Sunday, October 12

Sun-dried Tomato Mac Nut Hummus

If you're looking for a gluten-free, healthier appetizer or snack for your tailgates and game-day get togethers, this dish hits the spot. It's sure to please a wide variety of tastes and we can't get enough of it! Hope you enjoy!

Prep Time: 1-8 hours (Or, less)
Hands on Time: 10 min.
Serves: 8-10 people
Tools: High powered blender

1 c sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil
1/2 c basil
1 1/2 c soaked macadamia nuts (preferably 8 hours)
1 clove garlic minced
1/4 c olive oil (or more)
Plantain chips or dipping food of choice

1. Soak macadamia nuts for 1 to 8 hours. (If you run out of time, I've made due with only soaking the mac nuts for 20 min).
2. Place all ingredients except for plantain chips in a high-powered blender, olive oil first. 
3. Blend until the consistency of hummus. Use blender stick to help blend ingredients. Add more olive oil if needed to get a smoother consistency. 
4. Chill if desired and serve with plantain chips, carrots, celery or veggies chips for a gluten-free, deliciously healthy appetizer. 

Friday, October 3

Boston-bound! (No, seriously...)

On September 24th I received confirmation that I'll be running the 2015 Boston Marathon. I repeat: I have received confirmation.

For those of you who have followed the blog and my progress, you know how tough this has been. There's been promising short-coming's, frustrating finishes and devastating misses. Here's a quick re-cap of my journey to qualify for Boston:

Felt Great to Fail: My first attempt at the Chicago Marathon in 2011. I ran a 3:10:52, coming up about 5min short. Disappointing not to hit the Boston-qualifying (BQ) time, but I was elated to finish with a personal best by 20min.

Closure on Chicago: My second attempt to BQ at the Chicago Marathon in 2012. I ran a 3:10:25, an almost identical performance compared to the year prior. This race sucked. I was fit and fully capable of posting a BQ time, but poor nutrition/fueling got the best of me.

Third Time Not a Charm: My third attempt to BQ at the Dallas Marathon in 2012. Too much too soon, as I wasn't adequately recovered from Chicago. Not to mention, this was a warmer/muggy day in Dallas. Not ideal for a fast marathon.

We Did It!: My fourth attempt in Newport, Oregon in June of 2013 was one of the most special weekends of my life. I BQ'd with a time of 3:03:37 and just after finishing asked my then soon-to-be father-in-law permission for his daughter's hand.

The Quest Continues: In September 2013 demand for Boston exceeded spots available and the cut-off was a mere 15 seconds faster than my BQ time. I was not admitted into the 2014 Boston Marathon.

Houston Marathon: In January I ran the 2014 Houston Marathon... pissed off. Fueled by the fire of non-admittance to Boston, I trained hard and raced hard. I BQ'd with a personal best of 3:02:38. This would be the race that got me in to the 2015 Boston Marathon.

Five marathons in nearly three years, and here we are. Boston-bound. A blog post can't quite do this journey justice. Heck, none of these blog posts can. I've tried my best to express my feelings through written articles, but I don't believe they've lived up to what this experience has really meant. Which is why I'm going to speak it aloud.

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