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April 24, 2014 Post a comment


Three days into the flu and I’m starting to feel human again.  Race day is Sunday and I’m still torn if I’m doing it or not.  I’m hoping to do it just at a slower pace but get back out there.  Who has ever heard of getting the flu in April?  My doc thinks that I have a milder case and that the Tamiflu will help but he wasn’t sure about race day either.  I’m done with my meds on Saturday.  We shall see.  Fingers crossed.

Well I whipped this quick white bean chili recipe up on Tuesday after I saw the doc.  It was so easy and I knew that way my family would have a nice dinner on the table even if I buried under the covers in my bed warding off the chills.  The dinner was really tasty – I had it for lunch yesterday.  Perfect Meatless Monday idea or anytime you need a quick dinner without a lot of effort.

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April 23, 2014 Post a comment

Hi everyone!  I hope everyone had a great Passover and Easter holiday.  Before we headed back home to celebrate Easter with family and friends, hubby and I got in two (separate) 8 milers.  My friend/running coach Lottie wanted it to be slower than my 13 miler the week prior.  She wanted 8:45 – I came in a bit faster than that because although I was able to wear shorts my hands were freezing and I wanted to get home.  The run felt good and I got out early enough to get home, packed and ready to head out.


This was my last long run before my race this Sunday.  This week would be a lot of shorter tapering runs to keep my legs loose and rested.

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April 22, 2014 Post a comment


Have you ever heard of Albion Fit?  If not, let me share one of my absolute favorite workout/swimwear/all around fabulous apparel with you.  I consider myself quite a connoisseur of athletic wear.  Most of my life seems to wearing it.  I train.  I lift.  I run.  All in workout clothes.  Even when I’m not working out… I gravitate towards wearing it.  Why?  Because it’s so comfortable.  My other favorite thing… is not seeing the same pieces everywhere at the gym on every other girl.  Their bathing suits are gorgeous, modest and are just overall lovely.  Something reminiscent of old Hollywood glam.  They even make bathing suits for little girls?!  Ohhhhh my goodness they are so darling!  Okay so back to the company.

Albion Fit is a local, family owned company. Their name, Albion, hails from the Albion Basin at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon in beautiful Utah.  They are proof that green living and business can coexist!  They recycle plant waste and use earth friendly materials in their products.  Their garments are fashionable and unique, but more importantly practical and technical. Designed by women, their  apparel is crafted for women wherever they may be in their fitness goals. Clothings  that easily transitions from work out gear to lounging gear: whether running an errand or 26.2 miles across a finish line.  Styles are fabulous and not seen on everyone at the gym – hello!!!  That makes me totally happy! The perfect balance of femininity and function.  Seriously, who doesn’t want that?

Okay not only do they have women’s bikinis and one piece suits - check out the most adorable little girl bathing suits to match mom up to size girls 12.  Seriously, the adorable factor is off the charts right here!



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April 17, 2014 Post a comment


Tonight we are hosting an impromptu casual dinner with friends.  When I’m in a rush to throw something together, I always turn to easy recipes that I know are failsafe.  Plus, I make a variety of foods because not everyone can eat everything.  Allergies seem to be more and more prevalent as I’m discovering.  One of our guests is allergic to nuts and one is has a gluten allergy so I’m making a fun springy arugula salad with fresh strawberries & pears, these spiced up Cabot cheddar crackers and baguettes I picked up at a local bakery to pair up with my pesto made without nuts.  I’m also making some brown rice pasta which is gluten free.

These crackers are super easy to make and you can make them ahead of time – which helps when multi-tasking.  These are also great as leftovers, stored in an airtight container for breakfast the next day or for lunch.  Great also with soup!
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April 16, 2014 Post a comment

After a lengthy conversation with my friend Lottie yesterday she advised some speed intervals for me.  I’ll admit, I’m just the girl who goes out and runs.  I don’t “warm-up” or “cool-down” (yes, some may be gasping at that thought.) I’m getting better at stretching afterwards (one positive).  But being completely truthful… I just run.  I always have a distance range in mind and will always fall within that mileage range but other than that – I go with the flow.  Even races that I do, I rarely have time goals.  I’ll have an idea of where I want to finish but I don’t beat myself down over it.  The reason is simple, if you run you  know that each and every day your run fluctuates.  It can be a very dramatic pendulum swing at that!  Some days you feel like you’re gliding on air (yeah, those days are rare) and some days (like many) I feel like my legs are sinking in cement.  Each race is the same way… you may feel like a rockstar or you don’t.  It’s all good.  The way I look at it – you’re doing it so who the hell cares!  I’m competing with myself no one else.

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April 16, 2014 Post a comment


My daughter picked this recipe from Oh She Glow’s cookbook for Meatless Monday’s menu choice.  I was thrilled and shocked that she chose it but the fact is that she does like Indian food when we get it.  I jumped all over making this as my super picky child never really cares if she eats or not.  It was incredibly flavorful and I made a few modifications along the way, which I will note.  This recipe was really easy to make and I had it done and simmering in no time.  Packed with protein thanks to the lentils.  The color, the aroma… it’s all heavenly.  Perfect cool, rainy day soup.  I, of course, whip this up on a 78 degree sunny day and topped this thick soup over basmati rice making it more like a stew.  Everyone cleaned their plate.  Success!  The downside is that it isn’t the most photogenic dish but rest assured… what it lacks in beauty it makes up for in flavor.  

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Banana Oatmeal Bars. Vegan. Gluten Free.

This recipe has been morphed from an old recipe that I’ve had for years to now accommodate my daughter’s newly adopted diet of being gluten and dairy free due to allergies.  They turned out moist and delicious and were devoured by my whole family in rapid speed!  This recipe also has no added refined sugars. … Continue Reading »

Cinnamon Vanilla Cashew Milk.

I’ve been making almond milk for about a year now.  I’ve recently been branching out and making some nut combo milks and they are so good.  I will be posting recipes on that in the future.  But one, easy peasy great starter milk is this… cashew milk!  It’s heavenly.  Why do I think it’s the … Continue Reading »

Coconut Mango Green Recovery Smoothie.

I’ve been drinking a lot  of smoothies lately.  They are so much easier on busy nights when I have board meetings, swim open house or doc appointments or for a quick lunch. This smoothie is one of my favorites.  I also love to make this after a run, like this morning, to help rebuild muscles … Continue Reading »

African Peanut Stew. Vegan. Gluten Free.

I think I have about 6 different recipes for African Peanut Stew.  It is one of my favorites although I realized that I had gone all winter without making it.  How could it be?  Well, thousands of recipes in my kitchen, then the new creations… it just got lost in the shuffle I suppose.  Then … Continue Reading »