Sep 27, 2010

Tennis Ball Messages?


My feet are not feet who like to be touched. I have never gotten a foot massage that I have loved, or maybe even enjoyed... because my feet are super super ticklish, and my poor husband tries but it just tickles! 

Running induces a lot of stress on our poor feet and I just wanted some relief. Luckily I have been scouring running/swimming/biking blogs and came up with a solution that costs next to nothing!!  


Try this seriously!!

Standing up roll the ball back and forth 50 times on each foot. This will hurt the first few times you do it because the tennis ball is breaking up all the scar tissue... soon it will feel oh so good, I promise!

You can thank me later.

P.S. the blog I found the idea at is No Meat Athlete although I am a meat eater athlete I love this blog!

Sep 8, 2010

MY CALVES HURT


Monday holidays are a sweet sweet thing... unless you are a Boot Camp goer M-W-F; this means that your M-W-F schedules changes to T-W-F. If you know me, you know Tuesdays are Tribe Run nights and if I don't go I don't have a great week because I miss my running ladies! Anyways, my calves hurt! I not only had Boot Camp two days in a row but I ran a 5k in between the two mornings! Crazy you may say... I agree.

These are the exercises that killed my calves today. Seriously, I came into Boot Camp praying to not use my calves and guess what the exercises were.... 

Funny thing is, I was chatting with my Boot Camp partner about how Tuesday she was not wanting to run very much and we wound up running 2.5 miles along with exercises in between! I think Amber, our instructor, has telepathic abilities and uses them to make Boot Camp hard on us.

It was nice knowing you calves but now you must got into hiding and shrivel up! Listen to me I say... leave me now!

Lunges with Dumbbells



Mountain Climbers



Burpees

Crunches



Split Jump Lunges 

P.S. I think there was another one but I must have blocked that from my memory... you know it did happen almost 8 hours ago... :) 

Sep 7, 2010

Strawberry Short Cake



Strawberry Short Cake for Running, of course!!!

Okay maybe not, but non the less it was SO good so it needs to be talked about and seen.

About two or three months ago I finally stumbled upon The Pioneer Woman, and ever since I have been eating like a well feed cowboy. I have loved every minute/recipe of it... you will too, I promise!





Ingredients
Cake
1-½ cup Flour
3 Tablespoons Corn Starch
½ teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
9 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Softened
1-½ cup Sugar
3 whole Large Eggs
½ cups Sour Cream, Room Temperature
1 teaspoon Vanilla
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Icing
½ pounds Cream Cheese, Room Temperature
2 sticks Unsalted Butter
1-½ pound Powdered Sugar, Sifted
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 pound Strawberries

Preparation Instructions
IMPORTANT: Be sure to use a cake pan that’s at least 2 inches deep! Before baking, the batter should not fill the pan more than halfway.

Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, and corn starch.
Cream 9 tablespoons butter with the sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well each time. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until combined. Add sifted dry ingredients and mix on low speed until just barely combined.

Pour into greased and floured 8-inch cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes, or until no longer jiggly like my bottom. Remove from cake pan as soon as you pull it out of the oven, and place on a cooling rack and allow it to cool completely.

Stem strawberries and slice them in half from bottom to top. Place into a bowl and sprinkle with 3 tablespoons sugar. Stir together and let sit for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, mash the strawberries in two batches. Sprinkle each half with 1 tablespoons sugar and allow to sit for another 30 minutes.
Make icing: combine cream cheese, 2 sticks butter, sifted powdered sugar, vanilla, and dash of salt in a mixing bowl. Mix until very light and fluffy.

Slice cake in half through the middle. Spread strawberries evenly over each half (cut side up), pouring on all the juices. Place cake halves into the freezer for five minutes, just to make icing easier.
Remove from freezer. Use a little less than 1/3 of the icing to spread over the top of the strawberries on the bottom layer. Place the second layer on top. Add half of the remaining icing to the top spreading evenly, then spread the remaining 1/3 cup around the sides.

Leave plain OR garnish with strawberry halves.

IMPORTANT: Cake is best when served slightly cool. The butter content in the icing will cause it to soften at room temperature. For best results, store in the fridge!