Stuffed Portobello Caps

Stuffed Portobello Caps w/ Chicken & Parmesan
recipe adapted from Clean Eating Magazine
olive oil spray
8 chicken breasts
1/2 C chopped red onion
4 egg whites or 2 whole eggs
1/4 C bread crumbs
3 T Parmesan cheese
2 T chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp dried tarragon (I did not have on hand so used paprika, cumin…whatever I got my hand on 🙂
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
sea salt
8 Portobello mushroom caps
Preheat oven to 375F.  Mist a large baking sheet with olive oil and arrange chicken breast on sheet.  Bake until chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes.  Set aside to cool.  Keep oven at 375F.  With a fork, shred meat into 2 inch pieces.  In a large bowl. combine chicken, onion, eggs, bread crumbs, cheese, and spices.  Mix well.  Arrange mushroom caps, stemmed, on baking sheet.  Spoon chicken mixture into caps, dividing evenly.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until chicken mixture is golden brown and mushrooms soften. 

Saturday we cheered on my Dad and J’s sister at the Dam to Dam 5k. 

My Dad reached his goal of sub 30 with a time of 29:04.  So proud!

Another congrats to may parents for celebrating their 40th Wedding Anniversary Sunday!  Thank you for showing us all what lasting love looks like! 

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

New York Marathon Recap

How blessed are we!?  That’s the thought I tried to play over and over in my head as J and I ran down the streets and over the bridges of Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan. 

With the most participants on record and the best weather in the history of the race (50’s and sunny) we were set of for a near perfect day…”how blessed are we!?” J, myself, and pal, Krysta, were anxious to get the race started after having to take the subway, ferry, and bus to the athlete village only to wait another 3 hours till our wave start.  There were three waves 9:40, 10:10, and 10:40 to help spread out the 47,000 runners, luckily we were in the first. 

Ready to head to the race! Notice J's painting pants 🙂 our stylish "warm gear" all gets donated!

J and I had run most of our training runs together and felt pretty in sync so we really thought we’d be chest bumping across the finish line. However, as mile 13 neared J started feeling a stabbing pain in his knee (I know all to well what this is…IT band!).  I felt so bad for him but he maintained the 8:00 minute pace and we trucked along thinking “how blessed are we to be out here running!?”  Finally at mile 18 he told me to go as he had to slow up.  I thought back to Boston and how he ran by my side through my IT band troubles and told him “no, I’m good.”  Finally, he convinced me to take off.  I can’t even tell you where my thoughts were in those last miles as I pushed through the hills leading into and through Central Park…”how blessed to feel this good!”  Finally, the finish line!  I was in such a zone that I barely remember the 5 person deep crowd or the beautiful scenery of Central Park.  I do remember an annoying girl next to me at mile 23 luring her friend along with a water bottle….”come on Amy, almost there Amy, gotta pick it up Amy, come get the water Amy….”  I almost went up to Amy and said “Just, run your own race, you’ll enjoy it so much more.”  And that my friends is what it all came down to for J and I.  We ran our own races, pushed through our individual pain, and finished as strong as we could.  We are blessed by God to been given the ability to run and spread our joy through competing in the NYC Marathon!

I ran a 3:30:19, qualifying me for another Boston marathon….wahoo! 
J ran a 3:41:11, with IT band issues….he actually stated that it felt worse than completing his two Ironmans!
so out of 47,000 runners…here’s how we stack up:

Place Gender
First Name Last Name Age Team State/
5 km 10 km 15 km 20 km 13.1 mi 25 km 30 km 35 km 40 km Minutes
per Mile
5554 805 208 17063 SARA BOISEN-SCHWERTFEGER 27F ASIC IA USA 03:30:19 00:24:07 00:47:58 01:12:28 01:37:21 01:42:53 02:03:31 02:29:04 02:54:57 03:20:00 08:02
8384 6861 1221 17084 JEREMY SCHWERTFEGER 36M ASIC IA USA 03:41:11 00:24:07 00:47:58 01:12:29 01:37:21 01:42:53 02:03:32 02:29:34 02:58:35 03:28:28 08:27

Special thanks to David our Asic’s connection,  Ann our accommodations host, and our families for watching Trey.   We couldn’t have done it without you.

