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August 2011



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Aug. 16th, 2011

Face paint, Cross Country

Yummy cookies <3

Ah, Kings Island.  A wonderous place that's full of overpriced food but oh so wonderful roller coasters that test your nerve and at times, expose your stomach contents.  Thankfully, it only tested my nerves haha.
I grew so much closer to my mom during our time together at kings island.  It was her first time ever riding a roller coaster (that's more than just a kiddie ride), and she was about as nervous as ever.  Thankfully, the line for the Diamondback was that long so we only had to wait in line for like, 10 minutes.  230 feet up in the air and over 5,000 feet of track later at over 80 mph, we were ready for more rides to conquer.  I just had so much fun, and we had a relatively light lunch at Subway which was good for our wallets and stomachs haha.
Also, I was so grateful for the starbucks near the entrance because by the time i was done, I was ready for some caffeine and sugar.  I tried a green tea latte for the first time, and I have to say, thanks to its relatively modest caffeine content, it did its job in perking me up slightly.  I'll have to get that more often :)

That's the Diamondback.  It's not a great picture since the sun was in my eyes.
Okay, onto something yummy :)
What is this you say?
Maybe another picture would be better:

This, although its reminiscent of a buscuit from Red Lobster, is a breakfast cookie whose recipe I derived from  Really great website-- you should check it out :)
The recipe:
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1 cup of oatmeal
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 cup of coconut flakes
1 banana
1/2 cup of agave nectar
1/3 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Step one: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and oil a cookie pan/sheet
Step two: Mix together the flour, oatmeal, baking powder, and coconut flakes (also add a little salt if you want).
Step three: Mash up the banana with the agave nectar
Step four: Add in the sugar, olive oil, and vanilla extract.
Step five: Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix, mix, mix!
Step six: Add some water if the dough is kind of dry.
Step seven: Spoon the dough by tablespoons onto your cookie sheet
Step eight: Bake for around 10-20 minutes and enjoy <3
I'm sure as heck enjoying these.  They are ideal for before I run because they're light and full of medium chain triglicerides which provide me with quick energy.
Speaking of runs, today we have a speed workout and tomorrow morning, I'm gonna be running in the morning by myself which i enjoy to an extent since sometimes I miss having my friends next to me whilst we endure the pain together.
Have a great Tuesday :)

Aug. 15th, 2011

Face paint, Cross Country

Intense miles

Well, today was kind of depressing. I woke up tired and sore from, like Thursday (still) because of our brutal run through the trains. The hills were nightmarish and i tripped and tore open my knee. Not fun at all.
But yesterday, I went to kings island with my mom, and although she has never ridden like a huge roller coaster before, she became brave and went on the diamondback with me the moment we got there. Then, we went on the Crypt, the Vortex, the Flight of Fear, and the Firehawk-- all in one morning :D
But more of that tomorrow.
I've become a little slow lately, but I've been trying to keep my miles up and so far this summer I'm up to 275 miles. Only 25 more to go! I'm so ecstatic I can hardly contain myself. I'll definately get three hundred by the time school rolls around.
Also, my coach has been making me do the guys' workout with I consider both a death sentence and a great honor. It's awesome to be considered fit enough to attempt them despite the fact that I'm like the slowest one.
Coming up tomorrow, I'm gonna post a delicious breakfast cookie recipe that I often eat before runs, and I'll post some pics of King's Island, but right now, I'm exhausted and in desperate need of a good book :)
Have a great Monday :)

Aug. 10th, 2011

Face paint, Cross Country

10k race!

