And the 2015 season is underway!!!

So in my typical fashion, it seems that I would start a post out with something along the lines of, “holy smokes!  I am behind!” or something like that — so, I’m going to skip that cuz you are already expecting it.  (See what I did there?)

After the Grand Canyon last year, 2015 wasn’t supposed to be a very big year.  I mean, yeah – Yo Momma’s is a given that I was going to do, cuz I have to kick that bitches ass!  But, it’s the kids’ turn to take a vacation.  Not quite sure where we are going to go, but we’ll have fun!

However, the way this year seems to be shaping up, it is going to be one of my highest mileage ones yet!  So far this year my schedule looks like this;

  • January — I already ran a Art Moore Fatass 50k.  Actually, my second fastest ever with a time of 5hrs47min!! (more on this one shortly)
  • February —Winter Run for Regis 50k
  • March —  Pilot Mountain Marathon — North Carolina, St. Patrick’s Day Fatass 25/50k
  • April —  Mohican Forget the PR 50k
  • May — O24, and Maybe 50’s for Yo Momma?  Plus I’m planning on going to cheer someone on in their first 70.3 tri
  • June — Aside from my Leah having A BABY!!!!  Looks like we are doing an Ultra Ragnar Relay in the Appalachians
  • July —
  • August — BikeMS
  • September — Woodstock 5k, Woodstock 50k, Woodstock 5k, Not Yo Mommas 100 Miler
  • October — Javelina 100 Miler — Arizona
  • November — Bills’ Badass 50k
  • December —

The months I have nothing to do should still be pretty big.  Planning on training for Not Yo Mommas hard this year.  Then December?  Maybe that could be a rest month 🙂

So.  I ran the Art Moore Fatass 50k again last weekend.  I’m not going to go into how this Fatass started, I did that in an earlier blog post since I’ve run this before — click here if you would like to know more)

The weather was a little warmer than it was last year but this year instead of cold and snow, it was chilly and rainy.  I ran the first 14 miles of it with my buddy Eddie, who by the way is a much stronger runner than I am — who I probably owe a bit of my finish time to him.  I don’t race at all, especially a fatass, but I have to admit it was kind of cool to finish this one in my second fastest time and in 5th place!

 

No matter how many times I run past this sign, it always cracks me up (and scares me a little)

No matter how many times I run past this sign, it always cracks me up (and scares me a little)

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10686882_880877421943593_1270064549169009541_nI was very happy with this run!  I’ve been having a difficult time on long runs lately and I know my problem stems from not taking in enough calories.  I’ve experimented with Perpetuem this time and while during a 50k I would normally take in about 700-900 calories (6 GUs + food at an aid station), this time I took in nearly 2000calories!  I felt great — my legs were a bit tired from being under trained, but that is something I know how to fix!  Click here for my data from this run.

I really am going to try and keep my blog updated better.  I was supposed to be entering our runner profiles for Team OUTRUN but the website is being revamped.  I’ll post a link to it soon.  Also have so much more to blog about already this year!

Stay tuned, there are some REALLY exciting things happening!

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Bike MS 2014 Pedal to the Point – another 170+mile ride

Looky looky!  Another week and another post??  Just a few more times and that should be all it takes to become habit forming, huh? 🙂

I really am skipping all over the place with this, but what the heck about me DO I do “normal” 😉

Bike MS

Bike MS – day 2

So this is my third year for doing BikeMS and once again it did not disappoint!  The past couple years BMO and I rode, we rode with Team Mellen.  This year enough of our friends wanted to ride we had our own team, Team OUTRIDE!!  What a great experience this was, being captain of our own team was a phenomenal experience made only possible because I had such great teammates.  I loved every bit of it — the team name was easy, building off our OUTSTANDING ultrarunning team OUTRUN and thanks to Primal Wear, even designing our custom jerseys was simple.

Our Jerseys

Our Jerseys

Our team consisted of:

  • BMO
  • my brother Denny
  • Brooke K.
  • Theresa M.
  • Doug H.
  • Kerri D.
  • Tim S.
  • Jeannette A.
  • Kevin A.
  • and myself

Notice that second one?? Yep, my brother!  Aside from having our own team, this ride was made even more special because my older brother Denny signed up with us.  He didn’t even have a bike before signing up either!

