Be Weird

I’m no stranger to weird.

 

Or strange… but good!

When I saw the title of Kat’s guest post today I grinned.  This girl rocks my weird world.  You know it’s a sign of a good friend with a 3 hour trail run/hike flies by.

What doesn’t fly by is the soreness after a long day of exercise.  After that run and then this past weekend’s race I am no stranger to delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).  But I do have a solution!  Or… a relief strategy.  Some of you will think it’s weird but…

 

DOMS soreness

 

Seriously.  If you can keep moving, that soreness will move on out.  The day after my 8 hour race I walked 3 miles and jogged 1.  By Monday I was back in the gym with my trainer.  It’s not a miracle cure, but it DOES help.

Note: Be smart – if it’s beyond normal soreness, you have a strain or an injury, or you are sick REST is what you need.  If you are just tight, walk it out!

Enough about me… read on for my weird friend Kat and her killer Strange But Good recipe.

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BE WEIRD, TAKE CHANCES, BE YOURSELF!

Let your spirit move you!!!!  Do things that inspire you!  That is my theme this week, this year, this lifetime.

I’m going to San Francisco today.  It’s my first time as an actual tourist there.  I used to go to California for wrestling tournaments in college.  Read: All I saw were the insides of hotels and gyms.  This time I will be going wine tasting, cheese tasting, and running a trail race on Sunday!!  The Steep Ravine trail run (only the 25K distance I think) will be my favorite part!  *sounds steep*  (Editor’s note: Only 25k?!  Kat is a trail running beast.)

I have learned to travel the world and make time for friends you haven’t seen in ages and some great, beautiful races.  I will see my friend Jaime, from college (see her blog – Event Crashing at its finest ), who is amazing, and a few other friends. Jaime is the kind of friend you can take your hairless cats to a laser show with.  No, that’s not a joke.  We did that.

Jaime and I a couple years ago at Dave & Busters

Jaime and I a couple of years ago at Dave & Busters

When I was little, the last thing I wanted to be was weird.  Now I embrace it!  I think it is one of the reasons I take to Laura.  She embraces her unique weirdness just like I do.  (Editor’s note: Awwww!  I heart you.)

A huge part of enjoying life, for me, is taking chances, doing things I’ve never done before, and being totally okay doing everything and anything that moves me.  It creates more smiles, and more smiles means less stress!  So let’s get out of the box today and share things that make us weird, happy, and stress-free, and brings a smile to your face.  All photos were taken within the last two years.

 

Ride your bike 100 miles wearing a lei

Ride your bike 100 miles wearing a lei

Do Yoga Poses Anywhere and everywhere - let people stare!

Do Yoga Poses Anywhere and everywhere – let people stare!

look book

Volunteer to model for a friend.. then become the cover of their look book

Run as far as you can through the woods... surprise yourself

Run as far as you can through the woods… surprise yourself

The point of all this is… is that you must have random, fun, sporadic and unique moments in order to make the most out of life.  Life is not meant to be suffered through, it’s meant to be enjoyed.  That is why I spent a lot of time doing things that are outside of my comfort zone (or used to be).

Other things that make me smile include uncommongoods.com.  I could browse that site ALL day!  Amazing stuff like this:

Yes, that’s right

Yes, that’s right

And just as good as weird, fun, and sporadic moments are – weird, fun and sporadic foods help you smile!  I know, I know, another recipe.. but I have been cooking a LOT. (Editor’s note: That is encouraged here :) )

After my amazing training day with Laura, I made dinner for my friend Martha.  A cocoa rubbed pork tenderloin with … dun dun dun… Cocoa Cinnamon Cayenne (CCC) Sweet Potatoes (feel free to ask for the pork tenderloin recipe.. but honestly, they’re all the same).

