Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grandparenting.

The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

If you need to be humbled, run long!



You might know that I’ve been training for a relay race coming up in August. I was feeling rather pleased with my efforts. In fact, on July 4th I ran a 5K and finished with my best time yet! I’m almost 57 and I’ve been running for 10 years. I’ve been thinking, “I’m faster! I’m faster!”
As the summer wore on, four miles became a “good run.” Four miles with hills was a little more challenging, but not exhausting. I’ve been thinking, “I’m stronger. I’m stronger!”
My training partner and I jumped from four to six miles a couple weeks ago for our long runs. Still, we held a steady pace and did not die at the end. I’ve been thinking, “I’m prepared. I’m prepared.”
Then I remembered that my longest run on the relay is 6.6 miles. I’ve been thinking, “I need to run longer. I need to run longer!”
Enter the seven-mile long run. Perhaps I wasn’t hydrated and fueled enough. It’s hard to fuel before a morning run. I like to get as many minutes of sleep as I can! It had to be a morning run because, well – it’s hot out there! Water? Why didn’t I plant a water bottle somewhere along the route? Yes, I bonked! I couldn’t make it up a hill at mile 5.5 without taking a walk break. We finished the seven miles, but it wasn’t pretty on my part. I wandered home, drank some water, stretched, drank some electrolytes, ate breakfast, puttered around, ate some lunch and downed more fluids, puttered some more, and complained about my aching muscles. By evening, I finally felt like myself again.
What’s my take away? I know how to prepare, but I was feeling confident enough that I didn’t prepare properly. I paid a price today for my pride. I am humbled. I’ve got a few long runs prior to relay weekend and you can bet I will anticipate them more carefully by fueling and hydrating better the day and hours before.  I might even plant a water bottle along the route.
That’s why we train – so we can learn about our weaknesses. When we know where the weak spots are, we can reinforce them and make them strong.

“And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them” – Ether 12:27 

What weak things have you changed into strengths?
Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Happy Running!
Carol - aka Running Granny Green
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

I could hardly walk and now I run!


My amazing relay team!
The human body is an amazing creation. It’s ability to endure injury and repair itself is nothing short of miraculous. Even while sporting scarring evidence of pain and imperfection, it often grows stronger as it heals the wound. What other things in nature can claim the same?

Twenty-three years ago today I could hardly walk. My mid-section had just been sliced open to deliver my third child – a little boy with stick up hair and long feet. He still has stick up hair and long feet. As I stood and willed my legs to move, I recognized the familiar sensation that my insides might actually fall out in front of me. I expressed that feeling to a physician once and he replied, “Just walk backwards and you won’t step on anything!” I’m quite certain I held my breath for the first few steps.

Over the following several days my walks grew longer and quicker as my incision healed and I regained my strength. I soon resumed normal activity. The limitations of those first few days faded and life carried on.

My boys
A few years ago, ten to be exact, I once again found myself facing a physical challenge. I began to run. I thought I was too old, but a friend encouraged me and so I tried. I have since participated in many races with half marathons being my longest. I even coach middle school cross country runners. I don’t know that I will ever attempt a marathon. My favorite race is a relay (about 200 miles) with my team of twelve. I enjoy the comradery and shared misery unique to an overnight endurance challenge. I rejoice that my body will allow me to participate.

Walking seemed almost insurmountable when I was younger and had just given birth with the aid of a surgeon. Now I run, because I can. Yes, it seemed insurmountable at first. No, it isn’t easy and it isn’t always fun, but my body can do it. This body that has years and miles, wounds and scars, heartaches and joys, can run! I think that is miraculous and I am grateful that I am so blessed! I bet you are, too.



What can your body do that once seemed insurmountable? I would love to hear about it.

Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Happy Running!
Carol - aka Running Granny Green
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Monday, July 24, 2017

Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bites



I’m currently training for a relay race, Spokane to Sandpoint 2017. Part of the prepping for race weekend is preparing food, or fuel, for the race. I’ve learned that it is unwise to add too many new foods to your diet right before or during any race. Race day is not a good time to learn that your insides don’t appreciate the foods you are giving them!
These protein bites, or energy bites, are one of my go to fuels for race weekend or anytime I need something quick and power packed. I keep a few in my refrigerator and often grab a couple 30-60 minutes before my morning run. They give me just enough protein and carbs to keep me going without being heavy or unkind to my digestive tract. And … they taste good!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bites

¾ C creamy peanut butter
1/3 C honey
1 ½ C old fashioned oats (I like to grind them into a course flour for this recipe)
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1/3 C semi-sweet chocolate pieces



Combine the peanut butter and honey in a mixer. Add the protein powder and beat well. Add the oats and chocolate chips until evenly combined. Form into balls – about 1.5 tablespoons. Store in a zipper bag in the refrigerator or freezer.


