Friday, July 2, 2010

Fun Facts Friday, Running Ramble & Party Recipes

Why I'm Not a Runner
Happy Friday. I know that not everyone gets a long weekend, but I hope that most of you do. Today is a rest day for me. I will admit that I almost got up and ran this morning because it was so nice out again. I feel like I must take advantage of the sudden cool-down while I can. Plus, I was wide awake when Jason got up to go swim at 5 am. But, my legs are feeling a bit heavy after yesterday's compound circuit workout, and they deserve a break.

Speaking of running...Jessica and Jolene sort of called me out when I said I wasn't a runner. They protested loudly that I was indeed a runner. I have probably touched on this before, but I think I have the real answer as to why I say, "I'm not a runner."

Yes, I run. But, I am not passionate about running. I think that's the difference for me. I run because it's great exercise. I run because I enjoy spending the time with Jason. I run because it makes me feel strong and accomplished. In some respects, I also run because I can and I know that there are those who cannot and want to. However, I am not a passionate runner. I don't LOVE running. I don't want to run all day, or even more than say 4 or 5 miles.

There are several bloggers I follow who I consider to be real runners ( Kelly @ Healthy Living with Kelly ,
Tricia @ Endurance Isn't Only Physical , Nichole @ Live for the Run , or Lisa @ Early Morning Run ...and there are more.) They are passionate about running. They truly love to run. Some have been sidelined with injuries, and it really makes me sad for them when they can't do what they love. That's why I say I'm not a real runner - they are. Does that make more sense or do you all still think I'm nuts?

Anyway, I will admit that I am starting to enjoy running more. Maybe one day I'll be a runner? Someone who wakes up every day itching to get my feet in my runners and hit the pavement (or treadmill). There are days when I look forward to a run, but I'm not sure I look forward to it in quite the same way. There is still often a sense of, "ugh, this is gonna be tough." 

Sorry, that went on longer than I had intended. But, I do want to ask you all your thoughts? Do you consider yourself a runner? Why?

Party Recipes
Yesterday, I briefly mentioned that we're having a pool/patio party tomorrow. It'll be a vegetarian spread; I do not cook meat period. But, I do think the menu is one that will make everyone happy and no one will miss their burgers or dogs. On tap are the Lentil & Quinoa Sliders (recipe), fruit and veggie trays, cheese dip (I know, not healthy), and Black Bean & Corn Salsa. I may throw together another dip, we'll see. I'm also making a Red, White, and Blue Sangria. I'm thinking of making a recipe I found for Apple Pie Cookies. Not sure yet. I love baking, but try not to bake often in order to avoid temptation. I adore cookies. 

Black Bean & Corn Salsa
3-4 ears grilled corn on the cob
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained (or fresh cooked)
1/2 red onion, finely diced
2-3 jalapenos, finely diced
2-3 green onions, diced
1 can no-salt diced tomatoes (or fresh, we didn't have enough), well drained
To taste: sea salt, pepper, cumin, red pepper, chili powder, lime juice, cilantro

Carefully cut the corn from the cobs then combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

I love this salsa recipe because it's so stinking easy. It also make a fantastic filling for quesadillas or burritos or a great salad topper.

Red, White, and Blue Sangria
White wine (preferably cheap and fruity) - 2 bottles or a box o' wine depending on how much you're making
Blueberry vodka (optional, and to taste)
Flavored no-cal soda water (1-2 liters depending on how sparkly you like or how much you're making)
Blueberries (as many as you like to make pretty)
Strawberries (as many as you like to make pretty)

Well in advance, combine all ingredients in large container. That's it. 

I promise to post pictures of the finished recipes and table spread tomorrow. What are some of your favorite party recipes? 

Fun Facts - The OCD in Me
I was trying to come up with some fun 4th of July facts to share. But, I really couldn't think of anything fun to divulge. So, I thought I'd share a bit of my quirky side. I have a tendency to be a wee bit OCD about some things. I know that tendency is in all of us, so I can't wait to hear some of your quirks.
1. Toilet Paper - I am an absolute freak when it comes to stocking up on toilet paper. Each bathroom (we have 3) must have at least 5 rolls (one on the holder and 4 as back ups). I say 5, but my bathroom currently has 9 and one downstairs has 10. Yes, I know this.

2. Canned Goods - If there is ever a time we must hunker down, we will have canned beans (many varieties to choose from) as well as canned tomatoes to live off of for quite some time. I used to keep a stash of olives, corn, and green beans as well. I'm trying to eat less canned goods though. But I cannot stop myself from buying the beans and tomatoes. I want to have 4 cans of black beans, 4 cans of red beans, 2 cannellini, 2 chickpeas, 4 tomatoes at all times. No rationale of course.

3. Alarm Clock - I cannot set that alarm for a normal time like 5:15 or 5:30. It must be an off number like 5:16 or 5:27. Again, no real rationale there.
So, spill it. What are your quirks?