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Fantastic Flapjacks January 23, 2010

Posted by Richard Lowe in Training.
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You know what makes running a 20 mile route easier? Knowing delicious pancakes are waiting for you at home.

I have the best wife.

And you know what makes these pancakes better? Gluten-free, wheat-free. Oh, and chocolate chips. You better believe it.

Um, yes please.


Endless Options! How To Choose? December 4, 2009

Posted by Richard Lowe in Thoughts & Musings.
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Friday’s a designated day off anyway and I’m happy to take another day of rest before tomorrow’s run with LA Roadrunners. Even though my hip is doing much, much better than yesterday, resting it today will help tremendously.

I spoke with my physical therapist friend Danh, who gave me some good advice to combat piriformis. He suggested I get a foam roller to massage out the tightness, while also working on strengthening my lower abs. So, despite the 200+ crunches I do after my runs, turns out it’s still not enough because regular crunches don’t target my lower abs. Sheesh. I feel like I’m adding training here and there and it’s still not enough! I don’t understand how the regular person who can’t dedicate 8 hours a day to marathon training can do it properly!

I guess the secret is to do whatever training helps you the most. The options are endless, really. I mean, I looked up lower ab exercises and there were literally 10 different ways to work them. So it’s a matter of picking and choosing the best exercises that work for your body and running style. Pick the regime that will target weaker areas of your body—for me, it’s my hips—and do those whenever you can get them in. Until I’m a fully-sponsored marathon runner*, this is the advice I’ll have to follow!

Also, made some black beans—a trusted superfood—with some chicken sausage and kamut and spelt toast on the side. Delicious.

*My goal is not to be a fully-sponsored marathon runner, by the way.

Off The Road, Into The Kitchen November 19, 2009

Posted by Richard Lowe in Thoughts & Musings.
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I decided to take an extra day of rest this week prior to the 13 mile run I have on Saturday. I’m still a bit sore from last Saturday’s run in San Francisco, so rather than push myself, I figured that an extra day of stretching would be more beneficial than 7 miles of hills.

So, I took the time to brush up on my culinary skills. I mean, if I’m not going to burn calories, I might as well eat calories, right?

I was craving cookies, probably a result of me not eating enough carbohydrates and sugars during my training, so I made my spelt chocolate chip cookies. These are probably my new favorite recipe and, best of all, they’re whole wheat-free. Without going too much into it, a few years ago I cut out wheat, but not gluten, and found that alternative grains like spelt are much better for me.

On the cooling rack.

Out of coincidence (or maybe she subliminally put the thought into my head to make wheat-free cookies), Yasmin over at Pretty Little Steps wrote a post today about going gluten-free. She’s been doing it for three days and says she has been feeling pretty good. Very cool.

Ready to eat.

After the cookies, I wrapped up my fortnight long project of making homemade hard cider. I discovered the idea over at The Paupered Chef and followed their method. In short: take a gallon jar of Whole Foods apple juice, pour in some lager yeast, put on an airlock, place the jar in a dark, cool room, and check back in 10 days. And, like that: hard cider.

Had to take the first drink out of the pint glass from my favorite bar: Del’s Saloon. That place is awesome.

I must say, it turned out okay. I’m not a big cider drinker; to me, it was fine. I’m not going to be picky over homemade cider, okay? But my wife, who drinks cider fairly regularly, said it was pretty good and very strong. Even better. A homemade cider that’s strong? Now that’s something I could get into. And just in time for the holidays.

It’d be nice to refine my cider skills, or even move into brewing beer sometime in the future. But every time I think about it, I’m reminded of that famous quote about brewing:

Give a man a beer, he wastes a day. Teach a man to brew, he wastes a lifetime.

I could see how that would be true and right now, I don’t have the time, really. I have a marathon to train for.

P.S. This just turned into a food blog. I think everyone secretly wants a food blog and so do I, I guess. But I’d say that 87% of blogs out there are about food. That’s hard to compete with. However, probably less than 1% are about marathon training. So I have a marathon blog that just happens to mention food every once in awhile. That’s sneaky.