Friday Favorite + Crazy Running Update

Today’s Friday Favorite was a gift from my parents when they used the Christmas gift we gave them. Huh? Well, our Christmas gift to my parents was a chocolate tour in Boston’s South End.  They had a blast and picked up some goodies along the way! My favorite item they picked up for us is Not Your Sugar Mama’s Be Cozy. That probably doesn’t mean much to you, so let’s look at what it is:

Not You Sugar Mama's Be Cozy front

It’s a Superfood Chocolate Mix! It contains raw cacao, coconut palm sugar, lucuma, cinnamon, mesquite, Himalayan sea salt, and vanilla. It’s absolutely delicious and good for you! I usually add about a teaspoon into my weekend smoothies.

Green smoothie with Not Your Sugar Mama's Be Cozy

I’ve also had it straight up as hot chocolate, adding a 50/50 mix of skim milk and almond milk.

Hot chocolate with Not Your Sugar Mama's Be Cozy

I love that it’s not overly sweet, but oh so chocolate-y.

I also love that it’s from a local company. NYSM was founded on the lovely Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard (yes, of Kennedy/Clinton/Obama/James Taylor/Jaws fame). If you’ve never had a chance to go, it is a wonderful place! I had never been until I started dating my husband 13 years ago as his family usually goes once a year and they were sweet enough to always ask me along. It’s a bit pricey and very crowded in the summer, but if you go with people who know the island and the quieter side of it, it’s heavenly.

Oak Bluffs ferry August 2012

Oak Bluffs, MV

I digress. This continuous winter weather has me dreaming of the warmer months to come.

Weather lately March 14, 2014

Anyway, back to the product! As you can see from the label, there are a lot of benefits to the ingredients they chose.

Not Your Sugar Mama's Be Cozy ingredients

You can currently only buy it through their online store or at one of the stores listed on their website. I’m hoping it comes to the Whole Foods near me soon so I can try all of their other delicious products! Oh, and be sure to check out their recipe page since smoothies and hot chocolate are just the tip of the iceberg!

Not Your Sugar Mama's Be Cozy inside

So sad to be nearing the bottom 😦

In running news, I’m happy to actually have some news for you! It’s kind of crazy news and may not even end up being news and wasn’t even news I was sure I wanted to share (yes, I was trying to see how much I could cram the word news into two sentences, just for fun—was that obnoxious?). It all started when Lora  shared a post  about Runner’s World giving away a vacation to Iceland. Having had a stopover there this past summer, I’m definitely intrigued to go back! As I read more of her post and checked out the entry website, I realized it also included two entries into the Reykjavík Marathon.

Now, I have never had the urge to run a marathon and figured I probably never would just because of the physical and mental toll, and especially because of my injuries this past year. But as I looked at it the entry more, I thought, “Why the heck not?” Now, don’t get me wrong—I realize my chance of winning this is about 1 in a million.

But I thought to myself, what if I did win? Could I even do it? Let’s see…the race is August 23. That’s about 23 weeks from now. Heck…I actually could! So, yeah, I’ve decided I’m going to start training with the mindset that I will run a marathon in August.

I realize this thinking is completely backwards. I’ve never done a half marathon, not even a 10k (I was training for one when I was injured last January)! Add on the fact that I’m coming back from an injury, and it sounds really, really stupid. This is not how I would normally think.

As cheesy as it sounds, this quote popped up in my head as I was contemplating all of this (whose author is either Les Brown or Norman Vincent Peale, depending on who you ask).

Shoot for the stars quote

The plan is to train for a marathon for the end of the summer/beginning of the fall. If my body isn’t taking it, I’ll scale it back to a half marathon. If my body still isn’t there, I’ll scale back to a 10k. And if I’m not even at that point, I’ll aim for a 5k. Again, backwards way of thinking because it seems like I’m setting myself up for disappointment, but I’m hopeful.

I’m especially hopeful because after my plantar fasciitis had been flaring up in the past few weeks, it’s finally started to feel better because I’ve done something I haven’t been doing: I’m pushing the issue. I bought ones of these based on advice from Emily, have been making sure to ice every day, and even ran two days in a row, going up a level the second day! Plus, I’ve started wearing regular shoes for half the day (I throw on my Cole Haans with my new orthotics, seen below in the middle, or sneakers, back on for the other half of the day).

Shoes shoes shoes

As you can see from above, I’m still rocking the KT tape, but I’m getting there! Finally! And I’m testing it out again tomorrow!

So that’s the big (though not definite) news for now. What about you? Anything crazy and new you’re doing? Anything you’re loving lately?


15 thoughts on “Friday Favorite + Crazy Running Update

  1. I entered that same contest! I love that you are going to start training for it! I hope your foot gets better. My BF has been suffering from plantar fasciitis forever now. What kind of orthotics do you use? I think I should buy him the Prostretch Flexibility Exerciser…

    • How fun! Are you training as well or would you wait to see if you won?

      Sorry to hear your BF has PF. How long has he had it for? Has he seen a podiatrist? Gone to physical therapy? Or just trying to manage on his own? My husband and I went to Mass General’s sports medicine facility to get custom orthotics made since we have uneven feet–both of us pronate on our left only. The brand the used was Langer. I had bought Super Feet inserts (blue ones) originally because the running store I go to recommended them. I think they would work well if your feet are roughly equal. This post helped me figure out what I needed to do. I could go on and on–lemme know if you want more information and I’d be happy to email you a list of things to do/not do/try. Was also planning on doing a post about it when I’m mostly healed up.

  2. I am loving almond butter lately. Its less sweet than peanut butter but you get used to it. Wow, good for you and your marathon goal and love the quote about the moon & stars. Have a great weekend !

  3. I’m having trouble commenting and just left a comment which I think didn’t post.. anyway that mix sounds amazing, all the ingredients look yummy and like they’d go so well together. I use raw cacao often to put in shakes, granola bars, or to make chocolate milk, but this mix sounds a million times better.

    • I’m sorry the comments weren’t working! I check out a lot of blogs during lunch at my work and a lot of sites get blocked. Was that the issue?

      Do you get raw cacao at a regular grocery store or do you buy it from a specialty store? I imagine it tastes like (unsweetened) cocoa–a bit bitter, but quite chocolate-y?

      • I think the problem with commenting had to do with my connection and not with your blog, don’t worry.
        I buy the cacao at a specialty food store, they don’t have quality stuff at a regular grocery store here.
        It tastes very chocolaty, it’s bitter for sure, but mixed with other sweeter ingredients it gets to a perfect balance.

      • Good to know. The raw cacao sounds delicious! I’ll have to look for it at the specialty stores around here!

  4. This is so funny to me because lately I too, a recovering runner not yet up to continuous running or 5k distance, have been thinking wow it would be so cool to run a marathon. I’m no where near (up to running 1:30 at a time) committing to that but the idea is a lot more real to me than it used to be.

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