Friday’s Confession: Oprah

Today’s confession is all about the big O. It seems like everyone loves Oprah and is sad to see her off the television. In all honesty, I was never an Oprah lover. I don’t think I have ever sat through an entire Oprah episode. But when I heard she ran a full marathon, I was all into her story. Oprah ran a full marathon in 4:29:15 at the Marine Corps Marathon in 1994. And this picture just makes me smile:

If Oprah did run a marathon, so can I, right? It’s really not in my cards right now and I will stick to my goal of a 30K this year but one day I just might do the whole thing. Here’s the Runner’s World inspirational article on this high-waisted running shorts lady:

I love that Oprah can inspire so many people. If you google “Oprah Marathon” you will find that a lot of people are saying, “If Oprah can sub-4:30 a marathon, so can I!” I love it. Oprah now has some points in my books.

Happy Friday Friends!


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Freestyle and Multi-Tasking

I love coming home to a new issue of Runner’s World that is just waiting for me to open and read the fresh pages. I wanted to start reading it right away but making dinner came first. So, I cracked open my cookbook that my sister and bro-in-law bought me for Christmas, The Best of Chef at Home by Chef Michael Smith.

I opened it up and found a recipe called, Southwestern Black Bean & Corn Chili. The only problem was I didn’t have all of the ingredients I needed. And I wanted ground beef in my chili for iron. So, I freestyled the recipe into a bowl of delicious heaven. 

INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons of any vegetable oil (I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil or EVOO as Rachel Ray likes to call it) 2 large onions, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 chipotle pepper, packed in adobo sauce (I did not have any)
1 tablespoon of chili powder
1 table spoon of ground cumin (I used cumin seeds)
1 tablespoon of dried oregano
One 28 oz can of whole tomatoes (I used a can of diced tomatoes)
Two 16 oz cans of black beans, drained and rinsed (I used mixed beans)
2 cups of frozen corn (I one 16oz can of corn)
A sprinkle or two of sea salt
4 green onions, thinly sliced (I didn’t have any)
A bunch of chopped cilantro (I didn’t have any)
I added extra lean ground beef

DIRECTIONS:

Splash the oil into a saucepan and brown the extra lean ground beef.
In a separate saucepan, splash oil into a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions, carrot, bell peppers and garlic. Saute until the onions are golden and the vegetables have softened, about 10 minutes.
Add the chipotle pepper, chili powder, cumin, and oregano. Continue cooking, stirring constantly for a few minutes longer.
Add the ground beef, tomatoes, black beans, corn and salt and bring everything to a boil. Reduce the heat so it’s just high enough to maintain a simmer. Continue cooking without a lid, stirring frequently, until the flavours are blended and the chili thickens, about 30 minutes.
Taste and add some more salt if you like. Just before serving, stir in the green onions and cilantro.
I also like to serve chili with a whole wheat baguette.

And- bon appetite, friends!

While I waited for my chili to simmer, I whipped out my new Runner’s World and stretched while reading my new mag. It’s the best way to multi-task!

Today’s Workout: Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. Wow. She is fierce. And I literally kicked my butt with butt kick runs!  
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Hello, Sole Mate!

Friends, thank you for all of your lovely comments, e-mails, and messages. I LOVE them ALL and they make me smile!

I had one comment about my post Break the Ice and how it sounded like an ad for Lululemon. I am not advertising for them. I am just speaking my opinion on how I feel about my recent purchases. I love a lot of different products for running and Lulu just happens to be on the top of my list. Everyone has a company that they fall in love with because the company’s products are designed with all their favourite details and what they look for in a product. The mentioned products just happen to have my favourite details for those certain products.

I have also been asked to give my opinions on different types of running shoes. I find that the beauty of shoes is that there is a sole mate for everyone. Everyone has a different type of foot and therefore will need either more cushioning or stability depending on the way they run, how high their arches are, etc. My opinion on a shoe will probably be completely different from someone else.

I love my latest shoes, the “New Balance 760 Stability.” They are perfect– for me.

Yes, that is dirt on my leg that I got during my run.

I highly recommended going into a store like the Running Room, where they will take the time to assess your stride and foot type and direct you to the pair of shoes that just might be your perfect mate.

Runner’s World also has their own Spring 2011 Running Shoe Guide that you might find helpful!  

Also, this was the last song I heard at Boot Camp last night. Is it sad that I kind of consider it a power song? It just makes me SO happy!

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Mantras vs Music

After reading the article, The Magic of Mantras in RW I was trying to find my own mantra to use when my run starts feeling hard. I looked into what other people use and how that could fit for me but nothing felt like a perfect fit. I started looking into quotes for inspiration and a favourite that I came across was, “Never tell me the sky is the limit when there are footsteps on the moon.”

And that is just WAY too long to recite to yourself when you are trying to conquer a hill but it is such an inspiring quote. After reading The Hungry Runner Girl’s post Beauty Tips I found another song to add to my playlist, Natasha Bedingfield’s “Freckles.”

I love it. So, as I sit at my desk on this snowy morning (hello, snowstorm that may reach 30 cm!) I started thinking how my songs are my mantras. When I start to feel like I am slowing down or feeling defeated I put on a power song to push me through. And maybe I will fall in love with a mantra like one of lulu’s on the right.
Such as, Breathe Deeply. That is an important one. I do find myself rechecking with my breath during my run and once I exhale, I usually have a huge smile on my face. I think my mantra isn’t something that I should rush to find and it will come naturally one day.
Here’s another song I got in my inbox from my friend Brit that I am slightly in love with:
I love new song days! If you have any favourites, please send them my way!