Friday 5

I haven’t posted a Friday 5 in a while, so I thought today was a good time to start again!

 

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I’ve been watching Mad Men while cooking in the kitchen lately.  I really am enjoying it.  It’s weird how I started watching it a while ago & wasn’t interested.  However, I think it was probably because I couldn’t really hear it, as I was on a treadmill & they all talk pretty softly on the show.  None the less, I heard good things about it, so I thought I’d give it another shot & I’m enjoying the show.  It’s not SO compelling that I can’t turn it off, nor do I NEED to watch it.  I watch it at my leisure & find it to be quite interesting!

 

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Friends, I’m prepping for The 30 Clean.  I was actually trying to start a week early, but wasn’t 100% clean.  Well, I will be 100% clean from here on out…. Anyone want to join me?

 

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This is the 2nd time I’ve ordered from Instacart now & I’m definitely a fan!  In my zip code, I’m able to choose from 4 different stores.  Last time I chose Mariano’s.  This time, I chose Whole Foods.  Let me tell you what happened: I ordered 3lb hemp seeds.  The “shopper” called me when he was at the store to ask a couple questions & I wasn’t able to answer the phone, so he left a message & I called him back.  By the time I called back to answer his ?’s, he had already checked out.  At that time, he told me that the hemp seeds were $18/lb & didn’t know if I wanted them.  Well, of course  I didn’t; that’s insane!  He had already made the purchase, but assured me he would take care of it!  There was a different delivery man who came to my house to give me my groceries in the above reusable grocery bags & he made sure that I didn’t want the hemp seeds, he was correct.  So, he took them from my bag & said he’d credit my account so I wouldn’t have to pay for them.  By the time I looked at my order online to preview my reciept, I had already been credited for the hemp seeds.  I have to say, not only is the service so convenient; but, they have amazing customer service.  I’ll definitely be shopping with Instacart again.  Oh, I also keep kosher & one of the questions they asked was about one of the kosher symbols on a product, making sure it was alright with me.  Love That!

If anyone is interested in trying, you can enter this code:  http://inst.cr/t/nymAJp.  You’ll get $10 off your order & I’ll get $5 off mine.  Thanks :).

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I LOVE Kombucha!  LOVE Kombucha, which I’m sure you already know.  This was my first multi-green & it’s quite tasty.  The gingerade is still my favorite, but they were out & it’s good to switch it up sometimes (Right?).

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My sweet niece  & her fiance are in town from Israel for the week, so it’s been loads of family time this week.  So sweet to see such young love.  There’s a lot of sweet young love in our family.  She’s the 3rd person to get engaged this year & they’re ALL getting married between December -February!  Lots of great things happening here!

 

What are your Friday 5 shares?

Have a great weekend.  I’ll be prepping for my Clean & helping Samantha move out.  She’s moving out this weekned with friends in the city.  So many changes….

MESTRENGTH Giveaway

Last week I posted about MESTRENGTH, but oops forgot to include a giveaway!

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If you want to read about MESTRENGTH again, please click on the link above.

Let’s get to the giveaway because it is a great hydrator/electrolyte replacer.

I know if you’re like me, you tend not to hydrate as much during cold weather, but that’s WRONG folks!  No matter the temp, hydration is important!

Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win a 5-Pack (1 of each flavor).

In case you simply want to make a purchase of MESTRENGTH, here’s a 25% discount code: “Running Mom”  for any and all orders on the website for the next week.
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Getting fit after a marathon with exercise & Clean eating!

Wow- I alwasys forget how 1 dimensional running is for your body.  It’s really amazing about how amazing my endurance is when running, but yet when it comes to other exercises, well, that’s something else that needs to be discussed!

Well, as I’ve said before, I’m trying to figure out what to do next…  I must admit that I know that I NEED exercise in my life.  I also know that the winter “dread” makes it difficult for me to keep motivated.  It’s much easier for me to go to my basement & workout than to get myself to the gym when it’s cold & dark outside.  For now, I’ve decided to start slowly & I’ve been working on my strength.  I love push ups, planks & ab exercises with a stability ball.  That’s where I’ll start & continue to keep you posted what transpires from here….

