Frankenstorm

I officially have cabin fever…5 hours into the hurricane. But really 2 hours into the hurricane since I went out this morning for my chiropractor appointment.

The hurricane is beginning to hit with a little more force than at 12 this afternoon. On the way to the dr the roads were desolate. I drove on the wrong side for a second just to see what it was like….i came to conclusions, very unnatural hahaha. The doctors was so so. I have a problem with my hips causing a problem in my knees causing a problem in my feet which have deteriorated my arch support in my left foot -_- when it rains it pours huh? Well he’s got some fancy orthotics coming my way and determined to get me on my marathon track with a healthy body. I’m glad he’s willing to help me 🙂

After I came back to my room I called home (mom & dad on Long Island), which is currently in the process of sinking I’m convinced. My really good friend from home has been posting pictures….not looking pretty.

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Mostly underwater, even my favorite bar (bottom right)!!!! NOOO! Luckily my homes more inland but mom said there’s no power now & the county called with a warning that power could be out for 7-10 days…stay afloat Long Island!

As for me, I am safe at school with generators and electricity. I definitely am very lucky that’s for sure!

In the meantime I am making energy bites! I found the recipe here and with some alteration I just finished balling them! And MAJOR alterations because of my lack of supplies. So I ran over to the cafe, which is bare bones, and got some golden raisins, chocolate chips, and coconut flakes. Cam home, added that to a mixture of rolled oats, muesli, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, & some of my new coconut peanut butter. So like I said, major alterations especially on the agave nectar. What the heck is that even?! I googled it- it’s some sugar crap that could be replaced with maple syrup. Phew! After I had all my stuff mixing I thought I was a goner without that nectar.

After much mixing and cooling, they don’t look exactlyyyyy like the websites, but here I present, drumroll
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Hahhaah like my face thing? I thought it was cute. But back to the meatballs, they’re pretty stinking good. The coconut gives them some solid flavor! If you attempt theses, let me know how it goes! I think anything from pecans, walnuts, pistachios, peanuts, craisins, dates, apricots, butterscotch chips, anything could go into it and it would be good!

Hope everyone is safe and sound at home. I will be lighting some candles & crying at the fact I can’t go for a run 😦 wah. Soon!

Till next time- Kristen

Too long

Well this is embarrassing. My last post was October 16 and it is now October 28…I promise, this will never happen again.

So much has happened these last week or so, I’ll do my best to organize this post without toooo much info.

Running-

1. Since I’m doing the RunnersWorld challenge for the Disney half, I received this awesome book The Complete Book of Running .

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Hands down my favorite book right now. I has everything from tips for training, stretching, food and training plans. I can’t put it down!

2. I attended my first running group yesterday. I felt like the new girl but was greatly welcomed. I enjoyed running with people and chatting, it surely makes running go by faster. The grop was only doing 7miles even though the plan said 13. I prepared for 13, so I did 13. I felt great after! No knee problems or IT band problems! **relieved** I was hoping to up it to 14 next Saturday, but with the hurricane I have a feeling the trail will be torn up 😦 I hope not though

3. Spur if the moment moment of the week: random 5k! I got an alert for it awhile ago but was unsure if I was gonna do it. Well I woke up and decided since I’ll be cooped up from the hurricane I might as well enjoy my last day outside. My time was 23:10- 10 seconds more than I had wished but whatever I had a blasted!

Food-

1. Thursday night is my Friday since I don’t have classes Friday. I wasn’t really feeling going out so I went to he market instead. My home away from home. After my gym sesh I popped over ith a huge appetite. They have a hot foods buffet section, sandwiches, bakery and pizza. I opted for a sandwich but didn’t know what to choose, so I had the girl choose for me pretty much (I was starved-anything would have been good). Well lets say, she’s got good taste. She suggested a muffuletta which is sundries tomatoes, eggplants, balsamic, EEOO, and peppers TO DIE FOR. I should have taken a pic, but I devoted it instantly.

