Chocolate, Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes

I’ve got the day off due to a blizzard that was supposed to hit here today! We ended up getting a few inches of snow followed by a wintery mix and lots of rain! Well, I figured today was the perfect time to try a new recipe & here I am to share it with you guys because it was so darn delicious!

I am a huge fan of Kodiak Power Cakes! Not only are they easy to make, they are:

  • High in protein – 14g per serving
  • High in Fiber – 5g per serving
  • NON-GMOΒ 
  • Contain no preservatives!Β 

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Here is what you will need for this recipe:

  • 1 Box of Kodiak Power Cakes – Protein Packed (pictured below)
  • 1 .85oz. packet of Chocolate PB2 or 4 tablespoons (pictured below) – for extra flavor add more!
  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 spoon
  • 1 spatula
  • 1 can of cooking spray
  • 1 non-stick frying pan
  • Approximately 1 cup of water

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Directions:

mixture

  1. In a mixing bowl combine 1 cup – 1 1/4cup pancake mix with 1 cup of water & 4 tablespoons of Chocolate PB2. Mix vigorously until you get a battery consistency. Add more water or mix as needed – should look similar to photo above.
  2. Spray frying pan with non-stick cooking spray and turn stove on low.
  3. With a large tablespoon add pancake batter to the pan. I cooked about 3 at one time – recipe makes 7-8 pancakes.
  4. Cook until lightly browned then flip to other side with spatula.
  5. Once both sides are lightly browned; remove from pan with a spatula & place them on a plate to cool.

They should look similar to the picture below:

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Β VOILA! ENJOY! Let me know what you think!!

Thank you as always for following my journey! @meretherunner14

Belcorva Giveaway

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Tiux Compression Sock Giveaway

There is still time to enter my giveaway from Tiux! One lucky person will win one pair of Tiux Compression socks (your choice of colors). Visit my Instagram @meretherunner14 & look under this photo (on my Instagram page) for details. “Run. Jump. Go.” Contest ends at 11pm (EST) today 8/4. Winner will be announced on Instagram tomorrow 8/5.

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Love to Run Giveaway

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, why not treat yourself to a little something? Well my inspiring sis-in-law, Jessica, and I are hosting a giveaway so you can do just that!

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Miles for Melissa -January

In October 2015β€²Β  I suddenly lost my beautiful sister; my best friend. My sister was a runner herself. She never raced, but loved nothing more than running the beautiful trails or her favorite loop around town after work or on a Saturday morning. We logged many miles together and laughed so hard together on our runs! I miss that so much!Β  Today; every mile I log is in memory of my sister and every month I set aside a day where I ask the running community to join me in logging #milesformelissa ! She may no longer be here to run beside me, but I know she will forever be running beside me in spirit.

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Sadly today marks 3 months ago I lost my favorite running buddy, my best friend ; my beautiful sister. ❀ In November I started “Miles for Melissa ” as a way to remember my sister! In November and December combined the #runnerscommunity from all over the world amazingly logged nearly 900 miles in memory of my sister who was herself a runner. ❀ Everyday I am so thankful for all the love & support from each of you who continue to run with me in her memory! Please join me beginning today (1/29) through Sunday Runday 1/31 in logging “Miles for Melissa” ❀ Swimming, biking, walking… it all counts! Please use the #milesformelissa hashtag on Instagram so I can add up all the miles logged!! If you already ran today and would like to include your mileage; please comment below or on my Instagram with your total mileage. ❀ Please join me and let’s meet my goal of over 500 miles for Melissa for January! THANK YOU all from the bottom of my heart, this truly means the world to me!

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“Running” When Injury Keeps You From Running – Staying Motivated through Injury

“Running” when injury keeps you from running! How can that be, right? 2 years ago today; 1/25/14 I was out on an early cold winter morning shake out run gearing up to run the Manhattan Half the next day! I was feeling great about my upcoming race! I was about a half mile into my easy paced run when out of nowhere I felt this excruciating, sharp pain through the top of my left foot near my toes. It stopped in dead in my tracks; hands down one of the worst pains I have ever felt. I stretched and attempted to run a few more steps. OUCH! There was no way I could go any further! What now? How would I get back home? Hubby isn’t home and nowhere near; how am I going to get back home? I managed to hobble back home in pain; putting minimal pressure on my left foot. I got in the house; immediately grabbed my coat, called my hubby in tears and headed off to the ER. When I got to the hospital I explained what happened. After being checked and having x-rays taken; I was told is was a sprain. That night I went to sleep with painful throbbing in my foot that kept me awake all night. When Monday arrived I saw an Orthopedic Surgeon who told me to stay off my foot and sent me for an MRI. The rests came back and it was exactly what I thought from the beginning; every runners worst nightmare – a stress reaction / fracture. I was told I could NOT run and I could do no weight bearing activities at all for 6-8 weeks! I had to wear a boot and be on crutches to take pressure off of my foot and allow for healing.

