Out With The Sundresses, In With The Apron

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Back to work!!!

Boy has it been a busy one too! April is going to be a VERY exciting month for Glo Bakery. I can’t wait to tell you about all of the fun stuff going on!

I feel like I am spinning with renewed energy after vacation and I have many things I want to get done. Vacations are great for refreshing motivation and inspiring new and creative ideas. I was feeling a bit burned out in Feb and March, but I am feeling back to my old self and have lots of fun things in the works including hiring my first employee(s)!!

And nothing is more energizing than a green monster– which featured a new veggie this morning…

CARROTS! leftover from the Easter Bunny ;)

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Carrot Cake Green Monster

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3 handfuls spinach, raw
  • 1.5 medium carrots, peeled
  • 1 frozen ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop Amazing Grass Wheatgrass powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon nut butter (I used roasted peanut butter)

This was awesome- such a nice change having the carrots in there! They add a nice sweetness. It was a nice orange colour before I added in the Amazing Grass Wheatgrass powder…wish I snapped a pic!

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With Japanese Sencha…

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I took a rest day off exercise yesterday to gear up for today’s MOCK 10K RACE!

I am debating running this 10k race this Sunday, so I wanted to get an idea of my pace.

The very first race I ran was a 10k race last June 2009 (Race recap 1, Race recap 2, Race recap 3). My 10k race time was 56:57 minutes on a very hilly course in wine country!

It was not only my first race but it was my official ‘comeback’ after my pelvic injury which left me sidelined from any exercise for 2 months.

This race meant the WORLD to me because I finally felt like I had triumphed over my injury and proved to myself that I could race when at one point I didn’t think I would ever run again.

I mapped my 10k route before leaving (my Polar HRM is has been broken for a few months now!), and I was off. It was extremely windy today so that was definitely working against me. The route I chose had about 3 big hills and 3 smaller hills.

I decided to run it at ALMOST race pace…aka…I ran it at about 95% of my ability level.

The 10k MOCK RACE:

  • Time: 50:18
  • Avg pace: 8:06 min/mile

I slashed my previous time by almost 7 minutes!! I was shocked. It was a very difficult run due to the hills, gravel, and wind. I was panting and struggling much like in a normal race. :mrgreen: It sure made the run interesting! I really pushed hard for this run.

I ran with my Camelbak and I really liked having the water. I didn’t think I was going to bring my Camelbak on races with me since there are water stations, but now I am leaning towards bringing it. I don’t want it to weigh me down in a race, but I don’t think it would make a huge difference…

What do you guys think? Should I bring the Camelbak or not? Do you bring waterbelts or camelbaks with you to races or do you just use the water stations?

Happy Birthday to my best friend Allison!! :mrgreen:

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Lauren M. April 12, 2010

Just made the carrot cake green(ish?) monster. It tastes great but it makes me wish I had a Vitamix because i’m half chewing/half drinking it. Deeelish though. Good call!

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Diana @ frontyardfoodie April 6, 2010

Wow! Great time! Doing a mock race is always a good idea.

Definitely bring the camel pack! If you were only running 95% of your full ability and you still came in 7 minutes better then I seriously doubt the camel pack will hinder you much and the benefit seems really good.

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Jil April 6, 2010

Yay for new and exciting things in your bakery! And yay for employees!! :)

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Diana April 6, 2010

I would totally run with it. I always get a dry throat at the beginning of my runs and usually just need a little sip of water to be comfortable – but the aid stations are closer to the end of most courses I’ve come across so the came back would be super handy!
Also, Can I work for Glo Bakery? Pretty Please?

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Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) April 6, 2010

What a great time! I say go for the race!!

I am back home, I’ll email you later today =D

xo
K

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Judy (Cookbook maven) April 6, 2010

Carrots in green smoothies sound awesome. Great idea — thanks for sharing!

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Jenn April 6, 2010

You are super speedy! Wow!! I have been working off shaving some time off my 10k time, but you are just smoking your previous runs!
Totally vote to bring the Camelback. Avoid the masses at the water stations, zip right through and have the hydration for when you need it, not when the course dictates!

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Marie-Sophie April 6, 2010

Yey, a green monster with carrots!! :-) I sometimes looked at my carrots before, wondering whether to throw them in and then ending up not doing it because I was afraid it might just overwhelm the rest … and not in a good way (stupid, I know).

But this recipe sounds like I reeeaalllly should give it a try :-)
Thanks so much, Angela!

a chocolaty hello from Germany!

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Niki April 6, 2010

great time!! I would bring the camelback because I find that relying on water stations isnt always the best, I usually want more water than they give out.

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Cassandra April 5, 2010

That Carrot monster looks tasty :) I would bring the water with you* The water stations can be a back up in case you run out*

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Amanda April 5, 2010

I’d bring it, you slashed 7 minutes of your time while wearing it so… why not? Have a fantastic race! I love reading about other people running, it motivates me!

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Jesse April 5, 2010

awesome 10k!!! you are gonna have a great race this weekend :)

i love my camelpak and wear it often, even for short runs and short races (5k’s) because i’m super use to it. i dont feel that it weighs me down or gets in my way and i love having my own water to drink whenever i want instead of relying on water stations and then i can breeze right past the water stations and avoid the crowds, water on the ground, and CUPS EVERYWHERE!!!

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Candice April 5, 2010

What a great idea to put carrots in your gm – I’m definitely going to have to try that!

Way to go on your run, and good luck on your race! I only carry my camelback on super long runs when there is no water available, but it’s not a bad idea to carry it at all times. Why not? if it doesn’t bother you or slow you down!

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Sammi April 5, 2010

I’m running a 10k this sunday too! You’ll do great! I hope I can complete it without wanting to die haha

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 5, 2010

I think I would bring it just in case. So you don’t have to rely on others for your water!
Love the carrot cake green monster idea!

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