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April 15, 2010

Hey strangers!  Annnd, ready, get set, (deep breathe)… I have TWO exams left and i could not be more excited for Summer, even though i am not technically going to have a lot more free time, i will be taking half the amount of classes that i am currently taking and i will be doing what i love to do much more often, which is train, write, and run of course!  Oh and obviously pack my body with the best nutrients around coming from local, fresh organic produce and expensive trips to my 2nd home.  I simply cannot wait to come home from a long run in the beautiful 75 degree sunny weather drenched in sweat, hop in an ice cold shower, throw on some digs and window shop the local farms with all of their gi-normous selections of mint green honeydews, baseball sized prince plums, fresh emerald green collards for collard wraps,  and do nothing but chill outside by the grill all night :)  Oh and i forgot to mention my all-time favorite aspect of summer, STORMS!  Ridiculously violent, strong, thunder-storms… lightening and all.  I love them, always have, always will.  Watching a storm roll over the Rocky Mountains is one of my most memorable childhood pastimes.  I find everything about them so magical and fascinating, and yes i have survived several large tornado cells.  Funny story:  My family was at a Ferrari convention near Chatfield lake in Colorado and they announced a Tornado Warning.  Not five seconds later, we all looked up at the sky and a giant waterspout had touched down in the lake right next to us and literally EVERY single guy there ran for their cars and pretty much forgot about their wives and families; this includes my father.  Don’t worry though, he eventually came back AFTER the tornado had passed and his beloved was safely in an underground hotel parking garage across the street.  There are many things both my mother and sister have forgiven him for, but that may be the funniest…  I was only four or five, so i would have been perfectly complacent sitting down and watching it a quarter-mile away in the midst of a hail-storm.  I guess i was an unusual kid.  Fearless or naive, you be the judge! :)

Anyway, i will officially be back with around 3-5 posts a week starting monday, but i thought i would let you guys know what my meals have looked like in the past couple of days for two reasons.  One being that i am rather proud of myself thinking ahead and preparing before my mess of four exams in the matter of 36 hours, and the other being that i have never really given you guys a look into exactly how i fuel myself for a day!

Day 1 (Tuesday)
6:00 a.m. (Clapping monkey Alarm goes off)
6:30 a.m. Actual wake-up time, (i like to give myself 1/2 of an hour of extra sleep knowing that i have to wake up in 30 minutes.  Weird, huh?)
6:30-7 a.m. A few quick exercises, stretching, and some hygienic cleansing.
7:00 a.m. Breakfast (Meal #1)

  • 2 handfuls of organic spinach
  • 1 scoop amazing grass chocolate (not meal replacement)
  • 2 tbs. chia seeds
  • 1 tbs. flax seeds
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 large organic carrot
  • 3 tbs. lima beans
  • 3 figs
  • 1 cup of frozen mixed berries
  • 2 handfuls of ice

(Blended for approx. 10-20 seconds, which yields a very thick mixture)

7:30 a.m. Out the door and on my way to my first exam.
8:30 a.m. Arrive at first exam and realize that it was extremely stupid to drink two liters of fluid on the way to a three hour exam.
8:31 a.m. EXTREMELY stupid.
8:39 a.m. I don’t remember this T.A. having a beard… Am i in the right room?
8:50 a.m. I can’t believe i studied so hard for this exam, what a breeze!
8:59 a.m. (Meal # 2)

  • My words at 8:50.

9:45 a.m. Finished my exam.  Now wheres the restroom in this building?  (Following the line of people…) Found it!
10:00 a.m. That took WAY too long… I’m getting kind of hungry again… Meet Bri at the library or eat?  Hmm… Why not both?
10-11:30 a.m. Studying was definitely the more productive choice, but how much did i actually get done? 41 pages?  Not bad.  How much of that will i remember?
11:30 a.m. Lunch (Meal #3)

  • Pre-prepped wrap on Ezekiel Tortilla with spinach, arugula, baby tomatoes,  oregano, tofu, and a hemp protein/flax seed oil spread.
  • 2 Small Granny Smith Apples
  • 1.5 Liter Smart Water
  • 8 Almond Butter Infused Prunes For Dessert (Homemade from “pitted” prunes)

12:30 p.m. Exam Numero Dos
3:29 p.m. Oh.  My.  Gosh.  I am not going to finish.  (I bubble my answers in last and was on 120/190)
3:30 p.m. They don’t call me the bubble master for nothing.  Okay, no one calls me that, but i sure felt like one!
3:30-5 p.m. 8-10 mile run.  Quick, ice cold shower.
5:30 p.m. Exam #3
8:00 p.m. Dinner time!  (Meal #4, technically 3, my words weren’t that filling)

  • 4-5 oz piece of tempeh sauteed in ginger-flax sauce
  • 5 cups of organic, lightly steamed broccoli
  • 1 cup of red quinoa (lightly steamed as well)
  • 2 large, organic Russet Apples spread with mounds of cashew butter, flax seeds, and hemp protein

9:30-10 p.m. Approx. 200 abdominal squats from floor, 200 push-ups, and 100 jumping squats while listening to my new favorite album (muse).
10:30 p.m. (Snack/Meal # 4)

  • 2 scoops of vanilla unsweetened pea protein
  • 2 cups of unsweetened chocolate almond milk
  • 1 cup of lima beans
    (blend until smooth, don’t hold me accountable if your taste buds aren’t as unique as mine) ;)

That is my meal plan for a day with three exams, very unlike my usual day which i will post later in the week, but thought it would be interesting!  Deane, out!

Yeah, probably not.  But i am going to pretend they do because i literally had NOTHING green left in my house to cook.  So steamed parsnips and grilled eggplant seemed like the perfect St. Patrick’s Day Dinner… No?