These ingredients are my favorite, but don’t be afraid to experiment with different kinds of grains and seeds or protein powder flavors. Just be sure to test them out before race day. Chia and flax seeds, although great for fueling, can be a little aggressive, so do your experimenting well before race weekend.

You might also like this Chocolate Berry Breakfast Smoothie recipe.


More recipes from Running Granny Green.

Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Happy Running!
Carol - aka Running Granny Green
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

That is Why I Write


I write because putting thoughts on paper makes room in my head for more thoughts. I also write because I want to share little pieces of wisdom and great lessons I have learned throughout the years. Often, the simple act of writing brings satisfaction enough. Book sales are rewarding, too. The greatest reward, however, is when someone takes what they have read from your writing, puts it into practice, and thanks you for helping them grow. That is why I write.

My friend, JoEllen, decided to do just that. She recognized a need to improve her health through activity. She honored me by trusting my experience as a mature runner to help her in her fitness goal. She purchased my book, Run at Any Age: A Beginner's Guide for Adults, and began putting the things I share into practice. Each time she shares her experiences in a Facebook post, blog post, or personal text message, it warms my heart. That is why I write.

As we discussed a discomfort she was experiencing, she indicated that she knew it was temporary. If she endured it for the first mile, it went away. I reminded her of one of the lessons regarding pain one must endure in, The Hard Run, which she has also read. She replied, "That's right. It makes so much more sense now!" That is why I write.

Each time a reader comments, "I can hear your voice when I read your work," or "I get it. That is exactly what I needed to hear," I am encouraged. My most recent favorite comes from JoEllen, "I was going to underline the important stuff, but I would have to underline the whole book!" That is why I write!

If you are looking for words of encouragement and practical advice - and if you are a little bit brave and wish to begin running - Run at Any Age can help. Get over your fears and put one foot in front of the other. I want you to be around and able to play with your grandchildren - that's why I run. I want you to be able to be successful at any age.

That is why I write.


Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Happy Running!
Carol - aka Running Granny Green
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Fate or Agency?


I believe in agency. Our lives are not destined to follow a predetermined path no matter our choices. We have the ability to choose how we will act and react at any given time.

That's one reason I enjoy a good fortune cookie like this one. It offers advice rather than inevitability. If and when a "bold beginning" presents itself, these words of encouragement will echo in my mind and urge me forward. Of course, bold beginnings are often intimidating like the start of a big race, a new employment opportunity, or the release of your first book - or third, or ninth! (It never gets easier!) However, I've heard many times that courage and bravery are not the lack of fear, but the strength to move forward in spite of fear.

I'm not a fatalist. I believe in agency. Still, I do enjoy words of wisdom wherever they are found - even in a fortune cookie!

Be bold!

Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Happy Running!
Carol - aka Running Granny Green
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

New Running Books Released! Run at Any Age Guidebook and Journals


What began as a few blog posts about training tips for new runners has evolved into a series of books for beginners. Run at Any Age: A Beginner's Guide for Adults is directed at grownups who have a desire to begin running or to resume running after a few years away from the sport. I share those things that have worked for me as I began running when I was older.

The purpose of this book is not to convince you, the reader, that you should begin running. You have already come to that realization. You may, however, have some doubts about your ability to become a runner.


