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September 13, 2011

The Sweetheart Knot

I’m about to let you in on a very fun secret…shhh…don’t tell anyone!

How many times have you looked down during a run and found this…

Super frustrating, yes?

I think so too. Untied shoes used to drive me crazy on my runs. You just get into a groove…and you have to stop.

That was until I learned the secret of the Sweetheart Knot.

Looks like a regular tie right? No way…this knot is guaranteed to make it through any run. Of course, I have no way of actually guaranteeing that…but it’s worked for me!

The Sweatheart grew-up rock climbing and has summited some pretty amazing mountain peaks, and therefore learned some pretty awesome knots, among other things!

Here’s the low-down, super easy!

Start with laced-up shoes…

…make your initial loop like you always would.

Now, instead of looping the initial tie around once…loop twice.

This is the first secret…it keeps your shoe’s tongue perfectly in place during the whole run!

Next, make two bunny ears and loop one around the other, just like a regular tie …

…and then loop the same bunny ear around again, along with one of the tails.

So basically, you double up each step…and then…

…pull tight.

There you go!

What’s even cooler is that all you do to untie is…

…pull! And you’re back to the start.

It’s the simple things in life…happy running!

BONUS: I made a video on my camera, but can’t get it to download onto my PC. Anyone who can help gets giants bonus points…forever!

September 13, 2011

Easy Eggplant Parmesan and a Lonnnng 5k

Good morning! It’s gorgeous here this morning and I am loving it!

We started off our day today with a delicious egg on a bagel.

This has become my favorite weekday breakfast! It only takes about  5 minutes start to finish, and is super easy to eat on the go. Check back Friday for a link to where I learned to make this deliciousness! Yum!

Yesterday, after work, I finally ran my 5k timed run. Here are my results:

Obviously, to meet my goal of 27 minutes for the 2011 Turkey Trot…I have a lot of work to do. That’s ok…that’s why we set goals, right? I’m totally excited to do the same timed run each week and post my progress! The excitement of race day usually takes about one whole minute off, so I’ve got just over 2 months to cut 4 minutes.

Why the long time today? It was hot. I haven’t run much lately. I took three walking breaks. That’s where I’m at…and I’m totally ok with it! It’s a blessing to be out there training for something…un-injured and ready for the challenge!

After my run, I made a quick stop at home to play with our Sweet Boy, and then headed over to Care Bears house. She knows that the Sweetheart works late on Mondays, and invited me over for her famous Eggplant Parmesan…and I can say…amazing! Loved it! I didn’t snap a photo of it last night…but I brought some home for the Sweetheart…who turns out had already eaten…so this is what I get for lunch today! Lucky!!

Care Bear’s Eggplant Parmesan is quick and easy…and delicious!

  • One Large Eggplant: Cut up into circles, sprinkled with salt and pepper, and grilled until tender-crisp
  • Your favorite organic marinara sauce, I love Giada’s. You can find it,  here.  HINT: you can make a batch of sauce when you have time and store in the freezer for whenever you need it!
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, as much as you’d like

Layer small rounds of eggplant in a baking dish, then marinara sauce, Parmesan. One more time. Eggplant, marinara, Parmesan. Bake in a 350 Degree oven until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown. Serve on top of your favorite whole Wheat Pasta.

I promise…it will make your heart soar, as the Sweetheart says, like a hawk! Thanks for a great evening Care Bear!

I’ve been getting some great reader questions and intend on getting a Q&A page up by week’s end. Thanks for all of your support!!

That’s about it for this morning…but I’ve got a great little “how to” post for later today. Have you ever cursed your running shoes as you bend down mid-run to re-tie them for the 3rd time? I have!

If you’re anything like me, this evening’s post will change your life!