Races don’t always go as planned, and this was one of those races. So, this race report recaps the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon and not the Full. I planned to run the full marathon and was doing well until an issue with my Achilles in August forced me to take time off and keep my mileage low. I never made it past the 25-kilometer mark while training. I thought of trying to cram in a few long runs before race day and worked out a couple of different scenarios in my mind. I knew it wasn’t the best idea, but if you’re a runner who’s ever been injured, I’m sure you can relate. Continue reading “2015 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon”
Last year, when I ran the Disneyland Half Marathon, I figured it was a one and done race. I was there to get my Coast to Coast medal and had no plans on going back. That was until runDisney announced the Dumbo Double Dare – a 10K race on Saturday followed by a half marathon on Sunday. It’s an inaugural race and with a little bit of peer pressure, I found myself signed up. What else is new? Continue reading “Maple Bacon Biscuits”
I recently saw a quote that said “Sometimes the people who are thousands of miles away from you, can make you feel better than the people right beside you.”. I think that quote describes exactly how I feel about a lot of friends I have in my life. That is to say I miss the ones who don’t live close and have a greater appreciation for the time we spend together. Continue reading “A Birthday and Salty-Sweet Butter Pecan Cookies”
I try to eat clean 90 percent of the time but every Sunday I have a cheat meal which means I can eat just about anything I want. But I’m not going to scarf Cheetos and Cherry Coke just because they’re available, I want something good! And if I’m going to indulge in something, it has to be worth the calorie count. So last week when I was craving chocolate, I thought, why not make a tray of brownies? Continue reading “Fudgy Chocolate Chunk Brownies”
The other day, someone asked me why I wasn’t posting recipes anymore. I didn’t think much of it until someone else asked me and then another person asked. So why haven’t I been baking? For starters, I’ve been trying to clean up my eating. Then I was also busy training for Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge in January. Training? What’s up with that? I know there have been recent blog posts that make it seem the races are a walk in the park (pardon the pun) and not a whole lot of training is required. But believe me, you do have to train to complete a marathon, Disney or otherwise. Behind the theme parks, characters and the fluff of the tutus, you are out there walking or running 13.1 miles for a half marathon and double that distance for the marathon. It’s not like you can wake up, jump into the race at mile 25 and claim that you’ve run an entire marathon. And while it is true that you’ll get a medal regardless of whether you officially finish a Disney race, that isn’t the point. Anyway, I digress. If you are seriously training, then you know how little time and energy you have on the weekend for things besides running and napping. That’s where I’ve been and that’s what I’ve been doing. And if you’re looking to start running, here’s a good spot – 10 Tips for New Runners.
But enough about that, let’s talk about the good stuff! The kind of stuff you can eat and not feel guilty about after a good long run – muffins.
I’m not sure if running a 10K on the Sunday of Daylight Savings Time was the best idea. I’m not a morning person on the best of days so trying to get those miles minus an hour and meet friends for brunch was a bit tricky. But that’s the beauty of a virtual 10K race – you run the miles WHERE you want and WHEN you want. After some unintentional peer pressure Friday morning, I decided at the last minute to register for the Nike Women’s 10K. Okay, I’m a sucker for a cute shirt too! So that was a plus too. There was just one problem – everyone was being asked to record their 10K times using Nike+ Running App.
Remember when granola was healthy? I don’t. As far as I remember, granola always had chocolate chips, marshmallows or even better: granola bars that were dipped in chocolate or caramel and decorated with some kind of frosting. As a kid, I LOVED putting granola in yogurt or anything else because it was loaded junk — it was like eating dessert while being “healthy”. Or at least that’s how I’d try to trick my mom into buying me some. These days, I’m trying to keep things healthy and stay away from the sweets. I’m temporarily saying no to the chocolate chips. I went on a search for healthy granola but wasn’t able to find anything I liked, and that’s when I decided to create my own blend: Tropical Protein Granola. Continue reading “Tropical Protein Loaded Granola”
Back to school sales are popping up in my inbox and the weather is cooling down. All signs that are pointing to the beginning of the school year and the beginning of fall. It seems like we’ll be complaining about the snow and cold not too long from now when we’ve just finished complaining about the heat and humidity. Although it made running a little more difficult, I for one will miss the sunshine and hot weather. And while it’s probably a good thing I never did get that ice cream machine I’ve been wanting, I did manage to pick up a set of popsicle molds. Continue reading “Cereal Milk Popsicles”
I’m slowly working my way through the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook. I really enjoy making Christina Tossi’s creations. Her recipes are easy to follow and remind me so much of all the foods I loved to eat as a child. The Cereal Milk recipe is exactly that. I used to (and still do) love drinking the milk right out of the bowl after it had been soaking in cereal. Forget the cereal because that just turned soggy within minutes. But I could drink that sweetened milk all day long! Well, Christina Tossi has figured out a way to recreate just that.
The recipe is fairly straightforward. You’re toasting a large handful of Corn Flakes, then steeping them in milk. Add a little bit of sugar and a pinch of salt and voila! Cereal Milk. That’s it. Four ingredients and you’re there. The end result is a glass of milk that really does taste like it’s been sitting in the bottom of a cereal bowl. It’s a little bit sweet with a hint of the toasted Corn Flakes. And for those of you who run, it’s a nice change from chocolate milk. Perfect with a cookie or two as an afternoon treat.
Now I just have to figure out what do to with all of this Cereal Milk I’ve made. Hmm… Continue reading “Milk Bar’s Cereal Milk”
This Saturday, I’m going to be running a 30K race – The Midsummer Night’s Run. It’s one of the few races that I run for charity — The Hospital for Sick Children and if anyone wants to sponsor me or donate here’s the link (just had to throw that in there). A big part of preparing for the race, or any physical activity for that matter, is getting a handle on your nutrition. You want to make sure your body is getting the right balance of nutrients and enough energy to sustain you. Part of the fun of running is being able to carb-load, but you want to make sure you’re getting your carbs from a good source as well as getting some protein in. That said, I decided to make a batch of Moroccan Chicken Stew using whole grain teff for a few of my lunches this week. Continue reading “Moroccan Chicken Stew with Whole Grain Teff”