The purpose of this book is 1) to encourage and convince you that you CAN begin running given you have a clear bill of health from your doctor, 2) to give you information that will help you get started, 3) to provide tips and techniques to help you endure when the physical or mental going gets tough, and 4) to help you obtain benefits and satisfaction that only a runner will understand.
This book is for anyone who is anxious about running, but especially for women who have neglected their physical well-being while providing for the day-to-day needs of those they love. You know who you are and you want to be healthier – not so much for yourself, but for those you love. You want to live a long and active life so you will be here to care for, celebrate with, and cheer on your loved ones, young and old.
You know you should, but you aren’t convinced you can. Let’s begin by dispelling some of the myths you have heard or created about running. Let’s begin slowly and wisely. Let’s begin with the right tools to be successful. Let’s begin with the support and encouragement of other runners.
As I was creating Run at Any Age: A Beginner's Guide for Adults, I pondered much about my advice to log, record progress, write about, and share running workouts as a motivation to keep going. I considered including a sample page within the section, Log Your Workout, but it did not fit the format of the book. A sample page, although it would offer an idea, would not serve the runner over a period of time - and the goal of the motivation sections is to keep the new runner pursuing the goal over more than a few days or weeks. It occurred to me that a logbook and journal combination would be beneficial to new runners. Using the weekly log and journal prompt questions will help the runner see progress during the course of a year. The runner might be surprised to note the physical, mental, emotional, and social changes that running has induced.


As I developed the Run at Any Age Journal, I considered how it might be received by the younger runners whom I coach. My experience with young adolescent runners helped me create prompt questions designed for them. I adapted the journal and prompt question to better fit the running experience of girls and boys - and now we have Run at Any Age Journal for Girls and Run at Any Age Journal for Boys!


Here is a sample of the journal interior ...




Last, but not least, the runner's guide is currently being adapted for young runners! It will be released in late June or early July. I'll be sure to let you know where to find it!

It has been a busy spring!

Find copies of all Run at Any Age books on Amazon or Etsy.
Run at Any Age: A Beginner's Guide for Adults will be available on Kindle.

Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Happy Running!
Carol - aka Running Granny Green
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Get Away and Write!

Get away and write!
Wow! What a busy spring it has been! I've been working hard to complete a writing project (I will reveal it very soon) while balancing what I am calling "Winter Recovery." I don't have to shovel snow anymore, but there is grass to mow and running to do, track meets to attend and front porch tiles to repair, and the patio project. Yes, Winter 2017 was a hard one and it's taking some time to recover. Wouldn't it be nice to get away from it all for a day and just write?

I CAN! I really can, and so can you.

The Idaho Creative Authors Network is hosting a writers' retreat in July at historical Givens Hot Springs in Marsing, Idaho. We're calling it Relax and Refresh Writers' Retreat and we are inviting published and yet to be published writers. Come join us for a day of creativity away from the commotion of your world.
ICAN Executive Board
Sheila Eismann, Carol Green, JoEllen Claypool, Phyllis Vavold Nettleton
The ICAN Executive Board, JoEllen Claypool, Phyllis Vavold Nettleton, Sheila Eismann, and myself will be available all day to assist and consult as needed. This event is designed for writers to make true progress on their current writing project, receive tutoring help from the ICAN Executive Committee, and relax after a day of creating and networking in this peaceful country setting.  Swimming in Givens’ natural warm waters is included in the ticket price along with a barbeque lunch. Wifi is available at the facility.  Writers can end the day feeling accomplished and relaxed!  During the event, the sponsors will feature their books for sale.

Attendees will need to bring their writing project(s), laptops if desired, pens, notebooks, lawn chair, swim suit, and towel.

Family members can join the attendees for swimming at a reduced rate payable at the door to Givens Hot Springs.

I hope to see you there. In the meantime I will be putting the finishing touches on my books (yes, that's plural) for beginning runners and mentoring young runners in a newly formed running club. Yes, there is much to do. Gotta run!

Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!



Happy Running!
Carol - aka Running Granny Green
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Strawberry Jam: A Sure Sign of Spring

Strawberry Jam: A Sure Sign of Spring
Two things are sure to indicate spring is here, Daylights Savings Time and strawberry jam. While I could write an entire post lamenting my struggle with the one hour time adaptation, strawberry jam is a sweeter topic for today. The following essay is from my book, Gold Pans and Iron Skillets. Funny, the memories that arise while making strawberry jam have evolved from those in the original article. They now take me back to my young married life and motherhood and my dedication for jam making. I'm not as dependable as I once was as there are not so many hungry mouths to feed. Strawberry jam making now occurs only biannually, if that often, but it still feels like a ritual. Enjoy the essay!



Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should

I married a dairy farmer and soon learned that one of my major responsibilities as a farm wife would be to can and preserve fruits and vegetables for the coming winter.  Having avoided these activities for my first twenty-five years, I was apprehensive of the tasks at hand.  To my surprise, my initial experience proved a joy rather than a chore!

As our strawberry patch began to show signs of a harvest, my husband of just six months had a hint he was fond of using.  “Soon, you’ll be able to make strawberry jam!”  When the day arrived, I rolled up my sleeves, gritted my teeth, and plunged into my duty.  As I stood stirring the thickening jam, I remembered Grandma Nelson –- or rather, Grandma Nelson’s Back Porch.  There was an old manual washing machine in the room we referred to as the Back Porch.  Grandma had been afflicted with a stroke and her ten children shared the burden of caring for her in her own home.  I can remember my mother washing clothes in that old machine when we stayed with Grandma after her stroke.  My favorite part of Grandma’s Back Porch was an upright freezer.  On the racks inside its door were bottles of strawberry jam.  I can’t recall what other treats it contained; probably a trout or two from Teton Creek and some frozen corn.  I remember opening the freezer door and touching the jars with my fingertips.  I would hold my fingers against the glass until the frost melted and tiny windows revealed the red goodies within.  Mom would catch me and growl at me for keeping the freezer door open, just as I now growl at my children for similar offenses!

I make strawberry jam every year.  Whether I have five jars in my freezer or twenty-five, I complete the ritual.  It has become a tradition for me.  In a way, it helps to preserve my memory of Grandma, and of Grandma’s house, for each time I stir my strawberry jam I recall the first time I made it and the memories come flooding back.  I will always keep frosty jars of strawberry jam in my upright freezer just as there were always frosty jars in Grandma Nelson’s freezer.

Not every canning project is as rewarding or goes as smoothly as did my strawberry jam efforts.  Over the years, countless bottles have refused to seal, bushels of fruit have spoiled before the task was completed, and dozens of filled jars remain on my shelves because the family just doesn’t like canned peaches and pears anymore.  They never did develop an appetite for the carrots and new potatoes I bottled just because I could.  There are those items that remain unidentified because, as a beginner, I wasn’t wise enough to label and date the lids.  They will never be eaten, but I am reluctant to dispose of them as I am confident they took much effort and time that I didn’t have to spare. 

Red onions are abundant, free, and pretty.   I thought it a good idea to save some for a rainy day.  Having located a recipe for Vinegared Red Onions, I filled three dozen pint jars.  I have only opened one.  The pink onions were nasty!  They lost a little color as they were processed, but the onion and vinegar flavors became stronger, too strong to use as a garnish, condiment, or main dish!  They aren’t even worth using as a decoration, as the color has continued to fade to a dull brown.

I have streamlined my canning and preserving efforts over the years.  I now strive to devote my time, talents, and cash to things that will be of use such as: green beans, pickled beets, apple pie filling, and frozen corn.  Oh, and strawberry jam, because not only is it of sentimental value, it has become a staple in our diet.  My family might perish without a freezer full of strawberry jam! 

Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Happy Running!
Carol - aka Running Granny Green
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Hard Run - Discussion Questions

Was it worth it?
It's been a long winter, but we survived and things are going to be better because of it! That is how I often feel about running. When I wrote The Hard Run: Painful Lessons for a Running Granny, I had the theme of endurance in mind. What do we endure that we should not? What do we endure because it makes us better? What do we endure because it enhances our life experience? It is with those thoughts in mind that I have compiled the following Discussion Questions. You might ask yourself these questions as you read the book or after you have completed it. My hope is that the book helps clarify the kinds of things you do that are bad, good, or simply part of mortality.

If you need to read the book, you can find it HERE or on Amazon.



Discussion Questions


The Hard Run: Painful Lessons from a Running Granny


by Carol M Green


Can you identify a painful or damaging experience that you wish you would have had the wisdom or courage to end or exit?


Is there something that you are doing today that is hurting you physically, emotionally, or spiritually?


Have you ever endured something, only to learn the experience was unnecessary? Did you choose that painful experience?


Have you ever chosen to go through something particularly difficult knowing that in the end the reward will be worth the discomfort along the way?


Think of your greatest accomplishment or source of joy. Did you obtain it without some sort of sacrifice?


