Fisher Cats!

It’s Wednesday and I honestly have no idea what to talk about, so I wrote a variety of sentences.  Luckily for me, my neighborhood has been invaded by fisher cats.

The sentences don’t flow and are numbered, then for good measure added some photos.  If you know me in real life then you know that’s how my mind works.

Most of you know it’s lent.  I gave up gas station coffee for lent.  I’m not going into religion on my blog-I’m just informing you, this will probably be moderately difficult for me.  I will probably not mention it again, but if you want to check up on me, feel free to email.  🙂

I’m also going to throw out that my biggest pet peeve is people who use lent for a diet that isn’t even religious.

From lent to fisher cats, this post has it all.

*Okay really I’m done.

  1. I lifted weights yesterday for the first time.  Lower resistance than when I could before my arm, but boy did it feel goooood.
  2. My running is coming along nicely this week.  I’m still sticking to easy runs, and we all know I could write a small novel on how UNTIMED easy runs have benefited me.   I’m starting to get back into the grove which means I don’t have an excuse to not work my core either.  So there coach.  😉
  3. Potsdam weather has been warmer.  It’s been 30 or so degrees but warm.
  4. Finally to actually hit why I titled my blog my housemate and I discovered a family of fishers “cats” in an abandon foundation near my house.  (by near I mean it’s across the road).  Fisher cats are somewhat scary and disgusting.  We’ve been tracking the fisher cats and notice they come out more at night time.  I guess that is to scare off our drunk neighbors.  I wouldn’t want to be anywhere remotely close to the fisher cats when they do come out. I don’t really know what fisher cats eat and if the fisher cats are male fisher cats or female fisher cats. Stay tuned to this quest (but sorry, not putting my life in danger for a fisher cat).
This is what google provided me when learning more about fisher cats.

Question for you: Tell me a fun fact about anything you please.   Have you ever seen a fisher cat? I’ll leave you with this glorious ecard and continue not writing my papers. 

Pancakes Pancakes Pancakes

I couldn’t think of a good title-at all.  I think I sat here for ten minutes.  First I thought about just making the title pancakes-then it evolved to pancakes and more pancakes.  Finally, I decided to just say pancakes three times.  Right then.

It be no surprise to you if you know what today is that I am celebrating.  In real life, in fake life, in blog life, while running, while arcing, studying, chatting…it will appear in everything I do.  If you could hastag me today-it would just be with #obsessed

But anyways-Happy National Pancake Day

Here are some of my favorites and go poke around the recipes and make yourself some good ones.  You can email me photos of the pancakes you ate to celebrate and I’ll post em here.

I get a lot of questions about my favorite type of Pancakes.

Right now it’s Pumpkin-maybe it’s because they take the best photos.




Sometimes its chocolate+peanut flour

Other times I’m feeling fruity

Blended strawberry



Let’s not forget the other randos that made it into my belly…

Sweet Potato


Red Velvet

 And to answer your questions…yes I’ve had pancake failures.  Often. 

Flourless Straight Up Protein Pancakes

If you aren’t into pancakes-it would be best to steer clear of my blog this week as this is the best holiday (tomorrow) ever.   If you have no idea what I’m talking about…well you will tomorrow.  Until then-

More than I would like to admit-I’ve been asked to make a flourless pancake recipe.  I know several of my blog readers eat very high protein diets and have asked if I would attempt a protein powder based feat.  The only reason I wouldn’t like to admit it is because I have not exactly perfected the recipe well enough to showcase it on the blog.

I promise you that I have not forgotten-In fact, I’ve attempted it several times.

I’ve just failed.  The pancakes haven’t stuck together or tasted like someone vommed.  (Yeah-I went there).

Anyways-I’ve finally gotten to a pancake that withholds the stress of flippage and sticks toge

ther.  We all know I only post recipes that I personally know I’ll be making often so it tastes good too.  I only really talk about breakfast foods because it’s my favorite meal and it’s basically all I can cook.  So there.

This particular protein pancake is chocolate but I know there will be plenty of different mix-ins and whatnot.  So be creative.

1 scoop protein powder1 egg¼ cup egg whites1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

1 tablespoon baking powder

Sweetener to taste

(I would also say roughly ½ cup water or milk whatever you prefer).

Mix and pour on your griddle. 

So this came out much better than I anticipated (I believe that was thanks to the mass amount of egg used so it stuck together like no big deal).  They are quite good and when I’m needing a little (okay a lot) more protein than I’ll have these instead of a carb based pancakes.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories:  275

Carbohydrates: 14 grams

Fat: 8 grams

Protein 48 grams

Do they get my pancake seal of approval?