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In the meantime, the Jewish holidays are now over! While they’ve been amazing, lots of great time with family & friends.  My eating has been so “off”.  I’ve been feeling like a big slug.  I’ve been eating loads of stuff that I haven’t eaten in so long just because.  Not because I crave it, not even because it’s been so good, but because I guess I just WAS….  I even ate pizza 2 days last week.  What’s up with that?  Not only do I never eat pizza anymore.  I don’t even know the last time I ate pizza, but I ate it 2 days in a row.  The 1st day it was amazing, but the second, I ate b/c I hadn’t prepped anything for lunch  & work sponsored a pizza lunch, so I embibed!  Well, friends, that’s the end of that!  I felt so bloated  & not myself.  Not really worth it if you ask me.

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Make sense?

So, now I’m back on track.  I’m starting anothe 30 Clean & sticking with it.  I’ve already begun my clean eating with proper food prep so I’m not tempted.

So, I’m off to a Clean start & am already feeling better!  Anyone interested in joining me on The 30 Clean this month

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(starts Oct. 27)?   I’m not in any way being compentated for sharing this with you, I simply wanted to share my passion with you because I love how I feel when I eat clean.   

I’m off to an engagement party for my niece.  There’s so much happening in our family this year.  All good!  All exciting!  I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

Loving my dog

I write snippets about Nemo here & there.  When I was offered a chance to do a review for Pedigree Stackerz, I jumped at the chance.  She should some special goodies & I was thrilled to giver her the opportunity!

Well folks, it didn’t take long to figure out if she was fan or not!

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Given the opportunity, she would have eaten the entire bag in one sitting!  I had to save some for another day!  But, she sure loved her tasty treats!

Thank you Pedigree #Stackerz for making my sweet dog so darn happy!  We’ll definitely be purchasing these in the future!

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I received the product complimentary to test and/or review.

ME STRENGTH review

I was sent a variety pack of ME STRENGTH to review a while ago & was so happy that I saved it for marathon time to review.  I know they say to NEVER try anything new for the marathon.  Well folks, I broke that rule & it worked out for me! Phew!

Let me share some facts about MESTRENGTH:

MESTRENGTH Formulation overview

Muscle cells require two essential ingredients to function properly – fluid and energy. MESTRENGTH provides in a zero calorie, sugar-free beverage that combines 5 key electrolytes for hydration with 5 grams of creatine for performance to help athletes get the most out of their workout.

Here’s how MESTRENGTH’s unique formulation benefits all athletes:

When a beverage has sugar in it, the intestinal cells need to work to transport the sugar (and fluid) from the intestine into the body, delaying the availability of fluid and sugar to the cells that need it. By using a sugar free sweetener (all-natural Stevia), MESTRENGTH does not require this active transport, resulting in quick rehydration. As an added benefit, the concentration of electrolytes in MESTRENGTH are in the same concentration as what is present in the blood (“isotonic”) – if the concentration was different, replenishment would be delayed. The end result? Rapid hydration.

The addition of creatine to this electrolyte mix takes MESTRENGTH to the next level. Muscle cells require a chemical called Adenosine Triphospate (ATP) as a source of energy and creatine is used by the body to create ATP. Therefore, MESTRENGTH helps muscles to build and replenish their supply of ATP, providing them with the energy needed for prolonged activity. The end result? Increased muscle energy.

Additionally, the byproduct of rigorous exercise is an accumulation of lactic acid which is responsible for muscle soreness; however, because MESTRENGTH helps replenish ATP, muscles produce less lactic acid. The end result? Decreased muscle soreness.

There are many studies that help to substantiate these physiologic effects, one of which was conducted in 2012 by a group from the Centre for Sports Science and Human Performance (UK) who looked at creatine supplementation with specific view to exercise and sports performance. Their findings were quite beneficial to the endurance athlete: “its [creatine] supplementation increases creatine storage and promotes a faster regeneration of ATP between high intensity exercises. These improved outcomes will increase performance and promote greater training adaptations.”

 

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MESTRENGTH’s key advantage is simple: we rely on safe, natural, and time-tested ingredients. Unlike other sports drinks, MESTRENGTH does not have preservatives, stabilizers, stimulants (no caffeine = great for an evening workout), or high fructose corn syrup.

We recommend that you drink MESTRENGTH 30-60 minutes before any physical activity to ensure that your electrolytes are balanced and you’re ready for the work ahead. Additionally, MESTRENGTH is great afterwards to help you replenish what you lost through sweat and recover more quickly. Ultimately, though, how you use MESTRENGTH is up to you.