Have you ever joined another person on his/her difficult journey only to discover that your life has been enriched by the new association or bond that you have built with that individual?


When have you experienced pain or discomfort as a direct result of a joyful experience? Would you choose to endure that same discomfort again to receive joy?


What is the most difficult thing you have done in your life?


How did you grow or choose not to grow through that experience?


What is one thing you have learned through painful experiences?

As always, I welcome feedback. Please leave your comments below!
Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Happy Running!
Carol - aka Running Granny Green
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Friday, January 20, 2017

Spring Writers' Symposium and Writing Contest is just around the corner


Idaho Creative Authors Network
Phyllis Vavold Nettleton, Carol Green, Sheila Eismann, and JoEllen Claypool

Has winter got you down? If you live in the Treasure Valley in Southwest Idaho, it may have. Be assured, Spring 2017 is just around the corner. That means the Second Annual ICAN Spring Writers’ Symposium and Writing Contest is also just around the corner. If you are thinking about writing, but don’t know where to begin. We can help. Perhaps you already write, but need assistance with publishing. We can help.

Why does the Idaho Creative Authors Network sponsor events such as this one?
We recognized a need to bring affordable and convenient writing opportunities to the Treasure Valley. There is a lot of talent and experience right here. We strive to bring those with publishing and marketing experience in contact with those who are just starting out in their writing careers by sponsoring local events on a semi-annual basis.

The Spring Writers’ Symposium and Writing Contest includes both writing instruction and writing contests for published and non-published authors. The symposium promises to be packed with information and interaction for beginning and established writers seeking to improve their writing and marketing skills.  A networking luncheon will give attendees the opportunity to interact with fellow writers and presenters who include Author and Texas Writing Academy Participant, Carol Green Kjar, along with ICAN authors JoEllen Claypool, Carol Green, Phyllis Vavold Nettleton, and Sheila Eismann. Workshop topics include Strengthening Your Writing, Manuscript Development, Cover Design, and much more.  Come prepared to engage in a writing activity to implement what you have learned!  The day caps off with an Awards Ceremony for winners of the writing contests.

When and Where?
The event will be held Saturday, March 4th from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Parma High School Commons Room, 137 Panther Lane, Parma, Idaho 83660.The deadline for writing contest submissions is February 18.
Get those pencils sharpened, your laptops dusted off, or your phone mic tuned in and tell us a story.
Your paid registration includes the presentations, writing contest submission, and luncheon. 

How do I register?
To purchase tickets and for more information click HERE or contact us by email at idahocreativeauthorsnetwork@gmail.com
Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Happy Running!
Carol - aka Running Granny Green

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Cross Training - Because I can't run


http://runninggrannygreen.blogspot.com/2016/12/winter-running-motivation-for-beginners.html
It just keep falling!
What do you do when forces beyond your control require you to make a change? It’s January 4th already and the continued snowfall and icy roads indicate I will not be running any time soon. As much as I would like to avoid it, I’ve committed to cross training until the pavement reappears. I’ve long said, “Change is good because it presents an opportunity for growth.” Whether or not we choose to grow – well, that’s up to us. I’m trying to grow. Or perhaps, I am trying to stop growing around my middle!

Today was Day Two of my indoor, group training, weights included, video led, cross training workout. It didn’t kill me. I’ve been using snow shoveling as my cross training, but it mostly makes me sore. There is some cardio involved, but I don’t know if I can honestly count shoveling as cross training.
I’m hoping that by incorporating these workouts into my routine, I will be better prepared when the running begins again. Every winter I vow to “run through it.” I’ve been successful some years and others I have not. This is one of those unsuccessful years.
Winter running tip.

Chocolate Berry Smoothie
The good news is that because I was all warmed up from the workout a cold breakfast smoothie sounded awesome. Rather than hunkering over warm eggs and toast, I indulged in one of my favorites  - Chocolate Berry Breakfast Smoothie. Yum!
Now I’m all cooled down it’s time to do some more snow shoveling cross training! I’ve been praying for adequate precipitation for years, so I’m trying not to murmur. Who knows? Maybe I am growing. I do look forward to the day, however, when the pavement reappears and I can go for a run. I really miss running and I miss my running buddies!

Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Happy Running! Carol - aka Running Granny Green

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