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Best Turkey Burgers EVER (recipe)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

I do not make elaborate meals anymore. I used to love to entertain, and when I did I choice healthy fare. This is a tried and true recipe that is in high demand whenever I do entertain. I am making them for the first time this season for Fathers Day. Easy Peasy recipesy!! These burgers do NOT shrink. And the veggies keep them really most. Worth a try.

( Prep: 12 minutes Grill: 15 minutes )

1 egg white
1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs (use oats for a better choice, just grind them first)
1/4 cup finely shredded carrot
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped green sweet pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 pound ground turkey, veal, or lean beef
Nonstick spray coating
1 medium tomato, sliced

1. In a large bowl combine egg white and bread crumbs. (If using veal or beef, stir in 2 tablespoons water.) Stir in carrot, onion, green sweet pepper, salt, and pepper. Add Parmesan cheese and ground meat; mix well. Shape meat mixture into four 3/4-inch- thick patties.

2. Spray a cold grill rack with nonstick spray coating. Then, place rack on grill.

3. Grill burgers on an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 7 minutes. Turn and grill 8 to 11 minutes more or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F with an instant read thermometer. Place 1 tomato slice atop each burger and grill 1 minute more. Makes 4 servings.

Broiling directions: Place burgers on the unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil 3 to
4 inches from the heat for 7 minutes. Turn and broil 8 to 11 minutes more or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F with an instant read thermometer.

Place 1 tomato slice atop each burger and broil 1 minute more.

nutrition facts
Calories 290, Total Fat (g) 18, Cholesterol (mg) 79, Sodium (mg) 441, Carbohydrate (g) 8, Protein (g) 23, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Enjoy your Sunday!

A BHG recipe, not my own. www.bhg.com/recipes/printRecipe.jsp?

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    I love my burgers! I will have to try this some time. I have never actually eaten a turkey burger, maybe now is a good time to try it.

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FITWITHIN 6/14/2014 6:11PM

    I love turkey burgers. Thanks for the recipe.

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Rotary Rad Run Race Report (and Family Fun) 5K and 10K

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I love the small and personal races since I come away with the feeling of accomplishment as well as memories of the moment shared with those I love.

My DH is a Rotarian, and this race is a big fundraiser for their causes. Last year, this race was my FIRST ever. I did the 5K, and wow, was I proud of myself. My son ran the same race (I trained, he did not), finishing before me, and my DH drove the pace car, with our then new classic car.

DIL won her AG in the 10K! I was impressed.

This year, I ran the 10K, along with DIL; DH ran the 5K, along with DD. This was DD's 4th 5K, but she ran this one without a running buddy! She got 2nd place! She ran a great race, and all the runners were telling me how well she did on the course. I was beaming, of course! DH fell in way behind DD. And DIL not only defended her AG title in the 10K, she won the women's overall category! Wow, she came in 25 minutes before me. As she was crossing the finish line, I remember all too well where I was in the course at 47 minutes:)



I have never finished so hard in any race.

Since it was a RAD run, DD dressed in the spirit of the 80's, and I called her Suzanne Somers!

She was the cutest one there, and came home with a $25 gift certificate!

Sidebar: Rotary has watched my DD grow up, as they supported her orphanage with $1000 USD worth of formula on our trip in 2008 (a months worth of formula for a small orphanage). So they have always taken an active interest in her life.

So the chief of police saw us all together, and he says, "families who run together, stay together." Great quote.

STATS: My time was 1:12:02 (PR is 1:07:34). I ran a good ChiRun, until I tired on the track to the finish line. I had a hard time keeping cool under the hot sun.

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    That is awesome! Very cool to see the family of runners!
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SLENDERELLA61 6/13/2014 8:09PM

    Great race report! What an incredible family. I know you are so, so proud. Keep Running Happy!! Thanks for the support on my blogs, too.

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MAGNOLIA416 6/12/2014 8:56AM

    What a beautiful story and a great day! I got a little emotional reading it

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ROXYZMOM 6/12/2014 7:53AM

    Great family event! Too cool!
I love the pictures! You ran a great time.

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RUN4FOOD 6/11/2014 7:37PM

    Great race. Thanks for sharing the family fun.
It has to add to your enjoyment to share your experiences with friends and family.

