Life has come back to town, everyone is back from their summer holidays, kids are back in school. Outdoor activities and events start again. Like my running season.
Tonight I am running my first race, a 5k run. A good distance to start the season. I’ll be honest, my training runs in the the summer have hardly been that long. It was just too hot. I managed quite a few 25-minute runs at a very relaxed pace since August, but that doesn’t quite prepare you for a 5k race. I haven’t run a 5k race since 2006, so I wonder if I have improved ever since. Weather conditions were similar 5 years ago. The heat definitely influences the finishing times. The race starts at 8pm. At that time, we will probably have at least 35C/95F degrees outdoor temperature and I just hope for low humidity. So I am curious to see if I can do a PB tonight. 25min 05sec are to beat.
I have plans a running section on this blog for my race reports and any other running-related blurbs that may come to my mind. I just need a quite day or two to put it up.
Until then, I’d like to share my current favorite running fuel with you: the Spiced Flax Balls from Leanne’s blog Healthful Pursuit. Power balls that I grab whenever I am on the run, either to work, the daily errands, before my training runs, or to satisfy my sweet tooth after dinner on the sofa. I usually keep them frozen, like Leanne suggested. I love it when they slowly thaw in my hands and in my mouth as I nibble them. Quite honestly, I am addicted to them and it’s hard to believe they are actually full of goodness. That’s how nice they are!
SPICED FLAX BALLS
1 cup whole almond
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
1/2 cup dates, pitted and chopped
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1-2 tablespoons water
Place almonds in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Add remaining ingredients (without the water) and pulse a few times. Check if the mixture sticks together when pressing between two fingers. If not pulse again a few times. Check again. If it still doesn’t stick add a tablespoon of water. Pulse again. Check stickiness. Repeat if necessary.
Once it sticks together, roll mixture into walnut-sized balls. Wrap in cling wrap and keep in fridge, or in the freezer for later use.