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Marvelous Hot Chocolate Fun

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The weather here in Dallas has been like a roller-coaster, and three days before the event, we get snow.  It’s also packet pick-up day, and I was the one designated to pick-up all packets.  I was a little bit anxious about driving, so I took Dart, that’s Dallas Metro transit system, and it worked out great. My only problem was I had super frozen toes, I wasn’t prepared for walking in the snow, I should have worn two pairs of socks.

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Friday was cold and windy, I was oh so hoping that we would not have the wind Saturday morning. It was forecast to be a bit warmer Saturday morning, and it was, I was so happy, and there was very little wind.  We arrived at 6:30 am, one hour before the event was to start.

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Here we are at the start line, left to right, Adrianne, Kara,Myself and Pamela. Unfortunately Pamela couldn’t stay for the hot chocolate, she had a busy day planned with her children.

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It was cloudy and just a bit of mist in the air, and the temperature was good, not too cold.

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We were all ready for hot chocolate after our run. I’m not sure if our excitement kept us warm before the run or if the temperature dropped after, but Oh My Gosh, it was so cold. We all felt so much colder after the run, my poor fingers went from being numb to down right painful.

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We couldn’t resist, we had to take a picture in front of the Hot Chocolate sign.

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On our walk back to the car we were given info for the Wicked Wine Run on March 29th, here in the DFW area and April 19th in Austin, TX.

I could run for some wine.

 Thanks you Katie for hosting the  Marvelous In My Monday link-up.  Check out more MIMM at Healthy Diva Eats.

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On The Run Again

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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.

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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.

Hot Chocolate Swag

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.

Fennel and Apple

Be Marvelous In Your Monday and have a Wonderful Week. Stop by Healthy Diva Eats and check out Katie and more MIMM’s.