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    Running.
    Taking delight.
    Learning Italian.
    Getting to Italy.
    Wearing shorts.
    In Italy.
    June 2011.

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CHIA. not chai, CHIA. as in CHIA pet.

Week 3 Day 2 of C25K was my best day yet. Maybe it was the beyond beautiful morning we had here in Cold Spring, NY. Maybe it was my superior playlist selection on my ipod. Maybe it was my 4 hours of sleep.

Or maybe it was the Chia Seed Smoothie I had this morning.

The black dots that look like bugs are the Chia Seeds. Gremlin drawing by my son, Jonas.

I’m still reading Born to Run. The Tarahumara runners featured in the book, the super athlete mega runners from Mexico, consume Chia seeds. In the book, McDougall speaks of Chia Fresca — a drink of water and chia and sugar and lime, I think — like it’s a miracle drink. You can find stuff about Chia seeds and their miraculous properties all over the internet now thanks to the book. I got some yesterday and put mine into a smoothie. When mixed with liquid they cause it to get a bit gel like. But really, it’s not much different from flaxseeds in texture. Its my new morning energy drink. Placebo or not. I don’t care. I had a really enjoyable run. And I’m getting more used to running lightly on the balls of my feet without requiring more effort, instead of less.

Chia seeds in my smoothie. Same thing that grows a Chia Pet.

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5 Responses

  1. Does this mean that you will start sprouting? Where did you find the seeds?

  2. That looks yummy. I’m going to have to try it.

  3. I read that book too. Very inspirational. So where did you find the seeds. And more importantly, how did they taste??

    Laura

    • I’m loving the book, too. I found the seeds online. You can find them everywhere, but I got them at nutsonline. I haven’t tried them by themselves, but in the smoothie, I couldn’t really taste them at all. It’s more of a texture thing. Like a small sesame seed or a big poppy seed. But I couldn’t distinguish a taste. They do cause the liquid they are in to get a little bit gel-like. But not in a gross way.

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