Tuesday, March 11, 2014

5K for Addy's 5th Birthday!

This is a short one. My niece turns 5 this month. She was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. March happens to be Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month and Cerebral Palsy of Virginia is hosting a 5K. My entire family is running and walking this race, including my 3 and 5 year old sons. Help us raise money for a great cause!

Click here to donate!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Loco for Sunshine Burgers

As you can see on the side of my blog, I'm a Sweat Pink Ambassador. One of the fun perks of this is that occasionally we are asked to work with products. I am excited to get to try a couple of different types of organic Sunshine Burgers. They have a delicious line of organic veggie burger patties which are excellent to promote a healthy life style. This is something I am trying to do with my 3 and 5-year old sons. We do our best to encourage them to eat healthy foods and be active. My 5-year old loves to talk about healthy foods and my 3-year old loves to cook.

Today, I'm going to talk a little about the Loco Chipotle flavor. This spicy flavored patty comes in a two pack of quarter-pound burgers. They contain organic ingredients including black beans, sunflower seeds, sprouted brown rice, carrots, chia seeds, and many spices and seasonings.

My kids like little bites of food, so I made some mini tostada bites. I took a 6-inch flour tortilla, cut it in quarters, and pushed each quarter into a mini muffin tin. I baked these for 6 minutes at 400F to make them more chip-like. You could use corn tortillas, but we keep flour ones in the house for quick wraps and quesadillas.

While it was baking, I chopped up both patties and warmed the burger pieces in a skillet.

I put a couple of rounded teaspoons of the burger mixture into each little cup.

Then I topped them with cheese. You could use a vegan cheese, if you wish.

I popped the muffin tin back in the oven to melt the cheese. I'm a messy cheese sprinkler... sorry ;)

You could serve them just like this.

I like mine with salsa and sour cream. The boys just wanted salsa on theirs. You could also put some fresh avocado or cilantro if you were making these for an appetizer.

My 3-year old is rather picky and my 5-year old will eat just about anything. These were a hit with both.

As you can see, they didn't even miss the meat. Each burger has 12 grams of protein and 9 grams of dietary fiber. The burgers themselves are gluten-free, soy-free, vegan, and are verified by the Non-GMO Project

In Maryland, you can find Sunshine Burgers at Safeway, MOMs Organic Market, and David's Natural Foods. To find a store near you, check out this link

The views posted here are my own. I was not compensated for my opinion, but I did receive free product to try.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Running as a Math Geek

I will never deny it. I LOVE math. In particular, I love statistics. A lot of what goes on in the world doesn't make a great deal of sense to me, but analyzing statistics does. I took two extra statistics classes in grad school for fun.

My running buddies make so much fun of me because I analyze all kinds of stats associated with my running and remember them. I can tell you my pace for all of my individual races. I can tell you how many miles are on my shoes, down to a hundredth of a mile. I don't need to convert pace into miles per hour, because I know it already for my speed. I store mental maps in my head. I knew the route for half of the legs for Ragnar DC this past year. My running partners for the Marine Corps Marathon were surprised I didn't have the route memorized. Yesterday, I mentioned someone who we hadn't seen in a while who pushed me through my 7-mile run. I knew exactly when it happened 17 months ago, but mainly because it was my longest run ever to that point.

Do your running partners have something about which they tease you with your running? Are you a stat head and remember dates, times, paces?

I also look for birds when I run, but that's a story for another time.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

I suck at blogging... I will work on that

You may have noticed the many month lapse in my blogging. Life just got in the way. 

My last post was right before I ran my second DC Ragnar. That event was affected by the US Federal Government shutdown. Actually, my legs in particular were affected. Instead of staying on a train until the end for my first leg, I had to run WITH traffic on a busy road that had no shoulder in the dark. It was terrifying and sucked. My third leg was basically eliminated and I got to run across the Wilson Bridge with one of my running buddies. That was nice but it was miserably hot and I had a blister on the bottom of my foot from running 8 miles on a gravel road during my second leg. 

Two weeks later, I ran the Komen Race for the Cure with my gym. I got a shiny new 5K PR from that. 

On October 27th, I ran the Marine Corps Marathon as my first marathon. It was an amazing experience and I got to do it with two of my good running buddies that I talked into running the event with me. 

I haven't done much since then. I had a giant blister and some knee pain after the marathon and basically spent half the next 2 months resting. I need to get back into it because I'm doing the Ragnar Trails Appalachian relay in June. My only real fitness goal for the year is that I want to be able to do a chin-up by the end of the year. 

Happy 2014!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

10K Across the Bay

This is the Cheseapeake Bay Bridge connecting Anne Arundel County to Queen Anne's County in Maryland. It is the major route connecting the DC-Baltimore Metro area to the Eastern Shore and the way the most of us take to go to Ocean City, Maryland and the nearby beaches in Delaware. I am absolutely TERRIFIED of this bridge. I have never driven over it and close my eyes whenever anyone else does. I am going to fight this fear on November 9, 2014.

How am I going to do that? I am going to run in the Inaugural 10K Across the Bay. The race will start at Sandy Point State Park, follow the eastbound span across the Chesapeake, and conclude on the other side. The views should be fabulous and the race promises to be lots of fun.

As an ambassador for the race, I can offer you a 10% discount on your race entry. Just follow THIS LINK. Select "Ambassador Referral Program" and use the code BRIDGEREP and use my referral code ABBALYSSAK. That will get you 10% off the race for the month of October.

I hope you can join me for this fun event!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Ouchies and new kicks

The Monday after I ran the 14-miler, I went to a class at my gym. A class I normally love, but I came down off the step wrong and hurt my right calf muscle. I continued with my normal training routine on the sore calf. I must have done something to the other ankle. I did the scheduled 15-miler the following weekend and that went fine. Well, the next weekend, my left Achilles' tendon hurt every time I tried to start running. I managed 11 of the 13 miles on my training plan, but I've had a lazy lazy week otherwise. I did the Arc Trainer at my gym on Wednesday and Thursday and ran 2.1 miles with my almost-5-year old on Thursday as well. I decided that maybe the high mileage in the minimalist shoes was causing the problems, so I picked up some new kicks. I still wanted lightweight and a neutral shoe. Here are my new Saucony Catalysts. I'm going to take them for a spin tomorrow.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

More than a half marathon

As everyone knows by now, I'm training for the Marine Corps Marathon, my first full, on October 27th. I have only run two half marathons and a 10-miler. I have never run more than 13.1 miles. I learned a couple of weeks ago that my blood sugar has been all over the place lately and at that point, I switched to a walk-run format. I run for 4 minutes and walk for 1 minute. People say it makes you faster. I am inclined to agree on a good day.

Today was one of those good days. I had a 14-miler scheduled, but my parents were here last night to help us set up the boys' bunk beds they brought from Florida. I didn't know if I would get out and be able to do it at all. I figured I would get out the door at 6 and see how I felt. Well, I hit 7 miles and felt awesome. I figured I could get at least 10. When I hit 10, I knew I could do it. Unfortunately, when I hit 12, I was getting a little run down. I finished strong and actually did the 14 in less time than my personal record for the half marathon!

Next weekend, 15!!