S’more Banana Pancake

Today was a lazy day. I intended run a solid, slow and steady 9 miles. When I finally dragged my behind out of bed at 10am (Hey, its my last day off before 4-12 hour shifts), I logged onto the weather network to find out what it was lookin’ like outside. It looked pretty dreary. -6, felt like -13 with the wind chill. That is pretty stankin’ good for Saskatchewan this time of year…usually we run -30 or -40(celcius), but it was snowing and I felt cold INSIDE. So I called my running buddies for the day, including Chantel, our newest addition, and cancelled. Thankfully they are aware of my “I dont run in colder than -10” policy.  This means I will have to fit in my 9 miles while working, but its worth it for the lazy day today. Maybe I will get in a few miles on the treadmill this evening. I wouldn’t count on it though.

Chocolate makes everything better. Bad days, broken hearts, and lazy days. I started my day with a science experiment of sorts, but turned out to be THE MOST DELICIOUS BREAKFAST EVER! I love pancakes, so these S’more Bananna Pancake will definately be worked into my pre-long run breakfasts. High in protein, and covered in high calorie goodness, they would have been the perfect pre run boost!!!

S’more Bananna Pancake

Serves 1. 7 Weight Watchers Points Plus.

1/4 cup + 2 tbsp Plain, Non-fat Greek Yogurt (I used Oikos)

1/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour

1 Egg, wisked

1 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Cocoa Powder

1 Large Marshmallow, cut into small pieces

1 tbsp Nutella

1 Bananna + 1 tsp sugar

Cooking spray (I use olive oil in a pump)

1. Mix first 6 ingredients.

2. Heat non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, sprayed with cooking spray.

3. Add entire mixture to make one large pancake, or split into two small if you prefer.

4. Flip when starts to bubble, and marshmallow pieces begin to melt.

5. Finish until golden brown on both sides.

6. Cut banana in half and cover in sugar.

7. Add to pan and fry until golden brown and sticky on both sides.

8. Top pancake with nutella spread promptly after cooking, followed by caramelized bananna.

Not a whole lot happened today. We had such the lazy day that I didn’t even accomplish my to do list for the day: clean the bathroom and car, change bedding. I guess it will all have to wait. Have to do the dishes before settling in for some trashy TV and chinese with the hubsters for the night. Hitting the sack early to prepare another week of shift work.

Back to healthy eating, exercise, and motivation in the morning. 😉

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K Tape

I am a runner.

Now, they say to be a runner, you must have two feet off the ground at once. If not, you are a jogger. I would like to know who made this crap up. I dont care how much of a leap is in my step, the fact that I can ‘jog’ 21.6 km (13.1miles)without dying means I’m a runner.

Running for me is therapeutic. Its a time my mind can wander, but its also a time I can seriously think on the things that matter most to me. Because running is my therapy (what a cliche), it in infuriating when injury and weather slow my progress.

This being said, my body is not always cooperative. IT band. UGH. It frusterates me just saying its name. When the IT band is giving a runner trouble, it often results in sore, sometimes immobilizing pain to their outter knee and often into their hip. I am told the only thing I can do for this is ‘slow down, ice and elevate’. Well let me tell you. Hell might break loose if I cant PR at my next marathon. My second half marathon is in aprox. a month-this is not exactly the time to stop and rest. THUS-I am on a quest to find a way to reduce the pain and injury, but maintain my 10-19km training runs over the next month(s).

K Tape. Kinesiology tape. I had never heard of it until yesterday, but I am up for anything. Apparently, this stretchy neon-colored tape helps to improve circulation, support the joints and decrease recovery time. It is pretty pricey if you ask me. $19.95 CAD for 28 strips of TAPE. But hey….if it works…. I applied it  to my outter knee, just as the demo shows-and I AM ALREADY FEELING RELIEF. My knee feels amazingly supported and pain free. Apparently these suckers stay in place for up to a week, and are water resistant for showering. I look like a construction field with all the neon colours all over my legs(the running room only had neon pink and yello) but hey-if it keeps me pounding the pavement free of injury until the fall. ILL TAKE TEN.

Here’s to a great week of sweat and pavement pounding.

Bucket Lists

Bucket lists. Widely popular after the movie, ‘Bucket List’, but nothing new to civilization. I am on the quest to live out my bucket list doing the things I love with the people I love.

2am insomnia is a wonderful thing for inspiration. It makes believers of unbelievers. There is something about the quietness that brings out the soul. The truest of dreams come out in the middle of the night, don’t they? Tonight, in an effort to be productive while awake (that is a whole other post-the toils of being a shift worker), I reassessed my Bucket List for the first time in years. First written naively at the age of 15, in a grundgy old notebook covered in teen-ish quotes and pictures, I wrote my hopes and dreams for what [I thought] would take a lifetime. NEWS TO ME. Apparently at 15 you don’t exactly have the most accurate depiction of forever, nevermind your LIFE. 40 items on the list, 26 are already complete. Let me tell you-I am no where near half way through my life-I hope. The list was in need of expansion.

At this point in my life, I no longer have solely my own hopes and dreams to consider. I have a tag along. A wonderful husband whom I have had the pleasure of loving for three years, and matrimonial speaking, became one with a year ago. I think something that makes me know[in my heart] that he’s my forever is that he dosen’t expect my dreams to change. Being a young bridge however, my dreams have changed almost monthly since our wedding a year ago. Thankfully, marriage has enriched my dreams more than I could ever have imagined, but lets not lie, it has definately made me consider if some were possible. Some things are just harder when you have to consider another person! Anyways, In the wee-morning hours. An ADULT bucket list was born. One I hope to share with my husband, and to accomplish over our 60 year [I pray] of marriage. It will be exciting to see how my goals, fears, and views change over the next 10, 15, 25, 50 years.

TO ACCOMPLISH:

Go to Iceland

Go to Rome

Donate Blood

Have a family

Go to the glass floor of the CN Tower

Get a tattoo

Ride a roller coaster

Go to a musical on broadway

Knit a pair of mittens

Grow a vegetable garden

Build and igloo

Go to a figureskating show

Run a marathon

Go to the opera

Go to the olympics

Swim with Sharks

Hug someone I love for an entire day

Spend an entire day taking pictures

Move somewhere warm

Skate on the rideau canal

Love me, For me

Do yoga on a beach in BC

Qualify and run the Boston Marathon

Get a job I love and am passionate about

Climb a mountian

Watch the sunrise

See the Nothern Lights

Have a pet dog

Learn to knit-for real!

Try veganism for ONE YEAR

Snorkel and see a coral reef

Leave behind the past

Visit a Volcano

Walk the Great Wallk of China

Go to school to become a baker

Take photography classes

Go on a cruise

Hike the Grand Canyon

Go to Pike Place Market in Seattle

Learn to make pottery

Make a blanket for my child

Become an early riser

Quit TV-For GOOD

Build a habitat for humanity home

Write a letter to each of yoru children telling them what Ive learned and what I want them to know

Buy a house

Go to Times Square on New Years Eve

Hike a glacier

Eat only locally for a hole summer

Plant a tree