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June 2, 2011

I haven’t been doing my tri-weekly runs as consistently because I’ve been having knee pain. My left knee hurts after a run, but it never hurts while I’m running, which is weird.

The pain wasn’t so bad yesterday, so I had a cookie dough protein ball a la Amanda,

put on my  knee brace (that I hate using, but it really helps) and went out.

I waited until 8am to go, so it was already really hot and sunny out. Running is even harder when the sun is blaring in your face and it’s 90 degrees out! I’m sorry, Florida, but I don’t appreciate your weather.

I didn’t have a set mileage I wanted to go, I just wanted to do as much as I could – without dying.

I only had 2.16 miles in me. But that’s okay. That’s actually the farthest run I’ve ever done off a treadmill.

I’m really slow, but I have plenty of time to get faster! I’m planning on a 5k soon, in a month or so and I want to do it in less than 40 minutes.


Can we talk about Amanda’s cookie dough balls for a sec?

I am addicted.

I did mine a little different from her recipe. I used chocolate whey protein powder, a mix of almonds, cashews and peanuts, an extra date and bits of Baker’s unsweetened chocolate.

I’ve made a lot of fudge babies and Lara bar-type things, but these are the best yet! Again, I am addicted.


So far today I’ve eaten a cookie dough protein ball,

mint chocolate chip protein icecream,

(1 cup milk, 1 1/2 scoops chocolate protein powder, spinach, a drop of mint extract, blended together then freeze in ice cube tray, then blend frozen cubes and it tastes just like mint chocolate chip icecream!)

and peanut butter and jelly oatmeal.

I haven’t had good ole oatmeal in a while. This was delicious.

Polaner’s raspberry jelly is so good! And this morning I made an almond, cashew, peanut butter and it is amazing.

37 Comments leave one →
  1. theflourishingfoodie permalink
    June 2, 2011 1:52 pm

    That cookie dough ball looks delish. Sorry to hear about your knee, hope it feels better! I really want to sign up for a 5k too, I need motivation or I’ll never start running gain.

  2. theflourishingfoodie permalink
    June 2, 2011 1:53 pm

    and can I just say that your cookie dough balls are so perfectly circular, mine never look that good!

    • June 2, 2011 2:13 pm

      Haha! The dough was actually really nice and made them really easy to form!

  3. June 2, 2011 1:59 pm

    I love love love raw cookie dough, but I know I shouldn’t eat it because of the raw eggs! I’ll definitely have to try out the cookie dough balls – I just need to go buy some dates!

  4. June 2, 2011 2:00 pm

    I want some of that mint chocolate chip protein ice cream immediately!! Yum! Keep it up with the running girl, you’re doing great! 🙂

  5. June 2, 2011 2:21 pm

    i wnt those balls and those oats and that mint chip ice cream!!!!! nice running girlie!!

  6. June 2, 2011 2:43 pm

    I made my own cookie dough balls based off amandas as well 🙂 so yummy! I’ve been dealing with some knee pain recently as well. I hate it!

  7. June 2, 2011 3:11 pm

    Those bars DO look delicious.. I am totally checkin out that recipe asap!

  8. June 2, 2011 3:26 pm

    Hope your knee feels better soon!!!! Those cookie dough balls look amazing! 😀

  9. June 2, 2011 3:55 pm

    I hope you knee feels better soon. You and my bestie should both be my bestie and run together. Does that make sense. Her goal is to run hers under 40 minutes too.

    That cookie balls look really good. I’m going to have to look into them.

  10. June 2, 2011 4:09 pm

    Oh yum that cookie dough ball looks amazing, would love to try making some of those.
    Hope your knee gets better soon 🙂

  11. June 2, 2011 4:50 pm

    I know you won’t like to hear this, but please take a break from running. You may be developing Runner’s Knee. Iwent through the same thing and while it never hurt while running (a common symptom), it’s really painful when just walking around. I had to wear a brace like you and eventually even crutches because I didn’t stop running since it didn’t hurt to do so. But honestly, it’s a serious injury and took my 2 years to finally get over it since I never rested when it first showed up. Take it easy now and thank yourself later!!

    • June 3, 2011 2:05 pm

      Thanks Mary! I should have gone running today, but instead took a break. I wonder what else I should be doing to help it heal? Will it heal on it’s own? I had this same problem last year when I took up running and eventually just stopped altogether.

  12. June 2, 2011 5:18 pm

    Amanda’s protein balls look amazing! Bite sized and perfect for snackage 😀 Hope your knee heals up quick 🙂

  13. June 2, 2011 5:29 pm

    Hey girlie! Good job on your run! I’m a firm believer that sometimes the “see what I got in me” approach is the best way to go, especially if you’re dealing with some kind of pain. I hope your knee feels better soon!

