Recipes for the week….

Recipe #1 was a new I tried this week while recipe #2 is a new one I found this today that I would like to try.

My wife (A) and I bought a couple of large bins of salad….Well with that in mind this week when we made our menu for the week we wanted to use the salad as much as possible….I simply suggested a bean salad…With a puzzled look she asked what I was talking about.  So here is what we did…..

What you need: Mixed green organic salad, three different beans (black beans, kidney beans & white beans), shredded Cheddarcheese, tortilla and some Catalina dressing. 

Well the Tuesday night I decided to give it a try.  I drained the beans all together in a strainer.  I mixed them up and rinsed them off.  I went ahead and took a couple tortillas and baked them into bowl shapes in the oven we have some  tortilla bowl baking dishes.  In my new bowls I added salad and cheese.  I cover the top of the salad with the beans….

(A) was very sceptical about this salad but in she ended up loving it and mentioned she wanted to add this the normal meal rotation….I have to admit that it was damn good and easy to make….

 Ok so the new recipe that I just stumbled into but it sounds good is for Garlic Parmesan Green Beans.  I found this on Organic Valley Farms web page who seems to have a lot of good recipes.

Prep Time: 0:10Total Time: 0:20Servings: 4
3 tablespoons Organic Valley Salted Butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves fresh garlic (peeled and minced – add more if you desire)
4 cups green beans (cut into pieces – fresh or frozen)
sea salt and black pepper (to taste)fresh lemon juice (to taste)
1/2 cup Organic Valley Shredded Parmesan Cheese (or to taste)
In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter with extra virgin olive oil. Add fresh minced garlic and saute until lightly browned, stirring frequently (2-3 minutes).
Add green beans, and toss to coat. Season with sea salt and pepper, and add a splash of fresh lemon juice. Saute until green beans are desired tenderness, about 8-10 minutes.Transfer to serving bowl and toss with shredded Parmesan cheese. Adjust spices if needed, and serve with your favorite baked tofu, chicken or fish.
Nutrition Information:
214 Calories, 14g Fat (60.8% calories from fat), 13g Protein, 8g Carbohydrate, 4g Dietary Fiber, 22mg Cholesterol, 378mg Sodium.

©2008 Organic Valley

 Doesn’t it sound great…..I love that it is so high in protein with low carbs it is….

Perhaps I will try it this weekend….I did get a new charcoal BBQ this past week that I plan on trying out ASAP…

Published in: on June 12, 2008 at 8:31 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Bike update….

Well the frame and parts are still hanging in the garage like meat at the butcher block…I went a head and put the first layor of paint on Monday and I thought it looked great.  There were a few spots that would need better coverage but they would get taken care of in coat number 2. 

Tuesday evening I put on a second coat and the paint job seem to lose some of it’s gloss.  It almost looked speckled.  It still looks really good I think but I am not as happy with the second coat as I was with the first coat.  I think I might put a 3rd coat on and then cover with a clear gloss.  I hope the gloss will help clean up the speckle look.  I would like to be done with the painting by this weekend.  If so I will have it back to the be put together by early next week…..I have taken more photo’s and I think I will post them all together at when the bike is complete. 

I am ordering in white wall tires also for it and possiably new baskets.  I haven’t decided on the baskets…..

Published in: on June 5, 2008 at 5:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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No really

No Really……I have been blogging….blogging a lot more lately…..Just not here….I have been blogging over at “Blow your Whistle“.  It is a blog dedicated to refereeing….refereeing both Soccer and Basketball….

Well it is time to try and kick this up again over here.  I have not stuck with running as I would have liked simply because refereeing took over and I would avoid long runs because of a game I would have that night…. 

Well with that said I am going to just bring this back to my life…..I am going to write about what ever I want to write about here….Many times with little focus from one entry to the next I am sure….I do hope to be a little more consistent in how often I write…I would like to write 2-3 times a week but if it turns out to be once a week I will not be heart broken….

So for now…Here I am…..

Published in: on May 30, 2008 at 4:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Simple Banter with a Buddy

So yesterday I was walking to the gym on my lunch hour talking on the phone with a buddy of mine.  He use to do a lot of running (never really completive or even races but at the gym).  But the last year his training/running has fallen almost completely off.  He has ITBS (Iliotibial band syndrome) but his pain is up in the hip for the most part which I hear can be common with ITBS.  Needless to say with the injury he has more or less stopped working out for about 6-9 months.  I would guess he gained 15-20 lbs.  Well about 2 months ago he started going to spinning classes a couple times a week and now the elliptical machine. 


 Well as usual on this phone conversation he was harassing me about how many miles I was or was not going to run that day.  And true to form I invited him to come down and run with me, knowing very well that he wouldn’t make it past the first half mile with out doubling over in pain…Like I said good friends….

 He asked what my next race was going to be and I quickly told him the 2.5 mile holiday run.  He instantly claimed “easy”…..So I invited him to run it with me….He surprisingly said yes.  I am not sure if he is being cocky, over ambitious or if he is really feeling better but he says he is in for sure….Well I will keep you updated on his progress along with mine as we head towards Dec. 22nd.

Published in: on November 29, 2007 at 5:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cold as a witchs t*&…

Well On Thursday the 22nd (Thanksgiving) I went over to the “Run for hunger“  Here is a few thoughts as I drove over to the race and standing around before the race…..Well it was 17 degrees outside when I was driving over to the park where the race was being started and ended in.  The ground was covered with frost. 