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BOILHAM 6/11/2014 6:59PM

    Great race and family fun! Congrats to all.

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MWWENSIN 6/11/2014 6:44PM

    It's great when family can participate. That's a great run!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 6/11/2014 4:32PM

    Ah, keeping cool under the hot sun -- how well I sympathize!

Sounds like a great day.
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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/11/2014 4:26PM

    What a great race for the whole family!
It's difficult to stay cool when the sun is beating down on you.
Love all the pictures.

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Chicago Spring Half Marathon 'beautiful day' Race Report

Saturday, May 24, 2014

I love pictures to tell the story. Feel free to view the pics and skip the long blog.

I had an easy time getting to East Lakeshore Park, which is a new lifestyle center close to the Yacht Club and Navy Pier by Lake Michigan. When you are in the park, you forget you are in a large city, even with all the runners that were milling about. The lakefront here is gorgeous. We could not have asked for better weather. It was 50 and part sun at the start of the race, and 60 and sunny when I crossed the finish line. I only fought the wind off the lake one time, around mile 10. Otherwise, the lake was unusually calm this day! Yes! I have biked this path before, and normally you fight your way out, or back.

I can feel the excitement of this crowd just looking at it. The Chicago Spring HM was very well organized. I was assigned to corral H, but hopped into corral I instead since I was not going to pressure myself to do 2:30. I learned a valuable lesson: Everyone is AHEAD of you, and no congestion of runners after the first qtr mile which was the case if you were in a middle corral. It was genius, and something I would do again in a large race (this one was 4500). It took 33 minutes for my corral to start. That gave me plenty of time to warm up, albeit the coziest warm up I have ever done.

Once I crossed the start line, I was really enjoying the view. The view of the Shedd Aquarium with the cherry blossoms was a first for me, as I had never seen this view (top right below) in all my years of visiting the museum campus. That stint really set my run for a fun and relaxing race.

Now this was a repeat course, down and back, and sometimes that is annoying. This race, I did not mind (no wind), and on the course back the Cityscape was gorgeous. I never tire of this view of the skyline and it just became more magnificent as I closed in on the finish line. The lower left pic below is a shot of Soldier Field (what I call the toilet bowl after renovations!).

The picture below is the break wall along the shore, and this spot has significance for me. I was 3 / 4 miles from the finish when I toed the cement and instantly fell to the ground. I had no time to catch my balance. I instinctively rolled over like a hound dog, and the momentum sprung me to my feet, and kept running. Few scrapes, no bumps, (later a sore ribcage), but I sure dodged a bullet thinking of any one bone I could have broke. It was poetry in motion, and I never wish that to happen again. I was trying to sprint in hopes of waking my body up for the last mile. Another lesson learned!

I so enjoyed myself after the finish in 2:41:53. PR by 8 minutes. I was 63 out of 79 in my AG, so I have a lot of work to do. I was real happy I was able to stay ahead of the 2:45 pace group, and I had energy at the end passing many of my co-runners who did not have anything left to give. I was smiling, even after my tumble. GREAT medal! Breakfast was served by Goose Island, our local brewery, and they even had a vegetarian line (it was the “express” line). Best pancakes ever, with scrambled eggs and veggies, potatoes and more veggies. Watermelon to top it off. Yummo! This race was eco-friendly with recycling bins, shoe donations, and a flower station.

Great pictures that were posted on facebook of the event:

**Training prep: I chose the ChiRunning Half Marathon Intermediate plan. I focused on technique and distance for 8 weeks, and very little speed or hill work. The longest run was 13 miles, and it allowed for a simulated run at pace race for 60 mins 2 weeks before the race. I tapered for 5 days. I Consumed carbs for two days prior to race.

**Race Day prep: I was up at 4:30, no easy task. Chose a NoDoz instead of coffee. My drink for breakfast was beet juice. I consumed a bagel with peanut butter, all down by 5:45. I arrived at the park by 6. I used will call (extra $$) for packet pick up, checked my “clear” bag, then headed to porta-pots. 20 minutes later I am on my way to the waterfront starting line. Corrals closed at 6:45. I ate a half banana 40 minutes before I started the race, and drank most of my vitawater zero (with chia seeds added), donated my sweatshirt just before the corral started the race.