Yes most certainly-otherwise I would not have posted the recipe. 

Just Keep Training…Just Keep Training…

I don’t think I can begin to relate to you how excited I am that I can start doing weekly round-up training reports again.  (Because as much as I was somewhat hiding it-I am *allowed* to train again).

Granted it’s:

A.      Slow and EASY (meaning no watch…but how was that different)

B.      Inside if there is any sort of ice (gross but it’s also better for my knee).

With that being said this week my training was almost all cardio based (because sadly I still cannot lift weights!).

But no matter-I’ll build my baseline again and run run run.  🙂

This weeks mileage is 41.3.  Yes that .3 is a big deal because that is .3 more with no knee pain.

Arctrainer hours are 7.  (One everyday)

Weight sessions 0.

Core sessions 2.

I am trying to do more core but some of the movements still don’t jive correctly with my arm.  While my arm doesn’t hurt to run or walk or arc, lifting weights or twisting it in funny ways does not exactly feel that great.  So there, but like everything else that movement will come.

My other point of injury, though, my knee is a weird story.  I’m babying my knee much more.  My broken arm could honestly not have come at a better time (I mean not that there is a good time to break anything). I probably would not have been running a lot to allow for my knee to heal anyways.  I pulled a few tendons under the knee cap which resulted in some pain that really enhanced itself after the 5k I ran in mid-January.

All good though-because I had planned to give my body a solid month off of running in June (for other little things to heal) but I think it had other motives and chose now to rest.  With all my races in the spring this was obviously not optimal but what can you do?

I won’t even begin to start any sort of speed work until late Spring (maybe).  I’m convinced I’ve been freindzoned as far as speed work versus base building for life.  I don’t mind though.

My body is rested and I’m ready to get back into shape.  A long and a half without running much-this has been but hopefully it’s done and I can move on.  Right now my mileage is NOT what I like to call quality.  I feel like crap, I’m sore, I’m tired and it’s painful (in a good way) to chug through.  I keep reminding myself that this pain will go away and I’ll feel as awesome running as I did at the beginning of the year.  It will happen.

Next week-I plan to run roughly the same thing.  My only real goal is 40-45 KNEE PAIN FREE miles.   I’ll be sore no doubt but that’s life.  I would also like to state-I am still supervised 100% with a coach.  

I’ve been obessed with humerous swimming memes lately so I apologize if you have seen them all lately.  This one keeps making me laugh though.

Questions for you: How is your training going?  What are your goals for next week?

Getting Over an Injury Mentally

First, your body heals.  Whether you 100% believe me or not-it’s true and I wouldn’t lie to you (then I’d have no friends).  You break a bone?  You’ll heal.  You stretched out a muscle to far?  It will return to normal.

The day I got my stress fracture in July 2011, I could not walk.  At all and running was not in the cards.   As a new runner I had no idea what was going on and did all I really knew how to do, whine, cry and complain until the next day, in which I did the same thing.

Taking a month off of running?  More than that for an injury? 

2, 3, 4 months…you get the point.

You will be running eventually, trust me I’m the epiphany of running injuries.  I go from knee problems to broken arms and from it band problems to stress fractures…

The hardest part of overcoming an injury (in my opinion at least) is mentally get back in the game.  Let’s take running for example you lost that mental focus.  Two months ago, I was running 10 miles daily and seeing results.   When coming off my stress fracture, my long runs were far less then 10 miles and I was certainly not running 10 miles daily.

This was the day I got my stress fracture and literally couldn’t walk. at all.

So how do I mentally go back to that place I was? Ie: excited to run, workout, do whatever.

First, I WRITE everything down…

So I’m not recording it online-I have a notebook and I’m monitoring improvements and all improvements are good.  For instance, you ran 2 more miles then yesterday?  Success!  You ran 5 more minutes pain free?  Wam bam thank you ma’am you are on a journey to recovery.

Second-You don’t have to be all or nothing right now (or ever).  Some is better than none.

Case and point: I’m certainly not running 70 mile weeks right now and I’m 100% happy with what I am running.  Running is a beautiful thing and running any injury free miles is better then none.

Run with your friends

Chances are NO MATTER your pace is there is a friend you can run and catch up with.  Now is the time to get outside and run with someone that might not have felt comfortable running with you at your peak game.  Catch up with your friends.  Run on the treadmill if it’s too cold!

Run for your health

Do you remember back way long ago-you didn’t run to crush your PR’s, you ran because you wanted to be healthy?  Yeah…remember those 3 miles daily you used to run are also just as beneficial!  You don’t need to have a goal race right now because your goal is to come back stronger then ever.

Question for you: How do you get over injuries mentally? 

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