{Friday Fab 5}

No running again this week so I…
{#1-Made Ry a birthday treat…}

This year it was super simple, oh so yummy, and a bit healthier than cake. Guess what, we liked it way better than cake! Make brownies in a pizza pan however you normally do and let cool. Mix cream cheese and vanilla with mixer and layer over brownies. Top with lots of fruit and enjoy!

{#2-finished Running On Empty…}

So crazy to think Marshall Ulrich ran across the United States at the age of 57 in a matter of 2 months. It just goes to show anything we put our mind to is possible!

{#3-did Daily Hiit…almost everyday}…

These workouts are tough for me, but what I absolutely love is that they encourage you to do what you can, give suggestions to make the workouts easier or harder whatever your fitness level might be, and just be active. They recognize that most the battle of exercise is mental and keep pushing you. After 12 minutes or so of body rockin’ I was drenched in sweat and felt like I couldn’t do another push-up, sit-up, shoulder press…and on and on. I am sore and owe my first endorphins in days (14 to be exact) to the people behind Daily Hiit. Thank you!

{#4-made more Popsicles…

Strawberries, bananas, and one Chobani yogurt- mix, pour, freeze, and eat. Easy!

{#5-and made myself feel better by buying new running clothes…Oops!}

Well, I at least used up a gift card while feeding my Lululemon addiction so it wasn’t so bad on the wallet.

What running, sports, or endurance books would you recommend reading?

Happy Weekend!

{Friday Fab 5}

{#1-Running On Empty by Marshall Ulrich}
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I mentioned this book earlier this spring. To be honest, I’m only half way through it. I really enjoy reading it, but I just don’t have a lot of free time where I choose reading first. With no running this week I’ve had more time on my hands to do some reading. I took a photo of the above text from his book because it is the FIRST time I’ve ever heard someone describe their experiences running long distance in the way that he has. I too have an imagination when I run and think about what the world was like, would be like, and other thoughts of the like. My imagination goes wild at times! These are usually my favorite runs when this happens. Does this happen to anyone else?

{#2-Bye, Bye Ben & Jerry’s and other treats}
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Since I’m not exercising like normal, I’m not burning the normal calories I would be. The simple math of the matter is there is less room for treats like my favorite buds Ben & Jerry unless I want to end up like on of their flavors-Chunky Monkey. 😉 I’ve always felt running is one of my loves for many reasons. While the number one reason I run is because of the way it makes me feel mentally and physically, my love of desserts is on the list, too.

{#3-Country Jam}
I’m off to Jam today to see some of these awesome people with some awesome people! I’m pretty sure a sprained ankle is the best excuse to look for buy a pair of cowboy boots to wear to the country event. I mean I could wear my brace underneath it while at Jam. Ry did not love this idea! We will see!
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I’m working on remembering this as it will feel like starting over when I’m able to run again.

{#5-Stilettos in New Orleans}
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I just finished making our vacation video that contains 700+ photos from our two week road trip. I saw this one and remembered I forgot to share. On Bourbon street there is an “establishment” called Stilettos; I had to take a picture under the sign since it’s half my blog title. Maybe the flats in the photo were a sign I wouldn’t be wearing stilettos any time soon.

Happy Weekend, Y’all!

{Friday Fab 5}

{#1} La Croix Sparkling Water

Lots of flavors, too!

Lots of flavors, too!

Over the past few weeks I’ve started gearing up to slowly give up something I love almost as much as running and my husband-caffeine! I really like this sparking water. The fizz makes me think I’m drinking soda, but the all natural, no caffeine, no sodium, no calories, and many flavors are all things I love. It took me a few cans to get used to, but now I’m hooked.

{#2} Whole Wheat Oatmeal and Berry Pancakes
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Ryan and I made pancakes Easter morning as a special treat. These were yummy and not heavy feeling like pancakes can be. We left the nuts out! Recipe: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Fruit-and-Nut-Pancakes-386529

{#3} Baseball has started!

Go Brewers!

Go Brewers!

To celebrate opening day we clinked cupcakes and watched Moneyball; the Brewers played their game during the day. I substituted Chobani non-fat plain greek yogurt for vegetable oil-tasted awesome!

{#4} Running on Empty by Marshall Ulrich
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I started reading this book on the way to Alabama in February. I finally got to read a few more pages over spring break. So far he is just starting his run across the United States; very interesting and motivating. I want to run an ultra race someday, but not across the U.S.

{#5} Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

1 Onion, chopped
6 cloves of fresh chopped Garlic, adjust to taste
1 large Bell Pepper (I like yellow or orange in this sauce)
Olive Oil
28 ounce can of chopped Tomatoes (I used fresh, organic tomatoes instead)
a few pinches of Sea Salt
a few pinches of Cracked Black Pepper
a few pinches of Smoked Paprika
optional: a handful of chopped fresh Basil or Italian Parsley
In a large saute pan heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and onions. Cook stirring frequently until soft, fragrant and slightly browned about 5 minutes. Some pieces will char a bit, but that will add more flavor to the finished sauce. Reduce heat to medium, add bell pepper and cook a few minutes longer. Add tomatoes. Increase heat and bring sauce to a boil. Partially cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 25-30 minutes. Let the sauce cool a bit and purée with an immersion blender or food processor.
This recipe is more a method than anything else. Feel free to toss in some spinach, mushrooms, fresh herbs, finely diced carrots, celery, etc.
Adjust salt and seasonings to taste. You can also make it spicy with red pepper flakes or cayenne.
Source: familyfreshcooking.com

Happy Weekend!
Trailbreaker Half Marathon Race report to come!