Monday, April 22, 2013

"Run Now" coalition and more recipes!

A week after the tragedy in Boston, I hope you will join me as we come together to be inspired...

In the wake of the tragedy on Patriots Day 2013, Run Now assembles running industry partners and competitors alike to call on runners at every level to recommit to the spirit of running and to be inspired to donate, participate and share experiences. The Run Now initial launch partners include Competitor Group, U.S. Road Sports & Entertainment Group, Brooks Running Company, MapMyFitness, Transamerica Life Insurance Company, Running Specialty Group and the Independent Running Retailers Association (IRRA).

The Run Now coalition has launched  The website will become the hub of information on volunteering, participating and sharing all of the activities that demonstrate the solidarity of the running community.

Other components of the movement include:

·         Pledging free race entries to 4,500 Boston Marathon participants diverted prior to the finish.
·         Raising $1 million for The One Fund Boston by National Running Day on June 5, 2013.
·         Offering more than 100,000 ‘Run Now - Boston 04.15.2013’ tribute wristbands to runners at upcoming marathons and at specialty running retailers across the country. The bracelets will be sold for $2, with 100% of the proceeds donated to The One Fund Boston for those affected by the tragedy.

Comments from Industry Leadership

“As runners ourselves, we share in a community that is resilient, passionate, strong, united and energized, even at a time of such unimaginable tragedy. The overwhelming outcry at the tragedy among runners inspired the industry to form this coalition.,” said Scott Dickey, CEO of CGI. “This week, terrorists attacked runners and in doing so attacked our running community.  Run Now shows that our community and the running spirit is stronger than any terrorists’ evil intentions.  We are determined to maintain the enduring and celebratory achievement of participating in running events.  If there was ever a time to run, Run Now.

“We can’t make sense of this senseless event and are heartbroken by the impact on so many victims and their families,” said Jim Weber, CEO of Brooks Running Company. “At the same time, we are moved by the inspiring stories and acts of kindness by runners and community members in Boston and beyond.  We view this collective effort as the most appropriate way to memorialize those lost and inspire everyone to focus on the good we can accomplish together.”   

“The running community is a family, and families look out for each other.  It is with great pride that US Road Sports & Entertainment Group and our family takes on this challenge.  The financial commitment is really just a fraction of the commitment that the world wide family of runners demonstrates on a daily basis. We are thrilled to have the Salt Lake City Marathon as the kick-off to this wonderful endeavor,” said Peter Handy, Founder and Managing Partner of US Road Sports & Entertainment Group.

“The IRRA is proud to endorse Run Now,” Parker Karnan, Executive Director of the IRRA. “Our independent running retailers across the country run towards challenges not away from them. Run Now embodies our resolve and illustrates that running is an expression of our freedom.”

About Run Now

The Run Now movement and highlight the resiliency of the running community in the wake of the tragic Boston attack.  The movement pauses to reflect on those impacted by the tragic events in Boston on April 15, raise money for The One Fund Boston and promote the sport of running and running events.  Launch partners include Competitor Group, U.S. Road Sports & Entertainment Group, Brooks Sports, MapMyFitness, Transamerica Life Insurance Company, Running Specialty Group and the Independent Running Retailers Association. For more information on donating to a charity or participating in a race, please visit  

I hope you will consider donating and wearing your Boston bracelet proud!  I have been in awe of the way we, runners have come together at a time like this.  We are more proud and more determined than ever!  

Honestly, I have had some very emotional runs this week, I guess after all that's happened.  I seem to be more focused and have tried to tune out my surroundings and just RUN.  Aren't those the best workouts?  No distance in mind, not sure of the route you'll take, just JUST RUN.  What a powerful feeling it can be!  When you can clear your mind and really RELEASE that frustration, the stress of the day, in your workout!  
Seems to be what we all strive for so here's hoping this week is full of amazing workouts for YOU too!  Go out and get it!

Would you like more recipes?  I know I've been creating some new and exciting meals in the kitchen.  Seems to be what really keeps me focused and dedicated.  It's funny how the foods that we choose to eat or avoid can make such a difference in our moods, our behaviors, our workouts.  

Do you notice that difference when you have a heavy, fatty meal vs. a clean, healthy one?  
I remember one of my college professors talking about a food hangover as a huge indicator that your foods are all wrong.  
Well, a long time ago I think a food hangover was something that happened in my life, seven days a week.  

Sad isn't it?  
How we know the fatty, unhealthy foods will make us feel heavy, tired, achy, and awful 
but we choose to eat them anyway. 
But then when we eat a healthy meal and feel wonderful, it's such a positive difference in the way we feel, the way we act...we become the best version of ourselves!  Wow!  So why do you think we revert back to those unhealthy, artery clogging foods?  Because it's the "norm"?  
Hmm, something to think about this week...

Eggplant Parmesan
You'll Need:
1-2 eggplants, sliced 
extra virgin olive oil
diced, no salt/no sugar added tomatoes-drained
LF mozzarella cheese

Saute the eggplant in a skillet, drizzled in a small amount of olive oil, then seal with lid.  I simmered mine for about 20 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally.  I wanted the eggplant to be somewhat cooked, but not mushy!  Just watch it.  After they were almost finished cooking, add the tomatoes and cheese, replace lid and simmer for another 5-10 minutes until bubbly!  
This is DELICIOUS, super easy and a family favorite!  It makes you feel like you're eating something fattening when really it's not that bad at all and it changes up your normal weekly veggies!  
Mmm, I love eggplant-reminds me of my grandmother :)  She'd be proud!

Italian Baked Chicken
 Drizzle chicken with extra virgin olive oil, then sprinkle a little whole wheat breadcrumbs-mixed with Panko.  I use enough to barely coat the chicken for added crunch.  I also mix flaxseed meal in the breadcrumbs.  Set oven to 400 and bake for 25-30 minutes until cooked through.  I like mine to get a little crispy on the outside, so I usually let it go about 5 minutes longer :)  
This chicken, when prepared correctly can be so tender and juicy!   My boys ask for this once a week, at least!  SO easy!  I served this chicken with the eggplant and a little toasted roll for the boys!  

Easy, no-fuss Tilapia
 I sprinkle my Tilapia fillets( I prepare my salmon fillets the same way!) with lemon pepper seasoning and a few squirts of spray butter.  Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes, until flakes with fork.

I will warm these in my toaster oven tonight and serve as fish tacos.  I bake the carb balance tortillas so they get a little crispy, top with the fish-chopped up, broccoli slaw and plain Greek yogurt mixed with a little tsp of sweet relish!  SO DELISH!!!

And I've shared these apple slices on my site before but they're SO good 
I wanna make sure I persuade you to try them now!!!
Sliced apples, 2 tbs natural pb or pb2 and then lots of cinnamon!  
You can also use Nutella as a variety and make it even more like dessert!!  And another variation-try popping it in the microwave for about 30 seconds until the pb melts a little...
Mmmm, apple heaven!!  
I'm thinking a little sprinkle of granola would make this MELT.IN.YOUR.MOUTH. GOOD!!!!

have a great week, stay focused and write down your goals!  
Share your goals with family and friends to hold yourself accountable!  
Stick to it and make this your time to SHINE!!!  


Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

Thanks for the great food pics, now I feel like I need a snack before bedtime!

Run now sounds like a great thing! Thanks for sharing.

Lili J said...

Those apples look so good! I would have never thought a kit combining PB and cinnamon! Thanks for a great snack idea!

jillconyers said...

The eggplant parm looks wonderful and the sliced apple snack, one of my favorites!

Off to check out run now dot com :)

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