Sunday, October 23, 2011

Running & Waffles

Good afternoon!

I hope everyone had a wonderful, restful weekend filled with the people and activities that you enjoy the most. We got to spend some time with family, set out on a long run, ate delicious food, and watched some college football. Overall, a truly perfect weekend.

I'm currently training for the Route 66 Half Marathon in Tulsa on November 20th. I've been running for about six years now and in that time, I've completed...
Growing up I played about 495743875 sports and wasn't truly a big fan of running. Back then, running was what I had to do in order to be prepared to play the game. Suicide drills for basketball (terrible name - effective drill), running the bases for softball, laps around the field for field hockey, zig zag drills for soccer, and so on. Then, one day I went to college and I didn't do anything. For like, 2 years. I got bored. Very, very bored. So, what did I do? I put on whatever tennis shoes I owned at the time, went out the door, and started running. After that day, I ran again, only farther. I kept it up until one day I went for a run and felt as if I could run forever. I had felt the "runner's high". Since then, I have never looked back. 

Running is truly my therapy. I live for it. I can set out on foot and sort through all of life's triumphs and tribulations, arriving back at home feeling more balanced and at peace. While it is true that running is a great way to get into and stay in shape, for me it is so much more than that. It keeps my mind at ease and my body healthy. What else could you ask for? My advice for anyone, whether you are just starting your fitness journey or have been at it for years, is to pursue something that you honestly enjoy. Yoga, walking, boxing, spinning, tennis, weight lifting, biking, swimming, etc. There are many options out there and I encourage everyone to search for something they want to do. You are more likely to keep coming back to something if you enjoy it. Don't compare yourself to others and what they are doing. Do what you like. 

Earlier in the week I set out for a mid-week run. I grabbed my Garmin 205 and iPod shuffle, threw on my favorite shoes (Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11), and headed out the door. 

Garmin 205
As I was locking my car door, I instantly remembered a simple trick I wanted to share with you all. Ever get tired of trying to figure out what to do with your dang car key while running? When I first started running I had no idea what to do with the thing until one day, an idea popped in my head. Tie that key to my shoe laces! If this is an idea that one billion people already know about, my apologies :) I know there has to be someone out there who hasn't thought of it yet! Anyway, I triple knot my shoe lace and the key stays put. No need to worry about holding it while you run. Better yet, no need to tuck it under your tire and pray that nobody saw you and steals your car while you're out. That would be unfortunate but I guess would force you to run back home? Giving you more of a workout? No? Ok. 


After long runs I am usually a fan of eating whole wheat waffles or pancakes with a nice cup of coffee. I like to make my own batter from scratch, which is loosely based off of this recipe.

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups organic whole wheat flour (we use Bob's Red Mill)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups organic skim milk (any milk alternative, such as almond, would work too)
  • 1 tablespoon applesauce (replaces the oil)
  • 1 organic egg
  • 1 organic egg white
Directions (for pancakes)
  1. In one bowl, mix all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder)
  2. In a second bowl, mix all the wet ingredients (milk, applesauce, eggs)
  3. Then, slowly add the dry mixture to the wet, until just moist (meaning=don't stir like crazy...just enough to get it combined and without clumps)
  4. Allow a nonstick griddle or pan to heat up on medium high heat
  5. Spray griddle or pan with cooking spray
  6. Spoon 1/4 cup batter onto griddle or pan, flip once bubbles form on the edges and top of the pancake
  7. Serve with real maple syrup
Directions (for waffles)
  1. In one bowl, mix all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder)
  2. In a second bowl, mix all the wet ingredients (milk, applesauce, eggs)
  3. Then, slowly add the dry mixture to the wet, until just moist (meaning=don't stir like crazy...just enough to get it combined and without clumps)
  4. Allow waffle iron to heat (we use Cuisinart)
  5. Spray iron with cooking spray
  6. Spoon 1/4 cup batter onto iron
  7. Serve with real maple syrup
In addition to the maple syrup, I like to add a bit of peanut butter to my waffles. The coupling of whole grains and protein keep me full for quite a while. Protein is a great way to repair muscles after a tough workout. Just what I need after a run. I also usually like to add some blueberries and bananas on top for an extra kick of vitamins and nutrients, but sadly we were all out.




The kind people over at Peanut Butter & Co.  sent me* a coupon for a free jar and I happily picked up their Mighty Maple and used it for this breakfast. It did not disappoint. It is really creamy with the right amount of sweetness. It has a legit ingredient list consisting of peanuts, evaporated cane juice, maple syrup, natural maple flavor, palm fruit oil, and salt. Considering the amount of peanut butter I consume (a lot...good for running fuel!), I want something that tastes good but is also free of the junk. Something simply and honestly made with real food...hence the blog name :) Peanut Butter and Co. certainly fit the bill and will be a permanent resident in my pantry. 



I'm off for my weekly grocery store visit. Hope you all have a happy and productive Sunday!

Be Well, 

Ashleigh

*Peanut Butter & Co. did not ask for a review and did not send a free sample..just a coupon.

2 comments:

  1. I have wanted to try that flavor of PB&Co. for sooooo long!!! It sounds so good!

    And I have the same relationship with running now. It is so much better than therapy. Haha!

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  2. @Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun

    Thank you so much for reading! I'm glad you love to run too! It really is the best :)

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