Running on empty but filling back up…

Line in the sand. Today we start to make it happen.

It isn’t New Years Eve just yet so don’t be thinking you’ve fallen asleep for four weeks. I’ve never been a big believer in the idea of resolutions to begin a new calendar year. Rather, making commitments to deliver for yourself and for others is something that should be a constantly evolving effort.

Hamilton’s Around The Bay Road Race is just about 120 days away. Four months to prepare for the grueling course that rolls out as North Americas oldest road race. We’ve got Boston beat by two years, a city I’d like to run one day but need to reach an ambitious goal time to do that. That doesn’t mean it won’t happen. It will indeed.

My training has been ongoing all summer and through the fall. Maintaining a regular schedule, consistent workouts that keep your joints and muscles used to the motion, is absolutely imperative. You don’t need to run long distance or race pace, short runs are better than no runs at all. Incremental advances in your runs will boost your capacity for the tougher runs when they come up in your regimen. Putting this blog back on the radar is another component that I need to realize my personal goals.

There are plenty of sample training plans out there, www.aroundthebayroadrace.com has one such schedule on the race website. Use them to build a program that works for your running plans. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to best a 5k time, challenge the Around The Bay course, qualify for Boston or just stay fit. Set a goal, draw your line in the sand.

Brent Kinnaird

Inspire Marketing: creating a difference

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Chicken LittleĆ¢ Chicken Lot!

Stirring (the pot) words: cooking for the athlete in you…The second in my regular contribution to the WonderMoms website.

Chicken Little… Chicken Lot!

My favourite protein blasts come from chicken, tuna and eggs. Chicken is extremely versatile, offering a nearly endless list of varied recipe options. One only need peruse the results of any generic ‘chicken recipes’ search on google for a parade of poultry prizes. Protein is critical to rebuilding, sustaining and growing the stores for endurance athletes. Runners, cyclists and triathletes rely on substantial protein intake to support their training plan and post exertion rebuild. Its equally as important as the pre-race carbo load, but doesn’t always find itself getting billing ahead of the pasta fuel up.

I’m a big fan of simple recipes that combine everyday ingredients and yield flavour filled, healthy plates. The latest chicken creation is something I title ‘CCPCC’ or Chipotle chili-pita crusted chicken; a mouthful you’ll see. With only 8 ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time you’re feeding your the athlete and everyone else at the table:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 cups Pita chips – ground in blender
1 T Chipotle chili spice or canned chipotle chilies
Fresh ground pepper to taste
All purpose flour
1 egg
1 tbsp olive oil
Butter

Coat the chicken in flour and egg. Add chipotle and pepper to ground pita chips and roll chicken generously into the mix. Add olive oil and butter to hot pan, browning chicken for about 10 minutes, flipping in pan after 5 minutes. Heat oven to 400 and finish in non-stick pan for 10-12 min.

For the spicy pallet, give it a kick by stirring up a generous batch of fresh made bbq sauce.

Sauce:
1 cup Ketchup
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 t Tabasco
2 T Red wine vinegar
Pinch Cumin
Fresh ground pepper
1 T Mad Anthony hot sauce (or your favourite fire in a bottle)

The dish goes great with a mushroom risotto, egg noodles or garlic smashed potatoes and some market fresh steamed green beans.

See you at the start line!
Brent
Inspire Marketing