Of course the first thing I said to the doctor was “When can I run again?” “I’m training for my 7th marathon; will I be able to run it?” “What about my Spring races?” He repeated you need to be off your foot for 6-8 weeks then you can slowly work your way back to running! I felt the tears starting to fill my eyes, but before they could I remembered a moment in my life that helped me realize; I can get through this. I was no stranger to injuries being a soccer player in the middle and high school years. As a freshman in high school; I was on a breakaway to score a goal when suddenly I collided with another runner. I fell to the ground; breaking my tibia and fibula bones in my left leg.

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I was placed on home schooling; as I could not walk through the busy hallways on crutches. While I was injured all I could think about was getting back out there the following year and trying out for the high school team. I stayed positive; I believed and that following year.. I made the team! Here I was 18 years later and there was no reason I couldn’t be that determined, ambitious girl I was when I was 15! I wiped the tears from my eyes; I walked down the hallway where I was given my walking boot and my crutches and I left the office with only positive thoughts in my mind! I was determined to get through this and come back a stronger runner than I was before! I researched workouts that I could do! I realized that swimming would be one of the only types of cardio I could do at this point. I never swam before, but I knew getting in the pool was the only way I could learn so that is exactly what I did. I headed to the local YMCA and signed up.

I got and the pool and thought; now what? I got to chatting to a nice guy working at the pool. I told him about my injury and he told me how beneficial swimming was for runners! It was time to start my swim; I said to myself.. “you’ve got this!” At first it was tough to get my breathing right, my shoulders felt tense but soon I was feeling more comfortable.

I remembered hearing ALOT about “Pool Running” and although I never tried it before I was curious! I heard there were many benefits to it and it helped to keep injured runners strong! I researched it online and decided I was going to give it a try! Luckily the YMCA that I went to had Aqua Belts so I did not need to purchase one. (I have been asked by many runners over the last couple years about “pool running” which is why I decided to write this blog!) Below is all I need to get in the pool and pool run.

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I put my Aqua Belt around my waist, put on the swim cap and goggles; got in the pool and went for it. The aqua belt kept me floating in the water; where my shoulders were above water but the rest of my body in the water. I kept my back straight as I moved my arms and legs mimicking the running motion as I moved across the pool! It felt great! I thought “I think I could handle this for a bit!” So I continued with it! Every morning I would get to the pool at 5am; do some pool running followed by some laps in the pool! Being a distance runner; I was all about numbers so I needed a way to make my time in the pool a little more exciting! I needed way to translate my time in the pool into “miles”!Β  Being in the midst of marathon training; I was used to 2 – 3 hour runs on weekends! I thought how can I make my hours logged in the pool into miles? I got it!! So here is what I did!Β  If on my marathon plan it said 13.1 miles; which would take me approximately 1:45 to do – I decided to pool run for 1:45! If my training plan said 15 miles; I would pool run for 2 hours etc. This helped me to still feel like I was logging miles and kept me motivated and staying positive through the cold winter months and through this injury itself!

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I stayed positive and I kept on swimming! I also incorporated strength training into my workouts 3-4 days a week; doing all I could without putting weight on my left foot! 6 weeks later I saw my doctor for another follow up visit and he gave me the OK to start using the Eliptical machine and start biking. Within a couple weeks I was given the ok to use my road bike! Woohoo! I could finally get outside and enjoy this beautiful March weather! So Hubby and I took our bikes to one of my favorite trails!

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A few weeks later I returned to the doctor for a follow up and the doctor said to me “Do you want to run?” My reply, “OMG, can I run!?” He said yes, but very slow and only 20 minutes max every other day for a few weeks! I walked out of the office feeling excited, but scared at the same time! “Will it hurt to run?” “What if my foot breaks?” “Can I remember how to run?” The next day I went to the gym; took a treadmill next to my sister and took my first step! I started with 13:00/mile and within a few steps I was at 11:30/mile feeling a bit scared and being cautious. I did about 1.5 miles and it was the most amazing run of my life; it felt so great to feel the ground beneath my feet!

