Wednesday, February 27, 2013



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Friday, February 22, 2013

Fit foods Friday: Flax Chicken

Missing fried chicken?? Then this recipe is for you!
Making healthy food choices does NOT mean you have to miss out on the good stuff.
Replace unhealthy breading with ground flax.
Replace frying with baking.

Baked Flax Chicken
2 chicken breasts cut in half
1/2 cup ground golden flax
1 Tablespoon seasonings of choice*

Wash chicken and while still wet dip in flax/seasonings mixture. 
Place chicken breasts on baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake on 350 for 30-35 minutes. 

* ideas for seasonings
-dry ranch dressing
-dry italian dressing
-taco seasoning
-cumin and chili powder
-dry mustard and splenda

My friend shared this recipe with me using ranch seasonings and it is great. Since then I have tried all of the above seasoning combinations and they are all amazingly flavorful and so different. Pair it with whatever steamed veggie you are in the mood for and you are set for dinner.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Motivational Monday: Cross Training

Do you love cross training?
Not sure I do. 
I love running. I love training for a race. 
I like cross training but I don't love it. 

I have tried things like 
I enjoy doing all of those things for fitness but I do not LOVE them the way I LOVE running.

Running is...

my passion
my obsession  
my focus 

This week I am beginning training for my second half marathon. I know that part of that training is including cross training. So I have some questions for you Race Junkie Fans...

What type of cross training do you enjoy? 
Does it include circuit training or weights? 
What is your favorite type of cross training?

Leave a comment here and give me some ideas...

Friday, February 15, 2013

Fit foods Friday: Squash and Black Bean Salad

Great for a side dish or a main course.


1 small butternut squash, cubed and roasted
1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
fresh cilantro

3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 Tablespoons dijon mustard
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon maple syrup (I use sugar free)

Peel and cube squash. Roast in the oven on 325 degrees for about 20 minutes. Let cool. Whisk together vinegar, mustard, olive oil, and maple syrup. Set aside. When squash is cooled, toss with rinsed black beans and a hand full of chopped cilantro. Pour dressing over top and stir well. Best if chilled before eating.

Thursday, February 14, 2013


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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Learning to live without a toenail.

 If someone had told me last year when I first started running that I would spend a good part of my year dealing with injuries I would have laughed at them. Running is supposed to be good for you right ?
To a degree that statement is true but some weird stuff can happen along the way.

 This past year I have learned every muscle group in my legs not because I like to sit around the fire at night an dazzle others with my intelligence but more so because I have pulled most of them . I have learned how to walk with a brace on my knee and how to properly tape my leg with KT tape. Recently I learned about the a most amazing product called biofreeze but I will talk more about that later.

  Several weeks ago after a 10 mile run along Ocean ave in Long beach I went home with a throbbing toe. I kept thinking I must need to trim my toenail but I get so busy making tutus and trying to do daily life stuff that I often forget and I found out that is a bad thing.

 After I showered I inspected my toe and indeed it was too long. I clipped the nail and went about my business. The next day my toe was THROBBING !! Ouch.. I looked at it closer and a giant blister and formed under my toenail. I have to admit at this point I started to feel a little sick to my stomach and faint.
I could see the nail lifting off the toe wnent into a straight panic.

 It was at that point I recalled a conversation with my best friend Angie. After her 2nd 1/2 marathon she told me about her bruised toenail and that she was going to loose her nail. I tried comforting her telling her what I knew to be true. Loosing your toenail is a runners badge of honor ! It proves you are hardcore and dedicated to your sport.

 Somehow that thought did not make me feel better, Several weeks later my toenail fell off. I have to admit it is kinda gross and it feels weird. You can for sure feel that 9 toes are normal and was is not. It does take some getting use to and I always make sure to keep it clean and dry.

 I taped it with medical tape so I could run my 1/2 marathon and it was fine. However, at the expo I found an awesome magnet for my fridge saying " toenails are for sissies " . lol
I love my my new magnet and I am getting used to the fact that yes I am hardcore and part of an elite group and yes I wasnt bright enough to trim to toenails and gain entry into this group. :)

 Take my advice and always trim your toenails and always make sure your shoes are a 1/2 size larger than you would normally wear. If you do these 2 simple things you will probably get to keep all 10 toenails.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Fit foods Friday: Cookies

Making healthy food choices DOES NOT mean never having a sweet treat. 
We all crave a little sweet cookie, and when that craving comes I have something perfect for you. 
These little cookies are amazing and so easy to bake.

1 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup splenda
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

Bake at 350 for 10 minutes

Only 2 carbs per cookie and 60 calories so ...

Surf City 1/2 Marathon

  After 2 weeks of sitting on the sidelines injured I was saved by a miracle product called biofreeze. I was actually able to run Surf City !

  I have heard so many wonderful things about Surf City that I was really excited to run it. I was also really worried about running since I had only actually been pain free fro about 5 days. Not to mention I had exactly 2 run days in 3 weeks. I kept the faith that I had trained hard and that I have ran pretty much non- stop for a year so my body would be fine with only running 2 days out of a 3 week time period.

 I was sick with nerves and worry for two days leading up to my race. I kept thinking about all the things that could wrong with my run and thought seriously about not running at all a few times.


 I decided that no matter what I was going to run even if it meant that would have to drag my leg across the finish line. That is me up above hydrating before my race and next to me is my friend Jackie from running club she was in a little suprised by some of the outfits people wear to run in. lol

 The race started off good and I felt great ! At mile 3 we made a turn onto some hills. Let me tell you that they called these rolling hills. lol They are not rolling hills they are actual hills and I saw people dropping off like flies all around me. I was worried it would be too much strain my my newly healed knee/leg and I was right. At mile 4 I felt a weird tingle and by mile5 my knew was blown and I my leg locked up.

 At this point I pulled over to the side of PCH and texted my boyfriend that I was in a lot of pain but was going to keep going. I had my ROAD ID on do I figured I would be ok :)

 On mile 6 I had to stop and slather my knee in biofreeze and walk some. Here is when things got weird. Walking was horribly painful and hard but running even at a slow 12:20 pace was not. I run barefoot style so I strike with either my mid-foot or the ball of my foot. So I figured when I walked I was doing what was natural and was striking with my heal and it was putting too much pressure on my knee and barefoot running removes most the pressure from the knee. I found a weird limping running motion and just kept going. I had to make a several stops along the way and cried several times but finished in 12:40. That is 1/2 hour slower than my goal and 12:20 is 3 minutes slower than I actually run but I am proud of the fact that I finished !

I feel Tonka tough in the fact that I saw people giving up out there and I kept going in pain and through tears on one of the longest journeys of my life. The whole experience was amazing and really it was worth it. It gave me time to really look at what I was doing and what I need to do to improve. I am going to complete the Beach Cities Challenge this year and I have so many things change before I can do that. I really need to cross train more so that I hopefully stop getting injured.

 My next race is May 5, 2013 which is the O.C Marathon and 2nd up for the Beach Cities Challenge. I think its going to be an amazing race and I am excited to see how much I can  improve before then :)



Wednesday, February 6, 2013