The Brighter Writer

SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2012


Running is just my thing. I enjoy the time alone, I enjoy being outside, I enjoy the feeling of doing something healthy for myself. I just like to run.

Years ago, when I still lived in San Clemente, before I had Kalynn, I used to frequent a little sandwich shop called Captain Culver's Counter Culture. They had a juicer that looked like a space ship and they made the absolute best fresh vegetable juices I've ever tasted. My favorite was called the Tsunami. Every single morning before I ran, I would stop in, order a large, drink it while I walked down to the beach, and then run. For miles and miles.

This was my morning running trail. I ran it every single day.

Even if I was hung over.

If this isn't motivation enough to get you out of bed, I don't know what else would be.

San Clemente Beach Trail Run, San Clemente, CA #California

Anyway, after 9 wonderful years of living in that stunningly gorgeous little surf town, I moved to Long Beach to have Kalynn closer to my mom, and I had to stop frequenting Captain Culver's.

Last year, I got a juicer that looks like a space ship. It's called the L' Equip Stainless Steel Fruit and Vegetable Juicer. I'm in love with it. Now I can make my own Tsunami. It has the same ingredients but I call it the Beetlejuice, because it brings me back to life.

1 small nickel sized piece of ginger root which contains twelve types of anti-oxidants
1/4 large beet for circulatory and heart health
2 stocks of celery for vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, potassium, calcium, folic acid, phosphorous, and essential amino acids.
1/2 an apple reduces bad cholesterol levels and enhances cardiovascular health
3-4 large carrots for the vitamin A and beta carotenes (antioxidants)
1 small handful of parsley for beta-carotene, chlorophyll, essential fatty acids, folic acid, iron, vitamins B12, K and C.
1/4 of a lemon for digestion, teeth and skin

I know I've been posting an awful lot about Fort Collins lately, but my whole life is engulfed in getting to know this new town. Earlier this week, just when I thought it couldn't get any more beautiful, I took the running trail the opposite direction, crossed the train tracks, and stumbled on the Power Trail. I was wrong. It does get even prettier.

Power Trail, Fort Collins, CO #Colorado #Running

Power Trail, Fort Collins, CO #Colorado #Running

Power Trail, Fort Collins, CO #Colorado #Running

Yes, the town even provides housing for its little birdies!

Power Trail, Fort Collins, CO #Colorado #Running

Power Trail, Fort Collins, CO #Colorado #Running


Good stuff!