Well that didn’t last very long

Remember that Justin’s hazelnut chocolate butter I got from Swanson’s?

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It’s finished.  Didn’t last long at all.  I think it’s safe to say that I could live off that stuff for the rest of my life and be a very happy person.  Now if I can just get Mr. Justin to sponsor me so that I don’t go broke from buying copious amounts of nut butter.  Who am I kidding?!  That’ll probably happen anyway.

So last night was the BostonStrongTO run an was it ever epic.  I don’t know if you know, but Pavement Runner started this movement and it went GLOBAL.  He planned for his own city to get together on Monday night, exactly one week after the Boston bombings.  People caught on and BostonStrong happened pretty much everywhere.  Thousand of runners came together around the world on the same night for something so special.  Phaedra organized it for Toronto and we had a great turnout:

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We ran just under 6K in Toronto’s (kinda) famous High Park.  It was so nice to see people come together and do something special.  One gentleman (I can’t remember his name) even brought us bibs!  They were giving these out at the expo for the 10K I ran on Sunday so he grabbed some extras for this event.  How sweet and thoughtful!

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Phaedra actually ran the Boston Marathon this year and wrote a great post about her experience.  Definitely check it out.  I can’t imagine what it would have been like to be there while all that craziness was going down.

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She is such a wonderful person and my newest blog friend turned real life friend! :)

I won’t lie, I was pretty sore even just running the 5K.  My entire body hurts and I can’t understand why.  I know I ran hard on Sunday and usually I get sore legs from that but my abs and back muscles are so tender.  I must have been running like a crazy person to get to that finish line.  I have no other explanation.

Favourite nut butter brand and flavour…GO.

Do you ever get full-body sore after running?  This might be a first for me.

What one exercise leaves you the MOST sore the next day?

5kg of nutella

I don’t have anything inspiring for you today.  Unless you get inspired by delicious chocolate hazelnut spread that is good enough to eat by the spoonful.  I took my grandmother grocery shopping today and found this dangerous beast staring at me straight in the face:

I love nutella.  I could eat a whole (regular) sized jar in one sitting, that’s why I don’t buy it very often.  It is extremely hard to have self-control around that jar of goodness.  My grandmother saw me taking pictures of it and asked if I wanted it (she always offers to buy me things when I take her grocery shopping).  I didn’t know how to say, “I’m taking pictures for my blog” in Italian…so I just said no.

Instead, I chose two sample packages of new nut butters to try!  I have been dying to taste cashew butter and the macadamia nut butter reminded me of Hawaii so I got some of that too.

Don’t ask about the mandarin oranges or blueberries.  It was my grandmother’s doing.  I get blueberries every.single.time. even though I don’t ask for them.  I’m not complaining though…they are perfect for pancakes! :)

I put my nut butter to use right away and made clean ice cream!  Yes, you read that correctly: CLEAN ice cream.  I have spoken about it on the blog before but I took it to a whole new level today.  It’s just a frozen banana and a serving of plain Greek yogurt (blended together in a food processor) to make the ice cream.  I topped it with half a package of my new cashew butter and some sugar-free chocolate chips!  Go put your ripe bananas in the freezer right now and make this for dessert tonight!

I hope everyone has an amazing long weekend!  Tonight Dean wants to go on a “mini date” which usually means putting on stretchy pants and a baggy sweater, going to eat vegan food (my fav), and maybe a movie (hopefully I can coerce him into seeing The Vow).  We are wild. ;)

What are your weekend plans?!

What is your ultimate favourite nut butter?