If you didn't know already, TODAY is my absolute favorite day of the year. It's Marathon Monday here in Boston and everything about today is just awesome!
So, why is Marathon Monday so great? Here's the explanation that I gave last year:
Marathon Monday, as it is affectionately called in Boston, is my favorite day of the year. I absolutely love it! Personally, I think Boston is an unfriendly and cranky city from November - March (maybe it's just me?), but when Marathon Monday rolls around in mid-April, the city comes alive! Everyone is in such a great mood and the lively, holiday atmosphere (specifically along the marathon route) is like no other day- you can feel the crowd's enthusiasm for the thousands of runners making their way to the finish line. This single day reminds me why I like living in Boston.
Last year's running of the Boston Marathon was pretty exciting with Kara Goucher coming so close to winning. I actually snapped a shot of her starting to lose the lead. Man, it was such a bummer. 😕 Even still, I had a blast watching the runners in the final miles of the race.
There's just something about Marathon Monday... maybe it's the energy of the crowds? Maybe it's watching 25,000 people participate in (and complete) the one and only marathon that I want to run? All I know is that I want to be one of those people someday. I'm not going to lie, I get choked-up every year at the Boston Marathon. Running Boston would be an absolute DREAM for me. It must be the most amazing feeling to cross the finish line of a marathon. *sigh*
Anyway, I am totally looking forward to today. I bounded out of bed at 6:15 ready to go! I love seeing people achieve their dreams. It's so inspirational watching these runners give it their all for 26.2 miles. Fun fact about this year's marathon: 11,316 women entered, which is a Boston record. Pretty cool, right? 😀
GOOD LUCK to Judith, Claire, Katie, Theresa, Beth, Kelly, Patricia, Mary, Kelley, Lauren, Meghan, Kerry, Danielle, Adrienne, Ben, and Britt! I know you guys will rock it! I'll be cheering you on from Beacon Street! (You can read about all of the runners mentioned here.)
This morning's breakfast is now a new obsession: Mad Hectic Oatmeal!
About a month ago, Boston.com featured an article about Mad Hectic Oatmeal. This link was then forwarded to me by 4 or 5 different Carrots 'N' Cake readers. (Thanks, guys!) The article immediately sparked my interest:
Beth Gallo wasn't trying to start a business. The South Dartmouth resident, a breast cancer survivor, just wanted to add more healthy food to her diet ”” preferably in the morning.
So when the 49-year-old mother of two couldn't find a healthy breakfast food she could get excited about, she began making her own oatmeal with organic oats, dried fruits, nuts, and whey protein powder, changing the mixture over five years to suit her taste.
A day or two later, my Healthworks buddy, Judith, also emailed me about Mad Hectic Oatmeal. She loved it and said that I needed to try it too. So, I reached out to Beth, the creator of Mad Hectic Oatmeal, and asked her if she'd be willing to send me some samples in exchange for a product review on my blog.
Sure enough, Beth sent me a whole bunch of samples to try: raspberry almond, French chocolate, almond pecan, and chocolate raspberry. All of these flavors sound so delicious, right?
Not surprisingly, I broke into the French chocolate flavor first. With a big scoop of Teddie peanut butter thrown into the mix, it tasted very much like a warm, creamy Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Holy yum!
What I like best about this oatmeal is that it's so easy to make. Usually, my morning bowl of oats has 5-10 different ingredients in it. I feel like a mad scientist creating some crazy concoction! It also takes me a good 5 minutes to add all of these ingredients and then put them away. With the Mad Hectic Oatmeal, I just added water.
I cooked the Mad Hectic Oatmeal on the stove top the same way I always make my oats. It took just a few minutes and they turned out great. You can also cook this oatmeal in the microwave in 60 seconds. You could probably even just add some really hot water to it (like from the office water cooler). The texture of the oatmeal is light and fluffy, so I think the water would soak right in.
Oh, yea, and the French chocolate flavor was sooooo delicious! The flavor and consistency sort of reminds me of eating chocolate oatmeal cookie batter, but, of course, it's much more nutritious. I highly recommend this product.
Question of the Day
What is your ultimate life goal?