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Carbing up Chipotle Style

I am always looking for an easy, nutritious meal.  I like meals that offer healthy carbs and protein.  A few months back I decided that we could replicate Chipotle’s rice bowls at home.  How easy would that be?

I found a delicious recipe for homemade refried beans on one of my favorite food blogs, 100 days of real food.

I have made these beans a dozen times and they turn out super yummy every time.  Plus, using the crock pot means most my work is done by the time dinner prep comes along.


As soon as the beans are done, you can mash them to the consistency of your choice.


I then cook some organic brown rice.


Add the toppings and you are done!  Super easy for a weekday dinner.

Don’t forget the tomatoes and avacado!

If we want more protein, I’ve added shrimp and chicken to our toppings.



How to Get Up that Hill!!!!

I guess I was naive when I first started trail running a year ago.  Sure I knew that there would be a roller or two on the trails that I’d be running.  And, yes, there are trails that have a roller or two.  But, mostly there are trails that have hills.  And I mean lots of hills!  Perhaps the challenge of the hills is one reason I love trail running.

Hills aren’t a bad thing.  They make you stronger, they challenge you and they can even give you the sense of accomplishment.  However, they can also defeat you at times.  By doing hill repeats, I hope to eliminate being defeated.

It’s time for me to start adding some hill repeat workouts into my schedule.  I plan on doing them every Monday.  However, I will still follow the intent of my training plan.  On an easy week, I will complete an easy hill repeat workout and on a hard week, the workout will be hard!

When I’m doing hill repeats, I think of a few things to help me get up the hill:

1.  Keep my body upright

2.  Look straight ahead or a bit up the hill, not down at the ground

3.  Pump my arms

4.  Shorten my stride

5.  Hills are my friends!

I also have to remind myself that it’s ok to walk up a long or steep hill.  Sometimes it’s better to conserve the energy for other parts of the run.  In fact, there are times when you may be able to power walk up a steep hill faster than running up it.  If this is the case, I use the time on the hill to my advantage.  I drink or I eat as I climb.

Do you do hill repeats?

What tips help you?

South of the Border Pie

What’s for dinner?

This is one of my favorite recipes for several reasons.  I almost always have all the ingredients on hand, my whole family will eat this meal, it’s nutritious and yummy!  It’s a win – win in my book.  That’s why I wanted to share it with you.


Start by cooking the onion and garlic in olive oil for about 5 minutes


Add the spices and cook for another minute.  This is what it looks like when I remove it from the heat.


Add kidney bean and brown rice and gently mix.


Add cheese and gently mix.


Add egg and milk (I mix these in a bowl before adding them).


Transfer to a lightly greased pie plate or quiche dish.

Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until the center is set.

Let stand 10 minutes before serving.


Enjoy with salsa, guacamole, bell peppers and sour cream.

I got this recipe from Cooking For Today by Better Homes and Gardens (Vegetarian Recipes).

Ingredients:  (I try to buy organic items.)

1 med onion (1/2 cup) chopped

2 garlic cloves minced

1  TBSP olive oil

1  to 2 tsp chili powder

1 tsp ground cumin

1/4 tsp salt

1 15 oz red kidney beans, rinsed and draiined

1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (ours is cheddar without the coloring!)

3/4 cup milk

2 beaten eggs

toppings:  bell peppers, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, etc.

My Favorite Running Songs

Do you ever wonder what people are listening to while they run?


I often listen to the same songs over and over.  I’m trying to get better about changing it up, but certain songs have a purpose.   Did you know the song’s number of beats per minute can make you run either slower or faster?  You can read more in my post Running to the Beat.

I  made the decision to run with music for Saturday’s race.  I don’t depend on the music, but I do enjoy listening and singing to it (My kids have begged me not to sing out loud).

I put together this list of songs for my race this weekend.  I chose some songs that will help me start off slowly when I need to control my pace.  Note:  the first song is for pre race warm up.  It helps me put on my race face.

2013 race music 35k

I then chose some songs that will help me pick up the pace and help me with a few climbs.  I know the course and so I was able to estimate when I would hit certain sections.

Then there’s a handful of songs  to help me speed up a bit.

2013 race music 35k part 2

I repeated some of the songs for the last 30 mins or so of the race.  These are songs that I think will give me some extra energy to finish strong.

I do have to say, there is at least one song on this list that I don’t use for it’s lyrics, but rather the music.  Sometimes I make up my own lyrics.

Do you run with music?

Do you have a favorite song that helps you finish strong?

Update week 10…….Race Week!


Here is a glimpse at part of the race course…..Beautiful!

So here I am.  It’s race week.  I’m feeling excited and nervous, but ready to run!  Unfortunately, my lower back is still bothering me.  I’m off to physical therapy this week.  It’s amazing what physical therapy can do.  Until race day, I am going to try to rest my back.  I have 2 short runs on Monday and Wednesday and then the race on Saturday.

20131026_093303This is how I’ve been icing my back all week.  My kids already think I’m crazy, so my fancy ice belt didn’t surprise them.

I won’t be cross training this week.  However, with Halloween festivities, I’m sure I will keep myself busy.  In addition, I’ve just started a Facebook page for EDH RUNNER ( https://www.facebook.com/edhrunner ).  If you haven’t already, stop by and check it out!   Hopefully, I’ll keep busy and won’t find myself feeling lazy or anxious in this last week of the taper phase.

