Friday Five – Blogs to Love!!

Happy Friday!  T-minus 9 days until the Frederick Half Marathon (not that I’m counting).  Let the weather stalking commence!!!  Right now I’m seeing mostly sunny with a low of 50 and a high of 74.  Perfect!!!  I’ve got a 5 miler on tap this weekend that I’ll be doing in my neighborhood so it looks like all my hilly runs have been done during the taper, super!  Thanks winter from hell!  I’ve been looking at my training over the past 3 months and I’ve got some goals for the race that I’ll share in next week’s final weekly recap.

So this weeks theme is Blogs to Love!!!  Everything has been about the love lately and I’m lovin’ it.  Aside from our lovely hosts’ blogs, Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia, here are a few more that I love to check out regularly.  In no particular order.

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Run Salt Run – She is my running hero.  Ms. Salt, whom I’m blessed to know in person, is just all around awesome sauce.  She’s a great athlete, a great mom, and a beautiful person.  Her blog is fun to read and what you read is what you get with her.  She encouraged me to start this blog, and I’m so glad I did!  Please go wish her luck, she’s running her second marathon in New Jersey this weekend!

The Country Cook – Totally not running or health related, but this site is chock full of easy family friendly recipes.  My favorite sections are the crock pot section and the dessert section.  I’ve made the Beef Dip Sandwiches, Taco Soup, Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches, and the Party Meatballs.  I’ve also made a few of the poke cakes to take to family gatherings.  Those are always a hit.

Running Out of Wine – Lisa is another one of my running heroes and she’s a local Baltimore runner.  When I first started running I was always trying to find race recaps and that’s how I discovered her blog.  I also love her Food Prep posts – I’m usually finding a recipe or some idea to steal.

Gettin’ My Healthy On – I found Katie’s blog one day while looking for a plank challenge and I liked hers.  After digging around on her site a bit, she’s got a lot of workouts and recipes on there.  So this week, not only did I get some fitness inspiration, I also found a recipe for Mexican Casserole that I want to try.  Her posts are really useful, some recent ones have been on taking care of your feet and she did a review of the Shoe Dog Analysis at Road Runner Sports.  There is a Road Runner in my area, although not entirely convenient, but her post made me want to go there.  Like yesterday.

Another Mother Runner – Not really a blog, but is the hub of all things Mother Runner.  I believe the website was all started after Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell came out with their first book a few years ago, Run Like a Mother.  I got that book last year when I started running.  It was full of their stories and stories of other women of all ages and all stages of life.  How they got started running, race experiences, etc.  I devoured it and went on to purchase their second book, Train Like a Mother, and their third book came out last month, Tales from Another Mother Runner.   They have really built a great community for female runners (mothers or not) and the site was a great resource when I got started running and it still is today.

 

Thanks again for the lovely link up Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia!

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So what are your favorite blogs?  Aside from health and fitness, are their any other blogs you like to follow (food, fashion, etc)?

 

 

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Friday Five – The One Where We Talk About FOOD!

Happy Friday Everyone!!!

I’m always so chipper on Fridays even though I usually don’t have anything too exciting lined up.  I’m usually staring down the barrel of a long run and this weekend it will be 11.  Outside.  Somewhere.  I haven’t decided if I want to do it on the trail or on the hills.  I haven’t been running outside all that much except for the past few long runs, so the hills could hurt.  But I want some variety!!  I’ll probably hit the trail though, I don’t want to hurt myself.  I’ve got all year to run the hilly routes.

After my hiatus last week, I’m back to linking up with the DC Trifecta, Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia, for the Friday Five.

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This weeks Friday Five is all about favorite spring foods.  I thought this would be hard…what special foods are around in the spring?  Then once I got started, they just kept coming.  None of them are all that healthy, but the produce doesn’t really flourish until the summer.

1.  Easter Candy – I think Easter has the best candy of any holiday.  My favorites being Cadbury Eggs and Reese’s Eggs.  I also love me some jelly beans, Peeps, Robins Eggs…I love it all.

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2.  Rita’s Italian Ice – Rita’s opens on the first day of spring and I am usually lying in wait.  Everything on their menu is fantastic, from the simple ice to their Blendinis.  They offer so many fantastic flavors one of my faves is Swedish Fish.  Rita’s also has the most delicious custard.  When I’m feeling really indulgent, I’ll get a gelati, which is an ice with custard on the bottom and the top.  I love Ritas!

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3.  Matzo Ball Soup – Passover occurs sometime in the spring, usually around the same time as Easter.  One of my favorite things about the major Jewish holidays is making matzoh ball soup.  Making chicken soup isn’t hard, I could do that at anytime, but there is just something about making a huge pot of soup to contribute to a family / holiday meal.  We make our matzo balls using a mix and we use olive oil which just makes them taste soooo good.  We’ve had our meal catered before and the matzo balls were flavorless.  So I have no problem making them so I can guarantee they taste right.

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4.  Margaritas – It’s not quite Cinco de Mayo, but spring means it’s time to drink something refreshing.  Behold the margarita.  I prefer mine on ice and huge.

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The Hubcap Margarita from Nacho Mama’s in Baltimore.

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5.  Matzo Brickle – This is another Passover treat.  You basically take some brown sugar and butter and melt it down on the stove to make toffee.  Then pour it over sheets of matzo that are laid out on a sheet pan.  You then pop the sheet pan in the oven for a few minutes until the toffee is bubbly.  When you take the sheet pan out of the oven, then you sprinkle chocolate chips on top.  The chocolate chips will melt and then you spread the chocolate all over the top.  Stick it in the fridge to harden and that’s it!  You could sprinkle coconut or some other toppings like nuts on top of the chocolate if you want too.  It’s just as delicious plain.  I’ve seen this made with saltine crackers too, so you don’t need to have matzo.  Here is a recipe I found for you that calls it Matzo Crack.  A very fitting name.  Whenever someone brings this, it’s gone very quickly.

So those are my favorite springtime foods, or at least foods I look forward to enjoying after the long cold winter.  I’m not eating them nonstop – all in moderation.  For the most part, they are holiday related, so I’m only indulging to be festive!  I can’t wait to read what everyone else is eating this spring!

Cadbury eggs can be divisive – do you love ’em or hate ’em?  Is there a traditional food that is at your spring holiday table? (you know, the one food that if it’s missing causes a huge uproar even if there are a million other foods available?)  Anything on your training plan for the weekend?