it’s been a reeally long time since i put a salad up on the blog. this one is so incredibly good, it just might make the cut! Update: I actually did put the recipe up!
yesterday i took a couple bins of vegetables to summer camp and had the kids make their own personal salads. maybe it was because i handed them all knives or they were hungry, or that i deliberately left the ranch dressing off the day’s plan, but by the time the delighted chopping and snacking was done, they all went back for fistfuls more, eating what was left completely unadorned, happily. i always smile at this because that’s often how i like vegetables too, and why this time of year, the best snacks are usually found in this space, raw, unwashed, and straight from the ground.
when it comes to fueling before/after races, i always refer back to intuition, letting ‘what does my system truly feel like/need and how much?’ be my guide. fueling for a middle of nowhere relay race is always the ultimate test of this, and several years in, this year i finally nailed it, with zero tired/unhappy/over/underfueled GI system. this year my intuition had me reverting back to simplicity, lots of easily digestible semi-complex carbs, apples, local peak season blackberries, sunflower butter and @honeystinger gel sandwiches on very refined flour gf cinna-raisin bread, sweet potato and black beans with a little roasted brocc for actual post-run meals, overnight oats which are exactly the same as i eat every other day, only cold and prepped ahead, and this, apricot and (purple) carrot muffins, a long-time favorite, heavy on the oats and lots of carbs, which i’ve loved so much they’re archived twice on the blog.! side note: William also relies on the intuitive eating/fueling strategy, and his system ended up including a double cheeseburger meal in between legs 1 and 2, which also worked out well, having him feel his best ever too. so clearly, to each their own. scenes from #CLR2018
cow bells, sly squeakies, air horns, water bottle hand offs out the van side door, and a van 1 cheer of ‘you are doing it!’: 28 hours running plus to and from in a sweaty, stinky, hot/freezing cold, not much sleep happening here van makes for a lot of time with team. there were moments at the end where i saw other teams snap and begin to fall apart. ours was laughter and nice playlists, nearly effortless flow, and good cheer throughout. here’s Will coming in hot (quite literally), Sohel cheering him on, our volunteers in the distance getting all the runners safely across, me holding the camera and the finish line water bottle, and the rest of the team just behind, adding their share to the experience. scenes from #CLR2018
before the middle of the forest early morning rave, and run amongst the darkest night/brightest stars, there was this, the best kind of Friday night light show. scenes from #CLR2018.
currently rich in cucumbers and zucchini and fortunately craving all the very summery noodles