Boston: One Year Later

15 Apr

One year ago today two bombs went off at the Boston Marathon changing the lives of many! It’s so hard to think that so many of those people are still struggling to recover today from their injuries.

I’ve learned many things from running but one of the biggest things I’ve learned is that once you start running you are part of the family, the running community, the circle of other runners all over the world. I feel so fortunate to be able to share my love for fitness with my friends and family but that’s only part of it… I love the encouragement and inspiration I get from readers I don’t even know! It’s such an incredible feeling when you comment back and forth and read each others journey and you really feel like you know this individual.

That’s why it was so heartbreaking when I heard about the bombing at the Boston Marathon a year ago. I didn’t personally know the three lives that were taken or the people who were injured but they were part of this running community. The runners who were killed and injured trained hard for this race and had no idea what was about to happen. Today I keep all those runners in my thoughts and prayers!

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Motivational Monday

14 Apr

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I had to keep this in mind this weekend as I ran the Rock ‘n Roll Raleigh Half Marathon! If you can walk, you can run!

New Food of the Month – March!

2 Apr

A few days ago I shared that it’s been really hard for me to find new fruits and vegetables that I haven’t tried. I found a handful of new foods at Harris Teeter late last week and ended up buying a starfruit to try… which honestly wasn’t too bad!

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When I got to the grocery store last week and found the starfruit I had to pull out my cell phone to look up how to pick a good starfruit. One person walking by was starring at me as I was browsing the internet while starring at the fruit stands but I wanted to make sure I bought a good one for my first try!

The website I found had five main steps in picking and caring for your starfruit:

1. Figure out the color starfruit you want. At first when reading this I thought, “Starfruit is all the same color! What does this mean??” Looking closer at the handful of starfruit on the stand at the store I noticed that some are more yellow and some are more green which meant that I THAN had to look up the difference between the yellow and the green. What I found was that the yellow ones are sweeter where as the green ones are more acidic. I prefer sweet taste, I definitely have a sweet tooth, so I went for more of a yellow one.

2.  Pick larger star fruits for more of a sweet taste. Smaller fruits won’t taste as sweet. So of course I went for a larger (more yellow) starfruit!!

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3. Look for firm starfruit. Your starfruit shouldn’t have any blemishes, bruises or cuts in it. That can mean there are bad spots in the fruit (much like apples or pears). The one I picked had a few brown stops on it but there were more on the edges so I didn’t think it would make a huge difference in the taste of the fruit.

4. Store fruit in the fridge. I figured this since it’s much like other fruit. Two days went by between the day I bought it and the day I ate it and keeping it in the fridge probably kept it fresher during that time.

5. Cut and enjoy! A few days after buying my starfruit I was ready to cut into it and try it for the first time…. I had to first figure out how to prepare it. Much like the pomegranate I tried in January, it was a bit more complicated than I had imagined.

After rinsing my starfruit, I had to cut the ends off than cut the corner of each of the points of the star.

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After that, it was pretty simple as I just had to slice it like I would an onion or a banana. I love the star shape to this fruit!!! It truly makes eating it SO much better!!

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Once you slice it you have to make sure to pick out the seeds. They aren’t harmful to eat but, much like apple seeds, it’s better to not eat them. There was only one thing left to do… FINALLY TRY STARFRUIT!!!

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I’ve read that starfruit taste like apples or pears, a bit sweet but still has that citrus taste to it. I found that it tasted more like a pear than anything at first but the more I ate it I realized it taste like a watered down apple. It wasn’t bad but I think I can safely say it’s not my favorite fruit. These are so good for you though so I may end up buying them again in the future, if they weren’t so expensive I feel like I would buy them more often. :/

Any suggestions of what I should try next?

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Motivational Monday

31 Mar

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The Search For New Foods

29 Mar

One of my New Years goals is to try a new food each month. At first I thought, “This will be easy! There are SO many foods I haven’t tried yet!”… three months in these are my thoughts, “I’VE TRIED EVERYTHING!!!”