    And glad you liked the cookie dough 😀 I’m gonna have to try it with chocolate protein powder some day…

  14. spoonfulofsugarfree permalink
    June 2, 2011 6:05 pm

    So sorry to hear your knee hurts 😦 hopefully is feels better soon!

    And I know Florida is extremely hot, but….It gets better when you spend time in it! I play tennis everyday from 1-4 (hottest part of day!). the firt couple hot days were hard, but now it is all good 😀

  15. June 2, 2011 6:35 pm

    the cookie dough balls look amazing!! i’m adding them to my ever-growing list of recipes i want to make. hopefully i can make it through them all this summer!

  16. June 2, 2011 6:37 pm

    I have been debating trying protein ice cream for a while-I think youu have finally convinced me!

  17. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! permalink
    June 2, 2011 6:38 pm

    I have knee pain like that too! Only hurts after I run! SO weird. Those cookie dough balls look amazing!

  18. The Teenage Taste permalink
    June 2, 2011 7:07 pm

    Wow! Those cookie dough balls look so good. Actually they look perfect! How do you get them so round, Kayla! Mine are usually blob-shaped! Haha!
    Polaner jam is the…well, jam! Strawberry is my favorite flavor!
    Have a great day! 🙂

  19. June 2, 2011 7:40 pm

    Sorry about your knee, I hope it feels better soon! I’m a “starting” runner too, and I hope to run a 5K this summer! I’m pretty slow but I mean under 40 minutes is good enough for now!
    I ❤ Polaner Raspberry but Strawbs is definitely my favorite.
    Have a great day!

  20. June 2, 2011 8:03 pm

    aren’t knee issues the worst? at least you look hardcore in that brace!! and congrats on the run – glad to hear you didn’t die 😉

  21. June 2, 2011 8:36 pm

    I must have missed that recipe on Amanda’s blog. They look delish! I’m definitely have to give those a try.

    Nice job on the run – especially in the heat! I always wimp out and run on the treadmill when it’s that hot out. 😛

  22. June 2, 2011 10:01 pm

    Those protein cookie dough balls look soooo good! If you told me they were straight up cookie dough I probably would have believed you.
    Definitely sign up for a 5k. They’re so much fun, and I know you will achieve your goal! The race bug is contagious… once you start you might not be able to stop signing up for them.

  23. June 2, 2011 11:00 pm

    Polaner’s jam is THE BOMB!!

  24. applesnoats permalink
    June 3, 2011 12:22 am

    get better knee!!!!those little balls look so yummy, the perfect snack!

  25. June 3, 2011 7:10 am

    I am definitely going to try that ice cream!! I’m assuming it would still work with almond milk. Now I just have to find mint extract, I wonder if I can get that at my local grocery store or if I’ll have to go to WF…?

  26. June 3, 2011 1:07 pm

    Great job on that run girl!! Speed is something that is acquired over time, so don’t be hard on yourself!

  27. June 3, 2011 1:23 pm

    mmmmm, pb&j oatmeal is always my favourite! But those cookie dough balls look to die for!

  28. June 3, 2011 4:06 pm

    Making the smoothie, freezing it, then re-blending sounds like the best idea ever! I’ve never thought of that. And the cookie dough balls look awesome.

  29. June 3, 2011 6:01 pm

    I don’t want to TALK about those cookie dough balls, I want to EAT them 😛 lol

    You are actually doing great on your running! No need to push yourself to hard or you will just get injured. You should for sure sign up for a 5k!!
    Oh, and I totally agree, running is so hard in the heat! I’ll wake up at 6 so I can eat breakfast and get a run out at 7 because after 9 the heat takes over!

  30. June 3, 2011 10:39 pm

    Good for you for going on a run! Sorry to hear about your knee. I used to wear a knee brace too and I think it really helped!

  31. June 4, 2011 3:45 am

    okay, can you please come over and make me some of those cookie dough balls?!?! my gosh, those babies look amazing! thanks for sharing and i’ll have to see if i can stretch my non-existent kitchen skills and make some for myself. 🙂

    also, great job on the run! glad to hear that your knee pain is getting better!

  32. June 4, 2011 2:25 pm

    Kayla I hope your knee feels better really soon~our knees are just so so important you know? take care of yourself! 🙂 And that ball recipe sounds really good~Mmmmm

  33. June 4, 2011 6:56 pm

    I’m sorry to hear your knees bothering you. I hope you feel better soon! Regardless, you’re still totally rocking your runs. Just getting out there and making your body feel good is as that matters. I’m sure you’ll do wonderful on your 5k! Your mint chocolate chip ice cream looks delish btw. Um can we have dessert together sometime? 🙂

  34. June 25, 2011 5:44 pm

    those cookie dough balls look AWESOME! I have to make them sometime!! Check out my blog if you’d like!! =) I’d love to add you to my blogroll if you’d like to add me to yours?

  35. June 25, 2011 6:19 pm

    Girl, you have some GOOD EATS! 🙂

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