I drank it prior to the marathon on my way, in the car which was 60 minutes prior to running & again afterwards.   I enjoyed the taste, was happy it doesn’t have sugar nor additives & if it’s really the reason or part of the reason that my recovery has been so easy, well folks, I’m a fan!

A couple of summers ago I had read a lot about creatin, and it was it was in a hydration mix I was using & I have to tell you that I really thought it made a difference.  My training was smooth & my marathon was wonderful.  I do believe that for endurance training & electrolyte replacement, this is a great “tool”.  The added bonus is that it’s also quite tasty & natural!

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This is my true opinion & I would definitely recommend MESTRENGTH to endurance athletes.

Race Recap

I set out to have a good day & it was just that!  I actually had a good night of sleep Saturday night, which I typically don’t do the night before a race.  I woke up earlier than my alarm & felt rested, so I got out of bed at 4:20 to get ready for the marathon!

I got dressed, sent a picture to my “running mate” & then had breakfast.

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I’ve never taken Arnica pre race before, but have heard that people do that to help alleviate some pain, so I decided to this time, why not?!  I had my favorite breakfast: almond butter, date, hemp seeds & frozen banana blended = delish!  I remembered to put on my calous cushions & mission balm on my bunions!  I was ready to go after some coffee!  Took a picture of kombucha, thinking I would want it, but didn’t!

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I picked up my friend at 6:10am, enjoyed MESTRENGTH in the car to get in extra electrolytes & we were all excited & ready to run!  We had plenty of time (so we thought) to go to the bathroom, get to where we wanted & absorb all of the days festivities.  Well, there were so many street closures & of course neither of us did our proper research, so the parking lot in which we had intended to park was inaccessible, so we wound up driving around for about an hour looking for a place to park.  We were then getting nervous b/c it was cutting it close with time.  We still had to go to the bathroom & get to our starting corral!  We barely made it to the start of the race when they made an announcement that you must be in your starting corral, as they’re closing them in a couple minutes.  So, what did we do?  We hopped the fence to get in!  Yup, we sure did!

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Well, we were in.  EEK!  I found it interesting that for the 2nd wave, they didn’t play the National Anthem.  I have been starting up in the 1st wave & they play it there.  So, there wasn’t “that start of the race feeling” that I usually get at the beginning.  We were off after a few minutes of walking to get to the front.  The beginning of the race was so crowded, I felt like I was going to trip, so I simply watched the legs of the runner in front of me for fear that I was going to trip.  It  did ease up a bit after about 5 miles, but honestly not too much.  I started later & was running with the 4:30 pace group for a while.  I had a plan to meet up with Sarah, a girl who I was mentoring via Team DetermiNation at mile 13, so I wanted to keep the pace I thought she was running.  I got to mile 13 & Sarah wasn’t there yet, so I went to Starbuck’s to go to the restroom & then cheered on the sidelines along with the other spectators.  I have to tell you that I loved that!  I had so much fun cheering my fellow runners.  Sarah came along & we kept her pace.  We chatted a bit, walked a bit, ran a bit, we kept going.  I was enjoying high five all of the incredibly supportive spectators & taking in the sites.  I was running this race to help Sarah complete & had no desires of my own other than support Sarah & enjoy the day.  I did both!  Sarah finished & really looked great running.  I loved the day.  I’ve never been more proud to help someone complete a race that they may not otherwise have finished.  I also never really enjoyed everything that race has to offer the way I did this one!  There were spectators the ENTIRE duration of the marathon.  There are alway a lot, but there were a TON this time.  Everyone was wonderful, supportive & kind!  It was definitly a special race!

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This is my girl Sarah!  She did it & doesn’t even look winded!  Sarah, you’re a rock star!

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Bumbed into these 2 friends!  Allan ran his 2nd marathon ever at the age of 62.  Pretty darn impressive!

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My sweet friend Gitta who always has a smile & makes me laugh.  She rocked her race!

We finished running to the finish & clocked in at 5:12.  I have to say that I’m absolutely fine with pace.  Glad both Sarah & I finished!  My feet are so darn achy & my darn heel is a bit swollen (good thing I have a pt appt. tomorrow).  I can’t believe I got 2 blisters on my darn bunions (hasn’t happened in over a year).  I may have to wear my slippers to work tomorrow.  I do however think that running around my regular pace & finishing a marathon around 3:50 (ish) is a heck of a lot easier on your body, as you’re not on your feet so long.  So, while I may not pushed myself to run at my “typical clip”, my body appears to be a bit achier than usual.  Well, at least my feet!

