Archive for March, 2011

Random Flower Photo

Added HDR magic to a pretty bunch of flowers I picked up at Trader Joe’s yesterday:

Trader Joe's Flowers

Photo taken with iPhone4 Camera+ app


2011 Broad Street Run Training Update

Welcome to My Life

Training continues for The Broad Street Run while the members of Team Philly continue to inspire my world.  It was such a good move to join this group in training for the Broad Street Run.  If you are a novice runner, you need get to know Team Philly.

This morning a 6:45 am, I meet up with Team Philly members for a 5 mile sunrise run  in 30 degree weather. Running in a dark, cold morning and absolutely LOVING it – This is what running is all about! I just have to add as a vehement NON Morning person, this run was down right miraculous!

All kidding aside,  once I started to thaw out the five miles flew by. During the run, I felt strong enough to play a running game I call leap frog.  It’s a simple concept; I choose a runner ahead of me and make it a goal to pass them, once accomplished, I pick another runner or group of runners ahead of me and so on and so on.   It gets my mind off the distance, the early hour or the chilling cold and maintains my focus on running.

I am looking forward to the first weekend in May and sharing my first Broad Street Run with Team Philly.

Ali Shapiro – 5 Foundations of Solid Eating for a Solid Race Performance

Rosemary Turkey

Monday night I joined several Team Philly members attending a  5 Foundations of Solid Eating for a Solid Race Performance-Free Workshop hosted by Ali Shapiro.

Don’t you love light bulb moments. Once you hear it the rest just clicks into place.  That is precisely what happened during this workshop.

Let me tell you, Ali, is one heck of presenter. Her knack for cutting through the layers of marketing misinformation about nutrition is outstanding.

She frequently shares her nutrition smarts on NBC’s “The 10 Show.”

She also is the author of “The Roots of Going Green”.

Getting back to basics, understanding food production and employing best nutritional practice in the kitchen are some of the underlying issues of this blog. As much as I have learned about organic gardening, there is much I don’t know and that is where Ali’s knowledge comes in.

Ali asked our group how many of us eat our meals quickly. If you timed me, I’m sure you would discover a Guinness world record. What clicked was the concept that what we eat is not necessarily the right stuff our body needs for everyday functioning. Eating too quickly and eating not so smartly leads to fatigue, stomach issues and a plethora of other issues.  I’m asking a lot from my body this year and this concept really hit home. If I don’t give the nutrients my body needs, these grand plans will come crashing down.

Oh, that ain’t gonna happen.

Tuesday I ate my normal meals; no breakfast (coffee during commute to work), lunch, three o’clock doldrum alleviated with a snack of the chocolate variety followed by a large-ish dinner, then a few hours later hunting for snacks in the kitchen. I chewed over how I felt when I ate and ways in which I could mesh what I learned at the workshop into my usual fare.

Que the next day…

Wednesday morning I made breakfast!  Eggs, banana, whole wheat toast. Salad for lunch with spinach leafs added to the usual romaine. Craisins for snacks and a protein smoothie in the afternoon.  Roasted chicken with spring linguine with basil for dinner .

So far, I’ve not taken away anything from my diet, only substituted better choices. Yes, I feel more energized, less fatigued and happy with these additions to my diet.  Many thanks to Ali for facilitating my ‘light bulb’ moment.

PS: Typed this post while sipping Serendipity tisane ‘Ambrosia‘.




Farewell Dame Elizabeth Taylor


February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011

2011 PHS International Flower Show – Springtime in Paris

Took time to check out the annual Flower Show organized by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. This year the theme was ‘Spring Time in Paris’. It is the largest indoor flower show in the world and a Philadelphia tradition since 1829.

Flower show

My impression of the show in one word: Fizzle.

It did not connect with me this year, perhaps the Parisian theme is overdone?

March Garden Update

What a difference a few weeks can make.  It is time for an update on the comings and goings of urban gardening in Philly. The first two months of this year were brutal weather wise and I lost both rosemary plants to the excessive snowfall. Then the snow melted, the sun started to shine and nature began to poke its way to the surface.

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Get Your Rear in Gear 5K – Race Recap

Rear in Gear Logo bag

A chilly March morning brought thousands of runners and walkers together to raise awareness of one of the most commonly diagnosed cancer in America, colorectal cancer.  Get Your Rear in Gear, organized by Stop Colon Cancer Now, focuses on steps to prevent colon cancer:

The Get Your Rear in Gear events focus on raising awareness about colon cancer in communities across the country. They are events designed to unite people, cities and states throughout the USA; to provide support and hope for those who have had their lives affected by our nation’s second leading cause of cancer deaths, and to encourage individuals of all ages to get screened.

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