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Running

Last week, I ran, biked and lifted weights, but I didn't get to run as much as I wanted to because I was resting a sore hip flexor. The good news is that my hip feels fine after running 8 miles yesterday. That's when I saw some chicks - much better than running into a Texas snake! My running goal is to run every other day this week. Maybe I'll follow some of these tips: Building Endurance for Long Runs While in Rehab.

Boston Marathon registration opens today. If you're hoping to get in, I hope you make it! If you haven't qualified yet, like me, here are some tips on how to train for a BQ from Run the Long Road Coaching.

Blogging

I used Picmonkey to change my plain blue blog header into one with photos. The photos include running the Big Sur Marathon, running in Palo Duro Canyon, Texas, hiking with my husband in Zion National Park and riding in Palo Duro Canyon.

Eating: New Foods & Recipes

I wanted to like chickpeas because of their protein and fiber and I tried them in four recipes: roasted cinnamon/honey chickpeas, roasted salted chickpeas, chickpea cookie dough with peanut butter and chickpea avocado lime feta cheese salad. The salad was the only recipe I'd make again because I don't mind chickpeas on a salad.

I was sure I'd like cotton candy grapes, but I was wrong. Yes, they taste like cotton candy, but they taste a little odd, too. Maybe it's because they look like grapes, but don't taste like grapes. I wouldn't buy them again.

Classic Malt Ovaltine was a winner! I mixed it with milk and it tasted like chocolate malted ball candy. This will make a good post-run drink.

Comments

  1. Have a great week. Love the new blog header....

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    1. Thanks, Robin! I wish I'd done it sooner!

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  2. Love the new blog header! And what are cotton candy grapes? I have not heard of these before!

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    1. They were new to me, too! Cotton candy grapes look like regular grapes. I've seen them in the produce section at HEB grocery and Target.

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  3. Good job on the rehab run. Hope that hip keeps getting better.
    As for chick peas - love them! But I tend to like them best in salads as well.

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    1. Chickpeas in salads is the way to go for some extra protein and fiber!

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  4. Yum, that chickpea salad sounds great - I love anything with avocado :)

    Also, love the new header! Looks nice with the pics :)

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    1. I do, too! In that salad, I especially noticed that the feta cheese and chickpeas taste good together.

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  5. Ha, I just tried cotton candy grapes this week too! They are odd, no other way to put it.

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    1. Yeah, I'm still trying to come up with a good description! I've added a link to Cotton Candy Grapes in case readers want to taste them - there's a locator page there.

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  6. Glad your hip flexor is feeling better! I am with you in the chickpeas in cookie dough....I tried it....not a fan! I do love hummus though, if you make your own, you can add pesto, or red pepper to make it whatever flavor you like. Chickpeas are great recovery food if your body isn't feeling wonderful....as is my recipe this week, give it a try!

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    1. I think that by the time I would add enough sweetener to the cookie dough, they'd be full of sugar and I might as well eat some "real" cookie dough!

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  7. Love your new look!!
    I like chickpeas in salad or in humus (certain kinds of hummus only!).
    I haven't tried the cotton candy grapes but think I might have the same reaction to them that you did.

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    1. Humus sounds good. I haven't had it in years!

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  8. Since I often read blogs on my phone I don't always get to see the fancy headers and blog designs. I'll check it out when I get to a PC. I was just craving grapes today. Never heard of cotton candy ones. Will have to be on the look out!

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    1. I hope you can find them. I know I'm glad I tried them!

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  9. I wish I was registering for the Boston Marathon - maybe next year! I like the new blog header. Fun to switch things up!

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    1. Oh, yeah, you'll be running Boston someday!

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  10. Love the new blog header! Fabulous job!

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    1. Thanks! It didn't take long to do and I'm glad I changed it.

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  11. Hope your hip flexor continues to heal up for you! Nice new blog header, too :) Chick peas are good with me when they are in hummus, though I haven't tried them in any other form. I'm trying to get more food-adventurous!

    Amy @ http://www.livinglifetruth.com/

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    1. My husband would laugh if he heard me say I was food-adventurous, but I think I am!

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  12. Ditto on the hummus--yum! Roasted pepper is my favorite! Ironically I hate chick peas in everything else for the most part.

    Nice blog header! :)

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    1. Roasted peppers - delicious off the grill!

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  13. Cotton candy grapes sounds wrong! And yes chicks are much better than snakes.

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  14. I think it might be time to do something about my blog as well. I love the pic with the chicks!

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    1. The photos you could use of South African animals would be great in a header!

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  15. Chicks are so much better than snakes :) I love pic monkey I re size my photos in there so they take less time to load :)

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  16. Ovaltine is great! I use it when I make my breakfast cookies as a sweetener.
    I'm glad to hear your hip made it 8 miles. That's answered prayer!

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    1. Now you have me thinking up new foods to put Ovaltine in!

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  17. Love the new blog header. Cotton candy grapes? I've never heard of those, but sounds like a great way to get my kids to eat grapes!

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    1. It's worth a try! You can visit the link I included to find them locally.

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  18. Love your new header--it looks wonderful! And those little chickies are adorable! It must have been so fun to see them on your run. Much better and cuter than a snake. :)

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    1. Spotting animals when I run is one of my favorite things about running! Yesterday, I ran into deer in the woods!

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  19. Love your new header!! Looks great!!

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    1. Thanks, it was other blogs that inspired me.

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  20. I tried cotton candy grapes a couple weeks ago and my mind was blown!! I did like them, but only had two. I don't know if I would buy an entire batch. I love them my body feels BETTER after a legit run.

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    1. Maybe people who don't normally eat fruit will start eating more fruit if it tastes like cotton candy to them. That would be good!

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  21. I can't stand chickpeas either. I laughed when I read that you wanted to like them because I am the same way! I haven't tried the cotton candy grapes but I have been curious about them. I'll probably pick them up if I ever see them. I'm glad your hip is feeling better!

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    1. We shared the grapes with others and people either liked them or felt neutral about them, but no one disliked them. I'm glad I tried them!

      My hip flexor does feels better. Thanks!

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  22. I love PicMonkey. Nice new header.

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    1. PicMonkey is a fun place to poke around! And thanks!

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  23. Love the header, looks very professional! I will check out pic monkey. In regards to Boston, I need to shave off 40+ minutes, but one day I will qualify! #DreamBig

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    1. I hope we both get a BQ one day. Either way, it's been fun trying!

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  24. Glad your hip is feeling better! I'm currently trying to mend a sore lower right leg, so that I can get back on track with marathon training. Your header looks great! I did mine on picmonkey, too. It's a very useful little tool :)

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    1. I really like the way you made your header. Looks great!

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  25. We're those chickens just randomly on a trail? I love how the lil chicks are following along! One of our hens just hatched 4 chicks! It's a new experience and tomorrow most will be two weeks old!

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    1. The chickens live at the park. The hen has 8 chicks and they're not quite as tiny anymore. Your little two week old chicks must be so cute!

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