  • Wondered if I could run without a hat…
  • Thankful I had bought 99 cent gloves the day before….
  • Wishing I had a head cover…The coldest part of my body was my neck
  • The lines seemed really disorganized at registration…
  • 4 porta potties for a race that expected 700+ runners…..PLEASE

It was extremely cold and I ran poor in the 17 degree weather…On to the next race…

Published in: on November 28, 2007 at 8:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Outdoor & Rain?

Well this morning it was raining decent but I had committed myself to getting a run in and also getting this run in outside.  I plan on running a 5k in Idaho Falls this coming Thursday so I thought I had better be able to deal with a little weather.   Well I had left my running shoes at the Y so I headed downtown to the Y and head from there for my run.  I got changed and out the door about 8:25 in the morning.  I ran my normal 2 mile loop that heads up through Hyde Park on 13th street to Camels Back park over to 9th street and back down towards downtown and the Co-op.  This is easily the coolest run I have done to date (I have ran this route 3 or 4 times now).  I would love to live down here in this area.  I stopped and walked for 3 different blocks during the run.  I do think I run faster outside but I lost that made up time with walking 3 different times.  I do struggle breathing a little more outside but I think that might be linked with running harder outside as well.  The rain never really bothered me at all.  The rain really felt good for the most part.  It was cold enough that I did wear a long sleeve Nike shirt.  Another good run that ended up being ran in just about 25 minutes.  I will take it…

Location:  Y-Camelback & back
Day:  November 17, 2007 8:30 AM
Distance:  2.13 Mi.
Total Time:  25:00
Speed:  11:44.23/Mi.
Workout:  Running: Intervals
Shoes:  Saucony Trigon 4
Weather:  Raining about 45 degrees
Description:  This was a great run in the rain. I love running this route…
Published in: on November 17, 2007 at 7:39 pm  Comments (1)  

Plan moving forward….

So the decision was made after a long hard process of laying out my goals for next year.  I had decided to run a marathon in year 08 at some point this past summer and that was the game plan until the announcement came through that there was now going to be a Half Ironman here in Boise….Man would it be cool to run in the first ever Boise Half Ironman….BUT then the realization of time and money that I would pump into it this year would not be fesiable.  I simply couldn’t pull it off by June 1st considering where I am at right now…(Well maybe I coupld but it would take more then I am willing to give right now not to mention the swim still scares the *&$% out of me…)

 Well with that said my main goal this next year is OFFICIALLY a MARATHON……..

I will track my progress towards a Marathon right here on a weekly bases and utalize this blog to stay connected with a few other runners and specifically my buddy Mark.  Mark and I got of the phone the other day and both are gearing towards running our first marathon this next year….(I will write about down the road).

 Issues soon to come

  • Race Schedule about 90% figured out
  • Mark and I’s marathon conversation
  • Running plans
  • Race Reports
  • Training Reports

I hope you enjoy…

Published in: on November 16, 2007 at 5:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

No Really

Lets give this one more shot…….

Running in the Turkey Trot tomorrow and a 5k in Idaho Falls next Thursday Morning

I think I will start posting workout reports here an running thoughts…so really stay tuned..

Published in: on November 16, 2007 at 5:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

Planning the old calendar….

Well I am the type of person that has to have something to work towards.  This is extreamly true when it comes to Triathlons and Running in general. 

Well I have a calendar hanging at my desk with races scribbled on various dates.  Some dates have multipule races listed.  On those dates I might have to make a decision on which race to run.  What a good problem to have….

You more or less have to have your goals in mind when laying out your calendar.  This is a problem for me.  I have a decent idea about my goals but I haven’t set them in stone yet.  I more or less am tring to decide between focusing on running or triathlons….That seems very simlar but it means a lot different train and what I spend my time on training…

 So here is a list of upcoming events over the next 2 and 1/2 months that I am considering.

Sept 2nd 5k Payette Lake Run in Mcall

Sept 8th 5k Run for Autism Awareness  Boise

Sept 15th

                5K Run with the Animals Boise Idaho

                Hidden Spring Duathlon 1.3 mile run 11 mile bike(on a huge hill) 1.3 mile run

                5k Indian Creek Run Caldwell Idaho

Sept 29th   5k Cascade Run  Cascade Idaho

Oct 6th

                   Nampa Indoor Beginner Tri

                  5k See Spot Walk with the Dogs  Boise

                  5k Harvest Classic Nampa

Oct 7th    5k Got Guts Run & Walk

Oct 20th   Barber to Boise

Oct 27th  

                    Prison Break

                    Monster Dash  Nampa

Published in: on August 15, 2007 at 4:42 pm  Comments (2)  

8-13 Running

Well it was a outstanding day outside here in Boise I decided to head outside for a run…..Not mention when I got my locker at the gym I forgot to change over my glasses and I still had on my sunglasses. 

 I decided to run the y-2-camelback run.  This run is up 13th street in Boise through Hyde Park.  Once at Camelback park I turn and head over to 8th street and head back to the Y. 

I simply love this run.  It is very relaxing to run through this area of town.  I would give up a lot to live in this section of town.  I would totally love to have the ablity to ride my bike to work and live very close to downtown Boise. 

 Well I went through the first mile with decent success.  I had a little soreness in my right shoulder but I walked it off through the park.  Once on 8th street I ran most of the way back in with walking on 3 blocks.  I would say I ran 1.8 miles total.  So I figure 25 minutes is a little slow but with the walk it probably worked out ok. 

 Well with no decided on race for my next up I will have to figure out what comes next.

I think I will investigate short term goals tomorrow.

Published in: on August 13, 2007 at 8:30 pm  Leave a Comment