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Day 52 – RSD 71

Happy Saturday afternoon and went out for a late afternoon run. Still taking it easy pretty much all this week and just running the 3 miles. More of a rest week I guess you could say. Anyways, here is a good power smoothie to enjoy for breakfast along with a big bowl of oatmeal. This will fuel you well into the late morning hours and up till lunch, no problem.

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The ingredients are:
2 bananas
baby carrots
frozen blueberries
flax seeds
organic peanut butter
purple and green kale
frozen mango
hemp protein powder
almond milk

I just toss in a lot of blueberries, a couple scoops of the flax seeds / hemp powder, a handful of carrots, a few mango chunks, a table spoon of the peanut butter and enough almond milk and ice to blend.  This will give you TONS of energy and aid with recovery as well.

I always team this up with a big bowl of oatmeal.
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Oh yeah, and my run from yesterday finally posted to Garmin during this upload so I posted both runs in below.


Miles Today 3
Miles Completed 182
Miles to Go 913

Day 51 – RSD 70!!

What’s up with the Garmin Connect site? My run failed to upload this evening, which bugs me! So, I snapped a picture of my watch with my miles and time. Today is Friday! Yes, yes it is. K, so as promised here is a great recipe for you guys to try out that my wife made for me tonight. The sauces are absolutely fantastic! Very, very good. This one is a bit of prep time and takes a while to make but once it’s done it will last a couple of days. It’s filled with veggie goodness.

Here is the link to the recipe

Here are the ingredients

For the potatoes:
1 1/2 lbs yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
Fresh black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Enchilada sauce:
4 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced medium
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped (use 2 if you like more heat)
6 cloves garlic, chopped
2 teaspoons dried oregano (Mexican, preferably)
2 28 oz cans whole tomatoes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon agave nectar

White sauce:
1 cup cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours
3/4 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cornstarch

For the filling:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, quartered and thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups cooked pinto beans (2 15 oz cans, rinsed and drained)
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

For assembly:
18 8 inch corn tortillas

Optional toppings:
Fresh chopped cilantro

Here’s a picture of my wifey putting the white sauce on top prior to going into the oven.

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In the oven

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I will start posting up more recipes on a daily basis (will try!!).  Stay tuned for a good morning power smoothie recipe tomorrow.

Also, I am celebrating 70 days of running today and enjoying all the benefits of running and living a plant based lifestyle!  Just one of the many benefits other than low lipid levels, low BP, increased energy and recover time is you become very lean and melt away all the excess fat!  Also another little side effect is that your flag still raises as if you were a teenager!  LOL!  Figured I would toss that in there since Nathan made that amazing run diagram!  Which was just AWESOME btw!!











Oh and the finished product was delicious!!  The best part, eat as much as you want!








Everyone have a great weekend!


Miles Today 3
Miles Completed 179
Miles to Go 916

Shot from today’s run.
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Day 1: Taking off the stabilisers

So today was the day that I committed to taking up the challenge. Having toyed with the idea for a few months I finally bit the bullet. Besides I had already told people I was doing it, there was no going back………. shame is a great motivator!

I took I nice simple route round one of the parks but boy was it humid, and my calves were still tight from BMF (British Military Fitness) the other day – not sure how I am going to fit the runs in with that. Working out how I am going to fit the runs in was pretty much on my mind the whole way round, guess that is part of the challenge and look forward to hints tips and motivational talks from the rest of the guys doing this. James Ellis has already impressed me with his ‘motivational’ style.

Today was not the first time I have run or taken up a stupid challenge but it was the first day of my 1095miles.com challenge, it also the first day that a few young England players are given their first day of world cup football. And finally it is the first day I am taking my youngest down the park on his big boys bike. So all in all there’s a lot of people having their ‘stabilisers’ taken off. Let’s hope we all succeed and don’t fall off.

Day: 1

Miles Today: 3.18

Miles Completed: 3.18

Miles To Go: 1091.82

Day 226 – London run

I really love running in London when over for work…usually because I get to stay quite central and so I can run along some of the nicest parts with lots to see.  I nearly forgot this this evening because it was soooo cold I thought  I would be better in the gym …but instead I braved the sleety rain and was so glad i did  ..running across Westminister Bridge, towards Big Ben and the houses of parliament, down the embankment towards St Pauls, across the foot bridge towards the Tate and then up the South Bank with all the trees and their blue and white fairly lights, past the National Theatre and London Eye …and am sure lots more  – was great.

