I Wish I Had A Cupcake!

Seriously, all I could think about all day long, “I WANT A DAMNED CUPCAKE.”

Hahaha…I found it quite hilarious…I never crave cupcakes, or anything close to that like cake.  It’s just not my thing.  Instead I sufficed by craving with some other new and flavorrrrrrrful things!

Like trying out a new nut butter on my breakfast oats:

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I have basically banned almond butter from my diet since trying Barney Butter and absolutely despising it!  It was far too sweet and just downright bleck!  Anyhow, I bought this individual packet in hopes that I wouldn’t be disappointed again.  I drizzled out 1/2 the packet on my 1/3C old fashioned oats, cinnamon, banana, and frozen blueberries…

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NOM.NOM.NOM. 

I am in love.  Now I just need to convince myself to buy a jar…or con Mom into sending me another Valentine’s Day Package with a jar in it…LOVE YOU MOM. [[wink wink]]

My old fashioned oats didn’t hold me over well like my quick ones do (isn’t it usually the other way around?) so I snacked on a carrot and two celery sticks with my new Spicy Sabra Hummus.

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Holy moly that hummus is HOT!  And FANTASTIC!!!

I seemed to have been a bottomless pit today and was ready for lunch by 11.30…leftovers!!!  I had  two pieces of tofu from last night on a piece of Dave’s Killer Bread with spinach and tomato.  I also had a pear, and three of my Super Charge Me Cookies.

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I loved this picture…something about how the first piece was so in focus…so pretty on my windowsill (where most of my pictures are taken during the day!)

I had a snack later on of a homemade Vegan Energy Bar, and then some Honey Sunshine Cereal…again. Bottomless pit.  And to tell you the truth, I don’t like feeling hungry.  It makes me feel anxious.  Boo.

I did some strength training and calastinics in the evening and started on dinner while I got that done.  I really wanted sweet potato fries but then really wanted some refried beans…so, why not use them as the dip for my fries, eh?

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Oh yeah…heaven on a plate.  And in a bowl.  With salsa mixed in. 

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And to finish it off, three Chocolate Sandwich Cookies by Newman’s Own Organics.

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This portion of the Ask Me Anything! is running focused!

What kind of running clothes do you wear? Brands? Bras? Shoes?

I am pretty cheap when it comes to running clothes. I have actually just started to replace my high school old sports bras and shorts. What can I say, if it still fits and works, why replace it!?

I’ve been wearing the same brand and type of sports bras since I started: Champion Double Dry Sports Bras.

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I love these bras because they have great support (even for what little I have!) and they wick away (most of) my (very copious amounts of) sweat. I have four pairs of these bras in several different colors. They are a bit expensive, but actually right now they are on sale on the website for $19.99 instead of the original $36.00! Yes, they’re expensive!

My current new shorts purchase has been from Lucy and their Impulse Shorts. They’re the first pair of booty shorts I have ever known and the only reason I’ve never owned them before is because well, my mindset is against anything skin tight. Still sadly afraid of how my body looks…but those answers will come in another post.

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Otherwise I own quite a few pairs of Champion shorts from Target I’ve had for years. They’re the wick away fabric, but really, they don’t wick that well. Especially with the amount that I sweat! I get some chaffing in between my legs if I’m running over 8 miles, but otherwise they’re great shorts!

How would you recommend someone to train for 5K for the first time?

Very slowly! I highly suggest taking your time and finding a plan that increases your mileage slowly. There are several places you can look for training plans like Runners World Magazine, Self Magazine, Fitness Magazine and many more! I’ve never used any of them myself, as I just improvise when it comes to my training for short races…which I actually haven’t done in a very long time!

But, I suggest taking at least 6 weeks to build up, if you’ve never run a race like this before or have just started running. Otherwise you’d probably be able to get away with 4 weeks of building up your miles and integrating intervals and speed workouts!

You’ve talked about your knee bothering you before. I have knee trouble as well, so I can’t run at the moment but I do other things to compensate. Do you have any special exercises that you do to help it?  Any stretches to ease the pain?

I just started having knee problems at the end of January and am still trying to figure out how to remedy them. I have been icing them often, and working on strengthening my muscles along the inside and out of my leg. I have also been doing a lot of hip strengthening moves, and hip flexor stretches, along with squats and lunges to help build up the strength in my lower body. I’m still a bit lost at what else I should do to help remedy it, but I will be sure to let you know as I travel along the road to recovery!

What’s the most challenging race you’ve ever run?

Oh boy. I would have to say it’s a tie between the Wild West Relay I ran from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs, Colorado and the San Antonio Half Marathon. WWR was difficult because it was my first high altitude run, along with needing to run three times in about a 24 hour period! It was intense but super fun to participate on a team with 11 other runners! The San Antonio ½ Marathon was challenging because it was my first ½ marathon! I had never run one before and to do my own, by myself and in a city I didn’t know, was very difficult. My dad was there to help cheer me on, but I’ve always run races with a lot of friends, so this was a different experience.

What kind of music do you listen to when you run? What do you use to run with? Do you have a Garmin?

