Spinach Smoothie

Spinach what?! yes, you heard me right- spinach smoothie! look at that great picture. you can barely even see the spinach flakes floating in there and, believe it or not, it tastes like strawberries.

so it seems that when i don’t have the running group now to get up and go meet, i just don’t run. i feel like i have done nothing but eat brownies ever since the race almost 2 weeks ago so i decided i needed to do a veggie/fruit smoothie for a few days to try to get back in the swing of things. the great thing about this is that i have discovered that this smoothie goes really well with my brownies 🙂 i do have to gloat though- i make “healthy” brownies- no oil and all applesauce so much lower in fat. why give up one when i can have both?

i sent keith a text with the words “spinach smoothie” and this is what i received back- “gross!!!!!!!” i admit, it does sound gross, especially to me. i am not a spinach fan. i love uncooked spinach- this is what i use for my salads, but don’t really like cooked spinach at all. well, that’s no good because my nutritionist friend, kevin, tells me that if it’s not cooked, you don’t actually benefit from any of the iron that it has to offer. what?! the whole reason i switched to spinach salads is because i am a walking zombie half the time. i’m always tired and feel like i need some toothpicks to hold my eyes open. is that because i’m not cooking my spinach? probably just because i get up before the sun everyday!

anyway, with kevin in mind, i decided i needed to steam my spinach first. i steamed about 2 cups of spinach and put it in my blender. then added strawberries, milk, ice, and honey- blend and tah-dah. there you have it, spinach smoothie. i was pleasantly surprised- i was afraid since i steamed the spinach, it would have a strong taste but it really didn’t. i even drank the whole thing (while savoring my “healthy” brownie)! beware if i have you over for smoothies- i may just sneak some spinach in there. shhh- don’t tell keith!

Never Give Up

“Run when you can, walk when you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” – Dean Karnazes, Runner

sorry to those of you who aren’t in the above photo- julie, dave, kevin- we took this in the lobby after getting SOAKED on our way home from the race. i wish i had a picture with all of us in it!

anyway, what a race! the above quote couldn’t better fit this race for me. i kind of feel like it was written for me. i definitely ran when i could, walked when i had to (much more than i would have liked), thought about crawling (even wondered if i could just lie down and roll down the hills), but, most importantly, never gave up! unfortunately for me, i suffered my first ever true dehydration severe leg cramps. i definitely thought, especially when my toes started involuntarily curling under and i was tripping over my own feet, that it was going to be a bad finish for me but i never once thought about quitting. had it not been for keith, i might have sat down on the curb for a little emotional hissy fit, but instead, i carried on. as i passed each person receiving medical attention, i felt fortunate i wasn’t in their shoes.

this was truly the most painful run i’ve ever had- training or race- and you would think that i would be frustrated and never want to run again. well, this is where my scorpio stubbornness comes into play. i would NEVER let this be my last run! are you kidding me? i was on the internet the very next day looking for a race – 1) to make up to keith for the horrible run we had together and 2) to remind my body that not all runs are like that! i even emailed the race director for keith’s upcoming race (gulf coast half ironman!!!) to see if i could run the half with him (i can’t). i’m a little more calmed down now that i’ve had a few days to rest and think. i’m certainly in no hurry to run another long-distance race but i am in a hurry to start planning my next one(s).

i thought about all of my runners throughout the race and pulled a lot from each and every one of you. i knew you were all out there, working so hard to get to the finish and that none of you would dare quit. i owe many thanks to each of you for making the training enjoyable and the weekend memorable. i owe a zillion thanks to keith for putting up with my crabby attitude after about mile 3. i know 10 miles is a long way to spend with me when i’m pissy!!! i definitely owe you a fun race!!!

here’s to whatever our bodies and minds have in store for us next 🙂