The eggplant was grilled in my favorite eggplant grilling sauce, which just so happens to have a wonderful background (read bottle) and is very low-sodium.  Perfect taste and smells wonderful, just the right amount of tang and spice!



All grilled up and ready for the oven at 350* for 5 minutes to take away the excess moisture.


Lunch today consisted of a grilled vegan cheese sammich on seedy ezekiel bread… mmm.


The little burnt guy was the end of the loaf, love those…
Anyone else have problems keeping these ridiculous little buggers in their ears while running?


Sorry for the fuzzy pic, but these don’t deserve any better… I HATE “EARBUDS”.  Whoever first referred to them as buds couldn’t have been more wrong.  They should be called earenemies.  Thus why i used a very tight Under Armor hat to keep them in.


Sure running is an amazing workout, but i feel like my arms are losing out on the deal on my long runs.  This is where these gems come in…  500g weighted gloves.  Lovely.  And since my Polar Heart Rate Monitor strap ripped around Christmas time, and i will not run without my Timex Ironman watch, i have to basically rig an ankle brace around myself and run the wire out the back and into my shorts pocket which makes for a ridiculous looking contraption… I would post a pic but it is pretty embarrassing!  Hope everyone enjoys there St. Pat’s Day.  Stay safe.  Deane, out.

Run This Town.

March 8, 2010

(Yawn…) This post is actually being brought to you from my a.m. lab that our T.A. apparently forgot to show for!  Well, i will not waste any time and try and be as productive as possible, posting this now so i will have room to study for multiple mid-terms later in the week tonight!  As promised, here are my five essential pairs of shoes that i literally live in:


Clockwise from top left:  My Keen Sandals that i pull out in March every year!  I love them and have purchased the same pair multiple times since Freshmen year… My Nike “Trail Runners”, which are really just for fun and wearing around doing any yard work, errands, and sometimes even a late class if i am feeling the look :)  My Clarks “Class shoes” of course, not only do they allow me to appear that i may have a hint of class, but i wear them to class daily!    And last but certainly not least, two pairs of my Asics Gel Nimbus 10s. These are by far my favorite of all running shoes, and i find for a toe striker like me; they offer amazing forefoot support, minimal amounts of cushion (which is just what i need, and no more) and wonderful pliability.  Even though i have been running with these for over 4 years, i recently made an interesting purchase that should be arriving in April that may forever affect my running shoe choice… Anyone ever heard of Vibram Fivefingers?  If so, let me know what you have heard, or definitely get in touch with me if you have a pair and love them or hate them!


Next up is my favorite running jacket, which for some reason uploaded sideways and i could not edit the pic?  But either way, this is the perfect second layer in the Spring/Summer Rain, and the perfect fourth layer in the Late Fall/Winter :)


Three essentials i could not live without, my compression socks (which i wear after 12 milers or beyond), my under armor skull cap (because i am one of those rare people who has a serious problem with keeping earphones in my ears while running), and Burton base-layer gloves ( i love the fact that these have a ton of grip so i don’t have to take them off while messing with my shoes, ipod, etc.)!

Now on to what i fuel my 10-12 milers with, something similar to Galaxy Granola (granola cooked without oils):





You got it.  Made some of my own granola this morning combining lots of the following:  Fresh blueberries, raisins, dried bosc pears, tamari-roasted pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, millet, oats, spelt flakes, all dressed in a pureed mix of a juicy white-nectarine, a small russet apple, and 2 Tbs. of chia seeds with a little almond milk to help get things flowing in the Mag Bullet.  Popped ’em in the oven at 330 degrees for 20 minutes and left the house… (I know very dangerous, but a definite time-saver when you have an oven that shuts itself off, hopefully) :)  Have a great monday everyone, only four more days until the weekend!  Does anyone have any awesome running related products i could/should be wasting money on, or new songs for that matter?  Deane, Out!

No, Your Ugli…

March 2, 2010

What must it be like to go through life uncomfortable with your body, your name, realizing that every one else looks at you differently and judges you based on your outer appearance?  Ask this guy;


Name:  Ugli Fruit
Alias:  Jamaican Tangelo, Citrus Paradisi
Background:  Love child of a pomelo, and a tangerine. (odd couple)
Country of Origin: Jamaica
Description:  Awkward, wrinkly, greenish-yellow skin, very juicy tangerine-like flesh, slightly more sour than an orange.

I don’t judge.  This guy was far more tasty and a nice change from my usual weekly grapefruit craving.


This morning before school, i prepped some celery for my Earth Shakes for the week (GIGANTIC time-saver) while listening to 14 different reasons why i do not need a dog before i graduate.  Of course, being the fair and open-minded individual i am i listened to every single semi-valid point that was jammed into my head, and i fired back with an opening statement that sounded something like this:  “Is that a new shirt?  No?  Well you make old shirts look new!”  and then i smiled sarcastically and proceeded to chop my celery.  Suffice to say; i am waiting until i graduate and move to get a dog.  Which is okay with me, i guess…

Oh well, my shake cheered me up.


How can something so pretty turn out to be so ugly and brown afterwards? Side Note:  Not a good line to use when your girlfriend comes back from tanning.  Even if it is meant to be a joke.  Know your audience. :)


Dessert last night looked a little something like this.  Bosc pears are massive right now at my local farmers market, so i am taking advantage of that big time and laying off of the apples this week!  Speaking of apples, the unthinkable happened to me this morning, and i found an apple i had NEVER heard of on the way to school.  Prince?  Anyone?  Me either… I will report back after my run tonight to let ya’ll know how that works out!  :) Expect a running gear post coming up soon as well!   Deane, Out.