Archive for March, 2012

Had 11 on the agenda today but it is a cold dreary day here in the North East –matching my mood.  Conor is sick and he was my partner in today’s run.  Nikki and lots of other local runners are running Indian Hills Trail Run in Middletown, NJ tomorrow.  The race looks fun, but I know that it is going to be a big enough challenge for me to run the 1/2 in a few weeks. I took it slow all week–knowing my heart was just not in the run.  I stayed in on the Treadmill–something I never do unless I have to.  I ran slow and short runs and walked a lot.  Today I decided to catch up on my teen shows on the CW (yes, I am a 41 year old who watched Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle and Ringer [Ringer, because of my love for Buffy runs deep]).  I ran slow and took a fast walk break during all commercials.

Sitting here post run drinking my green smoothie (I still LOVE LOVE LOVE my vitamix and use it at least 3 times a day), my legs are tired but I am disappointed in myself for not getting out there and running for “real” today.  It is dreary and wet but not raining.  Why did I walk and why I did need to?  Why am I getting slower and running feels like a chore?

I need to reframe and run for fun this week.  I am hoping the new addition of Runners World that I just got will help pull me out of this funk. On another note—I am registering Nikki and I for the Philadelphia Marathon tomorrow–although running 13.1 seems daunting right now and I can’t imagine running one step more–I know deep down we can do it.


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12 DONE!  Ok, just a few weeks ago I  was saying how weird it was that 10 miles seems to be our “norm” long run–but do you know how hard those 2 extra miles are!  Now, I am not saying the 8-9-10 miles are easy, but they are doable—I don’t know what it is about 10 but I start to break down once I hit those double digits.

Today, L and C met Nikki, Conor and I at Thompson Park.  We headed out for 6 and we felt good (tired, but good) when we got L and C back to the cars.  Nikki, Con and I refueled and headed out–only to stop again in 1.5 miles for bathroom break.  We did not want to run the same route we had just completed so we headed into Brookdale to see if a different route for the final 6 would feel fresher.

We found this horse over by the student center and of course all 3 of us had to give it a go–it was not as easy to get on and off as it looks, but we were determined:

First Conor

Then Nikki--she looks so calm and cool.

and then it was my turn:)


We left the Brookdale campus at 9 miles and we felt good–only 3 miles to go.  Little did we know that would be a TOUGH 3 miles.  We ended up walking a small bit because Con had a stitch in his side, but I did not mind the break (I would have walked the rest of the way if Con and Nikki were not with me).  Conor pushed us to the end…I was sooo happy to get to the car.  I downed a bottle of water right away and guess what—NO STARBUCKS post run.  I know, that is my routine.  I usually crave my Venti Soy Latte, but since I have been doing the green smoothies for almost a week now, I just don’t crave the coffee anymore.  I still had a couple of soy lattes this week, but they did not taste as good to me.  Oh yeah–I am down to 138.5 🙂 –even though my calories are remaining around 1500/day with the green smoothies, I have continued to lose weight.  I truly believe that all calories are not created equally.  I could not wait to get home and consume a GIANT green smoothie.

Well, I am off to enjoy this beautiful day!


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So after trying out several green smoothies and some raspberry sorbet with the Vitamix, we decided to give Carrot Ginger Soup a try and I am glad we did—YUUUUM!

1) 5 Large carrots

2) 4 cloves garlic

3) 1/4 onion

4) Some vegetable broth (low sodium) approximately 1 cup

5) Ground pepper

5) a wee bit of olive oil

6) Ginger small amount–a lump

—–came out on the thick side but just the right amount of spicy.  It was a BIG hit with the boys.

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I wanted to run before group today and I had 6 on my agenda.  Got all my gear out and realized that my earbuds are not working–this is my second pair of skull candy earbuds in the last year.  Granted they are only $12.00 but why do they keep dying on me.  I have not run without music in awhile and I used to do it all the time, so I was OK with leaving the iPod at home.

I headed out when Finn got on the bus and immediately was hit with the scents of all the flowering trees.  First I saw some forsythia:

Then I saw some dogwood:

Then, my favorite, some honeysuckle (which I actually smelled before I saw):

Then I ended the run with a green smoothie made in my awesome new Vitamix (I think I am in love).

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Come run with us this Saturday, March 24th at 8am at Thompson (parking lot near the playground)–Nikki, Conor and I will definitely be there.  Conor has 12 on the agenda and that means I do too–Nikki??? Feel like running 12?