Unfortunately Doug had scheduling conflicts and Jeannette suffered an injury during a race so they had to back out.  While Brooke, BMO, and Tim have ridden hundred milers before – this would be a distance PR for my brother, Kerri, Theresa, and Kevin – and they did awesome!

Our team goal for raising funds I set at $5000.00.  We came SOOO close to hitting the mark too (on a side note — donations are still being accepted through September 30th.  wink, wink, LOL —  click here if you feel compelled to make a donation 🙂 ) Our team raised 92% of our goal ($4646.00).  I ended up raising 64% of my goal and was able to donate $640.00.

Although we couldn’t get all of our team together at one time for training rides, several of us were able to organize a couple rides together.  Nothing really serious as our rides typically have a stop midway through for a burger or something at a nice patio. And before we know it, it was time to ride!

The morning of the ride was beautiful!  We met up dark and early to get our team picture taken, and then hung out waiting to start.

Team OUTRIDE

Team OUTRIDE

Killing some time

Killing some time

Once we were off it was easy sailing.  I wanted to get a chance to ride with everyone on our team.  We all started out together but I think within the first 10miles or so we ended up splitting up into two groups.  I hung back with Theresa, Kerri, Tim and my brother for a little while and to noone’s surprise I think — helped miss a turn to add a couple more miles.  On day one you have an option to add a 25mile loop to your ride to make it 100 miles for the day.  I was thinking of hanging with them till the course split then pressing on to try and catch Brooke, BMO, and Kevin.  We approached the Kendal Clapp turn and…..  they didn’t turn!!!  They kept going to make the hundo!  I guess the adrenalin was pumping and once in the saddle the moment took over — I did say they crushed it didn’t I? 🙂

10294231_798267396871263_7202859342650184319_nAfter a few more miles I stepped it up some and pressed it pretty hard to catch up to the others.  I finally caught them at one of the rest stops and we hung together till lunch.  A terrible storm blew in and at our lunch stop they were urging everyone to not go back on the course until the storm blew over.

BMO and I have taken this picture each year so far

BMO and I have taken this picture each year so far

Once the storm passed we were on our way again.  Brooke seemed to have started a trend before we headed back out by fashioning rain gear out of a garbage bag.

LOL... just love Brooke!

LOL… just love Brooke!

We encountered a few showers, but nothing major and arrived at Sandusky Highschool a few hours later.

Day 1 --- 100 Miles Done!

Day 1 — 100 Miles Done!

Denny, Tim, Kerri, and Theresa --- 100 miles done!!

Denny, Tim, Kerri, and Theresa — 100 miles done!!

After getting cleaned up BMO and I have a ritual now of heading to the Brass Pelican and grabbing a couple little beers.

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After a night of proper refueling BMO, Denny and Brooke hopped the bus and headed back.  unfortunately they didn’t have time the next day to make the 70+ mile ride home with us.

Bed time!

Bed time!

After a “good night’s sleep” we were back in the saddle again.  It was awesome to hear that Theresa and Kerri decided to crank out the miles on day two as well!  It was a little wet and we got rained on a couple of times but all in all it was a beautiful day!  Much of it looked like this:

Kevin was having a little trouble with his leg locking up some, but he powered through it and crossed that finish line on day 2 like a champ!  I feel like I’m rambling on and the this writing is “all over the place” so I’ll end it with  quick Magisto video I made at the end of day one.  Click on the following link and it should open up.  Enjoy! (if it doesn’t work, please let me know, I’ll fix it)

http://www.magisto.com/video/MwYNZgkTFCozQxdnCzE

Waiiiiiit for it………

Once again – my typical type of greeting it seems lately – I haven’t blogged in what feels like forever!!!  We’ve been crazy busy (as usual) and our craziness is well documented (surprise, right?)  But now, I’ve removed all excuses for not keeping up.  My computer was a piece of !@#$ making it painstakingly difficult to blog how I wanted.  Some of you may or may not have (yeah right) have noticed that I like to include pictures and videos 🙂  I was trying to blog using a crappy Acer 10″ Netbook with a processor that moves at the speed of tar pitch (and then even slower when I synced it with my phone (that is what I used to take all the pics and videos)  Well NOT ANY MORE MY FRIENDS!  I am now the proud owner of a new laptop AND a GoPro camera, oh yeah — this is gonna be fun!

