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My Run and My Snacks…the snacks were more fun!

on March 18, 2012

Today was a “long run” day, with 4.5 miles.  Every second of this run sucked HUGE.  I don’t know what it was, but I never got into a groove and struggled to complete every step, walking way too much.  I was never so happy to be done a run and never so discouraged during a run…ever!  I’m hoping that my rest day tomorrow will shake whatever bad mojo was working on my run today.  I sure hope so, because if I have another run like I did today, I’m not going to be pleased.

So, after shaking off a terrible run, I got on with the rest of my day, which included watching my youngest play hockey, enjoying some time outside on the patio visiting with friends, doing some gardening and just relaxing.

Today also included making some Eat Clean snacks.  I made two snacks from the April/May Clean Eating magazine:  Spicy Kale Chips (pg 62) and Crunchy Garam Masala Chickpeas (pg 66).  Both were very easy to make.

The chickpeas were the easier of the two recipes.  It was basically open 2 cans of chick peas, rinse, spread on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat, then bake for 45 minutes at 400 degrees, remove from oven and sprinkle with salt and garam masala spice.  They are delicious hot right out of the oven and at room temperature.  These will be a great snack for me tomorrow at work.

The kale chips were a bit more work.  This was the first time that I have used kale.  I found a YouTube video about how to clean and prep kale since I wasn’t sure what parts of it are good to eat.  Turns out you need to remove the whole centre rib, not just the stalks.  This wasn’t hard, but did take a little bit of time to complete. Once I had my kale cleaned and torn into roughly 2 inch square pieces I was good to go with the official recipe.  Arrange the kale on baking sheets, drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat.  Then sprinkle with cayenne pepper and again toss to coat.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for 10-15 minutes. Allow to cool and enjoy.  The kale chips met with mixed reviews at my house.  The kids did not like them at all, I might learn to like them!

So, week 2 of the training program is complete.  I managed all but one of my runs, started down the eat clean route, and realized that I need to put some serious attention to the mental side of my running.  Somehow I’ve got to make my mind think I like running and it isn’t the worst part of my day.  Any suggestions?  I could use all the help that I can get.


2 responses to “My Run and My Snacks…the snacks were more fun!

  1. Bubblegirl says:

    Hi Cathy,

    When I make kale chips, I find that they are better when cooked at a lower temperature for a longer time…say 200 degrees for about 2 hours. They turn out really crispy that way. If I don’t have time for that, I bake them at 325 for 15 – 20 minutes. I just sprinkle them with a bit of sea salt…me and my daughter eat them up like chips, lol.

    The chickpeas look great! I’m going to try that recipe today, thanks!!



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