I decided to have pizza for dinner last night!  It was delicious!  It did have whole wheat crust, but had real cheese, which I haven’t had in over a month.  It was the best pizza I ever had!

Have a great day!  Thanks for your support & can’t wait to hear about your race results.

 

Tomororw is race day!

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This is why I’m running tomorrow.  As you know, I’ve been teetering back & forth about running or not tomorrow.  Well, I’ve decided to run.  I’m definitely NOT running for a PR nor am I running to qualify for Boston again this year.  This year, it’s about cancer & determination!  I chose to raise money again for American Cancer Society & because of so many of you, I’ve reached my fund raising goal!  Now, tomorrow will be for me to reflect on all of those who I know who’ve been affected.  As you can see from the ribbons above, it’s many people whom I love or have loved who’ve been affected!  We are making a difference.

I will walk/run, simply enjoy myself tomorrow.  I’ve never entered a marathon with this frame of mind before.  I’ve always entered to run, get a good time & push myself.  There is so much positive energy at the Chicago Marathon that I’m going to soak it up & enjoy it all along the way.

There is a young woman who I’ve been mentoring via Team DetermiNation & I’m meeting her to help her get through.  We’re both going to support each other to finish with smiles on our faces & remember why we’ve entered the journey!

I will certainly give you an update afterwards, certain that I’ll be feeling happy & relieved that it’s over!  While the marathon is so darn exciting, it’s also so darn nerve wracking!  EEK!  I hope I get some sleep tonight.  However, it’s really the night before that counts most & I did get a great night sleep Friday, so I should be in great shape!

The past few days have been Sukkot & I decided to stop my Clean Eating so I can carb. load & not worry.  Well, can I tell you that I had the worst stomach ache on Friday night!  It was horrible!  I was so bloated, it was terrible.  I finally got some relief from a hot water bottle.  I can’t wait to get back on my clean eating, as I do feel so much better when I eat clean!

But, I’m not clean now, so I’m going to have a beer, it’s full of good running carbs, right?!

Not sure if I’ll watch The Spirit of The Marathon or not tonight.  That’s my typical routine the night before.

Here are my goodies, gear, fuel, hat, etc. so I’m ready to roll tomorrow a.m.

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I’ll post an update afterwards & again, thanks for all of your encouragement!  You’re the BEST!

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Just relaxing & excited for tomorrow!  Goodnight Friends.

Meatless Monday

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Today’s Meatless Monday is about Fall!

I believe that you’re either a lover of  brussels sprouts or a “hater”/”disliker”.  I’m a lover.  In our house, everyone (except Truman of course) loves them!  So, when I saw that Trader Joes had the stalks, I was so excited!

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Aren’t those babies great looking?  They come with a little recipe card that says to put the entire stalk in the oven, but I always cut them off 1 by 1 & cut them in 1/2.  That’s how I like to roast my b.sprouts!

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See, all washed & pulled off the stalk.  I wish the stalk were edible, I’d love to shred it & make slaw.  Oh well, it’s straw like & absolutely NOT edible!

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There are a gazillion things you can do with b.sprouts.  I simply put on salt, smoke (seasoning from Trader Joes),  paprika and garlic powder & olive oil.   Roast on 425 for about 30 mins.  We like them a little burnt!  I forgot to take an after photo, but I’m certain that we’ll be having them again soon!  I also like to drizzle with apple cider vinegar instead of olive oil sometimes.

AND, they’re cheap!  If you like them, go get them while they’re in season!  They’re so tasty, quick & easy!

Enjoy!

Still thinking

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I know I was mia a few days last week.  It was crazy busy at work!  We moved to an amazing new suite, which I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful & exciting it is & will enable a lot more opportunities for the people with whom I work.