Porta-potties a plenty at every waterstation, always a long line. I was glad I did not have coffee or need to use the johns. Water stations were in 5 spots, so I used them 10 times. That was really nice to have. I did have a small water bottle tucked in my waist band just in case I became overheated. They offered Gatorade and water at every station. I took mostly water, as I used 4 Huma Chi Gels for fuel. I tried Gatorade once, and it was too sweet for me. They did offer GU at one station which I grabbed for another day. emoticon

I am doing the official Chicago Half Marathon in September. Below the difference will look like this! For this one I will be training hard!

Note: This was my first Chi Half Marathon. I have logged my successful ChiRunning Race here:

Thanks for allowing me to share this wonderful experience with you. Ciao!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/11/2014 5:03PM

    Chicago in September can be brutal. Kinda like Texas.

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BOILHAM 6/10/2014 1:08PM

    Sorry I missed this blog before. You had a great race and didn't get injured during the fall. Great job, and congrats on a PB finish.

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DOGLADY13 6/1/2014 8:35AM

    Great race report! You worked hard and an 8 minute improvement is terrific. Way to go!

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JEWELS571 5/30/2014 1:13PM

    Way to get it done!! Were you using a run/walk method or all running for this one? Congrats on the PR, you will only get faster!!

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MAGNOLIA416 5/28/2014 10:35AM

    Way to go! That looks like a really lively HM!

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    Way to go Mary! I love the blog. It sounds and looks like a great race. Sorry about the roll, though it looks like you rolled in the right direction! Also sounds like you did an amazing job of getting yourself back up! Good luck with your training for Sept.
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JOHNSONZ 5/26/2014 4:03PM

Loved this blog!
Beautiful day for your marathon also...sure helps.
I have yet to RUN a race, walk & jog only.
But interesting to read the prep & feelings you shared.
Off to the Chi Team.
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BERGBA7 5/25/2014 5:12PM

    emoticon great you enjoyed the race and did not hurt yourself while tripping! Good luck and lots of fun for your next one!
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MWWENSIN 5/25/2014 3:54PM

    MSounds like you had a great time. Maybe you'll have to post a video of your hound dog roll. It's great to fall and not get hurt. Congrats on the PR.

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MAMMER3 5/25/2014 3:47PM

    Amazing!! Looks great congrats!!! emoticon

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HOLLYM48 5/25/2014 8:37AM

    Congrats to you! I see this was a beautiful day and a beautiful place for a very long run! Way to rock it. Sorry about the fall but I see nothing stops you. This is just pure awesome. Great timing. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 5/25/2014 8:20AM

    Congratulations! You did great! It sounded wonderful! Thanks for sharing your race experience!

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PMRUNNER 5/25/2014 8:15AM

    Yay! Sound like a fun race! Great job!

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MARGARITTM 5/25/2014 6:54AM

    Nice job on the race thanks for sharing - Chicago is on my list of places to run! This one looks beautiful!

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SMITTY4RL 5/25/2014 6:39AM

    Your recap sounds like you had a super experience overall! Did it feel better than your last? From your report you sounded a lot more confident relaxed. So very awesome ;-)! emoticon Keep up the great work!

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POSITIVE41 5/25/2014 6:18AM

    Great pictures and a sounds like a great time. So glad you didn't hurt yourself! I am happy you enjoyed the race and the accomplishment and did not pressure yourself over your time!

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ONMYMEDS 5/25/2014 5:43AM

    Great job. Great day. Great city. Great pics. And nice stumble recovery.

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HMBROWN1 5/24/2014 10:52PM

    Great pics! Looks like an awesome day!

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MJREIMERS 5/24/2014 10:14PM

    emoticon emoticon ! It sounds like a really nice time and a "good run." Good is my meaning that you enjoyed it! I've found that is more important than the clock!

I can't wait to hear about the official race! Keep at it!

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Inspiring story of a 101 YO man who will run his last marathon

Saturday, May 03, 2014


"Running keeps me alive, It is like asking, 'Why not stop breathing?'"

At 101, this man is still running marathons, after his first one when he was 89. He will continue to run every day, even though he will no longer run marathons.