More to come about some of the sites and foods and my race day eating plan!

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

New York Marathon or Bust!

After weeks of training, miles on the pavement, and 9 months after giving birth….J and I are off to run the New York City Marathon! 

We are both very excited and ready to run!  Unlike Boston, where I hadn’t ran for a month before the race due to an injury, this time we are healthy and happy.  You know how they say you get faster after giving birth…I’m ready to test that out 🙂

This will be my third marathon, after each one I have said it’ll be my last.  Then I saw this list printed and taped above J’s computer:

Without further ado; the world’s top 10 marathons:

1. London Marathon, April
2. Berlin Marathon, September
3 New York City Marathon, November  check
4. Chicago Marathon, October  check
5. Boston Marathon, April  check
6. Stockholm Marathon, June
7. Rotterdam Marathon, April
8. Paris Marathon, April
9. Honolulu Marathon, December
10. Amsterdam Marathon, October

oh jezzz!

What races have you competed in, recommend, and why?  It can be tris, road races, adventure…would love to hear from you!

See you at the finish line!
Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B

Fall Festivities

Happy Halloween!  I hope everyone has their costumes picked out and ready for the ghosts and goblins!  If you’re looking for candy don’t come knocking on my door…I’m handing out granola bars!  Go ahead, roll your eyes.  I’m not the only one fighting childhood obesity.  My mom is handing out fruit roll ups.  Do you have a healthified treat for all the little witches and werewolves?  Please share in the comments. 

I love fall!  There are so many happenings and ways to keep active.  Enjoy a few pics from our busy fall festivities.

High Trestle Trail

such a beautiful trail to ride…check out info here

Grandpa and Trey

We saw a sign that said winery 1 mile….so of course we veered off the trail and down a gravel road to find Snus Winery.  I perfect “aid” station if I say so myself.

and of course, we sampled the wine

Trey asked if he could do the corn maze…so we said oook

Howell’s Pumpkin Patch
this is a great place for kids to run around and have fun…might just have to make this an annual event…see last year’s photos

Trey enjoyed his first encounter with these aggressively hungry goats

Emmerson and Peyton (my nieces)

Mommy & Me Session with Melissa B Photography

Trey and I had a great time shooting these pics and surprising J!

Des Moines 1/2 Marathon (…NYC marathon in 9 days!)
time 1.37:29…10th out of 464 in my age group and J got 4th in his age group….until we realized I registered him as a female instead of a male…ooops.





Des Moines Marathon

This Sunday marks the annual Des Moines Marathon!  Wahoo!  J and I will be participating in the half as part of our training for the NYC Marathon next month.  I look forward to this race every year as it is one of my favorite half marathons to race in.  The weather has been peeeerfect, the crowd loud, and the course flat!   If you plan on heading to the Sports and Fitness Expo Friday night, stop by the Momentum Magazine booth to say hi to me and learn more about Sara B Consulting.

Good luck to all the runners!

If you are not racing this weekend, what’s in the plans for an active weekend?  Bike ride? Trail run? Cyclo Cross race at Mullet’s?  Free Crossfit WOD at Crossfit Des Moines?  Let us know in the comments!

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B

Smoothie Guide

I LOVE smoothies! In the summer I dream about them on my long, hot runs like on Saturday with scorching temps in the high 90s.
Actually, Saturday marked the completion of week two of J and I’s NYC marathon training….that’s right…I am getting marathon numero 3 under my belt this November. And as I say with each marathon, this will one and then done. Chicago, Boston and NYC….not a bad line up.

Another great post from Appetite for Health:
Guide to making a healthy smoothie
Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good