Category Archives: Health

Saturday Stories

It’s time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week.

Here are this week’s stories…

More on the recent study regarding the impact of marathons on your kidneys.

A documentary about the benefits of running for those struggling with mental health. 

A study about post-marathon muscle soreness. 

Nutrition for Runners: Flourless Thumbprint Breakfast Cookies

Tonight’s recipe is another one from one of the Oh She Glows cookbooks. I am starting to realize that for someone who does not follow a vegan or even vegetarian diet I often post vegan or vegetarian recipes on here.

This recipe is a healthy option to give you some energy in the mornings. If you are interested in it you can find the full recipe here. 

This recipe was very easy to make. It does not take long at all to mix the dough and set it out on a baking sheet. I did it this afternoon while waiting for the alarm to tell me it was time to pick up my daughters from the school bus to go off.

I only made one batch this time but plan to make more soon. My daughters (7 and 4) love them, a bonus for those of you who understand how challenging it can be to get kids fed before school in the morning while you are also trying to get ready for work.

As for me, having these on hand will make for a great pre-run snack. I will be packing some for our trip to Boston in a couple weeks for the marathon.

 

Saturday Stories

It’s time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week.

Here are this week’s stories…
A post about focusing on the big picture.

A post about Ed Whitlock who unfortunately passed away this week. It is worth a read if you are not familiar with Ed and his accomplishments.

10 spring training tips.

 

Nutrition for Runners – Soul-Southing African Peanut Stew

Tonight’s recipe is our latest effort to make a meal from the Oh She Glows cookbook. This one is a great option whether you are specifically looking for a vegetarian or vegan meal or whether you are simply looking for a healthy meal.

It is a really hearty and filling meal and was a perfect option on a cold winter night. In our case my wife picked it because she had the book out and we happened to have the ingredients on hand. 

We did not add the optional cayenne pepper because our kids are not fans of spicy food. I would recommend adding it if you do like spicy food. The other change to the recipe we made is that we used leftover quinoa instead of rice. That change worked just fine.

The best about this for me is that the recipe made plenty and there were enough leftovers to cover my lunches for a couple days. 

Saturday Stories


It’s time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week.

Here are this week’s stories…

The top five running related selections on Netflix. Incidentally, I watched two of these on Netflix recently (The Barkley Marathons and Finding Traction).

A post about keeping yourself in check

How one runner used running to defeat depression. 

Nutrition for Runners: Beet and Kale Salad


Tonight I thought I would share a quick and easy recipe for a healthy salad. We had it with our dinner Monday night. 

To make it you will need beets, kale, goat cheese, cumin, plain yogurt and lime juice. 

Simply peel and grate the beets then top with kale and goat cheese to your liking. 

In a seperate bowl to make the dressing mix 2 or 3 table spoons of plain yogurt, 1 tablespoon of lime juice and cumin to taste. Once done pour the dressing over your salad and you are all set!

Nutrition for Runners: Thai Red Curry with Pineapple


I am trying to get back into posting healthy recipes on Wednesdays on a more consistent basis. Tonight’s recipe is a great one my wife came up with this week. 

To make this meal you will need the following:

  • 1 Can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp of curry paste
  • 2 tbsp of fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp of lime juice
  • A pinch of salt
  • Fresh pineapple
  • Chopped cashews
  • 2 cans of coconut milk
  • 1 inch piece of grated ginger

To start heat the milk then add the other ingredients simmer for 15-20 minutes to allow the flavours to mix. Once ready serve it over rice and garnish with cilantro.

I’ve had leftovers for my lunch the last two days and it was as good if not better than the first time we tried it.

Week 5 of Training for the Boston Marathon

I missed posting a couple of these updates while I was taking time off from running to recover from shingles. Today I was able to cap off my first full week of training since I got sick. I am pleased with the week of training I managed coming off 9 days off. I managed to complete nearly 56.5 km.

I kicked off my week and got back to running with an easy 7.5 km run Monday night. Normally I would have been aimed for more mileage to start the week but coming off the layoff I mentioned I was just happy to be out running again. The key is that I felt good and I knew I would be able to get back to my regular training. 

The stoy for Tuesday and Wednesday was freezing rain and dodging large puddles along the sidewalks. Due to the conditions I kept my runs to an easy pace and tried to avoid soaked feet as much as possible. Unfortunately I was not successful in that regard. 

Thursday the conditions were good enough to push the pace again. Unfortunately I forgot my Garmin at home so when I left work I decided to do an easy 3 km warm up, since I run the route regularly I know the 3 km mark. Following that I did a series of 8 strides before I got home. 

This morning after setting up my oldest daughters with breakfast and a movie I headed out for a cold long run. I only managed 13.3 km this morning but compared to a week ago I will take it and build on it with more mileage next Sunday.