|chocolate cherry goodness|
What do mud & chocolate cherry creamsicles have to do with one another? Nothing really. Surprise. But I do love chocolate cherry creamsicles almost as much as I love climbing through mud puddles on my stomach.
The Miners Mayhem a local 7K obstacle run didn't have creamsicles but it did have lots of mud, hills, obstacles and some really awesome volunteers. If you haven't participated in an obstacle run this would be a great place to start.
If you are considering participating in and adventure race here are a few tips that you might want to consider (a few of these I learned the hard way):
1. Outfits make everything better. So does glitter.
2. When designing your race outfit you might want to forgo anything that absorbs water and involves a glue gun and safety pins (e.g. a carrot made out of pom poms and an arm band made out of a dish towel).
3. Make sure that the spandex that you wear doesn't stretch as it gets wet. I apologize to anyone who was behind me as I hiked up my pants.
4. Do. Not. Wear. Cotton. Ever.
5. Sign up for the right wave. You don't want to find yourself crying your eyeballs out at the top of a climbing wall (climbing walls are scary!) while someone uses you as a stepping stone. This didn't actually happen (the stepping stone part anyway) but I could see how it might have. Everyone seemed to be great about encouraging each other when someone was having difficulty with an obstacle.
6. If you are running with a team make sure that everyone has the same expectations. No one wants to feel like they've been ditched or like they are holding their team back. Our team motto was every woman for herself.
About those creamsicles.
1 1/3 C greek yogurt, almond yogurt, or full fat coconut milk
1 C frozen sweet cherries
1/4 C port
1/3 71% cocoa Camino chocolate bar grated
Preheat oven to 450 F. Place frozen cherries & port in a pie plate along with port. Roast for 20 minutes. Allow to cool slightly. Mash cherries with potato masher before combining with greek yogurt and grated cocoa or if you prefer a smoother texture combine yogurt and cherries in a blender and blend until desired consistency is reached then add chocolate. Place mixture in popsicle moulds. Wait impatiently until frozen.
|Thunder, Super Carrot & Super Turtle (not sure what's up with those spirit fingers)|
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