I wonder…

April 28, 2010

What you are probably wondering… is why i have been absent from the blog world quite a bit these past few weeks, or maybe not, maybe you could care less… Well either way, i will tell you.  Not only did i come out of this semester with the final exam grades that i expected and worked for, but i have taken on a new sort of “personal challenge” and i decided that i am going to run a few 10k races in my training time before my upcoming marathons, and that i would like to complete them in under forty-two minutes.  This would mean cutting down my average time a whole minute and a half or so, which could prove to be fun!  Have i ever run below forty-two?  Well, since i hardly ever look at my watch half-way through a run (i always wait until the end and am satisfied with my time no matter what), my personal best came on a day where i was competing with a friend and i actually ran a 40:41 10k.  This was a couple of summers ago and i have never tried to match that, but am beginning to speed train as of today to attempt to!  If any of you are interested in my speed workouts or routines, please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email and i would be glad to discuss the common denominators of a good speed workout!

What you are probably wondering… is what my concrete plans are for the summer, since i am now finished my winter semester?  Although i have been trying to solidify plans myself these past couple of days/weeks, a completely new option has seemed to present itself to me that i had ALMOST lost hope in… It would be an amazing opportunity and would allow me to display my creative spirit both through my writing and in one of the most geographically awe-inspiring places to boot!   There are major changes coming in my life, and once everything has settled, i can’t wait to share it with you guys!  I am in kind of a transition period right now, so i appreciate EVERY single comment i receive and always love feedback!

What you are probably wondering… is how many miles i put in a week (running)?  On average, i usually peak-out at around 50, sometimes more, sometimes less.  It all basically depends on how i feel and whether or not i have decided to incorporate lots of cross-training, bike-riding, rollerblading, or simply feel as if rest is the best possible thing to do that week.  I love tht i am at a place in my life right now where i have recognized that when my body needs rest, IT NEEDS REST, and i feel so much better for it.  All of you out there who don’t take advantage of down-time, please do. I can’t stress enough how important it is to let your body heal properly.  Take a day, take a few days, don’t cut down on your food intake, just live and follow your heart and hunger on your off days.  Athletes:  Most of the time the reason you are experiencing pain or frequent injury is because you are lacking in the most important aspect of athletic performance (REST), if you are starving all of the time and go to bed hungry only to wake up and hit the pavement, you are depriving yourself of the nutrients your body wants and needs.  Don’t be afraid to give it what it wants!

What you are probably wondering… is when i will start posting my cross-training workouts, tips for runners, and video-recipes?  Next week has taken on a new theme for me:  Out with the old, and in with the new… Not only will i be the owner of a fresh, new apple.  But i will have the proper chords and outlets to hopefully upload some pretty decent quality clips :)

What you MAY be wondering… is what i made for breakfast this morning?  Something completely NEW to me!  Everyone has to try this smoothie. In a word, it was EPIC.  Grr… Even joking about that word erks me…  To anyone who uses this “phrase” frequently, please find it in you to switch things up every once in awhile.  You might have screwed up your oats yesterday morning, but for some reason i don’t think we can consider that an “Epic Fail”.  Here is my smoothie that was pretty impressive, if i do say so myself…

Just Beet It Smoothiebeet it by Darwin Bell.

  • 2 Tbs. Cashews
  • 2 Tbs. Hemp Protein
  • 2 Tbs. Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Freshly Steamed Beets
  • 4 Handfuls of Spinach
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 Tbs. Carob Powder
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Tbs. Your Choice of Nut Butter

This was certainly atypical, uncommon, remarkable, notable, moving or even stirring!  Just a few words to slowly weed out this epic phase…  Oh ya, and i am on a beet-kick lately, so expect the Ultimate raw beet-patty recipe next :D

Deane, Out!

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What’s for Lunch?

March 1, 2010

I have about 15 minutes in between classes, and i thought i would bust out a quick post of an uncharacteristic salad i had pre-made myself for lunch today last night.  I just finished it up, and it was pretty unbelievable, i recommend trying it!


This consisted of:
-Very Lightly Steamed Beets
-Raw Shredded Yucca
-Sliced Tomatoes
-Chickpeas (at the bottom)
-Chopped Spinach (also at the bottom)
-Mixed and Tossed (lunch time today) with Olive Oil and Blueberry Vinegar

This was a surprisingly complimentary combo!  Very crunchy, and semi-sweet/tangy.  Went well with a Granny Smith apple and rice milk on the side :)  I don’t bring my camera to school, but i will start taking more pics of the prepping before i leave in the morning!  Planned dinner for tonight;  Flax- Tempeh Stir Fry, Broccoli, and Lima Beans (my favorite).