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A few days later; I asked my favorite running buddy (my sister) to join me on the trails for a run! My 1st outside run in over two months and I was scared. I knew with my sister there beside me; it would be OK and it was! We chatted, we laughed; I felt a little tightness in my foot but no pain. I was so thankful to be able to run again and so thankful to have my best friend running beside me (I miss her so much everyday, but I will never forget our runs together, the big heart she had and all the times she was there for me through the toughest of days. She took this beautiful photo that day.)

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I decided I would run my first post injury race 2 months later. It was a 5k by the beach IN May 14′. I had no idea what to expect but I knew just being able to race again would be AMAZING! I had been running for two months now with my longest run about 6 miles.

1st run back

I started slow then picked up the pace a bit without pushing myself. I finished the race at 8:19/mile a mile and I was so proud! Not the 6:24/mile PR that I ran in the past, but definitely a step in the right direction! I truly believe that all the pool running and swimming kept me strong through my injury. All the swimming even inspired me to complete another Triathlon in September 2014′; just in time for my 34th Birthday!

Converting time spent pool running to “miles” helped me to stay positive and motivated through my injury! If there is one lesson that I learned through this it is to take care of your body and your body will take care of you! If you are feeling fatigued; take that extra rest day! This is your journey and your journey alone; don’t compare your journey with anyone else because no one’s journey is the same! Today, when I need a rest day I take one! I have learned to incorporate more easy run days into my training and focus on getting more sleep when I need it. I am currently training for my 10th marathon and chasing my 4th BQ.

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Have you ever tried pool running? What has helped to keep you motivated through injury? Thoughts? Please share! πŸ™‚Β 

Gore-Tex Philadelphia Half Marathon

11-22-15 – Half Marathon number 25 – I woke up early and headed to Philly. I had one goal; to run in memory of my sister. I wore a top that was hers and the back my shirt read “running in memory of my sis Mel”. phila

I did not know what to expect as far as pace as I just ran TCS NYC Marathon 2 weeks prior, but I gave it my all! As always; I went out way to fast but this time I caught myself (it was like I could hear my sister saying “slow down Mer”) and I slowed down. I enjoyed every step of this journey; just taking in the beauty around me and remembering exactly why I was running; for my sister! As I crossed the finish line, I looked up and said “this one is for you sis!” I hope I made her proud that day! Today every mile I log is for my sister; my angel.

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TCS NYC Marathon – “A Race Like No Other”

11-1-15 TCS NYC Marathon; my 9th marathon was unlike any other. I suddenly lost my sister 3 days prior to the marathon and decided to run it in memory of her. In the months leading up to race day; I was soo excited that she was planning to be there at the finish line that day. She had secretly planned to have my whole family there to surprise me. I decided I had to run because that is what she would have wanted me to do and I wanted her to see me run NYC. I ran 26.2 miles in memory of my beautiful, amazing sister. I knew it was going to be soo tough. I promised myself I would not put pressure on myself to run a certain time because my sister was never the competitive type so I ran watch-less. She ran, but never raced. I ran with no music because I wanted this race to be dedicated to her. I promised my parents I wouldn’t push myself. As we ran; I thought about all the amazing, unforgettable times we had together. I stopped to hug and cry with friends I saw along the course , met friends before the race for lots of hugs. A big thank you to our friends Diana and Rob for coming out to cheer me on and for making me an amazing “Dream. Believe. Achieve. sign. As I ran I gave high fives to kids on the course and took it all in. I broke down a few times while running but never gave up. My legs felt so strong today I know my sister was right there looking over me.Β  I crossed the finish in 3:56:26 and I know my sister would be so proud of me for never giving up!

Hello 35!

9-12-15 – What better way to kick off my 35th birthday weekend than with a 5k race? Found a race not far from home, put on the most colorful outfit I could findΒ  and decided to go for it! It was a warm day and I was not sure what to expect, but I promised myself no matter what I would Never Give Up and that is exactly what this girl did! I earned myself 1st place in my age group; earning my 1st running trophy! I couldn’t ask for a better way to kick off 35! Age is just a number! You can do anything you dream of! Dream. Believe. Achieve.

Belmar Five

7-11-15 “In this world; there is no force equal to the strength of a determined woman.” This race meant a lot to me as it would be the day I would earn my 40th medal! However, one day before this race I was told by my doctor that I had a sesamoid stress fracture in my right foot (my 2nd stress fracture). Of course; the crazy runner that I am… my 1st questions was “does this mean I can’t run?” My doctor told me that running on it would not make it worse, but I definitely needed to take 2 full weeks off of running! I decided to run the race at a comfortable pace and earn medal number 40! I ran the race at a comfortable 41:47 and took the next 2-3 weeks completely off from running. I focused on strength training ; doing everything I could to keep myself strong so I could soon be healthy enough to run!