Being a vegetarian I don’t eat any meat or seafood so I’m trying to focus my new foods on fruits and vegetables this year… part of the whole eating healthy goal as well. In January I tried Pomegranate for the first time. It was very sweet and a bit hard to get into but worth the try. I missed eating a new food in February (the month just got away from me!) and than March came. For the past 28 days I’ve been trying to think of foods I’ve never tried before and I’ve finally found it!

As I was at Harris Teeter tonight I found SO MANY new fruits I am so excited to try! I seriously wanted to buy them all and try everyone of them tonight… but limited myself to only one. I ended up buying a starfruit. I’ve heard of them a lot and have seen them quite a few times in the store but it’s not something I grew up with in the house (probably because they are expensive, just like pomegranate). I haven’t gotten into it yet but I’m excited to try it this weekend!

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I also found this fruit called pepino sitting next to the starfruit. I’ve never seen it before! Maybe that will be next months new food.

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I ALSO found these melons that are suppose to be super good! Again, I’ve seen them around but have never bought them! They are called a horned melon… the names fits so well!

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The last exotic fruit that I saw were these small packaged fruits called kumquats. My dad said he saw them a lot in Florida growing in his backyard when he was younger. He said they are a little sweet and taste a bit like pears… I bet I will love these!!

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kumquat up close.. looks good!

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I can’t wait to get into my starfruit this weekend!!!! I’m glad I now know I can go to Harris Teeter to find new and exciting fruit to try!

Has anyone tried any of these fruits? Suggestions for other fruits or vegetables to try please!!!

I Run 4…

28 Mar

I found this organization, I Run 4, through a friend of my sisters and it has changed the way I run! They pair runners with an adult or child who has a disability or illness and while they encourage you to run and work hard in your training, you encourage them to stay strong through treatments they go through and just day to day activities. It’s actually a really neat group to be a part of and fantastic to have that accountability partner for all my training!

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I heard about the group in November and signed up right than. I didn’t realize the group was so well known, I was on the waiting list to get a buddy for nearly four months!!! I have to say though, the waiting was well worth it! A few weeks ago I got an email that I had been paired and to check my Facebook messages. Waiting in my inbox was a message from my buddy’s parents introducing themselves and telling me a bit about their daughter. I am paired with a little girl who is almost two years old and suffers from a rare disorder. She is such an encouragement for me to  keep training and keep running! Her parents are so great too! They post updates on the ‘I Run 4′ Facebook page and tag me so I make sure to see them. They post photos of my buddy as well, I have to say her smile is so contagious! She is adorable and so great to have as a buddy!

I would suggest this group to ANY runner no matter your speed!!! Take my word for it, the waiting is so very worth it! Make sure to check out the facebook page HERE and their website HERE where you can sign up for a buddy!!! :D

Run For a Good Cause: LRC Race For The Slipper 5k

20 Mar

The LRC (Legacy Repertory Company) Race for the Slipper 5k is such a great opportunity to give back to the community! My mom’s co-worker has been working so hard to put together this race and we are all really excited for it!

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Legacy Repertory Company is hosting this 5k to fundraise for their special needs performance. This dance company practices for their big performance for friends and families but also performs for special needs kids and adults in the area. 100% of the proceeds from this 5k will go to the production costs in order to allow the audience of the special needs performance to attend free of charge!

This year the company will be performing Cinderella with 800 seats to fill in the auditorium for special needs people and their families! They perform for both children and adult individuals with either physical or mental disabilities. I am so excited about this 5k and hope there will be a huge turn-out!

The 5k will take place on Sunday, April 27 in Wake Forest, NC.

Check out their website HERE to learn more about the company and make sure to like their facebook page HERE to learn more about where you can register!

If you can’t make the 5k but still would like to donate money to this incredible cause, click HERE to take a glance at their fundraising page!

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