Buffalo Pickle Chicken

June 7, 2013

Yesterday on Instagram, I posted this…

Crockpot pickle chicken

I went out on a limb to try something new, and luckily, it worked! A friend mentioned to me that soaking chicken in pickle juice makes it taste like Chick-Fil-A’s sandwiches, so that is where I found my inspiration. I’ve had shredded chicken mixed with buffalo sauce quite a few times, but I really wanted to stay away from what I always do. This recipe is super simple, and really only calls for a few ingredients:

Buffalo Pickled Chicken

Put everything in a crockpot, from the first ingredient to the last. Make sure the chicken is about halfway covered. If yours isn’t, just had a bit more buffalo sauce. Cook on low for 6-7 hours, or until the chicken pulls apart with a single fork.

Crockpot Chicken

I topped mine with a few more pickles at the end for good measure. If you are not a pickle fan, well, this is probably not the recipe for you. It doesn’t taste like straight pickles, but it definitely has the flavor.

Crockpot Pickle Chicken

I paired it with some sweet potatoes and a side of zucchini. I think when I make it for leftovers, I’ll probably make a sandwich out of it. Leftovers are always the best!

Crockpot Chicken Pickle

Hope you enjoy the recipe! It couldn’t be much more simple!

National Running Day: Top 5 Running Blogs

June 5, 2013

Happy National Running Day!  To celebrate, I thought I would share my favorite running blogs! These are much more running than healthy living, so keep that in mind. I’ll have to do another post on those 😉

See Mom Run Far

Erin is a  mom of 12, chasing her dream to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Trials.

See Mom Run Far

Shut Up and Run

Beth is a 46 years old mom, Boston finisher, and overall badass. Something she lives by – “I believe in holding nothing back. I believe in telling the truth. I believe in being real. I’m sure it offends some, but I’m also sure it resonates with more.”

Shut Up and Run

Running Toward the Prize

Megan started running two years again, and has since ran many 5k’s, 10k’s, half marathons, and most recently, her very first marathon. She is the co-author of a book all about RunDisney – Magic Miles – The Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World. She also posts about her gluten-free journey after fighting many digestive issues.

Running Toward the Prize

Ali on the Run 

Ali started running in 2008 when she moved to NYC. She has lives with Crohn’s disease since she was 7 years old, but that doesn’t stop her. She has completed countless races, including a marathon back in 2011.

Ali on the Run

Fit Chick in the City

Jess is also a New Yorker, with over 14 years experience in the running industry. She has a M.S. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion and is incredibly knowledgable about all things active! Follow her for some amazing advice!

Fit Chick in teh City

What is the top running blog you like to read?

As for the Spartan Race Giveaway Winner, congrats to Seth! I’ll be emailing you with the discount code for the race!

Spartan Giveaway Winner

 

Spartan Winner

Tubing Down Rainbow River

June 3, 2013

This is actually the opposite end of the spectrum that I usually focus on here, but with all the running comes some relaxation too. 😉

Florida is known our white sandy beaches, hot temperatures, and crazy amounts of sunshine, but there is another part of Florida people aren’t too familiar with – the spring fed rivers. A small group of friends and I headed north to have a lazy day on the river. It is a bit further than just going to the beach, but it is well worth it. The water is always 72 degrees, which is the most refreshing place to be on a hot day. We rented our tubes, hopped on the shuttle, and had a nice float down the river. The trip took us a little over two hours, which tends to be the perfect amount of time to be stuck on a raft.

Rainbow River actually has a couple of locations to visit – one more for swimming, and the other for the tube launch. The great thing is when you pay for entrance into the tube launch, you also get entry into the swimming part of the river, called the Headsprings. After we tubed and ate some lunch, we went to enjoy a little more time on the river.

Rainbow River

Going to Rainbow River is such a different feeling of Florida than any sandy beach. It is so relaxing to be in such a nature filled spot. Not to mention, the people watching is pretty fantastic too! We ended up seeing someone with a tattoo of the entire Harry Potter cast tattooed on her leg, from hip to knee. It was quite the canvas!

If you don’t feel like swimming, there is a nice grassy field to lay down and just sunbathe on, along with picnic tables, a public restroom, gift shop, and snack stand. There isn’t alcohol allowed since it is a state park, so be sure not to bring it. Coolers are allowed with anything else you may need, so you can make a day out of it pretty easily!

