Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A great, quick trail resource for all 50 States

I saw this article from Competitor and thought of all my readers and friends.  I know a lot of you are reading from all across the U.S. and also travel to different parts of the country.  Here is a list of 50 trail systems across the states, one per state.  It is obviously just a taste of each state, but if you just moved, are on vacation, visiting friends, etc., this will give you somewhere to start.  Or, maybe you will see a trail system you have never heard of, who knows!!

Happy trails!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Satisfaction from the rain

Do you know what sucks more than running in the cold rain?  Running in the cold rain having to wear glasses because your eyeball is a mess.  I hate wearing glasses on any occasion, unless they are sunglasses.  Starting yesterday, my left eyeball has been really red and sore.  I don't think it's pink eye because I have had it so much, but who knows.  For now, I am going without the contacts, trying to give my eye some rest.

Running in my glasses blows and while raining, really blows.  I cannot see, the glasses are just dripping, they slide down my face.  I know what I sound like, but it's a fact.  I don't understand why anyone would choose to run in glasses, unless they are sunglasses. 

That being said, I did muscle out a great 7.5 mile run today.  I really felt great from step one through the last step.  I was dressed perfect for the rain and temp.  Wind pants, short sleeve, and a light jacket did me perfect.  I always feel a great amount of satisfaction getting in a run in the rain.  I guess it's an ego thing, but being able to say you are out running in the rain and gross weather is like a badge of courage.  My internal thought is that anyone can run when it's sunny, 60's, and nice out.  It takes some grit and willpower to get out there in the rain.  

It could just be my foolish attempt to convince myself how great I am and thereby trick myself into running even when I do not want to. :)

A great smoothie and what I hate about smoothie recipes

First, here is a great recipe for a simple green smoothie:

2 peeled kiwi
1 peeled lime
2 handfuls of fresh spinach
2 handfuls of kale, (rip off the big stems)
few sprigs of mint
some ice

Blend it, drink it, feel good.  It's a powerhouse and it tastes good.  All of you kale/spinach haters, back off, it does taste good.  The kiwi and lime do all the work.  You can play with the amounts of the ingredients if you want to change up the consistency, taste, etc.  

Now, what sucks about all the recipes that I find online for smoothies?  It's the fact that most of them call for this type of extract, that type of water, or this type of some crap I have never bought, and probably would have to search for in Whole Foods for an hour and spend way too much $$ on.  Look, there are a million things you can find in a regular grocery store that are healthy and don't cost a lot, but will make a damn tasty smoothie.  

Ironically, the smoothie above lacks my normal smoothie staple, a frozen banana.  A frozen banana adds the obvious nutrition involved, but also provides a base of shake consistency and cold.  Add to this any combo of the list below and give it a shot.

frozen or fresh, no sugar added berries
Fat Free Milk
Cold Coffee
Unsweetened Almond Milk
Low Sugar Yogurt
Plain Greek Yogurt (stuff is gross tasting, but super good for you and hides well in a shake)
Wheat Germ
Flax Meal
Peanut Butter
Almond Butter
Granola
Oats
Kale
Spinach
Collard Greens
Almonds
Raisins
Tomatoes
Cucumbers
WATERMELON!!

My point is, and this list can be 2 or 3 times longer if I sat and waited, if you want to go to a specialty store and drop a lot of $$ on some exotic shit, go for it.  Me, I like a tasty shake that is easy to get together and doesn't cost me a lot.  Feel free to comment with your own simple smoothie recipes or send me stuf to add to the list, or tell me I am an idiot!  I don't care!!