Peanut Butter Balls

I’ve tried out a handful of recipes and modified the best of them to make these up. I’m sure there are plenty of recipes like this out there, but these are our little balls that I ALWAYS keep a batch of in the freezer. I love them, my little guy loves them, and whether we are rushing out the house and I’m throwing them in my purse, or we’re snacking on them after a run… literally always have a batch made and waiting.

 

1 cup Peanuts
1/2 cup pitted Dates
1 tbsp Maple Syrup
3/4 scoop chocolate Organic Sunshine Protein
2 oz Ghirardelli 100 Cacao chocolate bar
water

In a food processor, blend the peanuts till desired smoothness (I don’t over blend. I don’t like a creamy peanut butter texture). Put in mixing bowl. Next blend the dates, add to the peanuts. Next blend the chocolate (I like mine a little chunky, so don’t blend to a dust). Add to the mixing bowl, add maple syrup and protein powder. Mix everything well, add a splash of water as needed to get things to stick together and then roll into balls. I like to freeze mine and keep in plastic bags, ready to grab and go!

We like to keep things simple. Original recipe had melted chocolate you dunk the balls into and more complicated ingredients… Which is great if you have the time. We don’t. Enjoy!

 

New York City Marathon 2015 Race Recap

NYC Marathon
Months of training and prep have come and gone, all for this one special day! Here’s a little recap of the 2015 NYC Marathon.
I had such a great marathon run in 2013, I went into this one hoping to feel as great as I did then. I worked my butt off training for 2013 and my run felt fantastic and I was happy every step of the way, with no issues, so I mentally prepared for the same situation. That wasn’t the case.
My goal for this race was to run in between a 3:45 and a 4:00 time… the faster being if everything felt great and the later being a tough run. I finished in 3:53:03, smack dab in the middle of my goal times. Can’t complain about that.
I’m a negative split runner, all about the Bank vs Bonk. The first 6 or 7 miles I always use as a “warm up” and really concentrate on not going too fast. The adrenaline gets going as soon as that start gun goes off and it’s important to rein it in. I had friends, my husband and baby waiting for me around mile 7, which I loved! Always fun to have something to look forward to as you’re running, and family & friends are the best!!!
From mile 7 to mile 16 (after the 59th st bridge), it was all about a little bit quicker pace, but still not too crazy. After the bridge is when I like to open it up a bit, and get the legs moving. Which worked fine until about mile 18 when my left hip started feeling a little sore. Nbd I thought, just keep my pace under control and we’ll make it. Then the last bridge into the Bronx, my right hip jumped on the pain train and I knew the last 6 miles were going to be a struggle. From mile 21 on, I just kept saying to myself “just don’t walk, just don’t walk”. And that’s what I did… I just kept moving and I didn’t walk. Once you give in mentally and decide it’s ok to stop, getting going again is next to impossible. I knew if I didn’t stop moving, I could make it within my goal time and it would be over soon enough. I would look back and think, “Well that wasn’t so bad”, but if I stopped, I would regret it.
I also debated calling my husband as I was running around mile 23, because that’s where I passed him when we ran 2013 together. Because we’re super competitive, he would appreciate that I was in so much pain the same place he was in so much pain two years previously with knee issues. But then I decided I probably would just cry. Then out of no where, halfway into mile 24 in central park, he came up beside me, running along with our baby in the stroller, who was singing and talking away! It totally made my life better! And gave me the extra boost to finish!
When you hit central park south, and physically can’t make your body move any faster, you know you’ve given everything you have to give, and that’s how I felt. I was ready for that finish line, I was ready to see all my friends after and get a burger, fries and a beer, to hug and kiss my family! Marathon #5 is officially in the books!
What I learned:
Marathons are hard – ok, I knew this… but my last marathon went so well, this was a good reminder of how much work and training go into having a great marathon run. Even with all the work put in this time around, it was hard. Like, really hard. Why do so many people do these things!??!
Hills – You can’t fake hill workouts. Yes I pushed a stroller almost every run, but the weight of pushing it doesn’t account for the different form of running up a hill or down a hill. I think this had a major part to play in my hips getting irritated. I did what I could, I have my treadmill, which only goes uphill, but not downhill. I did some hill workouts, but had to drive to get to an area with hills, which was a difficult task.
Problem Areas – they will always be problem areas. For me, it’s my iliotibial band. I didn’t give it enough love and attention this time around. Especially after having a baby. It came back to literally bite me in the ass.
When all else fails – just don’t stop! You will get to that finish line.
NYC Marathon Mile 22

