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Chasing Boats

Seems like everything I do these days gets me close to water. Today, I landed once again in Philly. Only this time, I was greeted with 70 degrees of overcast skis. Coming from Montana, this opportunity was too much to pass up.

Unfortunately, I’m feeling like crap these days as the steroid taper is almost done. A bit of nausea, of bit of headache, and a bit of chest tightness. I figured my body needed a resetting, so I donned the running shoes and headed out along the Schuykill trail.

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The day started off terrible. I felt like I was going to keel over, literally. But I kept on plugging along as well as I could by enjoying the scenery. There are some things everyone remembers when going to school. I calm them montage moments; those images that would go into a movie montage if my life were some cheesy film. I’d have to say that running along the trail while chasing and racing the crew boats on the Schuykill has to be one of my favorite Philadelphia montage moments.

Crew boats on the Schuykill.

Crew boats on the Schuykill.

With my mind distracted, my legs amazingly took off. It was like that scene from Forest Gump when he brakes out of his braces. I may not be walking tomorrow, but the last half was invigorating.

On a side note, I recently picked up the Feed Zone cookbook. Everyone and their endurance grandma has been talking about this book so I took the plunge. I haven’t had the opportunity to try any of the recipes yet; that will be next week. But I did get through some of the science section and I was intrigued to here about the important of fueling fast right after a long workout. Like within 30 minutes. So, I decided to throw all caution to the wind and I literally ended my run here: FEDERAL DONUTS.

12.97 miles right into Federal Donuts in University City. The door was propped open so I am not kidding when I say I ran in.

12.97 miles right into Federal Donuts in University City. The door was propped open so I am not kidding when I say I ran in.

There were only two peanut butter donuts left (it was 7:00 pm) so I grabbed one and downed it. Amazingly, I felt completely refreshed after and not starving at dinner. Actually, I was kind of too full at dinner. Now of course, the book does not say eat donuts after a workout. But it does mention this is one of the few times a high glycemic index food could be indulged. I’m skeptical, but I am having fun experimenting with my nutrition. Will see how tomorrow feels on the bike.

SLEEP!

NOM File: Halo S’Mores and Kate’s Grizzly Bar

Hey you guys!!!!

Between swimming, dictations, and paperwork, I have plenty of chances to miss lunch. And since I become as grumpy as Sloth from Goonies when I don’t eat, I have been resorting to the efficient meal that is both rectangular and wrapped in foil: health bars!

Most of my goodies come from Mountain Valley Foods in Kalispell, my go to place for anything organic and unique. Definitely check them out if you need something special. Last week, which was particularly busy, I got the chance to go with two treats. First up was the S’Mores bar from ProBar.

While the wrapper looks pretty, it turns out that this is a case of “only skin deep.” Opening this baby up, I was expecting to be greeted by the warm aroma of chocolate melting over marshmallows and graham crackers. Unfortunately, I was greeted only by a dry crumbly substance that reminded something of old school erasers. It pretty much tasted that way.

Maybe I am a smore snob. Maybe I like flavorful food. In either case, this one is not for me.

As luck would have it, my next bar journey was much more enjoyable. Next up was Kate’s Grizzly Bar. Being from Montana, anything with the word Grizzly in it just had to be good.

Opening this baby up, I found the aroma of moist granola and a soft bar with plenty of flavor. It was also surprisingly filling and made a great compliment to a fresh cup of coffee. Seriously, this is probably the best health bar I’ve ever eaten.

So, if you’re hungry for a quick snack, Ironvan says go for the Grizzly in this case. It’s the only one I can bear…..(sorry about that one)

PS: Coming soon. I am drinking a beet/ginger organic beverage right now. I think it’s a beverage form of waterboarding. More on that later…

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