Pacebands

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I found out about Pacebands from fellow blogger and runDisney fanatic, BamagirlRUNS, and I knew I had to have one! I’ll admit, I’ve seen Pacebands before but never stopped long enough to see what they were or how they worked. Since I am training for my first marathon and preparing for my 5th half, I figured I should invest in one.

So what’s a Paceband? It’s basically a silicone band for runners of all levels: 5K, 10K (coming soon), half and full marathon. They must be pretty sweet because I’m now the proud of owner of three Pacebands (for different levels in my training)! I have the green (half marathon), blue (marathon), and pink (marathon) band (I won in a giveaway)…thank you, BamagirlRUNS! Even if you haven’t reached your goal pace or you may be aiming for a PR/time goal for a half marathon…Pacebands are a great way to help you get there! I love the fact that the splits are raised and easy to read. They are inexpensive and you don’t have to worry about charging your band or its battery life…it just sits comfortably around your wrist. As you can tell based on my color choices, they are customizable (color, distance, pace, and time).

Yes, I’ve been dubbed gadget girl by my running buds and even been told that I have “cute run trinkets”, but everything I purchase serves a purpose. We live in a technology driven world and I love my GPS sports watch, but I’ll have to admit—Pacebands are pretty innovative. They are a lot easier to use than having a pace wristband generator where you create it, print it, and tape it to your wrist…and it’s a lot easier than writing your splits on your arm. Yes, some runners do this!

My goal for my first marathon is to finish upright! However, there’s nothing wrong with a challenge. I share things that I believe in because I want you to experience the awesomeness too! If you would like to learn more about Pacebands or order one for yourself, visit here!

Bondi Band Contest!

starsandstripesIt’s Contest Time!!! You have a chance to win a “Metallic Stars and Stripes” fashion headband from Bondi Band! I want to see how you will be celebrating Independence Day while working out!

The Rules:

1. Submit a photo to me via email at: myprettybrownblog@gmail.com, on Twitter (Tweet me! @myprettybrown) OR “Like” and post a picture on My Pretty Brown Blog’s Facebook page wearing a Bondi Band. Be creative and make it fun!

2. You must also “Like” Bondi Band on Facebook to be entered to win.

Here are some other ways you can share the Bondi Band love!

Tweet Bondi Band (@bondiband) and/or Instagram (@bondiband) your photo of your 4th of July workouts wearing your Bondi Band. Make sure you use the #bondiband hashtag!

Don’t forget! Submit your photo to me wearing your Bondi Band by Monday, July 7 at 11:59 p.m. cst for a chance to win!

Happy Fourth of July and Good Luck!!!

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My Journey Starts Today.

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July is here and it’s the first day of the official training for the Walt Disney World Marathon!!!  I’m very excited and yes, still wrapping my mind around 26.2! After the runDisney Princess Half Marathon back in February, I knew I wanted the Walt Disney World Marathon to be my first marathon experience. It’s the Happiest Place on Earth, so how could I not? I had such a blast and can’t wait to go back. I initially wanted to run the 5K, 10K, and the Half Marathon but decided to dedicate my complete training to the full marathon. Omg! I’m really training for my first marathon!

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I’m going forward with positive vibes knowing that this journey will truly be about sacrifice, hard work, dedication, wonky weather, and digging deeper when I feel like I can’t go any further. I’m a believer in dreams and I believe in dreaming BIG. I knew it was time the moment I read Bill Cosby’s quote, “Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.”  I look forward to my journey from 13.1 to 26.2. I am thanking God in advance for placing the desire in my heart and for being beside me on this journey…’Cause “Lawwwwd” knows I’m going to need Him. If you read that in my voice, you may be laughing—but I’m so serious!

I cannot wait to cross that finish line! So…if you see or hear about me crying *thug tears*, just know it was all worth it! All the best to all of the WDW Marathon Weekend (Kids, 5K, 10K, Half, Marathon) runners, walkers, Goofy, and Dopey Challengers!

Let the training begin!!!

 

 

 

 

Spice It Up! Slow-Cooker Curry Lentils

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If you follow my blog then you know how much I love a good slower-cooker dish. I wanted to make lentils, but they had to be just right! I always enjoy the lentil soup when I go to one of my favorite Indian restaurants, but I wanted to try them whole. I decided to go to old faithful Pinterest to browse around to see what I could find. I knew I wanted to merge some of my favorite spices. I love my Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup that I posted here. There’s something about curry + coconut. Mmmm! So why not Curry Lentils!

Let me just say…slow-cooker lentils are endless. So serious! I could not believe how much my slow-cooker produced. It was enough for an entire wedding party + guests. When I scooped out a serving to go over my steamed rice, I noticed that I didn’t even put a dent in the pot. *insert crazy pants face* (my nephew calls me that when I make crazy faces). The Curry Lentils were so flavorful and delicious. Next time I know to prepare them for a family gathering! With the 4th of July around the corner, it’s a great way to try something new other than traditional baked beans. If you like spice, don’t be afraid of it—spice makes food fun!


Recipe! Slow-Cooker Curry Lentils


Ingredients

  • 4 cups red lentils
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ground or minced ginger
  • 4 tablespoons organic ghee (optional)
  • 5 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon of hot madras powder, or to taste (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoon of Truvia Baking Blend
  • a few good shakes of cayenne pepper
  • 2 cans tomato puree (29 ounces each)
  • 1 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
  • ½ cup of light coconut milk
  • naan bread and/or rice for serving
  • cilantro for garnishing

 

Instructions

  1. Rinse the lentils and place them in a large slow-cooker. Add the diced onions, garlic, ghee, ginger, curry paste, hot madras curry powder, garam masala, turmeric, Truvia baking blend, and cayenne. Stir to combine.
  2. Pour just 1 can of tomato puree over the lentils. Stir to make sure that the lentils are covered with liquid. Reserve the second can for a refresher as your lentils cook down. My lentils did not need two full cans. Place cover on lentils and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 7-8 hours.
  3. Check on your lentils at least twice during cooking process. Add more puree or water if needed if lentils look too dry. The lentils will soak up the liquid. I prefer my lentils thicken and less liquidy so I used more puree.  Taste and season with salt. Lentils will be soft when they are done cooking.
  4. Stir in the coconut milk and sprinkle with cilantro just before serving. Serve over rice with naan bread.
  5. Enjoy!

 

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Art’s Revisions & Healthy Swaps

    • I used Truvia Baking Blend but you can use sugar. Light Coconut Milk instead of regular, cut the fat
    • Use Hot Madras Curry Powder if you like it Spicaaaayyyy
    • Use Organic Ghee (clarified butter) instead of regular butter or you can leave it out all together
    • Refill your can with water (if you do not want to use purée) if you feel they are drying out. I prefer sticking with the puré

 

The lentils were a beautiful blend of spices and amazingness! Yes, I think I made that word up. Just make sure you cut the recipe in half if you are preparing them for a family of 6 or less. Can’t handle all of the spices? You can be easy on them.

ENJOY!