5 Reasons you should be eating pumpkin everything

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I probably don’t have to give you any excuses to eat #pumpkineverything at this time of year, but did you know that you’re actually doing something really good for your runner’s body? If you look beyond the lattes and the sweets, that is.

And if you’re not on the pumpkin bandwagon, maybe you should be!

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Today I am joining up with the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy to share the five reasons you should be adding more pumpkin to your diet.

And in case you don’t really care about the healthy benefits of pumpkin, and just want to get to some recipes, I created a Pumpkin Recipes for Runners board on Pinterest here.

Don’t throw out those seeds!
There seems to be endless benefits to pumpkin seeds:

  • They’re rich in protein (so great for vegetarians)
  • They’re rich in iron (again, great for vegetarians)
  • They’re a good source of omega 3 fatty acids  (again, great for vegetarians!)
  • They contain over half your RDA of magnesium, which might help you feel more energetic
  • They’re rich in trytophan, which can help you sleep better

All of the above means that they can help bolster your immune system, which can take a hit when you run long and/or hard.

More potassium than a banana
So why should you care? Like bananas, pumpkin may help reduce and/or eliminate muscle cramping. Potassium also helps to balance the fluid and electrolyte balance in your body.

Protect your vision
Especially your night vision. Like any orange vegetable, pumpkin is full of beta carotene, which can help protect your vision and also help your eyes adjust well in the dark. Running at o’dark thirty? Pumpkin might help.

Looking to drop a few pounds?
Isn’t it ironic that the same flavor that is behind so many holiday treats, when combined with healthy whole foods, might actually help you lose weight? It’s true.

Pumpkins are full of fiber, which can help you to feel fuller and are also relatively low in calorie. Much like potatoes, it’s all in how you prepare it.

May help you regulate
Because of its high fiber content, pumpkin might just help you be more regular. Now we all know the runners who simply can’t tolerate a lot of fiber before a run and/or race; for them it can lead to GI distress. Common wisdom says don’t eat something full of fiber before a race — and that can mean a lot of veggies.

Runner, know yourself. I still need my greens, even before a race. I just don’t feel right if I’m not getting in my veggies.

But if your problem is on the other end of the spectrum? Let’s just say that pumpkin might just help you go a little more often.

So let me know in the comments:

Have you fallen prey to the pumpkin craze?

Any healthy ways you enjoy pumpkin?

Have you ever actually roasted your own pumpkins? (I used to make bread pudding in pumpkins many years ago — delish!)

Delirious: let’s go crazy!

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One defintion of delirious:

Very excited

I think Mr. Judy would tell you that when it comes to registering for a half marathon, I tend to get a little delirious.

In fact, I’m usually not happy unless I’m registered for the next half before I’ve even run the half I’m training for at present. You might say I’m a wee bit delirious with joy right now, because yes, I’m signed up for my fall half and a half in December, too.

It doesn’t really take that much to keep me happy (okay, we’ll turn a blind eye to the clothes, the running clothes, the shoes, the massages, the chiropractor . . . ); just let me plan out my year and not only do I keep myself motivated, it makes me very, very happy too.


Delirious at the start

The Michael Phelps of the world? You know, those people at the starting line listening to their tunes and tuning out the rest of the world?

That’s not me!

This little anecdote isn’t from a starting line, but I was recently chatting with some people in my running group after a run. We were talking about races, discussing ones we’ve thought about, and at one point, for some reason, I was mentioning about how I’m shy.

The person I was chatting with was shocked. I don’t come across as shy at most starting lines, corrals, or after the race. Endorphins, as I said to my new buddy that day. And it’s true.

If I’m not injured, I’m excited at the starting line.

Running isn’t the only thing that makes me delirious
Life is too short to not have things that make you delirious with joy. For me, that list includes:

  • Chocolate. Well, d’oh.
  • Food in general.
  • Planning trips, especially racecations.
  • Exploring new places.
  • Coming home to the furkids — nothing like someone following you around because they missed you so much (even when it gets annoying)!
  • When I find out a favorite book is being made into a movie.
  • Meeting fellow bloggers!

In fact, follow me on Instagram and you’ll see what’s been making me delirious (and a tad obssessed) this week.

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Tell me in the comments:

What makes you delirious?

Excited or nervous at the start of a race?

Anyone else get delirious just thinking about food and/or racecations?

What if Athleta, Lululemon, Title9, Oiselle, Sparkleskirts & Skirtsports mergerd?

Dream ambassadorship? I sort of felt I hit the jackpot being picked as a Skirtsports ambassador. Y’all are probably tired of hearing about my Skirsports addiction by now, but the truth is even if they hadn’t picked me, I’d still be excited about Skirtsports.

So I really had to put my thinking cap on for this  Tuesdays on the Run linkup: your dream ambassadorship.

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Skirtsports — check!

And then it came to me: what if all  my favorite my favorite running gear brands wanted me to represent them?

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Athleta — check!

That is where the dream comes in, as obviously these companies are not merging, or pursuing me with baited breath.

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Lululemon — check!

But there you have it:

  • Athleta for cool casual athleisure and tights, capris, and tops
  • Lululemon for jackets, tops, and capris (which are tights on me)
  • Title9 for dresses, socks, running tops, tights, and capris
  • Oiselle for comfortable stylish running clothes (and Kara!)
  • Sparkleskirts because I’m a girly girl
  • Skirtsports because the patterns are so cute, they’re innovative, and they really support women of all shapes and abilities — and let’s not forget the pockets! (Code CRJ20 for 20% off full priced items)
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Sparkleskirts — check!

But hey, let’s not forget the food!
I wouldn’t get very far running if I didn’t fuel right. So what if Honeystinger, Hammer Nutrition, Evol, Siggi’s Dairy, and Oatmega combined forces?

  • Honeystinger for the waffles
  • Hammer Nutrition for the protein bars, supplements, protein powders and more
  • Evol is real food, real fast — lately I’ve been loving their egg scramble cups on occasion
  • Siggi’s Dairy for their Icelandic style yogurt — yummy and not a ton of sugar
  • Oatmega for their protein bars and cookies

So really this is just a bunch of my favorite products that I use to run in and fuel my runs. Because I can never pick a favorite — not a favorite furkid, not a favorite movie, not a favorite grocery store. . .  you get the picture. I like to spread the love.

If I had to pick just one thing? I’d want a company to sponsor me — you know, like an elite athlete? To pay for my training, my races, my shoes, etc. etc. etc.Hey, I’m a BOTPer (back of the packer) — you get more advertising that way as the spectators get to see me longer and everyone passes me.

What about you — do you have a company you’d love to get free swag from?
Tuesdays on the Run

I’m linking up today with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My No Guilt Life for the Tuesdays on the Run linkup.