I had another visit to the physical therapist on Friday morning.  It was a very interesting visit.  So, after some more stretches, a few more tests, she doesn’t think it’s my achilles that I’ve strained, but a similar muscle/tendon in the area that presents the same way.  Well, I have these humongous bunions, which I talk about now & again.  I feel like if I treat them well, they treat me well.  I’ve been good about going to the podiatrist every couple months to get “cleaned up”, wear comfy shoes (with wide toe boxes), and simply do my best to keep them in “healthy” shape.  Well, after doing some more walking assessments, it appears that my ankles are quite weak due to my stance & my gait b/c of the bunions.  Bottom line, I don’t put pressure on my feet the way people without bunions do & it affects other areas of my body & in turn, my running is affected.  What does this mean?  Not too much different than an achilles, with similar stretches, etc.  But, now that I know that’s what it is, I’m doing my best throughout the day to alter my gait & put pressure where I’m supposed to when standing.  Boy, is this hard & so much thinking when typically you simply walk!  She also said that I can give a short run a try to see how I feel.  She didn’t encourage me to run the marathon, but didn’t discourage either!  Hmmmm…..

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It was also Yom Kippur Friday night – Saturday night.  So, I had a lot of time to think about this running thing.  While, I was already looking into other exercises that would be better for my feet, I keep coming back to the notion that I LOVE running.  I just love the sport.  I love what it does not only for my body, but mostly for my mind.  Nothing else gives me that adreneline rush that I get from running.  So, after 25 hours of fasting for Yom Kippur, I decided I’m not giving up my running!  Nope, I”m not.  I love it too much & why would anyone give up something they love?  Makes no logical sense to me.  I will be more aware, I”ll continue to be careful, but I”m going to try to run.

As for running NEXT Sunday in the Bank of America Marathon.  Well, if you’ve ever trained for a marathon, you know that the taper plays mean mind tricks with you.  And, I didn’t run 1x this week (listened to the P.T.’s suggestion), so I really feel like I simply can’t & am not ready.  However, that’s a little silly b/c I trained for 3 months to be ready.  So, I”ll give it a shot this morning & see how I feel.

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As you know, I’ve been a mentor for several people for American Cancer Society Team DetermiNation.  One of my mentees has been struggling with her training & told me that she wasn’t sure she was going to run or maybe she’d run 1/2 & then drop out to go home.  So, I told her that if I feel like I can run some, I’ll try to hook up with her around halfway to walk the rest with her.  So, we’ll see what happens.  I truly don’t even know how to spot someone at mile 13 with 35,000 other people running.  That actually may be the biggest challenge.  However, if I”m able to do that, I’d feel so accomplished in helping someone else complete their goal!

So folks, the decision is still out!  I’ve never been so wishy washy about something, it’s a bit unnerving.  I hope to decide what I”m going to do 1 week from today!

EEEEEKKKK!

 

 Still thinking

Meatless Monday, thanks to Pinterest!

 

Full disclosure here, this recipe is from: IN SONNET’S KITCHEN.  I adapted it a bit, but have to share, as it’s really amazing & was a big hit with my company last week!

ZUCCHINI FETTUCCINE WITH ROSEMARY BUTTERNUT CREME SAUCE

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PREP TIME
10 mins
COOK TIME
1 hour
TOTAL TIME
1 hour 10 mins

Author: Sonnet
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4 – 6
INGREDIENTS
1 medium butternut squash
3 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons dried rosemary  I used 1/2 C fresh basil
1 cup full-fat canned coconut milk  I used 1/2 C
½ cup vegetable or chicken broth
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 pound shiitake mushrooms, sliced  It might have been better with mushrooms, but I didn’t think it needed them!
3 pounds zucchini, spiralized into fettuccine
Freshly-ground black pepper to taste
INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Slice butternut squash in half lengthwise. Grease a baking sheet with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and then lay butternut squash (cut side down) on sheet pan.
Roast for 30 – 45 minutes, until squash is tender and flesh can easily be pierced with a fork. Once cooked, allow squash to cool, then scoop out the flesh (this should yield about 5 cups of flesh) and discard the skin. Add the flesh to a blender.
Meanwhile, add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to a pan over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and saute for 3 – 5 minutes, until onion is translucent and garlic is fragrant.
Next, add the sauteed garlic & onions, basil, coconut milk, broth, and salt to a blender with the butternut squash flesh. Blend until smooth.
Add the remaining tablespoon of coconut oil to a large pan,  add the zucchini fettuccine and cook for about 3 minutes, until zucchini is almost tender. Add the sauce to the pan and continue to cook until sauce is hot and zucchini is tender.
Garnish with freshly-ground black pepper and serve hot.

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It’s definitely worth making.  I’m glad I made extra so I have leftovers!  It’s even CLEAN!

 

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