Half Marathon

Something exciting has happened! I did a thing!   I registered for the Route 66 Half Marathon in Tulsa. November 23, 2014! So apparently my sad, recreational running can now go by the fancy name of “Half Marathon Training” Some of my thoughts on this situation. Negative: My “long run” of the week is only at six miles. Positive: I’ve done said long run twice a week for the past two weeks. Negative: It’s going to be hard to train throughout the semester. Positive: I have 17 weeks to do it! Negative: My gym membership expires August 1. Positive: I can use the medical school gym on August 1! Negative: Running is hard. Positive: It makes me feel like a beast. Negative: I may not run a very good time at the half. Positive: It’ll be my first time racing this distance so it will be a PR! Yay.   Here is a quote I leave you with by the awesome Lauren Fleshman. She’s an educated runner, mom, granola bar maker, blogger, and basically the running female version of Samuel L Jackson in terms of being hard-core. The quote is about signing up for races so I thought it was appropriate. “This is how it happens. You see people racing, their hearts exposed, vulnerable among millions. And then you sign...

Let’s Talk About This Whole Juice Cleanse Thing

When I last updated you on Day 2, I was about to have my cashew banana shake for dinner. I did drank it again and was feeling fine. After that, I went to Lowe’s with my parents and started thinking about the benefits I had gotten from solely juicing for two days. Honestly, there weren’t very many. Is juicing healthy and beneficial? Yes. Does it constitute a balanced diet on its own? No At this point I really really really wanted actual food with substance, and I began to get a headache. And then my parents stopped at Chili’s and the whole thing was settled. I decided to listen to my body instead of depriving it just to complete the arbitrary three days. I needed food. At Chili’s, I had chips and salsa and a cup of potato soup. Though it wasn’t much food, I was completely satiated. I finally had energy again! I will say that it is a pretty amazing feat to eat only fresh fruits and vegetables and it did make me feel healthier in my mind, knowing I was getting so many vitamins and consuming things straight from a farm. But, I didn’t feel particularly cleansed of toxins or stool like I was expecting to. Also, I did lose a lot of water weight and felt like I had tighter muscle tone. Though, that could be because my muscles were breaking into their glycogen stores for energy, haha. On the first day before I started I weighed myself. So there’s that. Take it as you will. Day 1 – 117 lbs Day 2- 114 lbs...

Juice Update 1

It looks as though I’m tied down to home (aka my juicer) for the next three days so I will get some writing, unpacking, and juicing done. Sounds good to me! The Bad News: I got really hungry. Like really hungry at about 2 AM last night. I thought “Oh boy” The Good News: I woke up ready for some juice. I prayed “Give us this day our daily juice” and then jumped right into getting my first juice out. I prepped last night so it wasn’t hard. I just grabbed the baggie labeled “Morning Day 1” My first juice this morning was a big handful of kale, a big handful of baby spinach, a whole kiwi, and two small granny smith apples. I juiced that in my fancy juicer and then put the juice in a little blender cup and pureed it with a banana. Why? Juicing a banana definitely adds the banana flavor. I wanted something a little different out of the banana. Namely, its anti-diarrheal qualities. You know the BRAT diet? Bananas are the B. I just don’t want to have crazy intense juice poops if you know what I mean. I’m calling this juice “Green Apple Jolly Rancher” because that’s what it tastes like. Seriously. It’s freaking delicious. The banana makes it more filling too. It made about 400ml of liquid and that is a lot to drink. I sipped my juice as I cleaned out my juicer. Then I went outside to sip my juice and dumped the pulp receptacle in my mom’s garden. The neighbors were like “Dang look at that perfect hippy...

Breakfast

Thanks to my girls waking me up early, I’ve gradually been training my body to wake up earlier. Part of me being able to stay up all day and be productive includes getting a good breakfast too. I don’t like to eat right when I wake up though, so I waited a bit and then made this breakfast with fresh homemade juice in my juicer. We had some chopped fruit left in the fridge from my party. It had apples, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and grapes. I added an apple and a handful of raspberries and threw it all in my juicer. I can be kind of be picky about my raw fruit if its too mushy or bruised or just not fresh, but the great thing about juicing is that I can get rid of that less-than-fresh fruit. I normally would have written off these raspberries as too icky to eat alone, but they were perfect in my juice. I’ve found that an apple and two or three handfuls of other fruits is enough to make a cup of juice. I added a spoonful of Chia seeds and stirred. It was one of the sweeter juices I’ve made, but it was still good and tangy! My favorite juice so far has been apple, carrot, orange, blueberry juice! I added a bagel with peanut butter, cinnamon, and sprinkles on it and ate a banana as well. While a big, fluffy, white flour bagel isn’t the healthiest, its filling and its my favorite. I’ve eaten these since I was a kid. I consider it even since I had juice 😉 Now,...

Safe Running

My niece was with me last night and today during my classes. I have since realized my life is pretty boring for a six year old. And that’s with having gone to the park during one of my breaks. She woke up this morning before my alarm, thankfully knew better than to wake me, and was “Ready to start the glorious day of high school. Wait, are you in high school?” “Nope, Kate. I’m in college.” And yes she really did say glorious. 20 minutes into my first class she said “When is it time for a rest?” Basically I am a granny. We still had fun though. We went rock climbing, played racquetball and went to an intramural futsol game. She dressed this little doll up on my iPad. She said “Look a swimsuit!” Sweet, modest, little Katie. One thing I do have in common with a six year old is that we both eat all day long, mostly a well-balanced diet of goldfish, apples, Easter candy, and pasta. Anyway- After many people begging and pleading with me to not run by myself at night, I have come up with some safer compromises that can be used as safer running tips. I like night because its cooler, more peaceful, and the sun is not in my eyes. My face is really sensitive to sunburn and I’m a big time squinter. But, especially in Shawnee I do not always feel safe. 1) For starters, a more obvious one- I usually wear a light colored shirt or something reflective. 2) I carry pepper spray on a little wrist band. You know- for rapists,...