Don’t Go Bacon My Heart… I Couldn’t if I Fried

wpid-img_8536.jpgOn Saturday, I ran my first official race of the season… the Great American Bacon 5K!

While I didn’t plan on taking the race too seriously, I do take my bacon eating pretty seriously so I had to BRING IT with our team name and jerseys!  And despite the gimmicky theme, the course was not easy.  The park in which it was held is a converted trash mound and had some serious elevation changes.  (For all you non-Floridians, trash mounds are the highest points of elevation when you live at sea level, lol.) What’s more, the race didn’t start until 8:20 which made for an uncomfortably hot run.

Team “Don’t Go Bacon My Heart” was comprised of some pretty kick ass runners of all different levels!  The newbies got Personal Records, the sprinters had a blast and a new mommy got her first post-baby 5K under her belt!  And the best part?… Good conversation and some nice cold beers to celebrate at our impromptu tailgating after-party at my car.  Let the race season begin!

 

 

Wings for Life Foundation

Dear friends & followers,

Like all runners, I have had a love/hate relationship with this sport since I began 7 years ago. There have been many runs during which I have deeply questioned my sanity and ultimately conceded to a level of masochism not shared by most. Despite these feelings, however, I have always, ALWAYS given thanks to God for giving me a sound body that is capable of such a primal and liberating act. How beautiful it is to exercise my privilege to run!

Wings for Life Foundation’s aim is to find a cure for spinal cord injury. Promoting advancement in spinal cord research is important to me. This year, I have decided to not only run for my own sense of happiness and freedom, but to dedicate myself to a greater cause. I want to run for those who can’t and would greatly appreciate your help in achieving my fundraising goal of $1500.

Just click on the picture below to be redirected to my fundraising page!

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100% of your donation goes directly to spinal cord research since the foundation’s administrative costs are completely covered by Red Bull!

Please join me in supporting this great organization by making a donation today.

Thanks,

Cristy

Beet-le Juice :-P

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While shopping for veggies at Walmart (I know, it just screams “health food store” doesn’t it?!) my mother and I were approached by an older gentleman who wanted to share a recipe for a juice/ smoothy he likes to make in his bullet blender.  While I usually just smile, nod politely and walk away from people who volunteer unwanted information, I was genuinely curious so I stuck around to hear what the ol’ nut had to say.

I ended up creating the smoothy the next day for myself and my boyfriend (with a few of my own tweaks) and it wasn’t too bad at all.

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Recipe (2 servings):

  • 1/2 large beet cubed
  • 1 1/2 tbsps of diced fresh ginger
  • 2 cups of carrot juice (1 1/2 cups of carrot and 1/2 cup of orange is a great alternative)
  • juice of one lime
  • scoop of Green Super Foods powder

Blend ‘er up and serve with another squeeze of lime if desired.  A couple of ice cubes in the blender make it yummy too.

This home-made smoothy was much more palatable than something I recently had at Whole Foods and payed A LOT more money for.  Their “Super Greens” juice is packed full of nutrients and ingredients that I would otherwise find delicious.  Except for my achilles heel of the vegetable juice world… celery juice.  Everything and anything into which celery juice is added becomes completely repugnant for me.

The first sip was good, the second sip, ok.  The third became unbearable.  Because celery has diuretic and cleansing properties, however, I forced myself to finish it.  (I spent 2 hours after that wanting to gag so, I’ll be waiting a while before I do that again.)

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If your facial muscles involuntarily tense up to make a slight look of disgust while you consume it… its probably really, REALLY healthy for you.

Here are some links to further info on Juicing and Smoothy making at home:

Dr. Oz: Benefits of Juicing http://www.doctoroz.com/article/healing-properties-juicing

Web MD: Pros and Cons of Juicing http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/juicing-health-risks-and-benefits

Food Matters:  Smoothies v Juicing  http://www.foodmatters.tv/articles-1/juicing-vs-blending-which-one-is-better

 

 

Wings for Life

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Dear friends & followers,

Like all runners, I have had a love/hate relationship with this sport since I began 7 years ago. There have been many runs during which I have deeply questioned my sanity and ultimately conceded to a level of masochism not shared by most. Despite these feelings, however, I have always, ALWAYS given thanks to God for giving me a sound body that is capable of such a primal and liberating act. How beautiful it is to exercise my privilege to run!