2. After my dinner, the shopping commenced. I had a ton of coupons so I was on a mission. One of the most interesting things I for was coconut peanut butter. I needed pb, so I figured something new (and I had a couponnnn!). So coconut? Peanuts? Well it’s an interesting combo, pb meets Malibu in my opinion. I’ve only been having it on the spoon, but soon I’ll throw it on some bread. Stay tuned to a further review!

3. Granola has been my ish lately. I’ve been chomping on pumpkin flax granola, the school granola and coco granola. All of this snacking has made me want to make some of my own! Know any good recipes?

Well this is it for now. Maybe there will be two posts today since I have nothing to due on account of the hurricane.. Stay safe everyone!

Last night was HUGE

I wanted so badly to post this last night, but I decided to do it today. Last night I decided that next year, 2013, I will run my first MARATHON!

Why right?

26.2 miles. Daunting. I can’t even stand to drive that long- I cant imagine even run…

BUT there’s reason for this!

So this past year I ran my first half marathon. It was a grueling 13.1 miles filled with a bitter wind, hills, and straight up pain. Throughout it I remember questioning my sanity- “why did you think this would be fun?!” “You should have trained more.” “Next time lets just stick to the 5ks”. Everything ran through my head. The next thing I knew, mile 12 was approaching and thinking- omgah you actually might pull this off. The greatest and most memorable moment of my life was crossing that finish line. Never in my life would I ever had said “I think I’ll run a half marathon one day.” At 16 I was a coach potato. At 21 I was a half marathon runner. Who would have thought?? But setting goals and having high ambitions just push me harder to make the payoff greater.

After my first marathon, I remember my body shutting down. I couldn’t run and had absolutely no interest in doing physical activity. I felt so exhausted from pushing so hard for so long. However, I know I needed a new goal to work for- that’s when I signed up for halfie #2. This run was the best run of my life. Throughout the race I never once felt tired or fatigued (occasional knee pain) but I felt unstoppable. In 6 months I trained well enough to shave 10 minutes off my time! & the best part is, I’ve been able to keep up my long distance running post race!

SOOOOO to wrap up this whole sha-bang: the reason for dabbling with 26.2… I have never felt so motivated in my life than I have these past few weeks. Setting out for 8 mile runs that accidentally turn into 10/11? Pushing myself because I know I can! Disney is coming around the corner and my training is better than ever. So that is why- I am choosing the Marine Corps Marathon in October 2013 as my first 26.2. I’ve already ordered a book on stories, plans, and tips & I cant wait to get reading! More to come on this entire topic, but I couldn’t wait to share my excitement with anyone willing to read.

For anyone who does read my blog- make your dreams come true. Make plans for your future that motivate you to work hard to make them come true, because when you do, you own the world!

Friday folksssss

It. Is. Finally. Here. FRIDAYYYYYYYYYYYY

1. Went for another 10 miler. Pooped I am! I’ve taken a mental health day and laid around. It feels good but I’m ready to get going now.

2. Went to the food store yesterday (no pics sorry). I got a lot of yumyyyy things! Almond butter, chocolate chip cookies, snicker doodle animal crackers, Joseph’s pitas (to die for), and some goodies from the vegan bakery. I’m not vegan but I enjoy their desserts! And that almond butter is dwindling fast. And it hasn’t even been a day!!!!! >.<

3. I hit up a hippie store after and got the cutest head band. I really like the yoga head wraps lately. They hide the fact that some days I just roll out of bed and go to class. Heheheh

4. My friends an RA and had a social thing last night- a kiddie pool of ice cream. Def went! And had way toooo much! Who thought to put cereal on ice cream! Captain crunch and kicks! <center

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5. Missing my kitties today. 😦 the colored one is Libby. She’s the baby. And he grey one is Pebbles. She’s my oldest cat. I can’t wait to go home and see them! 20121005-152848.jpg
Do you have a pet/pets?!

Hope you all have a great Friday and even better weekend! Be sure to get your party on 🙂

Kristen

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