No worries–what ever distance is good for you…we will do our best to get you back to your car in time:)

It looks like rain is on the agenda–if it is only drizzling, we will be running.  I will post here and on the Racy Runners Facebook page HERE if the run is cancelled due to inclement weather.

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I have been a big fan of green smoothies for a while now, https://racyrunners.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/green-smoothie-yuum/ and my Cuisinart blender has been good to me-that is until recently.  Recently the blender started to act up and would emit a burnt smell.  My clever hubby attributed it to the metal blade, so I ordered a new one for $28.00–Yes, the blade alone was that much.  He thought I could get a few more days out of the old one until the new one arrived……he was wrong

Cuisinart blender blade less than 7 months old-burnt blade

I know this picture may not be easy to see–but the base of the blade burnt — the blade became immobile and it would not circulate.  I have never seen anything like this.  The Cuisinart Blender/Food Processor BFP-603 that I have is less than 7 months old and maybe was used a couple of times a week, so I am very disappointed.

I have been very fascinated with the green smoothie movement and juicing for health reasons since last year and when I bought the Cuisinart back in September, I should have just bitten the bullet and gotten the blender I wanted–THE VITAMIX.

This baby blends anything, comes with a 7 year warranty, makes ice cream and soup in minutes (yes, you read that correctly), and although it is not considered a juicer because the pulp is not extracted you can easily run the juice through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth to extract the pulp and you will yield higher liquid volumes than when using a juicer.  Plus I am not so sure I don’t love the pulp–I hate to waste stuff (If I ever do drain, I will use the pulp as compost).  The only thing this blender does not come with is a reasonable price….but I figure I will definitely get my money’s worth.

I ordered the blender on Monday from Everything Kitchens (free shipping, no tax and a $10 off coupon) but according to their website the order is still processing…. 4 + days to process an order??? I called yesterday to inquiry and the customer service rep was less than helpful:

Me: Do you know when the order with ship?

Him: No….the order will come from the Vitamix company from California (like Duhhhh–how come you don’t know that).

Me: How long does the order typically take to process and when can I expect it to ship out?

Him: I don’t know (I was obviously bothering him).

Me: Will I receive an email notification when the item is shipped with tracking information?

Him: I don’t know it comes from Vitaminx in California.

Me: I guess I should have placed my order with Vitamix…

UGGGG!  Now that I bit the bullet and ordered the damn thing, I want to use it.  I was attempting a green smoothie feast (or fast depending on who you talk to) and now that my old blender hit the frtiz I was stuck waiting for a part and waiting for the Vitamix—until today.  The part for the old blender came this afternoon so at least I was able to make my smoothies and for that I am grateful since making smoothies with a food processor is borderline ridiculous.

It is day 3 of the green smoothie feast–making 2-3 green smoothies/day and having one traditional meal–I have lost 2 pounds and I feel great.  I plan on going full force green smoothie/juicing when the Vitamix arrives (if it arrives–keep your fingers crossed).

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Zombies, Run!

For all those runners and would-be runners who claim they only run when being chased–how about being chased by ZOMBIES!

Zombies, RUN!

Last week I tried a new iPhone app courtesy of my boys called, Zombies, Run!  The app was $7.99 and they had some Santa iTunes $ that was burning a hole in their computer:)  The following is copied from the “Zombies, Run!” website, https://www.zombiesrungame.com/

You tie your shoes, put on your headphones, take your first steps outside.

You’ve barely covered 100 yards when you hear them. They must be close.

You can hear every guttural breath, every rattling groan – they’re everywhere. Zombies.

There’s only one thing you can do: Run!

We found out about the app from a Facebook post from Runner’s World.  Since we are Zombie Lovin Freaks in this house–Love our Zombies and worship George Romero and our weekly Walking Dead does not satisfy our cravings for BRAINS–we figured although a little pricey for an app, we would give it a try.


Brilliant idea (wish I thought of it)

Love the “story”

LOVE LOVE LOVE that they intertwine your playlist into the storyline

LOVE the Zombie chase:)


Could not use with iPod

Had to load my iPhone up with my running playlists which required paying $24.99 for iTunes Match since my playlists are on 2 different laptops and include copied CDs (I had been searching for an iCloud option for Music since “home share” sucked and did not work)–this forced me to “fix” the issue so maybe it was a Pro?

Sucked the life out of my iPhone battery–I ran a short 3 miles and it ate up a lot of my battery life.  I can only imagine what would have happened if I ran a long run-2 hours plus

CONCLUSION: Zombie fans will consider this app a must have and should check it out–for all others you may be disappointed (but that is OK because chances of you surviving the Zombie Apocalypse  are slim to none;)

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