Wings for Life Foundation’s aim is to find a cure for spinal cord injury. Promoting advancement in spinal cord research is important to me. This year, I have decided to not only run for my own sense of happiness and freedom, but to dedicate myself to a greater cause. I want to run for those who can’t and would greatly appreciate your help in achieving my fundraising goal of $1500.

I will be logging my weekly mileage and posting it on my blog this season. You can either pledge to donate a certain amount of money based on my mileage logged during race season from October 1, 2014 to March 1, 2015 (i.e. 10 cents per mile logged during this time @ 250 miles = $25) or simply make a general, and hopefully generous, donation now.

100% of your donation goes directly to spinal cord research since the foundation’s administrative costs are completely covered by Red Bull!

Please join me in supporting this great organization by making a donation today.

Thanks,

Cristy

Just click on the link below!  Also, check out the Wings for Life page on this blog!!!

www.wingsforlife.com/walkruninspired

 

Do… Epic… Shit

doepicshitI consider October 1st to be the official start of running season here in South Florida and I’m so excited I can barely contain myself… This is evident to all of my friends and co-workers who are just about at their wits end listening to me squeal with excitement each time I register for another race or realize how few days are left until my first 1/2!!!!

I have been training HARD this summer and its payed off because I’ve gotten FAST. Well, faster than I have ever been personally at least.  I’m both scared and excited to begin the season and often wonder… Will I achieve my goal?  Last year, my goal was simply to improve my time by a minimum of 2 minutes each race and I achieved this. Actually, I not only achieved it, I surpassed my goal by decreasing my time by 3+ minutes a race, ending my season with a 2:03 half marathon at the Orlando “Best Damn Race” 2014.  This, ironically, WAS the best damn race I had ever done.

What this year, then?

This year, I’ve decided that I want to achieve what one of the strongest and most knowledgable lady athletes I have ever met, Nicole, taught be about this summer as I took a class with her at a triathlon training center.  Its a little something she calls “Epic Shit.”  Yeah, that’s right… I want to achieve some Epic Shit this season, people, and I have decided that I will be doing this by breaking a 2 hour half marathon.  I want to run with the big girls and I only have to shave 3 minutes off my best time to do it.  But what a long, tedious and frightening 3 minutes it is!    

Just as I fear injury, I fear failure.  But, my excitement and belief in myself are stronger than any fear that I may have.  Let the season begin!!!!

P.S. I have also decided not to just run for myself this year.  I’ve put together a page with a great organization that I’ll tell you all more about on October 1st!!

 

 

Hamster on a Wheel

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3 worst things about running on a treadmill at the gym:

1. Feeling like a caged hamster running on a wheel.

2. Having to smell gross old-man cologne for the entire length of your workout because you can’t run past the guy next to you… because you’re a hamster on a wheel.

3. Not being able to escape getting hit on by weird guys because they know you can’t move away from them…. because you’re a hamster on a wheel.

1 redeeming aspect of running on a treadmill at the gym:

1. Decreased swamp-ass/ lowered risk of heat stroke. 

That is all…

A Sign of Peace

Sorry I have left you for so long,  my friends.  I have had so many amazing changes occur in my life and I’m excited to fill you in! I have a new career,  new amazing friends to share my life with and new goals to achieve.

I’ve continued to run and feel that I’ve gotten stronger.  This summer,  I have kept my schedule pretty regular.  I have treated myself to several recovery walks along the ocean afterwards and these pictures are from my greatest of discoveries while on one of these walks… a baby sea turtle making its way back to the ocean.

It’s brothers and sisters had left it much earlier in the day and it was stumbling around trying to figure out which way to go.  So precious and tiny!

When I posted this on Facebook,  a friend of mine informed me that turtles traditionally represent peace in one’s life.  How fitting that I should see this now.  I am happy and at peace… there are so many adventures to look forward to in the upcoming months.  I can’t wait to find my way to the ocean and experience the successes of all my efforts!