Since I’ve been so lazy….

I thought I would take a different approach this time in trying to catch up with things the kids and I have done over the past couple of months.  What better way to do it than a video, right?! 🙂

To quickly summarize some of the photos in the movie —

  • We did a TON of fishing this year
  • Jeremy made the all star team for baseball
  • Emily pitched and played catcher for her fastpitch team
  • They ran two more races so far – The Fox Trot 5k and Shatter the Silence 2miler
  • I bought them season tickets to the Lake County Captain’s games this year
  • Jeremy turned 12 years old!
  • We took my Dad to his first Cleveland Browns football game in nearly 24 years!
  • and School started and we continued in our usually silliness.

The background music I chose is by Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole.  I just love his voice.  My first choice was his medley of “Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World”, but alas I only have it in a protected mp4 format that would not upload to my movie making software.  Anyways — hope you enjoy it

That about catches up some of what we did recently.  I have more, but I wasn’t shooting for a full length feature film 😉

Now, blog updates about The Fresh 20, BikeMS, and Run Woodstock … I’m not going to be caught up by tomorrow night!

Outrun 24 Hour Endurance Run – 1 Mile loop / 24hrs / Hellafun!

End of April also brought about the 2nd running of O24. O24 (OUTRUN 24) is a 24 hour endurance run put on by our running group, OUTRUN. I ran this last year to complete my first 100k and this year I had the honor to be on the race committee. I’m really enjoying being involved with the “behind the scenes” part of races.

"Harvesting" a new leg while setting up in the morning :)

“Harvesting” a new leg while setting up in the morning 🙂

O24 is one of Zack’s (head of OUTRUN) brilliant ideas. It is a one mile loop that runs through Chapin Forest. You get 24hrs to complete whatever distance you can with medals going to the 50k and 100k finishers and a buckles for the 100 miler finishers. The inaugural running of this races was incredible, there was something like 60 participants, this year there were nearly 90! According to Zack, there were 85 runners who ran a total of 4,973 miles with 59 being the average distance. Seven runners hit the 100 mile marker or more, 42 ran between 100k and 99miles. Thirty-five runners ran between 50k and 100k and the ages ranged from 17 to 77 with 43yrs old being the average. Pretty DAMN impressive stats!

This is the Start / Finish / AND the one mile to go mark :)

This is the Start / Finish / AND the one mile to go mark 🙂

O24's "Tent City" for those that camped out for the weekend.

O24’s “Tent City” for those that camped out for the weekend.

My goal for this races originally was to complete 100 miles in 24hrs. That 29 seconds from BR is still haunting me. I did 100 in under 24hrs, but according to the record books – I was off by 29sec. (BR100 is actually 100.9 miles / my time was 24hrs 29 seconds). Michele was also planning on covering 100 miles here so we figured on running it together. I pulled my data from BR and thought that if we ran the first 20 miles at roughly a 10/11 min average pace, we could run the last 80 miles at a 15/16min average pace. My thinking was, it worked for BR and that course was much more difficult. Should be practically a walk in the park here. One problem tho…. I did not train for this run. My 100 mile training had basically just started and was geared toward running another 100mile race at the end of July. Whoops.

In any case, I ran this race and had an absolute BLAST! The only discomfort I felt was somewhere around the 40 mile mark. When running ultras, fueling is very important so you kind of train yourself to eat at each aid station. Problem here then? The aid station was at every mile! I ate WAY too much! That, added to the sun coming out (for the first time in what seemed like forever) kinda killed me. I ended up taking a 20min break and got out of the sun. After my break I was good to go again.

Eating every mile ---- WRONG

Eating every mile —- WRONG

The first 20 miles went according to plan. Covered the first 50k (31 miles) in just under 6 hour and then it went kind of downhill from there. I’m trying not to get into all the details of this run because I’m sure you could only hear so many times that I was running, laughing, walking, smiling, jogging, goofing around, eating, smiling, running…… etc., etc., etc. 🙂 I was quite fine with it though. The only real race that I have on my schedule that I NEED to finish is Not Yo Mommas 100 Miler at the end of September.

