Peas Porridge Hot

Except there’s no peas in it.

I’ve been asked what a good pre-run meal is (OK 1 person asked me) and I have mostly been a toast and peanut butter type of gal BUT! I have discovered a Hot Cereal that is homemade and yummy- it is from The Eat-Clean Diet for Family and Kids by Tosca Reno.  I should be able to link her page non? but I don’t know how.

I don’t know a lot about her and her Eat Clean Diet apart from flipping through some of her books but I gather it is about eating food that is well… clean, natural, devoid of crap… sounds good to me- but then there are the other 7 people in the house that I have to convince.

I found all these things at my local grocery and even though it’s pretty much summer here I don’t mind eating hot cereal any time of the year;


1/2 C Oatmeal

1/2 C Cream of Wheat Cereal

1/2 C Red River (or other multigrain hot cereal)

1/2 C Wheat Germ

1/2 C Oat Bran

1/2 Raisins

1/2 C Mixed dried Fruit, blueberries, cherries, cranberries

1/2 C Slivered Almonds


1.Mix all ingredients together in a large airtight container to keep for weeks.


2. To make breakfast use 1/2 C dried mixture and 1 cup water

3. Mix and heat on medium high until mixture thickens to a porridge-like consistency.

4. Serve in a bowl topped with skim milk.

5. Yum

I found the G-spot… I mean Map!

OK I couldn’t resist… because I am very excited to have found Gmaps Pedometer I think it’s one of those basic secrets of running geeks (the lady at The Running Room told me about it) and now that I know about it my runs will never be the same! Basically you go on it- type in an address, press start recording and then double click along a route you would like to run and VOILA! it tells you how far the route is. Mt friend had told me that Google has a similar type of thing but I couldn’t figure it out- this is super duper easy. Not knowing exactly how far I was running was always a bit frustrating as I would just go on time and approximate my distance. Now I know and I am hoping it will help with my focus. Today for example I mapped a 4 mile out and back route starting from my house- I know I have to get to Oak Street and that is where I turn around.

Yesterday I actually spent some time mapping out some fantasy routes, marvelling at the distances… hours of entertainment I tell ya!

Reason why I run #2

Because with every step of every run I have to talk myself out of quitting. I have to set these itty bitty little goals just to stop myself from throwing in the towel… every run. Like, “I’ll just keep running for 10 more minutes and then see if I want to keep going” or “I’ll make it up this hill to that tree and then decide if I should continue” and 9.5 times out of 10 I keep going, I don’t give up, I finish my 40 minutes on the treadmill, or the 4 mile loop around my neighbourhood and it always feels so great to have met my teeny tiny goal.

I ran. I negotiated with myself. I conquered.

Mama said there would be days like these.

Sunday I decide I need to get another outside run in as Mondays-Thursdays are almost impossible to do anything except run on the treadmill, as I have childcare issues. Fresh off my “hey that was easier than I thought” Friday run I decide to run a similar course but for 3 miles only, so as not to over-do it. The first mile stunk, as did the second and the 3rd didn’t get any easier. I wasn’t sore or having cardiovascular trouble- I just couldn’t find my rhythm- My legs felt like lead- I was not having fun. I had borrowed son #2’s ipod- thinking that it might be fun to run with music, and maybe that is what threw me off because (and maybe it’s because I’m not used to his ipod or his music) it just proved to be a big distraction. 

I truly didn’t expect every run to be a glorious,inspirational, life changing event I just didn’t think the rotten run would rear it’s ugly head so early in my training. Oh boy, and I know there are more to come.

I was tempted to make this a “rest” day but made it to the gym in time to get the little ones in childcare and do 20 mins “fartlek” training (fartlek=speed training, even though my “speed” can hardly be called “speedy”) on the treadmill, some weights and I forced myself to do at least twice as much stretching than the 30 seconds I usually do, as I can only wonder if my lack of dedication in the stretching department contributed to my legs feeling like they were made of lead.

Tomorrow I am off to buy a much needed pair of running shoes- I’m sure that will add a bit of spice to training! Who can resist a run in new shoes?!

3 miles down 26.2 miles to go…

I’ve started telling people that I’m running a marathon and I have to tell you that I feel like somewhat of a fraud… because I always get the same ” Oh my god, I’m so impressed!” reaction and really there’s not much to be impressed about…..yet. The longest distance I’ve run in my while life is 10K (about 7 miles) 3 times. The longest distance I’ve run in the past 6 months is 3 miles. So truly there is not much to be impressed about except that I am foolish enough to sign on (and pay $85!) to do such a thing. I have my moments when I think “what the hell have I gotten myself into?” But I think I am still in the ” Honeymoon stage” of my training because I’m still feeling pumped and optimistic!

Bon Bons and Marathons

Why run a marathon? Apparently you are supposed to have a solid reason for wanting to train and run for a marathon (so say the books)- It’s been on my mind for a long, long time, say 10 years or so, but it seems any time I came close to going for it I got pregnant… I’ve ran 3 10k races over the years and been an on again off again recreational runner (probably more off again than on again)- but something hit me a couple of weeks ago- it was Halloween to be exact- and the candy was just not going down as well as usual- usually I spend the week in and around Halloween trying to talk myself out of eating copious amounts of sugar but end up eating it until I feel sick- but although I was eating it,  I really didn’t want it… I was eating it because I always ate it- but my body was telling me to “put down the Snickers”. I had been on a fitness roll of sorts since school started in September- I’d get the 4 older kids off to school and then head to the community centre gym where they had childcare for the 2 youngest… I was feeling good but was craving a bit more… and on Halloween I literally put down the bon bons and went to the computer to find out when the Vancouver Marathon was being held. May 9 2009- why that’s next year!!! I have plenty of time!- no matter that the longest run I am doing at the moment is about 2 miles- how difficult could an extra 24.2 be?!!! And I did it- I whipped out my Visa and registered right then and there. I’m running a marathon.