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!

Want to see my what kept me busy during my Adjustment class this morning?  I was bored and found out that POM is having a contest where you could end up winning $250 donated to the American Heart Association in your name and some other goodies.  So i thought, why not sketch a little something (i have no intention of even coming close to winning), but i figured it was a semi-productive way to pass the time in my least favorite class!  Just to clear things up, every other class i have has either a lab or my full attention!  This was another social-science credit i HAD to take, so i have an excuse for not paying attention.  And to all you students out there, DO NOT DO THIS unless you can pull off an 89 in the course like me! :)


You had to incorporate their logo and the word wonderful in their somehow.  Here is my entry on the site.  Again, this was done in less than an hour and i know i am not the best artist, but if you want to vote, go for it!  Maybe you can contribute to a $250 donation the the American Heart Association!  Why not? :)  My eats this morning were not pictured but consisted of 3 apples and a bowl of ezekiel sprouted almond cereal.  Mmm… For lunch i plan on re-creating a smoothie that i saw over at Katie’s blog and for dinner tonight i may just create something a little more appealing than last night!  Stay tuned :)