Sorry I haven't been posting much. I've been somewhat swamped with homework. I cannot for the life of me remember how to do complex algebra, who knew? ;) This past saturday, though, i competed in a 10k race with the team, and i managed to finish in under an hour! However, at the end of the race, someone collapsed and stopped breathing. He was 53 years old and very fit. Unfortunately, he died. It was very sad, and I was certain that if there were medics onhand, he would have had a much better chance. Apparently, he had heart disease that ran in his family, and the doctors couldn't detect it because he was so fit.
Please keep him and his family in your prayers and thoughts.
Recently, I've been stepping up my mileage and unfortunately, my shins are angry with me :( I really hate my shins!! They just keep hurting whenever i try to go faster or longer. it frustrates me to no end!!
Oh well... this morning run went well. I managed to get in a good 5 miler and afterwards i had a jumbo whole-grain bagel with pb and almondmilk. *sigh* the perfect combo.
Also, I've been using blueberries that are, in fact, in season to make blueberry pancakes and other assorted goodies. I'm thinking of making blueberry muffins and such of which i will post the recipe :)
Finally, I've been thinking a lot about life and in Ecclesiastes (written by King Solomon, himself) it says that essentially, all we do in life is meaningless because eventually we'll all pass away (yeah, he was a real downer lol), but what really counts is pleasing God in what you do and enjoying all that you do-- that is the true reward. So enjoy every minute of you life and do what you love.
P.S. Chocolate-covered Katie is having a giveaway ;)

Aug. 3rd, 2011

Face paint, Cross Country

Faster and Stronger :D

Hey, hope your Wednesday's going good :)
Yesterday I had cross country practice at my school, and the coach had us doing speed intervals. You know, sixty seconds hard, sixty seconds easy. I was super happy because the coach had me do the guys' workout. I was the only high school girl to do it-- besides the alumni. And then, on the run back to the school, i kept up with some of the fastest guys on our team. I felt amazing.
This morning, since i don't have practice, I did five miles on my own and it was hard. I just felt super tired today and i feel tired right now like i need a super long nap or something. Must've worn myself out yesterday lol.
For breakfast today after my run, I had a delicious bagel with peanut butter and a homemade cappuccino. Do you wanna know how I make my cappuccinos? You know you do ;)
What i do is make a little instant coffee by boiling some water. Then, I boil some vanilla almondmilk for just a fraction of a second. Mix em both together and voila! A delicious cappuccino fit for anyone (unless you're into lots of foam).
For lunch today, I plan to have some oatmeal with peanut butter and a salad with refried beans. Yum :)
I have a 10k planned for Saturday. Pretty much the whole team's running it, but I'm really nervous because i don't want to run a bad time :/. Also, i was really hoping to run 8 miles with the running group I usually run with on Saturday mornings. What to do, what to do... I might just bite the bullet and run my fastest. What can the harm be?
I'll definately post some pics more often when i can get this new website figured out. In the mean time, go ahead and make a delicious cappuccino ;)

Aug. 2nd, 2011

Face paint, Cross Country

New Changes

Welcome to my new blog!
I used to be, but now I've decided to change all that after I had some mishaps with wordpress.  Not that wordpress isn't great and all-- my computer just doesn't like it I guess :/.
Anyway, I've just gotten back from Cross Country Camp and boy, was that tough! As soon as we got there, we ran a tough 5 miles and had to run a mile uphill to get back to our camp.  The second day, we got up bright and early and ran another 2.5 miles, ate breakfast, and then ran 11 miles after that!  It was nuts!  The third day was supposed to be easy, so we ran 3 miles in the morning and 4 in the afternoon.   The fourth day was by far the toughest with a one hour tempo run.
Regardless of the mileage, I learned a lot about God during devotions, and I wouldn't trade the experience for the world.  However, for the past couple of days, I've been kind of depressed because I felt excluded by some of the girls in my cabin.  I don't know if they were doing it on purpose, but it still hurt my feelings :(
We also swam like crazy at the lake.

Haha, we're playing Smear the queer and i got tackled a couple of times.  I'm the one in the blue one piece.  All the guys around me are on my cross country team.

This is all of us lining up at the starting line lol.
One of the girls at the cross country camp had a prosthetic leg which I thought was really cool and inspiring plus she was the youngest one there.
All in all, despite my feelings of being excluded, I had a lot of fun, and I'll probably be talking about camp for a while :D
What are your favorite camp memories?