I had to share this article with the Spark community as fitness is important at any age. I give this man a gold medal for persevering in a sport at this time in his life.


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DOGLADY13 5/5/2014 4:55PM

    I love this guy. I've read about him before. I'd like to be like that.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 5/4/2014 6:04AM

    So he did his FIRST marathon at 89?
I'll have to rethink my philosophy that 67 is too old to think about doubling my distance. Hmm.

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SEABREEZE64 5/3/2014 7:30PM

    Love it! So my new goal is to run until I am 101 instead of 100.

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ROXYZMOM 5/3/2014 4:20PM

    Thanks for the share. I loved the way he was so matter-a-fact about it! Great self-discipline!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 5/3/2014 11:16AM

    Cool! (Does that comment date me?)

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MWWENSIN 5/3/2014 11:05AM

    I agree I think people limit themselves to much and don't believe in themselves enough. I'm betting this happens to everyone and you have to work at this to overcone it.

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WALLINMW 5/3/2014 11:04AM

  Stay motivated!

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Race Report: Spring Fling Ramp Run 5K

Monday, April 21, 2014

Wow did this race sneak up on me. I was not even thinking about the race until sparkers started posting supportive comments on my page!

This was my third race of the season, and it was a fun, training run! Yea, right. I cannot run a race without wanting to do a PR! I am showing good form at the start of the race. I did make a novice mistake by starting out too quickly. I did recover in the second mile. (I am in the white hat, second from right).

This race is fun because I got to “climb” my Mt. Biltmore. This is the 4 level parking garage I used this winter to train for the hills in NC. Not exactly the perfect training hill, but it sure helped in this race. Officially, it is a ramp run. So I ran it with 300 other runners instead of myself.

My race results: 10:24 pace, no PR, but close with 32:13. I was in the 50th percentile placing 184/369. I came home with age group bling, placing 2nd out of 13 (originally I thought there were only 4 of us, I was pleasantly surprised I really did rank). Really cool bling too and here with it is the medal I earned for 3rd in AG in the fall sister race.

Here is my sprint to the finish. The form is not so good, and the runner on my right sprinted past me at the final second. It’s ok, she was nearly half my age.

My next race is the Chicago Spring HM in May, which I am looking forward to a solid run.

Ciao fellow sparkies.

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DOGLADY13 4/26/2014 9:58AM

    Fun race! You can hold your head high with your race time. And no doubt, you lapped the couch potatoes several times!

On to the next race.

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MARYRUN1 4/23/2014 12:04PM

    Awesome! emoticon

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    Awesome! Be Proud!
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MARGARITTM 4/22/2014 3:44PM

    nice job on the race! Thanks for the report.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/22/2014 11:58AM

    That ramp training is really paying off. Good job!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/22/2014 11:46AM

    Great job! I too run ramps in parking garages.

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ONMYMEDS 4/22/2014 9:31AM

    Nice job!!


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SLENDERELLA61 4/22/2014 9:25AM

    Great race report! Congrats on the AG medal!! Way to go. Don't ya just love being so fit??

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MWWENSIN 4/22/2014 7:34AM

    All bling is great bling good job!

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POSITIVE41 4/22/2014 5:49AM

    Yay - love the bling!

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ROXYZMOM 4/21/2014 9:55PM

    Woohoo! You did great!!

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TXGIRL1023 4/21/2014 9:34PM

    emoticon Congratulations! That is so awesome!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 4/21/2014 9:14PM

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SMITTY4RL 4/21/2014 9:09PM

    Wow, you did great! So cool that you got some 'ling' for your age group, congrats on rocking the 5K! emoticon

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FLGIRL1234 4/21/2014 9:01PM

    Great bling! Love the race pictures. Whoo hoo on placing too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOHNSONZ 4/21/2014 8:51PM

    Oh my - i didnt know it was on Easter weekend! Look at you! Congrats on all you accomplished. Those are some nice medals!! Cant wait to get Few going!
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RACEWELLWON 4/21/2014 8:40PM

    You are amazing !! Great time - I am so proud you !! Nice surprise emoticon - That's a great idea to train for hills ! you look adorable - I see you practiced your Chi Running and its showing !! emoticon No doubt you'll do well May :) hugs K

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