Marvelous was weather this weekend, 60’s and 70’s, after some very cold days during the work week in the 20’s and 30’s. Great running weather, and I needed to run.
I have to admit that I have let my busy schedule and the cold weather get in the way of my regular running routine. Let’s face it, when it’s cold and the bed is warm and cozy, it’s harder to get up for a run workout, even if it’s inside on the treadmill. So I registered for Hot Chocolate Dallas, I picked an event that wasn’t too far in the future, so there would be a greater sense of urgency to get back on my regular running routine. I also encouraged some friends to do it with me to add the accountability factor. Running this weekend was Marvelous for my body and my mind.
The Hot Chocolate is in two weeks, so no matter how cold it gets, I will get up to do my training runs in the mornings on the treadmill, because after a long day of work it’s unlikely that a workout will happen, because my day’s end at 7:00 pm.
Another plus is this event has great swag, a hoodie and an awesome finisher’s mug.
My Raw Food Challenge is over, but I’ve decided to give raw fennel a try. I like cooked fennel because it doesn’t have a strong licorice-like flavor like raw fennel, but the health benefits are greater when eaten raw, because the nutrients haven’t been reduced through the cooking process.
Some of the benefits of raw fennel are:
- Heart Health – Antioxidants can help prevent heart disease by inhibiting free radicals that damage cardiovascular tissue.
- Bone Health – A high intake of potassium and manganese aids in the prevention of osteoporosis.
- Digestive Health – Soluble and insoluble fiber aids in healthy digestive functions.
- Neurological Health – Vitamin B-9 supports the nervous system health.
I searched Pinterest, and there were so many great recipes, but I decided to pair the fennel with a simple flavor, like green apple and the strong pungent flavor of blue cheese. What a Marvelous salad, the crisp flavors of the apple and fennel mixed with the smooth creamy gorgonzola was absolutely wonderful, there wasn’t a strong licorice flavor, and that was marvelous.
So simple to put together, sliced fennel, thinly sliced apple, (Granny Smith), a squeeze of lemon, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, crumbled gorgonzola and chopped walnuts.