Posts made in December 21st, 2011

2011 goals recap: running


Posted on Dec 21, 2011 in Fitness

I thought a nice way to send 2011 packing would be to go in depth and review how I did with each of the 11 goals that I set around this time last year. For the next two weeks or so, you’ll see one of these a day. Some I totally rocked, some, not so much. I’ll end it all by sharing with you my goals for 2012.

Goal #3: Run at least five races.

Did I achieve it?

It’s funny how your goals change, isn’t it? When I made this goal, I was just starting to train for my half marathon and had definitely caught the running bug. Now, I’m really not too upset about missing the mark with this one. I ended up being just one race short of my goal, because in the second half of the year, my desire to run dropped dramatically. I’ve talked ad nauseam about my love/hate relationship with running, so instead of that, let’s talk about the races themselves:

April 2, 2011 : Bloomington, Indiana
Indiana University 5K
I made the decision to run this randomly the evening before and had fun running a very hilly race in my town. It was a fun way to break up the long haul of half marathon training.

May 7, 2011 : Indianapolis, Indiana
OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon
The big one. I wanted this to go so well, but it didn’t. So many things went wrong and it wasn’t the prideful and exciting day I thought it was going to be. That being said, I finished, and I ran a lot of it. And that, compared to where I came from, is amazing.

June 19, 2011 : Channahon, Illinois
Warrior Dash Midwest
Even though I got my ass handed to me and was incredibly bruised and battered for weeks afterward, this race was so much fun! I’d love to do it again someday.

September 24, 2011 : Bloomington, Indiana
Hoosiers Outrun Cancer 5K
Ran this for my friends and family dealing with cancer. The thing that stands out the most for me is that my team raised almost $500 for local cancer research and it was the most out of all of the teams! Very, very cool.

That’s a pretty fun mix of races and experiences and I am very glad I did every single one of them. I’m not crushed about missing this goal. Priorities change. You’ll see this come up again in another goal recap later on.

Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution that didn’t “fit” anymore at the end of the year?

reuben sandwich + chobani giveaway


Posted on Dec 21, 2011 in Food

HEY. It’s Christmas break! Starting today, I have two glorious weeks off from work to do fun things like develop recipes, stay in my jammies for days at a time and drink obscene amounts of eggnog with amaretto. I may even have a fun little surprise up my sleeve for tomorrow that’ll generate some interesting blog fodder.

But for now, I have an amazing recipe to share with you. I partnered with the fine folks at Chobani (love their company, love their products) to do a guest post and recipe for their blog. I created a twist on the tradition Reuben sandwich and used plain CHO to make a spicy maple dijon dressing that makes this sandwich off-the-charts delicious. Feel free to head on over to the Chobani blog to check out the deets. I promise, you want to make this sandwich.

In return, they are offering up an awesome giveaway for BTHR readers.  Pretty nice people, eh? One reader will win three-32 ounce containers of CHO! That’s a ton of amazing Greek yogurt! And Chobani recently launched the Chobani Kitchen—a great place to go and get some ideas for how to use up all of the protein-rich yogurt in delicious recipes (I’m eyeing the Spicy Salmon Cornmeal Cakes).

giveaway rules, regs and how to enter:

  • This contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents age 18 or over only.
  • There will be one winner of three-32 ounce containers of Chobani (1 each of 0% Plain, 2% Plain and 0% Vanilla if winner is U.S. resident, 3 containers of 0% Plain if winner is Canadian resident)
  • To enter: leave a comment here telling me which Chobani Kitchen recipe you want to try.
  • Entries close on December 27, 2011.

official rules and legalese:

To enter you must be 18 or older an a valid U.S. or Canadian Resident. Winner will be chosen by random drawing from the pool of comments on this post. To be considered for the prize, you must provide a valid email address. Once a winner is notified and verified, Chobani will be provided with the contact information of the winner and they will be responsible for shipping prize. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. To enter, leave a comment on this post stating which Chobani Kitchen recipe interests you. No purchase necessary to win. Entries will close on December 27, 2011 at noon (EST). The winner will be contacted by email on or before January 1, 2012. If the winner does not claim the prize within seven days, the original winner forfeits the prize and a second random entry will be chosen from the pool. This contest is sponsored by Chobani Greek Yogurt of New York and is void where prohibited by law.


In exchange for creating a recipe and blog post for Chobani, as well as posting this giveaway, I was compensated with two 32-ounce containers of Chobani yogurt.