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Nutrition for Runners: Strawburst Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie

Tonight’s is my latest attempt at trying one of the recipes from Eat & Run by Scott Jurek. I was intrigued by this one due to the anti-inflammatory ingredients (pineapple, ginger and tumeric). I’m not nursing any injuries at the moment but I figured this would be a good recipe to try as I am heading into my heaviest weeks of training.

If you are interested in trying this recipe you can find it on page 173 of the book. I had to make a couple of substitutions to my version – a bit of soy sauce used instead of miso and a 3-6 blend of oil instead of 3-6-9.

My wife was not a big fan of how it looked when it was finished but my kids enjoyed some with me. It has a sweet taste to it due to all of the fruit in it and you can also taste the ginger.

The best part about it for me is that the recipe makes 3 servings. Even after having a serving and sharing some with my kids I still have a serving in the fridge to enjoy after tomorrow night’s run home from work.

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Nutrition for Runners: Chocolate Adzuki Bars

Over the summer read Scott Jurek’s new book Eat & Run. I also wrote a review of the book. When I read the book I expressed an interest in a few of the recipes contained in the book. Tonight I tried the first one.

For those of you who have access to a copy of this book you can find this recipe on pages 89-90.

My daughter and I were able to find all of the ingredients at a bulk food store yesterday. I used regular chocolate chips but otherwise followed the recipe as it is in the book.

I sampled a bar tonight after they were ready. I think I will be making these again in the future!

It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.

Here are this week’s stories…

Here’s a great story about the runner’s code.

Based on this story is it possible we could see a North American win the men’s Olympic marathon?

Here is a list of must-haves for summer running.

This blog post was interesting for me not because I am looking to become a vegan but because I am currently in the process of reading Scott Jurek’s new book where he talks about his vegan diet and the impact it has had on his training.

Here is a good article for those of you struggling with IT band issues.

Nutrition for runners: Quinoa and Mixed Berry Hot Cereal

This week’s recipe is a great breakfast option. If you are not familiar with quinoa it is a seed that is high in protein and fibre. It is a popular choice around here, my wife and 2.5 year-old regularly have it for breakfast.

Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of this one but you can check out the full recipe with a picture here. This is the recipe my wife uses to make her cereal. While my wife uses this recipe she has adjusted the recipe slightly by adding a few cardamom pods and a couple of cinnamon sticks when she stores it in the fridge. She then adds the frozen berries when she warms up her bowl in the morning.

For more information on the health benefits of quinoa have a look at this article that provides more reasons to include quinoa in your diet.

If that’s not enough for you, ultramarathoner Scott Jurek is a big fan of quinoa. Incidentally, I am currently in the process of reading his new book “Eat & Run” and I just might have to try his quinoa recipe at some point.

Book Review: Born to Run

I just finished reading my latest running related book and thought I would post a review on here for those of you who have not had a chance to read Born to Run by Christopher McDougall.

If you are not familiar with the book, without giving away too much of the story to you, it starts with the author questioning why his foot hurt when he ran which eventually leads him to look at barefoot and minimalist running.

While I found his research into the biomechanics of running, for me the most interesting part of this book was reading about the Tarahumara people of Mexico. Having never heard their story before it was certainly interesting to read about how long distance running plays such a big role for them.

As mentioned, the book also includes research by the author into barefoot and minimalist running. The information is mixed in with discussion of the Tarahumara and the author’s adventures as he travels to Mexico to locate the mysterious Caballo Blanco and to meet some of the Tarahumara runners.

Another interesting aspect to the book is the introduction of an interesting cast of characters as the author travels with a group of long distance runners, Scott Jurek among them, to the Copper Canyons of Mexico to race the Tarahumara in an ultramarathon organized by Caballo Blanco. 

I would certainly recommend this book to other runners who have not yet read it. Whether you are interested in adventure or whether you interested in the idea behind barefoot and minimalist running.

Have you read Born to Run? What did you think of it?