Running, Smiling

Ben, Michele, Crystal and I – Running and smiling…..

Michele and I - jogging, laughing, goofing :)

Michele and I – jogging, laughing, goofing 🙂

Did I mention having a good time?

Did I mention having a good time?

The thing I’ve realized about running over the past year or so, is that I love the people aspect of it most of all. I love to hear people’s stories as to why they run, what challenges they have over come and what achievements they’ve made. I’ve met so many amazing people who, thru running, have pushed themselves way beyond they’ve ever thought they could go, have overcome many obstacles, and have made many positive changes in their lives. Walking, jogging, running with them, and talking to them is one of my favorite parts about running races.

Chris dedicated a marathon to each one of the murder victims from Boston

Chris dedicated a marathon to each one of those killed in Boston

Changed placards with each marathon he ran today

Changed placards with each marathon he ran today

Zach M -- wore these bunny slippers for the first 20 or so miles.  Also wore them at Bills Bad Ass 50k.... You get the idea that ultra trail runners are a colorful bunch :)

Zach M — wore these bunny slippers for the first 10-15 miles (I think). Also wore them at Bills Bad Ass 50k…. You get the idea that ultra trail runners are a colorful bunch 🙂

So as the day went on and more and more runners were pushing themselves past where they thought their breaking point would be and exceeded their original goals. Those that were already done stuck around to cheer them on. Runners are a pretty tight group of friends, trail runners – even closer. But ultra trail runners are as close to family as you can get without sharing the same parents!

Rockstar "family" hanging out in support

Rockstar “family” hanging out in support

Finally the top male and female finishers. I would say winners, but “winners” in this sense would not be appropriate. Everyone had different goals in mind — making everyone that toed the line a winner.

Will from Tennessee --- 1st place, 115 miles!

Will from Tennessee — 1st place, 115 miles!

Crystal --- 2nd place overall and 1st place female -- 106miles.  I was happy to be in front of her for a few loops.  Any time we've run together, I see her at the start and maybe for a mile from there... then ZOOM  I'll see her at the finish!

Crystal — 2nd place overall and 1st place female — 106miles. I was happy to run with her and teased some about being in front of her for a few loops. Any time we’ve run together, I see her at the start and maybe for a mile from there… then ZOOM I’ll see her at the finish!

Wow… this was much longer than I intended. I could have gone on and on but I practiced some restraint. Here is my data from this “race”. There are two files, the first is about the first 50 miles and then the second is the last 25 There are some HUGE things coming up that I am crazy excited about. Still yet to come this year;

  • June – I bowed out of running BR100 this year and I decided not to run the 3 day Blue Blazes Ultra. In place of those, I’ve been afforded the opportunity to pace one of my amazing friends Kevin at Western States 100 in California next month!
  • July – So the kids and I are going to help out at an aid station for BR in July.
  • August – brings the 170mile Bike MS, which I’m haven’t even STARTED fundraising for yet.
  • September is Run Woodstock 50k AND Not Yo Mommas 100 Miler.
  • October is the Columbus 1/2 Marathon that a ton of us are going to. Many of whom are running the full, several the half, and I’m planning on the half with Jeremy and Emily. The following week is Run with Scissors Double Marathon, and finally
  • November is Bills Badass 50k, which I am hoping to mentor Jeremy.

I’m pretty sure there will be more sprinkled in there but that’s my plan so far. I’ll have to give some updates on dinners, cooking, and our garden really soon, too!

What do you have coming up?

