Best Vegetable Smoothie Ever

How do you know if you have made the best vegetable smoothie ever? If you look at the bottom of the glass and wish you had more. That’s when you know that you finally made it. You may also have a green mustache.

I like to make my own recipes using some standard guidelines. First you need liquid. I use water, orange juice (100%), or cranberry juice. Next you need vegetables. I usually go with the Baby Spinach. It tastes good and is readily available. Next, you need some fiber. I have three sources, a meal replacement, chia seeds or flaxseed. I usually alternate between the three. Haven’t notice much difference, however, I do notice I get less hungry when using the meal replacement.

Next for additional structure, I mix a fruit in the form of an apple. I normally using Granny Smith apples or a red delicious. Sometimes I will throw in a banana that I have frozen or you can use a fresh one. I top the vegetable smoothie with three or four ice cubes, put them all in the Vitamix and spin for a few minutes.

When the smoothie is well blended, (you will know) and you pour it in the glass, you will finally say this is the best vegetable smoothie ever.

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Running quotes

Here’s some funny running quotes I found online

“Jogging is for people who aren’t intelligent enough to watch television.”  – Victoria Wood

If it were any easier, it’d be called football.

“Everybody can’t be good, there has to be somebody to stand on the curb and cheer us on.”  – Bill Rodgers

If you went for a run today and didn’t sacrifice anything, congratulations you just jogged.

Running-cheaper than therapy.

Running-it’s a mental sport and we’re all insane.

Death before DNF.

A marathon is just a 10k with a 20 mile warmup.

My favorites:

Girl, please, my mascara runs faster than you do!

If running were easy, it’d be called your mom.

Run like you stole something.

I highlighted my favorites.   What’s your favorite or do you have a good one to add?

 

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My thoughts on a marathon….

Here’s the recap of my first marathon if you somehow missed it, as if I haven’t talked about it enough…

As I’ve said, I was completely shocked and overwhelmed by how mental a marathon is.  For me, it was about 80% mental and 20% physical.  I don’t think you can truly understand how mentally difficult a marathon is until you run one; I sure didn’t.  It definitely gives me an appreciation for anyone who has ran one.

Part of the surprise was because this my first marathon and I didn’t know what to expect so next time I’ll be more prepared.  I had run the full distance before, but when you’re in the actual race it’s so different because your mind keeps doubting yourself as you get more tired…. “You can’t keep up this pace, you’re gonna have to walk, there’s so much further to go, you’ll never finish…”  It was really hard for me to keep a positive attitude but I tried to continually remind myself of the good stuff and that was basically whatever I could think of, “Wow, I’ve already ran 14 miles!  I’m in double digits, I’m in a rhythm, I haven’t pooped my pants yet!”

The marathon was physically hard, but not the hardest thing I’ve ever done.  I think the last half marathon that I ran I worked just as hard if not more.  But mentally it was definitely on the top of the list.  More mentally difficult than the insurmountable feeling of leaving for Alaska with hundreds of thousands of pounds of halibut to catch.

The things I’m proud of:

  • I didn’t psych myself out or put a ton of pressure on myself to perform.  Besides the normal race day jitters, I was pretty calm about the whole thing.
  • I trained for a marathon in 41 training runs over a 3 month period and even more importantly, didn’t re-injure myself.  I did the stretching, icing, rest days, cross training, and core work even though I still think it’s lame and I’d much rather be checking celeb gossip online. or watching my hair grow.
  • During the race I didn’t break down or let up.  It was tough and I wanted to, but I just kept going.

The things I need to work on:

  • Being mentally tougher next time around.
  • Pacing myself better, especially in the middle of the race.

Although I don’t want to negate what I accomplished, a tiny part of me feels that because I came so close to the BQ cut off, it’s not as valid.  I know this is dumb, but I want to qualify and not have to use the 59 second cushion.  I guess it will motivate me to run harder next time.

The thought of running another marathon right now still kinda makes me want to gag, but I know that I’ll get over it soon and be itching to do the next one.  I’m signed up for the Rock n Roll Arizona in the middle of January so I better get ready!

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Book Review: Running for Women

Met with the PT today; she told me to quit running until I can run pain-freeThe goal isn’t to be able to run in pain but to make the pain go away completely which isn’t going to happen if I keep running with things the way they are.  Frustrating but I know the last couple runs I’ve been in pain and should have stopped.  Good thing I’m headed to Alaska soon!

I just read Joan Samuelson’s Running for Women.

She won the first Olympic womens’ marathon in 1984 in 2:24:52 (17 days after having knee surgery!!) and also held the American womens’ marathon record for 17 years, 2:21:21.  Last year, at the age of 50, Joan competed in the US Olympic team trials and finished in 2:49:08, setting a new US 50+ record.  She is a running machine.

This is a great basic informational resource for women runners.  There is a training plan in the book, and Joan covers everything from nutrition to injuries to sports bras.  It’s part training and part autobiography.  I enjoyed reading about Joan’s career more than the informational stuff, but I think it’s a good mix of both and great for any woman runner.  It’s a really fast read; I’d recommend it.

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