  • Miles today: 3.4
  • Miles completed: 742.8
  • Miles to go: 352.2
  • Days to go: 139
  • Shoes: Brooks Ravenna

Day 110

Football training this morning followed by my usual 3 mile run.
miles today 3.03
miles completed 336.76
miles to go 758
shoes nike
ipod mumford and sons

Day 88 .. Driving impaired leg .. Again

After driving again from Dublin and struggling with my leg running this evening I am sure I have to do something about it – the mini must go!

  • Miles today:  3.1
  • Miles completed: 294.9
  • Miles to go: 800.1
  • Days to go: 277
  • Shoes:  Brooks Ravenna 3 (new for A/W 2012)



Day 74 – one of those days

Today was definitely one of those days when I just could’t be arsed! Was in Dublin working today and did not get home until after 8pm and even though i was in good form when I got in the door i really did not want to go out again into the dark …all by myself ..sniff sniff.
  • Miles today:  3.3
  • Miles completed: 248.6
  • Miles to go: 846.4
  • Days to go: 291
  • Shoes:  Brooks Ravenna 3 (new for A/W 2012)



Day 42

Early run again at about 7.30 before a big day out at magic kingdom. The heat is really slowing me down ,but the scenery is fantastic so not bothered at all. Did 12hrs on magic kingdom in 90 degrees absolutely knackered so lie in for me in the morning.
Miles today 3.00
Miles completed 134.53
Miles to go 966

Asics Torana

The Asics Torana running shoes were kindly supplied to me free of charge by SportsDirect.com to test, and I am grateful to them for this.

Now the first thing that strikes you about these shoes is the colour scheme, it has prompted a very much love it or hate it amongst my friends, me, I love it. I like a shoe that stands out, I am fed up with the stock silverish, whitish, greyish colour most shoes seem to be.

I have used this shoe for about a week, on a variety of terrains hand in a several different weather conditions, and so I feel pretty happy about giving opinions on it.

The shoe is billed as a trail shoe, and it seems to fit into the range where they are designed to allow you to run to the trail, run the trial and then run home. So, from this you can deduce it’s not a fully fledged off road weapon but more a cross over shoe.

So, with this in mind I decided to try the shoe on a variety of routes, firstly I did an off road run which had a long downhill stretch through some woods and a road climb back up. The wooded section is on a pretty good path and the shoes were providing plenty of grip through here, and equally on the road climb back they were giving good support. The only point I would make is that when I did go through a muddy patch the traction was not great, certainly not as good as my full off-road shoe.

Next test was to use them on a canal path, I did this run in the rain and I did expect the shoe to struggle a little if it was muddy. However, on a canal path the shoes were excellent, the combination of cushioning and grip were excellent. Also the road run to and from the canal path was dispatched with ease, and I certainly enjoyed the extra comfort of the Asics shoe over doing the same run in my other trail shoe.

After the encouraging performance on that run, I decided to try man made trail path, well the shoe coped on that with ease, and coming back along another canal path I forgot these were new shoes due to the comfort and grip.

Road running was something I thought that maybe the shoe would do, but not give me the stability of my normal road shoe. I was wrong, it was excellent, whilst I only did about 6km there were a couple of longish hills and at no point did I think I wish I had used my other shoes. I don’t know whether I would do a really long road run in them, but they aren’t designed for it although I reckon they would cope well.

THe overriding thing I have noticed about the shoe is that they feel fast, especially on mixed terrain runs.

For me, these shoes are ideal for canal path, summer trail running and where there is some road work in getting to the off road stuff. I do a lot of runs like that, and I certainly will be using them for those runs.

Would I buy a pair of these, yes, would I recommend them, yes if you do mixed terrain running.

1250 miles down and off to Frankfurt

Just a quick update as I’m off to Frankfurt for a couple of days to a conference but today I clocked up my 1250th mile…. not bad going.

The run took me from home, around Tooting Common and back through Streatham where I picked some money up from the bank for the trip. On the way, I decided to cheerily greet every runner I passed to see how many responded. I passed eight on the way… only two bothered to even respond. What happend to the runner’s union?

Click here for a link to Garmin Connect for a map and details of the run

Miles today: 5.5
Target: 927
Miles to date: 1,250.33

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