Category Archives: Health

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. 

2016 in Review

With a new addition to our family due in late June 2016 was always going to be a quieter year for me in terms of races. That said I think I managed to have a decent year although it ended on a disappointing note with me being unable to run the last week of the year, more on that later.

You may recall that I finally qualified for Boston at the 2015 Philadelphia Marathon. However, since I only beat my cutoff time by 2:31 I would have to wait until this September to find out if I would actually get to go. As a result, I planned my usual preparation for May’s Ottawa Marathon with three 10 km races and a half-marathon as part of my marathon preparation. 

My shorter races went as expected with all of the 10 km times being under 42 minutes (41:06, 41:31 and 41:09). A 1:28 finish gave me my third straight sub 1:30 result in April’s Run for Reach half-marathon. Those times had me satisfied with my preparation for the marathon in May.

Since I was not guaranteed a spot in Boston with my Philadelphia time my plan for Ottawa was to try and improve my qualifying time (3:15). Unfortunately, a heat wave hit Ottawa in the week leading up to Race Weekend. While the conditions for the marathon were better than the conditions for the other races that weekend it was still hot and humid. I went out at a 3:15 pace but ended up backing off the pace during the second half and finished in 3:26. The best part of the race was getting to see my two oldest daughters cheering for me right before the finish line.

My final scheduled race of the year was the Army Run half-marathon. Once again I volunteered to be the 1:35 pace bunny for the event. It was a lot of fun helping other runners as they tried to meet their goals. I crossed the finish line in just over 1:36 this year…


The day after the Army Run was my opportunity to finally apply for entry to Boston. Just over a week later, on the day before my birthday,  finally received an email I had been waiting a long time t receive…


As for not being able to run this past week the short version of the story is that I was on pace for just over 3000 km in 2016 then came down with shingles and had to make an unexpected trip to get a prescription on Christmas Day. I am finally feeling better now and may go for a short run tomorrow to end the year. 

Despite the past week I have to be pleased with 2016 as far as running goes. I was healthy enough to run another marathon,  successfully paced a half-marathon and had my entry for Boston accepted.

I hope your 2016 was also a good one. All the best in 2017!

Nutrition for Runners: Last-minute protein energy bars

Tonight’s recipe is one I came across online recently. I recommend this one if you are looking to make your own energy and protein bars. This was my second or third attempt at making energy and protein bars. 

These bars are very easy to make and taste great. You can find the recipe here. 

If you have the ingredients to make this recipe it will take you at most 15-20 minutes to make these bars. I will definitely be using this recipe again. It is cheaper and healthier than some of the store bought options.