Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Grading my food & Chicago run!

Hello! Happy Hump Day.
I love that commercial. Hehe.

Sorry for the terribly late post- today the cross country team went to Chicago!

We took the train and ran on the beach for 50 minutes.

Honestly, it felt terrible. It was 90+ out there, and we were running with absolutely no shade and no wind. Despite the water every 1/4 mile, we were going incredibly slow and it was really hard to get through it. I have shin splints... and my legs hurt. A lot.

Of course, when we finished our run the clouds came out and it got cool. Of course. We got to swim in the lake though, which was wonderful.

Then we headed to Navy Pier for some Jamba Juice and lunch!

I don't have any pictures, since I only took pictures with friends, but I had a great time.

Now I'd like to share with you a recipe or two.

1. I found this recipe for protein bars on Pinterest. I figured I would give them a try, since the ingredients list looked decent, and the nutritional facts are pretty wonderful. 

Overall, I was pretty disappointed. They are kind of tasteless.. Definitely don't taste like chocolate to me. However, I discovered that with a bit of peanut butter (as shown above) they are actually not that bad! I also crumbled one in Chobani, which was good too.
I would give them a C. Great nutrition facts (only 96 calories and 10 grams of protein for 2 bars!) but the taste was not so great.

2. I decided I should be eating more protein, so I have been trying to have a smoothie/shake with protein powder after runs. I discovered this recipe for an apple cinnamon shake. on Meals and Moves, and I knew I would have to try it! (pictured above)
It was SO delicious! I give it an A for both nutritional facts and taste. (:

This week I really want to try Brittany's Sweet Potato Protein Pancakes. Yum! I love sweet potatoes!

Tomorrow night I get to babysit, which I am totally excited about. I sit for the sweetest girls! I love kids!

That leads me to a question: I have the opportunity to volunteer for a camp for 5-6 year olds in my community. However, I would have to miss summer running for a week, but I could probably run on my own. Should I miss running and volunteer, right before the season starts? Part of me says I totally should, since I love volunteering and kids, but the other part of me really wants to dedicate myself to becoming a good runner, and to me that means attending summer running daily.

Which do I choose? (:
Thanks guys.

P.S. I apologize for the lack of pictures in this post.

P.P.S. My $5 Target blender is dying. What should I replace it with? I would love a vitamix but I think it needs to be under $50. Should I get a magic bullet? Other suggestions>


  1. I love that commercial!!
    Hump Day YEAHHHH :)
    We are supposed to be in the high 90s the rest of the week! I am so not looking forward to my run tomorrow!

    1. I'm so thankful I just had a 3 miler today... the heat is a killer!! What matters is that we got out there and did it, right? (:

  2. Omg that commercial is great!!! Thanks for sharing!
    I'm glad you had such a great time in Chicago other than that super hot run. That's how it always is isn't - it gets nice and cool and a breeze picks up the SECOND you get done!! It's like really?! That couldn't have happened just an hour earlier?! Haha that's how it goes I guess!
    I would say to volunteer at the camp. It's only for a week, and like you said, you can run on your own. You might not get an opportunity to do the camp again, so I would go for it! :)

    1. It's ALWAYS like that!!! I guess so.

      Thanks for your input. I reaaaaally want to, but I realized I have a few more conflicts that week and probably won't be able to.. :(

  3. That commercial is great! A run sounds crazy fun! I've been running in North Carolina and it's been so cool out! I love it!

    1. YOU'RE BACK!! (: Missed you Katherine! Can't wait to read those blog posts again (: I loved your recap. I'm so jealous of that cool weather!


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