 

Cocoa Cinnamon Cayenne (CCC) Sweet Potatoes

Cocoa Cinnamon Cayenne (CCC) Sweet Potatoes

  • Cocoa Powder – 1/4 cup
  • Cinnamon – 1.5 tbsp or so
  • Cayenne – 3 tsp-ish
  • White pepper – a sprinkle
  • Salt – a couple sprinkles
  • Sweet potatoes

 

I used two types of sweet potatoes – regular and Japanese.  I coated them in melted coconut oil (~2 tbsp), and tossed them in the CCC mixture.  Disclaimer: I never actually measure

Place in a 375* oven for ~20 mins, stir, leave again (~20 mins).  

 

roasting potatoes

They are absolutely delish!  Ask Martha.

Serve with a homemade apple chutney (this was amazing… you can also ask for that recipe if you want… lots of mustard seeds… more savory than sweet).

sweet potatoes finished

Sweet potatoes finished in dish

The way I cook is….

…whatever I feel & the way my spirit moves me.

CCC Potatoes and Pork Plated

 

The best part of all of this… the recipe, cooking for friends, and randomness… is that a random and happy life is just that… a happy life!

When you live inspired, you will inspire others.

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I love this post by Kat… I’m inspired daily by her determination and “can do” attitude.  Time to get inspired in the kitchen for tomorrow’s Strange But Good link up!  I hope you will all join! :)

What recently inspired you? Have you done something inspired/out-side the box?

Tell me something really positive!

 

Peach Cucumber Gazpacho

Working out can actually help alleviate soreness.

DOMS soreness

 

That’s what “they” say anyway.  So I got up and ran a looooong 5K distance yesterday in hopes of working out some of that delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) from Monday’s Peachtree Road Race.

Stats:

  • Distance – 3.14
  • Time – 25:31 mins
  • Pace – 8:06 mins

 

DOMS is the pain/stiffness you feel 1-2 days after a tough workout.  It refers to the little tears in the muscle rebuilding after you’ve broken them down – and it is an important part of the muscle-building process.  Light exercise, easy stretching, and massages are all good ways to alleviate DOMS.

Note: DOMS is not to be confused with injury or pain from doing too much too fast.  If you’re experiencing that soreness, you need to REST.

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The food you eat post-workout is also important.  Lots of nutrients are a must – I like to load up on protein, fruits, and veggies.

Peaches are all over my Peach State right now.  The season is ON and sweet, juicy peaches are everywhere.

Fun fact: after the July 4th Peachtree Road Race they hand out peaches in addition to the usual bananas and bagels.

 

For lunch I decided to use some of the peaches my grandfather gave me from his trees in a soup.  With a side of (not pictured) chicken.

This chilled gazpacho is a great light, summery started or side dish.  The serrano adds an unexpected bit of heat on the end of each crisp, sweet bite.

I didn’t add sugar/honey/agave, but you certainly could if you like a sweeter soup or your peaches aren’t as flavorful.  If you aren’t a fan of heat, reduce the amount of or leave out the serrano pepper.

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Peach Cucumber Gazpacho

  • 1 large peach
  • 1/3 C cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 C yellow pepper, diced
  • 1/2 oz goat cheese
  • 1 T apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, sliced in half
  • 1/2 serrano pepper
  • 1/8 C cilantro
  • 1/4 C coconut milk (not canned – the So Delicious variety)
  • S+P, to taste

 

Combine sliced peaches, cucumber, yellow pepper in a medium bowl.  Add the goat cheese, vinegar, olive oil, a couple shakes of salt, and garlic clove.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, remove the garlic from the mix and throw away.  Pour the remaining contents of the bowl into a blender and add serrano pepper, cilantro, and milk.  

Puree until smooth and creamy.  Season with salt and pepper;  you may also add agave or honey for a sweeter soup.  

Refrigerate until well-chilled, allowing flavors to combined (at least 2 hours).

Pour into 1-2 bowls and enjoy!

Makes ~1 cup.

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A HUGE thank you to everyone for the comments you made in response to yesterday’s post.  You guys made my day so much better. :)

What do you do to recover after a hard workout?