Although I have extra energy that I want to use, I’ve learned that I should NOT take on any “special” physical projects.  In the past this has lead me to injury!  I’ve found that I need to keep any of those “out of the ordinary” physical projects for recovery weeks.  Wait until I show you what I’m planning!

Here is a look at my long runs over the last 10 weeks.  I was already 1/2 marathon trained and had been for a couple of months before I decided to increase my mileage.  I had just raced and finished a recovery week.  I then started my 10 week plan.  I always recommend having a good base before increasing mileage.  Us runners are notorious for wanting to run too much, too quickly.

2013 35k long runs

Active just published another good article about tapering:


I’m pretty sure the week will go by quickly.

How do you deal with extra energy during taper week?

Do you like taper week(s)?

Do you feel lazy?


I’ve been working on my mini goal of running the trails around Folsom Lake.  Yesterday, I finished another section.  I thought I would be able to complete this goal by the time I ran my race on 11/2, but I’m still missing a few sections.  On a good note, having this mini goal was really fun.  It gave me a reason to run new trails.  Without the mini goal, I may have just run the same trails over and over again.

My mini goal was created as an example of how to stay motivated.  You can read more about staying motivated on my post The Secret to Staying Motivated.

2013 Beals to Granite Bay (almost)

Completed sections are in purple.

2013 Folsom Lake map w painted completed sections

Wanna know about one of these trails?  Just send me an email and I’ll do my best to answer your question.

Making a Race Plan

Race day is in less than 2 weeks.  Now that the hard work is done, it’s time for me to start thinking about the details of race day and make a race plan.  Having a plan keeps me calm and helps me have a good race.  I Just have to remember, no matter how much I plan things, most likely I will deal with something that wasn’t in the “plan.”

Here’s my race plan for my first trail 35k:

Pre Race Breakfast – 1 egg, oatmeal with honey

garmin 310xt

Pace – I will start at a 10:00 min/mi pace.  It should be an easy effort.  I can slow down if I find it to be too fast. This is going to take a lot of focus for me. I hope to speed up the second half and finish with a negative split.

2013 hydration

Hydration and Fuel -Fortunately, the race website has all the information I need to make my decisions about food and water.

Aid Station                               Distance       Total Distance

Folsom Point to Browns Ravine          3.5      3.5

Browns Ravine to Planeta                   3.0       6.5

Planeta to NY Creek                            4.3       10.8  (turn around)

NY Creek to Planeta                           4.3       15.1

Planeta to Browns Ravine                  3.0       18.1

Browns Ravine to Folsom Point          3.5       21.6

Total Mileage 21.6

Hydration –  I’m still debating whether I will carry about 30 oz of water in my pack and stop once (at the turn around point) to refill my pack or if I will carry 50 oz of water and not stop to refill, but to drink at each station.  I’ll talk to a few of my friends who have run this distance and then I’ll make up my mind.

peanut butter sandwich

Nutrition –   I’ve been training with PB & honey sandwiches.  I will pack 2 halves and a quarter in my Spibelt and put a Larabar in my pack.  While refilling I can grab some of the sandwich pieces from the aid station.

Each half sandwich is about 200 calories.

I will start to eat about ½ hour into the race to make sure I don’t fall behind.

I will eat ¼ of a sandwich every 30 mins.

I will take 1 salt tablet every hour.

Additional details:

Wake Up Time:  __6;00am_____    (Sleep as late as you possibly can).

I lucked out on this race.  The starting line is about 15 minutes from my house.  I’m planning on sleeping to the last minute and then enjoy the short commute.  I will arrive an hour before start time.

Early Morning 30-minute run?   Yes / No  (Find safe location)

I’ll warm up for about 10 minutes before the race.  I won’t be going out fast since this is a 35k.

Check In / Registration Tasks?  Yes / No  (Get done early)

I registered on line and I’ll pick up my race bib that morning.

Dinner Reservations?   Yes / No  (Better to have a space at an early time if required.)

I’ll eat at home.  I typically do not eat out the night before a race since I have a sensitive tummy.  My pre-race dinner is to be determined.

Race Gear Laid Out?    Yes / No  (Want this done pre-sleep so you can wake & go.)

I will lay out all my gear including making my PB & honey sandwiches and filling my hydration pack.

I will charge my watch the night before.

I’ve decided to run with music.

2013 goals

My Goals:

I recently read in Runner’s World that it’s a good idea to set up a few different goals.

On a good day, I will go out slower than I am used to and I will finish my first 35k.  These are my main goals.

On a great day, I will finish in 3 hours 47 mins.(10.5 min/mi pace)

On an awesome day, I will finish in 3 hours 36 mins (10 min/mi pace)

2013 self talk

Words I will tell myself when it gets tough:

I’m well trained.

I can do this!

I’m going to do this!

Pain is temporary!

(Yep, I can sound like a broken record at times.  Hopefully I will feel strong and have a great race that I won’t need to use any encouraging words.)

Thanks to Active.com and Runner’s World for some of their ideas.  If you’d like to see Active’s race plan you can click on the link:


Do you make a race plan for each race?