NYC Marathon Mile 22

Rock 'n' Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon Medal

The Inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon – Race Recap

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Rock 'n' Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon Medal

Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon Medal

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn Half was the largest inaugural half marathon. And nothing was simple for this race. From the start of the wake up time of 4:45 all the way till the end with no phone service and trying to find friends, everything was slightly askew.
Parking Parking in brooklyn sucks, so we used ParkWhiz (which was the app linked to and recommended on the website) to prearrange parking a week early. Then they cancelled our parking reservation last minute and we ended up super far away with the replacement parking they set up. Then there was only one attendent working with a huge line of cars waiting to get in.
Bag Check After walking miles, we finally arrived at bag check, only to find out it was closed! I luckily was the last person to throw my bag onto the truck as they were shutting the door. As I walked away from the truck, seeing the mass of people still looking to check there bags, I felt so sorry for them. The choice of running with your bag or throwing out all your gear you intended to keep. (this was at 7:15, and no where on the website, correct me if I’m wrong, did it state bag check was closing at any time)
Corrals The corrals were a mess of different numbers, which turned into somewhat of a mess for the first 4 miles of slow and fast people trying to mesh together. I finally felt I could stop dashing around people at mile 5. Plus the sun was just coming up, so add that into your eyes as you dash around people, made for tricky conditions.
Phone Service No service at the finish, took hours to find people. This one I planned for, we had a meetup point already selected, and it wasn’t RnR’s fault. I’m just including it here because it was annoying.
With those listed, what went right?
The race course was great! The volunteers were helpful and nice, the stations were well manned and large (no one likes one table of water and having to stop and fight around people). The band and the end rocked and there was beer (which we unfortunatley didn’t stick around for).
Overall the race was awesome, the little annoyances were just that, annoyances. But in the end, everyone is there to run and I had a great race. It was no PR, but it’s not that far off. And for doing severly limited speed work, and all my tempo runs with a stroller, I haven’t run this fast in 2 years. So I am happy, my legs are tired and there’s a smile on my face🙂
RnR Half Marathon Race Results
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New Website and Blog Live! Follow for tips on Running, Behind the Scene Design Posts and much more fun info!

If you haven’t noticed, not much has been going on here lately… Why? because besides training for the NYC Marathon, I’ve been hard at work launching my new website and, you know, raising a baby.

So jump over to the SarahMarieDesignStudio.com Blog to follow the new and improved posts that are coming your way! Appreciate all your support.

New Website

New Website

Congratulations on finishing a Marathon that didn't include Netflix

Running Themed Greeting Cards

After looking for cards to send friends to congratulate them on their recent Marathon or Half Marathons, and finding nothing, I decided I’d start creating cards!

The first few are currently up on Etsy and more coming soon. Would love your guys feedback, suggestions and any input you have to share.

For someone who loves Running as much as a fat kid loves not running

For someone who loves Running as much as a fat kid loves not running

Congratulations on finishing a Marathon that didn't include Netflix

Congratulations on finishing a Marathon that didn’t include Netflix

Congrats on not

Congrats on not “Poop”ing your pants

I'm sorry for what I said when I was Tapering

I’m sorry for what I said when I was Tapering

Boston Marathon greeting card

Boston Marathon greeting card

FREE Boston Marathon 2015 Desktop Wallpaper Downloads

Because it’s fun to share! Downloadable versions of my Boston Marathon 2015 illustrations available below as Desktop & iPhone Wallpapers if anyone needs some motivation for the last days before the big race!!!