The Frosty 50K, North Carolina – Let the 2013 “Craziness” Commence!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

And what a way to start it! My running plans for 2013 seem to be ever evolving. Originally I was planning on running a race in Iceland (check this race out here) as part of the Runwell Team. There was much fundraising involved in order to run this, a challenge I was prepared to take on, but my plans fell thru when spots were filling up quickly and we needed to come up with some money to register within a few weeks. This is when I had the idea of running the entire Buckeye Trail as a fundraiser for Rush for a Cause. I wanted to start this in January – I quickly realized that taking on such a task required much more planning than I was able to do in a short time. Don’t get me wrong, this is something I WILL still do; I’ve gained access to all of the maps for the entire course, talked with the founders of Rush for a Cause, and have talked to a few people who are willing to take time and help me out with transportation, maybe in 2014? Who knows — the 2014 run for Racing the Planet is in Madagascar!

Since I pulled the plug for the BT run in 2013 because I didn’t want to go into it unprepared, I decided I needed to register for some races. First up for 2013; The Frosty 50k in Winston-Salem North Carolina. This is the fourteenth year that this race has been run! It is hosted by a group called Twin City Track Club. To quote from their website;

The Twin City Track Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting running and fitness in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina area. They are Winston-Salem’s oldest running club and one of the largest clubs in North Carolina. Their members are a cross-section of the community, representing runners and walkers of all abilities. We have group activities to promote the social aspects of running, and bring in nationally known speakers to educate and inspire, and we assist other organizations with their organized running events.

We are a proud member of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and United States Track and Field (USATF).

I had the pleasure of meeting many of their members and several of their board. They are a great group of people. Here is a link to their event schedule. If you get a chance to participate in any of their other races – DO IT!

My plan for this race — I didn’t have one. I didn’t train, I didn’t even book a hotel! I headed on down Friday morning around 10:30/11:00am. If you aren’t familiar with this drive down I-77S, it’s very scenic and very easy.

Lots of mountains to pass through

Lots of mountains to pass through

Pilot Mountain

Pilot Mountain

This one I'm going to have to come back and hike soon

This one I’m going to have to come back and hike soon

One of two mountains you LITERALLY have to pass through

One of two mountains you have to literally pass through

Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem

The drive was easy. It took just over 6.5hrs. Packet pickup was at Twin City Diner, check them out on Facebook. That is where I first met some of the great people from Twin City Track Club (TCTC). I picked up my packet and had an AMAZING dinner.

Chicken, pasta, artichoke, asparagus, sun-dried tomatos, and a Great Lakes Edmond Fitzgerald

Chicken, pasta, artichoke, asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes, and a Great Lakes Edmond Fitzgerald

Now it was time to find a hotel. I used the “Around Me” app on my phone to find one that sounded nice. To which my new friends quickly informed me that — “Oh no! You don’t want to stay there!” And they directed me to one right around the corner. If you need a place to stay, I also now highly recommend the Holiday Inn Express off Miller Street.

Love this king bed... May have to buy a new bed for home :)

Love this king bed… May have to buy a new bed for home 🙂

So after a good nights sleep I headed to the course. The weather couldn’t have been better! It was about 30deg. in the morning with a high in the low 50’s! Running an ultra in shorts, in JANUARY?! Yes please!

Of course I was traveling with Peg --- she was crewing and waiting after the halfway turnaround.

Of course I was traveling with Peg — she was crewing and waiting after the halfway turnaround.

Yeah, the leg… I guess I should start making a link to some of “her” details when I make a post that contains a picture of her,  lol — click here to find out more.

The course was/is beautiful. We ran around Salem lake. The trail is crushed gravel and a small portion of it was a paved path.

The trail

The trail

Salem Lake

Salem Lake

This reminded me of North Chagrin --- I wanted to run through it so badly!

This reminded me of North Chagrin — I wanted to run through it so badly!

When I say I didn’t have a plan for this nor did I train, I wasn’t joking. I seriously haven’t trained for anything since BR. I’ve been just running for fun and my last long run aside from the 12miles on 12/12/12 was Bills Badass 50k in November! I just wanted to run this race and have a good time doing it.

