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The Other Side

I made it! To the other side of the marathon finish line. Whoot! Whoot!

After months of training and new lessons learned, I finished my 4th 26.2 miler on my feet with a smile on my face. I could not have done it alone and want to congratulate my fellow Team LOLA (www.teamlola.com) teammates who also got to the “other side” with smiles and personal bests. With over 4 hours of conversations with myself during the race, I began to think about all of the gear I was using that day. The places our minds go when left to converse with ourselves just to fill time. Talk about brand awareness…I believe I represented over 10 different companies that day. They say it takes a village.

So, like a bad game show host, I’d like to thank my sponsors….Nike, Brooks (favorite running shoes/bra of all time!), Balega (socks), Sugoi (tights), Ice Breaker (wool run shirt..love!), Apple (Ipod), Headsweats (LOLA visor), Garmin (watch/GPS), GU (fuel), Clif (fuel/drink), Road ID, SPI belts and Nathan fluid systems.

I’d also like to thank Skippy Peanut Butter for always being there for me.  Skippy is my BFF (best food friend.)  You have been my foundation for every important day in my life…don’t know where I’d be without you. Ok, it’s getting weird now when I start talking to peanut butter. How many brain cells did I lose over those 26.2 miles?!

As I mentioned in my previous post, Waiting for the Marathon, running a marathon is much like having a baby. The first words that came out of my mouth after crossing the finish line were ” I NEVER need to do that again!” ( I said this to my husband at some point after the birth of our FIRST baby) and within 24 hours I knew I would do that again. The amnesia of marathon running takes over ( just as it did after the first birth) as the joy and feeling of accomplishment sets in. I really did cover 26.2 miles on my feet. That is a long bleeping way!

Now it’s time to move on to the holidays, running trails with my friends, enjoying regular food and drink and just chilling. I call this the “fat and happy” stage after a big race. Time for recovery and reflection on a job well done. New goals can be set for 2014…begin to think about what is on your bucket list and go for it! Life is right there outside of your comfort zone. Thank you to all that have followed me along this journey from Day One.

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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Snacks

I know I got your attention with two of our favorite foods: chocolate & peanut butter. Peanut butter is my most favorite food and I can eat it with most things. (if you have not tried peanut butter tossed with freshly cooked whole wheat pasta, you must try it! yummy!!) So, when I saw this recipe for homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter energy bars, I had to give it a try. There are so many good energy bars on the market, but to have a homemade bar with fresh ingredients from your own kitchen,  makes it taste just that much better. I love these with my mid-morning cup of coffee to satisfy my sweet tooth.  And my kids gave their stamp of approval too! I hope that you enjoy them as well…but be warned, it’s hard to eat just one.  (thank you to http://www.health.com for recipe)

Chocolate Peanut-Butter Energy Bars

Ingredients

Cooking spray
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy or chunky peanut butter
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups barley flakes or rolled oats
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup dry-roasted peanuts (or any other nut you like)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided
Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 13- x 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. In a large bowl, beat brown sugar and peanut butter until well combined. Beat in eggs, oil, and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture. Add barley flakes (or rolled oats), cranberries, peanuts, and 3/4 cup chocolate chips, stirring to combine.

3. Spread evenly in prepared pan. Bake 20-25 minutes, until lightly browned and firm to the touch. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

4. In a small bowl set in a pan of simmering water, melt remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips, stirring until smooth. With fork, drizzle chocolate over bars; refrigerate until set. Makes 24 bars. Enjoy!

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