Boston Marathon 2015

Standard 4:3

Boston Marathon - 1440x1080

1440×1080

Boston Marathon - 1600x1200

1600×1200

Boston Marathon - 1680x1260

1680×1260

 

Standard 5:4

Boston Marathon - 1280x1024

1280×1024

 

Wide 16:10

Boston Marathon - 1680x1050

1680×1050

Boston Marathon - 1920x1200

1920×1200

iPhone

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iphone – horizontal

 

iphone-vertical

iphone – vertical

 

You can also find products over at Society6 with this image.
Let me know if anyone needs a different size, I’m happy to share! Enjoy🙂

Boston Marathon 2015 Illustration

Boston Marathon 2015

Another post about some latest running artwork… I’m in the last month of my pregnancy and have been doctor instructed to be even lazier than I’ve been, which has led me to more couch bound activities, such as drawing. With the Boston Marathon being less than 2 months away, and watching everyone hard at work training through this cold snowy winter, my latest project is Boston Marathon themed:

How we work... morning coffee and drawing

How we work… morning coffee and drawing

Rough draft drawing and pencil drawing start to the final project

Rough draft drawing and pencil drawing start to the final project

progress pic

progress pic

Detail image ... Wellesley College Girls along the course are ready to kiss you!

Detail image … Wellesley College Girls along the course are ready to kiss you!

Getting permanent

Getting permanent

Progress Pic

Progress Pic

And of course, I’ve uploaded the image to Society6 if anyone is interested in owning these images🙂

click on the pics to get link

 

 

Boston Marathon MugBOSTON MARATHON card BOSTON MARATHON t-shirt BOSTON MARATHON iphone case BOSTON MARATHON tote

 

Good luck to everyone in the last weeks of their training!

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Learning Digital Painting

From my design blog… learning digital painting

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My parents bought me a Wacom tablet about 4 years ago for Christmas. Until recently I’d never really used it. Blame it on my being lazy, or busy, or disinterested, but my design work had been confined to the things I did at my job… and we all know, unless you have an amazing job, that’s not always where you can creatively spread your wings. Getting bored and having that familiar itch of needing to create something, I decided it was time to bust out the tablet, watch countless YouTube tutorials and learn some new skills.

Digital Painting is what I wanted to learn. I love to paint, and this just seemed like the next logical step in my arsenal of painting techniques. Here’s how I went about learning and practicing, and my images and inspiration along the way.

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First, I start by finding images I like. A style, color…

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Runner Portraits

To follow up my last post, with my time being spent less and less pounding the pavement and logging miles, and more with side projects and artwork…. I’ve been working on my digital painting skills. It’s easy enough to find cool pics of actors and celebrities to draw, but why should they get all the attention? Around here we like to focus on strong women who run, and from that idea came the “Runner Portrait” series! These were created to practice my skills, so certain aspects of them could use some work, but they were fun to do and I thought I’d share with you all. I’ll continue to hone my skills and post more works as they are created. Enjoy!

 

Lauren Fleshman Animated GIF

Kate Grace Animated GIF

 

Kara Goucher Digital Painting

Kara Goucher

Shalane Flanagan Digital Painting

Shalane Flanagan

Brenda Martinez Digital Painting

Brenda Martinez

Aysha Mirza Digital Painting

Aysha Mirza

Lauren Fleshman Digital Painting

Lauren Fleshman

FastK8 Digital Painting

Kate Grace (aka FastK8)

 

to follow more of my design posts, check out my website and design blog at SarahFitzPatrick.com

Runners Alphabet

Runner’s Alphabet

Over the years, I’ve gotten more and more lazy with my artwork. Maybe lazy isn’t the right way to describe it, distracted perhaps? Preoccupied with other things? All of the things that happen when your life takes over and your time is filled up with so many other things. Finally I noticed this void and decided to do something about it. This is the results… Running is one of my favorite hobbies (as you can tell), with that in mind, I combined my drawing practice with my running and came up with the “Runner’s Alphabet”. Not only was it a drawing exercise, it also took some time and creativity to come up with what each letter was going to be. I hope you enjoy!

Runners Alphabet Detail Letter F, Runner's Alphabet, Marathon Cup Cleanup Detail Letter L, Runner's Alphabet, Saucony Sneaker Detail Letter A, Runner's Alphabet, Trail Run Detail Letter D, Runner's Alphabet, GU Energy Gel Runner's Alphabet

(If you’d like to follow my design posts, check out my blog on my newly launched website at sarahfitzpatrick.com. The running posts will overlap here as well)