And thats what I did! The course was pretty flat and whenever I glanced at my garmin my pace was upper 8min/mile to mid 9min/mile! I hit the halfway point at 15.5miles in 2hrs25min. putting me on par to finish this 50k in UNDER 5hrs! For some reason tho, I started getting a blister on my left foot. Why? I have NO clue! Not new shoes, I’ve worn them for about 200miles without any problem. I brought another pair of shoes along with me, so I decided to change them at the halfway point. I changed my shoes and headed back out. The shoes I changed into where a completely different brand, Asics. Which is strange for me – I’m brand loyal to Saucony and have only bought the Exodus 3.0’s for the past couple years, I’m on my 11th or 12th pair! I thought I would give these a try because I’m STILL dealing with that pain in my foot. So unfortunately, the second half I slowed down but still PR’d this race! While it may not be an apples to apples comparison to other 50k’s I’ve run, it was my fastest 50k ever at 5hrs 12min! I’LL TAKE IT! Check out my Runkeeper data here.

My new 50k PR - 5hrs 12min

My new 50k PR – 5hrs 12min

Pam and Jamie - Runwell ambasitors

Pam and Jamie – Runwell ambassadors

Sporting "Runwell"

Sporting “Runwell”

As usual, Peg got a TON of attention. I’ve told the Peg story more than a dozen times this day and Angi with TCTC was just as eager as we were to get Peg some new swag. Angi is awesome! She didn’t have a sticker but I gave her my name and address and she’s going to mail one out to me! Rock on Agni!!! I would love to thank everyone by name for showing me such fantastic hospitality, but this post has already gotten too long, sorry — just know I really appreciate everything!

Me Angi (TCTC) and Pam

Angi (TCTC), Peg, Pam and I

Long sleeve tech shirt and a handmade finisher medallion - THANKS TCTC!

Long sleeve tech shirt and a handmade finisher medallion – THANKS TCTC!

As much fun as it is to travel and meet people, there is no place like home.

To quote Montgomery Gentry ---- Yeah... I'm pretty damn proud where I come from...

To quote Montgomery Gentry —- CLE “Yeah… I’m pretty damn proud where I come from…”

Remember I said my schedule was booking up quick?

  • January – Frosty 50k (complete), Winter Run for Regis 50k
  • February – Bills Fatass 50k
  • March –
  • April – O24 (Outrun 24) – maybe 100miles
  • May – Rite Aid 5k with Emily followed by Rite Aid Half Marathon with Jeremy the next day
  • June -Olympic Distance Tri / Half Iron Man (what do you think Doug?)
  • July – burning River 100 miler — planning sub 24hrs
  • August – BikeMS
  • September – Not Yo Mommas 100 miler — DNF’d in 2012 at 47miles, need to finish this one!
  • October – Running with Scissors Double Marathon
  • November – Bills Badass 50k (possibly mentoring Jeremy) 🙂
  • December –

How does your schedule look? Any big runs on your horizon?

CSA, Dinners, and National MS Society

MAN!!! Time is just FLYING! I cannot believe that I am 3 CSA posts behind and there is so much that I want to go over in this post. First things first tho. Fresh Fork Market CSA… you guys are KILLING IT!!!

Summer CSA – Week 8

Week 8 CSA:

  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 6 ears sweet corn
  • 3lbs yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 bunch rainbow swiss chard
  • 1 bunch collard greens
  • 2ct cucumbers
  • 1 1.5lbs herloom tomatoes
  • 1 package chicken bratwurst
  • 1lb yellow wax beans
  • 2ct green peppers

Not that our packages were boring before – far from it, but they are REALLY appealing to me now! With the addition of sweet corn, bratwurst, peppers and potatoes???

Chicken Brat, cabbage, onions, peppers and Gouda cheese

Little kid – big mouth, YUM!

I had cabbage from a prior weeks CSA that I finally got around to chopping up, cooked it with some bacon fat, green peppers and onions and placed it in a bun with the chicken brats… I love making “bad for you fair food” — good 🙂

Then the next night, took the left overs and added them to some noodles. LOVE cabbage and noodles. I also love to use the yogurt we get from FF to top it off with. Yes, plain yogurt in place of sour cream… mmmm mmmm good! 🙂

Cabbage and Noodles

Week 9 CSA

  • 1 whole cantaloupe
  • 1 pint mixed color cherry tomatoes or approx 1.5lbs heirloom tomatoes
  • 2 zucchini
  • 1-2ct eggplant
  • 1 bulb garlic
  • large candy onion
  • 2 oz basil
  • 1 bunch curly kale
  • approx 1.5lbs slicing tomatoes
  • 1lb bulk italian sausage (ground)
  • 1 pnt blackberries (or approx 1.5lbs. peaches)

