Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Slow and Steady...

This is my new motto since I've been training for the half marathon.  

I'm NOT a fast runner.  I believe Tauna calls it a slog (slow jog).  I figure as long as I'm out moving, I'm doing OK.  I just finished week 3 of training and ran 7.4 miles yesterday.  I think my mind is telling my body to go slowly to conserve energy for the miles ahead.  I'm down with that but wish I could step it up for a 5K! Oh well, at least I'm not standing still.

I want to share the new additions to my kitchen. These salt and pepper grinders are awesome! They have a magnet on the back (the side without eyes) and they hang on the back of my stove for easy access.  With just one hand I can have my scrambled eggs covered in black or white or both!   Target has them for $9.99 each but these were purchased in Park City at the Outlet Mall for half that. 

One more thing to share.  This triple berry salsa recipe, taken from the Taste of Home Healthy Cooking magazine, is delicious!  The picture was taken the day after I made it so the berries look a little...limp.  But it's still good!

Triple Berry Salsa
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
3/4 cup chopped fresh strawberries
3/4 cup fresh raspberries
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 small sweet yellow pepper, chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
2 green onions, chopped
1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
1 T olive oil
2 tsp. lime juice
2 tsp. orange juice
1 tsp honey
1/4 tsp salt
In a large bowl combine the first 9 ingredients.  Whisk the remaining ingredients.  Drizzle over salsa; toss to coat.  Chill. Serve with tortilla chips. 
 Perfect for the summer barbecues ahead.

Just keep moving!


gigi said...

7 plus miles??? You are my hero! That is awesome Connie, so wish I could get motivated.

What a wonderful looking recipe! I am copying it right now, thanks and YUM!

Valerie said...

Go Connie!!!

Recipe looks yummy!!!

Cherie said...

Connie I went to a "Taste Of Home" cooking show a couple months ago and the woman doing the demonstration had those Salt and Pepper shakers and I was coveting them. WAYYYYY cool! I had no idea where to find them!

You GO girl!! I think slogging is great - 7.4 miles - Yayyyyyyy!!!!!

Kazzy said...

You amaze me with your running. So cool.

I love the bunny salt and pepper grinders. I may have to check those out since we have 2 bunnies here.

Kristina P. said...

Those shakers are so cute!

I make an awesome fruit salsa. Time to get to chopping!

karen said...

I'm so impressed with your running - I would love to be able to do that but my "joint-ritis" says "nay-nay." So I walk instead. Keep it up! That salsa looks so pretty I'll have to try it for one of my upcoming summer meals - I do love a fruity salsa!

Joanie said...

I think I like the word "slog". You are doing an amazing job with your slogging.
Those salt and pepper shakers are sooo cute, and your salsa looks delicious. I bet it tastes delicious too.

Garden of Egan said...

You are my HERO!!!!!!!!!!! I bet you are doing more than slogging!
You are ONE HOT MAMA! Way to go.

Cute salt and pepper shakers. I might have to take a drive to Park City....for the discount and all.

The salsa recipe looks divine.

jules said...

That berry salsa looks amazing. Perfect for summer parties.

heather said...

Props on the running, even if you do call it slogging. At least it's something. I've never managed to work up the will to be a consistent exerciser. Let alone runner.

Julie Harward said...

I love the grinders..and this yummy recipe! I think it's so great that you are training..keep moving and you will always be healthy! Way to go! :D

Chris said...

Yeah for half marathon training! You will love it ;) (even if you kinda hate it...LOL)

Mimi Sue said...

WOW! I'm impressed! Makes me tired just thinking of running that far. Thanks for the recipe. Sounds like it's WW approved. Mimi

Kelly said...

Way to go on the running. I mentally started breathing heavy for you just reading this. I will have to try that salsa too. Thanks!

Nancy Face said...

I'm so impressed! I'm not a fast runner either, but the most I've ever run at one time was about 5 miles. It felt like I was running forever, haha!

Thoes shakers are so much fun! :)

Tracy said...

I'm so impressed you're not standing still because I am!!!! Seriously, you amaze me!! You go girl!!

Mikki said...

Connie, you rock! I can't/WON'T run even .10 miles! But, I'm majorly impressed with those who do. You go girl!

Valerie said...

At least you "slog". If I were to go out on a run it would be more like the "death crawl." I think I need to work on it!

those s&p grinders are very fun!

Good luck!

Yvonne said...

You are doing great with your running. Way to go. And yes, slow and steady is the key.

The salt shakers are very cute.

Thanks for the recipe--looks yummy. Can't wait to try it.

M-Cat said...

Lovin those salt and pepper shakers!

And I recently found out that genetically some of us have more slow-twitch muscles and some of us have more fast-twitch muscles.

You can develop more of the ones you lack, but genetically you are designed to either be fast and not able to last long distances, or the reverse, able to do distance but not very fast.

Make ya feel any better?

JennyLynn said...

You inspire me!

Those salt and pepper shakers are the cutest I have ever seen.

Kerin said...

"At least you're doing it." A quote by my very good friend, whenever I tell her how slow I am to getting anything done lately.
It's true! At least you're doing it! Way to go! I'm sure you can hear me cheering you on from the bottom of my heart !

Cheeseboy said...

Take it easy. When I did my first half marathon, I had to keep reminding myself that the race was not with time, but actually finishing. You, my friend, will do great though.

wendy said...

Hey, my daughter has a Taste of Home cookbook that she uses all the time, and she LOVES it. She makes the best things from it.

I am proud of you "slogging along". you are are moving and progressing and that is Enough sometimes.

Kimmie said...

You inspire me every time I visit your blog Connie!!

I love your zest for is contagious!

On my bucket list is that I want to run a marathon at least once in my life, but I am NOT a runner. Jade loves to run and wants us to take up running and run with him. SO, we have set a goal to run the Teton Dam Marathon in June 2013 which is a the year when Jade will graduate from high school. (I may only be running the 1/2 marathon, but I'm going to run in it no matter what).

I've got a lot of work to do to be conditioned for it, but I have a wonderful friend named Connie who has inspired me that it is never too late to take up running and to RUN 5K, 10K and 1/2 marathons. I think it is so awesome that you are out there running, competing and enjoying life!!

AWESOME that you ran 7.4 miles!! I'm going to be doing lots of "Slogging" myself.

You are truly one of my favorite people! Hope you are enjoying your summer!

Kimmie said...

OH and I forgot to say THANKS for sharing your yummy berry salsa with us. Can't wait to try it out. Looks delicious and will be SO yummy to try out this summer for picnics and summer barbeques!

It's definitely been printed and is in a stack of "must make recipes" this summer!

Valerie said...

I love berries and have never had anything like this. Sounds yummmmmy!

I love that saying. I feel like I'm going so slowly with my classes, but I have to remind myself that I am not standing still, so I'm doing okay. :)