I run with an Ipod nano which I wear on an arm band. Most of the music I use for running includes very upbeat and techno-like music, but some slower tunes that have an emotional connection and can usually get me going when I need it!

And I do not use a Garmin. I had thought about buying one after Christmas for myself, but then decided against it because A) I didn’t have enough money and B) I knew it would take the fun out of running for me. I like to know how long it takes me to run an entire run, but I get very discouraged when I know how long I have gone on a long run (ie what mile I’m on) and what pace I’m going. I’m very competitive with myself so I feel like if I knew these things while I was running, I would believe I’m not going fast enough and push myself, not enjoy the run, and potentially get hurt. One other reason I don’t want one is because of the calorie count these gadgets provide. I’ve had tried long and hard to step away from calories and numbers and believe that having one would make that harder than it already is.

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22 Responses to I Wish I Had A Cupcake!

  1. Jenny says:

    if i'm ever going to start running races (doubtful, but craziest things have happened I suppose) I'm coming to you for tips. K? great.

    luff yho0o0o!

  2. Food Makes Fun Fuel says:

    As awful as it is, I've never tried Justin's classic almond butter! I don't have an excuse, either.

  3. runsarah says:

    Love the idea of dipping beans in fries! I havent tried any Justins nut butter as I havent seen it around here!

  4. Jessie (Vegan-minded) says:

    Girl, I have been a bottomless pit today too! Atleast you ate some good, healthy food. Glad to see you liked the almond butter! I have never tried that brand, but I probably will soon. I love that spicy sabra hummus, even if it totally burns the heck out of my mouth every time I eat it. :)

  5. ktbwood says:

    hahaha sometimes you just need a good cupcake!!! you rock at races-makes me wana run one now!

  6. *Andrea* says:

    ahhh i LOVE justin's nut butters. the maple almond butter is my favorite. hands down. honey ab and pb is good too!

    great idea with dipping sweet taters in beans! i bet it was delicious :)

  7. moretolifethanlettuce says:

    i love those nut butters! i'm glad you mentioned that about barney butter being too sweet, it's on sale at WF and i was thinking about picking up a jar but i think i'll pass now!

  8. Rachel says:

    Your honesty with us all in these answers is awesome! I appreciate it a lot – sometimes it seems a lot of bloggers don't give the whole truth, which is TOTALLY their right, but it makes my nosy, curious side come out, you know? Keep giving yourself cupcakes, you deserve them :)

  9. Tiffany says:

    oooh i've never tried justin's nut butter before! glad to know it's amazing in case i decide to get some. :P i do, however, have the spicy hummus in my fridge right now, but it's still unopened! i guess i should crack that open sometime soon. i like the champion workout clothes from target too. affordable yet functional! thanks for the honest answers in your q&a section. that's really awesome of you!

  10. averybusymind says:

    Can you post the homemade vegan energy bar recipe you used? Looking for a new bar recipe.

    I have slow-emotional-connection songs on my playlist, too! Sometimes, the beat doesn't even matter to me – it's all about the words.

  11. jenngirl says:

    All I have to say is that while I personally enjoy Barney Butter, it is NOT similar to any other almond butter out there. It is more like peanut butter to me.

    Maranatha AB is the absolute best, I think you should try it out!

  12. Mica says:

    Ha, I'm glad that almond butter suffices in moments of a cupcake craving for you! It definitely wouldn't cut it for me.

    Booty shorts, hot damn! For what it's worth, I bet you look great in them!

  13. Jessica @ The Process of Healing says:

    OMG girl.. those are some delicious eats! I love love love sweet potato fries but in beans? Never thought of that but very cool!
    I want to try Justin's almond butter SO badly!! Where did you find it?
    I am all about some Target running clothes :) I have a few Nike pieces but my workout gear is mostly a la Target.

  14. brandi says:

    ha, I don't like barney butter either! but I love other almond butters :) theirs is just too salty or something? I don't know what it is.

  15. Krista says:

    I hated Barney Butter, too! I was so disappointed after all the rave reviews I had read. Now I'm OK with it not being available in Canada!! I like my almond butter to contain just almonds…nothing else.

    Those chocolate cookies are looking pretty darn tasty right now!!!

  16. K from ksgoodeats says:

    That sweet potato/refried bean combo is pretty genius!! Great tips about running, slow and steady wins the race :)

  17. Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) says:

    Your sweet potato fries and refried beans look amazing – great combo!

  18. Thinspired says:

    Love this running edition! I just "discovered" Lucy and really loved all of their stuff. Good to hear that an experienced runner feels the same :)

  19. theemptynutjar says:

    i. adore. you. just too amazing in too many ways.
    try maranatha almond butter …yum!

  20. Caronae says:

    Some days I'm a bottomless pit too. I try to just roll with it :)
    Your sweet potato fries look fab!

  21. Angie Eats Peace says:

    I hope you got your cupcake!

  22. Gabriela says:

    Nary a day goes by that I don't crave a cupcake at some point! Great answers to those questions!

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