Friday, March 29, 2013

Homemade Energy Bars

This week, MarathonMike and I have been eating homemade energy bars! Nothing against ClifBars, but lately I haven't been interested in them before or after a run. I've been craving peanut butter like crazy and ClifBars just weren't doing it for me. And let's face it, part of the reward for running is a tasty healthy treat for a job well done, no matter the distance or the time! 

I didn't come up with the idea on my own. Instead, I happened to see the recipe in a Runner's World email and I knew it was a sign. Very easy to make and quite yummy! I had a bar this morning before a short run and I felt good - no stomach issues! During the week, I crumbled the bars into my yogurt for lunch and enjoyed them after my afternoon runs. They tasted fresh and had plenty of peanut butter to satisfy my craving. 

Peanut Butter & Honey (after a minute in the microwave)
Oats, Nuts, Sunflower Seeds, Coconut and Dried Fruit    
In the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Running with Marjorie

On March 12, my family and I lost a loved one. Marjorie was a sweet, gentle, kind and compassionate woman. She's a special part of my running story and I'm grateful to have had this connection with Marjorie. 

My first Thanksgiving with Mike's family was in 2008. Mike, his Uncle Tom and Aunt Marjorie had developed a tradition of running the Manchester Road Race every Thanksgiving morning. Mike ran his first marathon in Philadelphia a few days before and decided to bow out of the Thanksgiving run. Somehow, and I have no idea how, I was signed up for the race. I was not running much at all and the thought of running 4.7 miles seemed impossible. 

That didn't matter. Marjorie was running with me. 

I know she could have gone faster, but she never left my side. She knew the course so well and talked me up the hill and reassured me that the finish line was just around the corner. We finished together and it was a huge victory! 

Since her passing, Marjorie has been on my mind a lot, especially when I'm out on a run. I've been thinking of her when I start up a hill, of which there are many around here. The hill is a challenge, an obstacle. They show up when you're sore, tired, or thirsty. 

Marjorie was someone who took on challenges and didn't back away. I bet she looked forward to hills on her runs, whereas I try to avoid them! But, when she was diagnosed with depression, I imagine it was like a hill with no end in sight. Overwhelming, scary, and looming. 


Every uphill has a downhill. I know that Marjorie now has peace and happiness. She doesn't have to climb anymore and for that, I am thankful. Sad, but grateful. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Why Run #14

Everyone has stress. A good run may not erase it, but it can reduce the effect and allow runners to gain control. 
- Jeff Galloway 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Halfway to Providence!

9 weeks until Providence

This weekend, MarathonMike and I were supposed to run the Half of Quincy. But, due to Winter Storm Saturn, it was canceled. Bit of a bummer, but it was nice to sleep in this morning, especially with the time change. Plus, it was a little warmer later on in the day when I did go for my run. 

Not so bad after all! 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

March On

Hello, March! Glad you're here.

Marathon training makes time keep moving. I'm just about half way through and that means the race and spring and sun and warmth and grilling and flowers and sunglasses and sandals and shorts and open windows and bugs are just weeks away. Can't wait! 

To celebrate change, I got a major haircut over vacation. All week I've heard, "Mrs. Barry, did you get a haircut?!?" Yes, Yes I did. How could you tell?

Most importantly, it will work for running as long as I have a beanie or a headband nearby.  
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