Summer CSA – Week 9

First thing about this bag — it is about a 20min drive from my house to my pick up location. The blackberries? Never had a chance! 🙂 I left a couple in the container so that I could take a picture. One of the dinners I made from this weeks bag was eggplant parmesan. I’ve never made t before and was excited to try. The kids were a little leery about having egg-plant parmesan for dinner, but once is was all cooked and made up —- 2nds were had! Which brings me to a thought. I have been seriously thinking about portion control with my kids. Is there really any harm in over doing it a bit on eggplant? I know too much of anything is never a good thing, but eggplant?? really??? 🙂

My first ever eggplant parmesan

Week 10 CSA

  • 1 bunch carrots
  • 1 dz eggs
  • 1 piece gouda cheese
  • a handful of hot hungarian peppers
  • approx 2 to 3 green peppers
  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 1 pint mixed color cherry tomatoes
  • 1 lb green filet beans
  • 2 ct cucumbers
  • approx. 1.5lbs peaches
  • in addition to what the normal bag contains, I also purchased from the back of the truck;
  • 1 package of green onion bratwurst
  • 1 package of breakfast patties
  • 1 bag of chips
  • 1 container of raspberry chipotle salsa

Summer CSA – week 10

My plans for this head of cabbage is to turn it into cabbage rolls. It is a BIG head so I plan on making quite a bit and freezing it.

The eggs, cooked over easy, combined with the raspberry chipotle salsa, breakfast patty and all placed on an Everything bagel made for an amazing breakfast sandwich – sorry, no pic. You’ll have to use your imagination! I also grilled up the green onion brats, roasted potatoes, green peppers, onions and zucchini for dinner one night — again, sorry, no pic 😦

Other happenings lately? I’ve been struggling trying to cook the kids healthy dinners before jetting off to football practice. Unfortunately we’ve seen the inside of Subway (most healthy alternative to fast food, no? Just ask Jared) more times than I would like lately. Enter “The Fresh 20“. I COMPLETELY forgot about this subscription! I’ve been receiving the emails, but havent really been paying attention to them and just deleting them.
What it is, is a weekly subscription (I think that I paid for it, so I should probably find out how much I am paying for it) that you sign up for and they email you weekly meal plans. Not only do they have the meal plan, they give detailed recipes, a shopping list and nutritional contents for each meal. Talk about taking the guess work out of meal planning. I pay (at least I think I do) for a “Classic” subscription. There also are Vegan and Gluten Free meal plans. Here is a sample of what receive from them. Classic_August10 Check them out. You will NOT be disappointed.
Last, but NOT least by any stretch of the imagination. When I finished my blog post regarding my BikeMS ride, I posted a link to it on the National BikeMS Facebook page as well as the Bike MS Pedal to the Point Facebook page. Time passed and while I had a few more blog views than normal I thought nothing of it. Heck when published my BR100 race report, by blog views spiked to 98, but the increase this time was very small. Today I received an email from Allison, the Marketing Coordinator for the National MS Society Ohio Buckeye Chapter. She told me that she read my blog and shared it with a couple of her coworkers and that they “loved it”. She invited me to and sent me information about an event they have going on “Locavore“. This sounds like it is right up my alley. It is a tasting and pairing event on Friday, September 7 at Windows on the River! Your senses will be indulged as you sample delicious chocolates, pastries, and hors d’oeuvres from local vendors carefully paired together with wine and beer featuring several prominent chefs from Cleveland — I.Love.Food 🙂 So as you could imagine, I am very excited to attend this and meet them. There is a race that I was thinking of participating in that weekend, but I think I am going to have to pass it up and go to this event in it’s place. Tickets for this event can be purchased online here.
Not sure if it coincidental or not, but on any given day my blog usually generates 20-30 page view per day, with an occasional exception. Well… after I received her email, I watched my page view count go up, and up and up! Before I left work for the day it was over 110 and as of the time that I am typing this blog post it is already over 166! Silly that it is these little things that make me happy, huh?