Rainbow River 5

As for the headsprings, they actually will not allow any rafts or tubes, so be sure to bring a pool noodle with you! We ended up going to buy them at the gift shop since the water is so deep, and it really is pretty exhausting to tread water for that long! They were only $3, so nothing too crazy, but it would have been nice to think ahead and already had them in tow.

Rainbow River 3

Rainbow River 2

With no real running schedule right now, my weekends are for more open and relaxing than they have been in years, so I am taking full advantage! I highly recommend going to Rainbow River for the day if you are looking for ways to catch some rays without the sand and saltwater!

Rainbow River

Do you stick to the beach when you are in Florida, or do you like to enjoy spots like these? Ever been to Rainbow River?

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for the Spartan Race! It closes Wednesday!

Spartan Race Giveaway

May 31, 2013

In the past year or so, I have had the opportunity to participate in some pretty awesome races and runs. Two that really stick out are Pretty Muddy and the Dirty Girl Mud Run. These are great events, centered around empowering women, and gave me the opportunity to do something I hadn’t done before. There are a lot of other events out now similar to these runs, but one in particular caught my attention – Reebok’s Spartan Race!

Spartan Race header

Unlike the races I have done in the past, these races are open to anyone, both men and women alike. This definitely adds a little bit more challenge to the obstacles, as we as competition between the teams. The Spartan Race has multiple distances they offer, which is unique to the race series. Depending on your location, you could end up running a Sprint (3+ miles, 10 obstacles), a Super (8+ miles, and 15 obstacles), or a Beast (10+ miles, 18 obstacles). As for your race location, just check it out! There are quite a few to choose from!

Spartan Races

The Spartan Race is new to Tampa and will end up being the sprint distance in February of next year. Seems like far away now, but I know it will creep up on me before I know it! This race definitely isn’t going to be tutu’s, bubbles, and smiles like my last couple of obstacle races – just check out the intensity!

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Spartan Race Joust

Spartan Race Wires

The Spartan Race Series was nice enough to give me a race registration to give away to one of you, with a value of up to $205! Not too shabby, right? All you need to do is leave a comment below stating why you want to do a fun and challenging obstacle race and which course you would choose. To be eligible, you must use the race discount on an open heat on a race in the continental US.

Complete the following for bonus entries, and let me know with additional comments:

  • Like my page on Facebook
  • Follow me on Twitter, and tweet about the giveaway – “I want to win a @spartanrace entry from @marybaum20! #aroo”

I will pick the winner on Wednesday, June 5th!

If you would like a discount code for the race, just use this link. It will save you 15%!! Good Luck!

 

Running and Relaxation

May 29, 2013

Who else is still having a hard time of getting back into the swing of things after the long weekend?! I was completely dragging yesterday. There is just something about low-key holidays like Memorial Day and Labor Day that I just love. There are never any family obligations to tend to or anywhere you really have to be. It’s all about paying respect to those that serve our country day after day, and of course, the kick off to summer! I woke up before the sun to head over to the beach and get in a run before the crowds got to crazy with my friend Meg. The cool temperatures, minimal crowds, and beautiful scenery were well worth the early alarm!Fort DesotoWe even planned ahead and brought quite the breakfast feast to refuel after our 6 mile jaunt around the island. I grabbed a stove we have for camping trips and brought it along. It was seriously so awesome to have a legitimate breakfast, in our bathing suits, at the beach. I think we may have started a new tradition!

Breakfast

Soon after breakfast, the rest of our crew started to trickle in to the park, so we all headed down to catch some waves and rays! We always have so much fun together, whether we are training or just relaxing. It was truly the perfect beach day, and I think everyone else knew it as well – the beach was jam-packed with people enjoying the holiday.

Fort Desoto

I ended up working all day on Saturday and Sunday at the gym, so Monday was a much needed day of relaxation. I’m so glad I have a great group of friends I was able to spend it with!

Fort Desoto

I hope you all enjoyed your long weekend as well. Hopefully today will be a bit more productive than yesterday!

Do you like to exercise before a day of relaxation? How was your Memorial Day?