Friday, 25 January 2013

It's Idita-Walk Time Again!

Need a little stimulus to keep yourself walking through the doldrums of winter? Try the Idita-walk virtual challenge:

Gold Dredge - Nome, Alaska

From the website;
The Idita-Walk is an event to promote physical fitness in the spirit of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. The Iditarod Sled Dog Race is 1049 miles long beginning at Anchorage, Alaska and finishing in Nome, Alaska.

To complete the Idita-Walk, simply walk an average of 30 minutes a day for 35 days between February 1, 2013 to March 31, 2013 for a total of 1049 minutes (any combination of minutes and days will work - just reach 1049 during the 59 day event!).
So, folks, you only have to walk 1049 minutes in the space of two months wherever you wish! You keep tally on their online chart and get a nice lapel pin upon finishing. You can also buy shirts if you feel so inclined.
It's only $10 and the proceeds go to youth and boy scout projects and camps in the Nome area. Even your dog can enter!!!
Some folks keep track on a map of the Iditarod route to see how far they've gone, so to speak.
Take the challenge!

Friday, 18 January 2013

Vegan Energy Nuggets

Okay - I had promised to update my exploration into Pseudo-Larabars, so here it is! These are the go-to snack here now, and really delicious. Originally based on an attempt to make a homemade version of Larabars, these evolved into something unique. I don't measure stuff when I cook, so hopefully you'll get a good result if you decide to try these.


Raw almonds (maybe a cup to a cup and a half?)
Pressed dates (I get these at the local Freshco. Just pure dates already pureed for you; sold in a solid little brick.)
Dried tart cherries (unsweetened)
Dried cranberries (sweetened with apple juice)
Raw pumpkin seeds
Pure cocoa
Instant coffee (I use Starbuck's Via Dark Italian Roast)
Pure hemp protein powder
Raw hemp seeds
Ground chia seed
Unsweetened coconut (if desired)
Pure vanilla

Warm 1/2 package of the pressed dates slightly in the microwave to make them malleable. BE CAREFUL! They can get quite hot in the centre. Chop almonds and pumpkin seeds in a food processor. Place in a bowl with the dates. Chop cherries and cranberries (as many as you want) in the processor and add. Throw in a couple of tablespoons of hemp powder, about 1/3 cup cocoa (or to taste), two little packs of Via coffee, the chia, coconut and vanilla to taste. Make sure your hands are scrupulously clean! Start mushing and kneading everything together with your hands (CAUTION: make sure that the dates didn't get too hot in the microwave!!!!!) You may need to add a very little bit of water to make it a good consistency. You want it quite thick, but not dry. Roll into balls (pingpong ball size or smaller) and store in fridge. YUM!

All of these ingredients are up to you - the only really basic ones you need are the almonds and dates to keep the consistency right. Most of the ones I use add some health and/or energy/workout benefits. Experiment with flavours!

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Resolution 5K Virtual Race

Happy New Year!

I did a 5K virtual race today, the Resolution Run (you even get a medal - coming in the mail). I wanted to do it on some local paved trails, but they weren't plowed and were covered in bumpy, slick ice and snow. Not into broken bones, so I had to think fast and ended up at a local arena's (huge, plowed, non-icy) parking lot. The arena was closed today, so I had the lot to myself. It was cold (wind chill of 13F) with a stiff northerly wind. I racewalked, zigging and zagging the best I could to avoid too much face-on wind.

My time was quite slow for me - 35:50 (racewalking), but not surprising, given the wind and the continual zigzag :) I was cold at the beginning, but pretty warm near the end. This is the first of my 13 in 2013!!!!

I also signed up for one of my 2013 half marathons today, the Detroit half. It has a competitive walk division and a really cool international route. I did this half back in 2008 before I knew anything about walking properly. I'm really looking forward to retracing my steps! Registration opened today and between now and the 6th it is $25 cheaper than it will be come the 7th, so go for it if you want to do this race!