The 2014 Badwater 135 mile ultramarathon race, which takes place in California, has 17,000 feet of elevation gain. I can't imagine ever running 135 miles, but it's fun to read about people who did.

Nikki Wynd, a 42 year old from Australia, shared what it took to train for the 2014 Badwater here. Nikki ran about 110 - 125 miles a week, didn't do any cross training and planned to use Tailwind for the race. She finished the race in 29:44 and was the 3rd female finisher.

Your Inspiring Race Reports!


Crazy Running Girl blogger ran the Stampede 5K (WI) with her young nephew. They finished in 26:18 and he was 2nd in his age group.

Running with the Girls blogger ran the Bond Brook Trail Race (ME). With all of the turns on this course, it would be easy to g…

Caramelized Bananas in Muffins

I found a new recipe that's really good: Caramelized Banana Oat Muffins (Pinch of Yum). Caramelizing bananas make these banana muffins taste better than usual because it brings out the sweetness of the bananas.

To Caramelize Bananas 

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.Slice bananas. Put sliced bananas on a foil covered cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick spray and place in oven.Turn bananas over a couple of times while cooking. When they are brown on both sides (maybe 20 minutes), remove from oven. 
Recipe Tips
I followed the Pinch of Yum recipe except for the section on caramelizing the bananas. I had to bake my bananas longer and hotter than the recipe suggested. Maybe my bananas were more ripe than they should have been and that might make a difference. The third time I made these I took them out before they were brown, but they were still good. Because some liquid was on the pan after baking a few minutes, I used a paper towel to dab it up.
More Ways to Use Caramelized Bananas
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3 Things I Like

I like wild animals, like that deer, who hold still long enough for me to pull my phone out of my pocket, to pull it out of the sweat-proof baggy, to find my camera on it, to sort of focus and finally, to take five pictures. I liked this 2 1/2 minute video about Ed Whitlock, now over 80, who was the first man over 70 to run the marathon in less than 3 hours and runs a .37 mile circuit for hours daily. Now I feel like one of my favorite back and forth runs on a .7 mile park road is not really so short after all.I liked Saturday's low humidity here in SE Texas.That wasn't the case on Friday when I finally decided to quit running after 7 miles of what felt like running in a rainforest. But on Saturday, because the humidity was so low, I didn't just run the planned 4-5 miles. I ran 9 miles. That was a good way to finish my 36 mile week of running.
This Week's Workouts (7/14-20)
Monday: 6 Mile Run, Amy McCauley's Core Workout VideosTuesday: 4 Mile Run, 5 Minute Plank Exer…

Focus on Races

Today I'll focus on one race, the Mount Marathon Race, and 20 race reports that I found on the web this week. I hope this post motivates you to look for a fun race to run or to keep training for your next race.

Mount Marathon Race

The Mount Marathon Race is about 5K long and takes place every Independence Day in Seward, Alaska. Runners run up Mt. Marathon with a 3022 ft elevation gain and then they run back down. Holly Brooks was the 2014 female winner. Here's her recap.

You can get a feel for the difficulty of the course in this 30 minute video, which focuses on the women running the race. Here are the video highlights:
@5 and 7 minutes: watch the climb up@17 minutes: watch the first finishers cross the finish line@27 minutes: watch the climb down Your Race Reports!

Sharing race reports is something that I have been doing on my other blog, iRaced, but now I'll share them here on Gotta Run Now instead. Read these race reports and be inspired!


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Blueberry French Toast Sandwich

It's National Blueberry Month! After yesterday's run, I made myself a breakfast that seemed more special than usual. The reason for that may have been the dusting of powdered sugar or the plate decorated with berries. The surprising part about this recipe was that it didn't take too much longer to make than any of my usual breakfasts.

Blueberry French Toast Sandwich Recipe

Makes 1 sandwich.

Microwave 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 teaspoon corn starch, 1 teaspoon water and a sprinkle of sugar in a bowl for 30 seconds.In another bowl, mix an egg and 1 tablespoon milk. (I scrambled the leftover egg and milk and ate it on the side.)Prepare sandwich by cutting two slices of bread in half (wheat or white, I used each kind and liked both). Spoon the fruit filling onto two bread halves and top with half slice of bread.Melt a small amount of butter in a pan.Place sandwiches in egg mixture and then into greased pan until brown on one side. Flip sandwiches over until brown on each side.Sprin…

Mind Games & My Freebies

Mind games make it easier to run through a tough run. Lately, the humidity is what makes getting out for a run tough. When I start running, I look for things that are good like little breezes or the fact that it's not as warm as it could be.

Once I'm really feeling the humidity, I need to begin the numbers games. For instance, if I'm doing 5 loops, everything after the 3rd loop feels like I'm nearly done. Then I can start playing the food game when it's time to plan out how I'm going to refuel. The goal: nutritious and delicious.

Hopefully, the Klean Athlete Recovery drink that I was given at the recent local triathlon expo in The Woodlands (even though I didn't race) will fit into that healthy and tasty category. Also, I look forward to trying the Java Pro whey protein that showed up in my mailbox unexpectedly.

Other free items that I've received are items I requested online like the nicely scented Greek yogurt honey lotion and tea I requested through…

My Pepper Spray Test

Runners, Don't Do This!
During one of this week's runs, I tested out some new pepper spray to see how far it sprayed and how hard I needed to push the spray tab down. I noticed a drip on the can after that, but I hoped it was sweat.

After my wrist and my face where I must have wiped away my sweat started burning, I knew that I had pepper spray on my skin. Not good! You'd think that I'd know to be more careful because I've gotten pepper spray on myself once before when I was being chased by a dog.

I rinsed off at the water fountain and ran home to wash off with soap. I live beside the park so I didn't have far to go. Pretty soon, there was more burning in more places. Next time, I'll test it out at home and wear gloves!

Friday: 5.5 Mile Evening Run, Not as Humid
I ran in the evening for a change today. That made for a drier, but hotter, run. It was a nice break from the humidity.
Saturday: Arms and a Walk In the morning, I worked out with theUpper Body with Du…

Race Fueling Tips from a Winner

Today, it's easier than ever to learn new running tips from the very best runners. In this post, I'll share some tips that I found online from Stephanie Howe who won the Western States 100 Mile Race in California last weekend. Howe was the first female finisher and ran the race in 18:01:42. It was her first 100 mile race. You don't have to race 100 miles to find these tips helpful!

Fueling Tips For Racers
The night before a race, rice is good to eat because it digests easily.
A good pre-race meal is oatmeal and a banana. On the Western States race morning, Howe ate a pastry and rice. I've eaten rice the morning before a race, too. A pastry is a good idea if you can't stomach anything else because of race nerves.
Fuel well during a race. Fuel early, starting 30 minutes into the race and then every 20-30 minutes. Aim for 200-300 calories an hour. She mentioned using a flask full of gels with mixed flavors of Clif vanilla and strawberry gels. (She's sponsored by Clif…