Virtual Runs and Curried Oatmeal with Scrambled Eggs

20 Mar

Sometimes, a race is all about the bling. The training runs in all forms of weather, the sore legs and tired feet, the long weekend runs, and the early morning rises. All for an amazing experience and a cool medal.

While training for the half marathon coming up in May, a few smaller milestones and shiny medal motivators help keep me going. Which is why virtual runs are so neat! If you haven’t heard about this, a virtual run is organized by a running company. You have the luxury of running where, how, when and with whomever you want, be that on a treadmill at 9pm or on a Tuesday before work.

How it works:

  1. You sign up for virtual run that fits your schedule – each one has a designated timeframe in which to complete the run & submit your time (usually around 2-4 weeks).
  2. You pick your desired distance: anywhere from a 5k up to a full marathon.
  3. You run the distance and submit your time to their website.
  4. They mail you the medal once the timeframe is over.

Level Up Virtual Runs gave me the opportunity to do their “Runner Awakens” virtual 5k recently with a really sweet Star Wars themed medal! Certainly made that day’s run a bit better.

My new bling! The Rebels' logo with a cute BB8 inside.

If you need that extra push, or want to run a race with friends, or just on your own, this is the perfect solution. It’s much cheaper than an organized race, too! The next Level Up Virtual Run theme is The Incredibles. Hope to (virtually) see you on race day!

Besides running, here’s a recipe for a super flavorful and high protein breakfast. And it’s FAST. Less than 10 minutes and you can have a healthy bowl in front of you, whether to refuel after a run or a breakfast you can slink back into bed with to enjoy 🙂

The perfect breakfast bowl

Curried Oatmeal with Scrambled Eggs

Serves 2

  • 2 C water
  • 1 C old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1/8 tsp chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 C milk
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 4 eggs
  • sea salt & black pepper, to taste

Bring water to a boil in a pot. Stir in the oats, reduce heat to medium, and let cook 5 minutes.

Stir in the spices and milk, cooking another minute or two, to absorb all the liquid. Spoon into two bowls.

In that same pot, heat olive oil over medium-high. Crack eggs directly into the pot and start stirring to scramble. Cook to your desired doneness, and split them up into the two bowls, atop the oatmeal.

Season with sea salt & black pepper and enjoy this ultra-flavorful and protein-packed breakfast!

I was not compensated for my time; opinions are my own.


16 Responses to “Virtual Runs and Curried Oatmeal with Scrambled Eggs”

  1. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner March 21, 2016 at 2:31 pm #

    I never would have thought of the curry and oatmeal combo how interesting!

    • xtinaluvspink March 21, 2016 at 3:24 pm #

      Thanks! I really wanted something savory and I’ve been into curry lately. The pair seemed like a good idea… And it was!

  2. Lucie @WIN-WIN FOOD March 21, 2016 at 3:18 pm #

    Wow, I’ve never heard of virtual runs! That’s such a cool idea! 🙂 And yay for savory oatmeals!

    • xtinaluvspink March 21, 2016 at 3:24 pm #

      The first one I ever did was a tribute to Leonard Nimoy after he passed, and I became hooked!

  3. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health March 21, 2016 at 5:20 pm #

    what a fun idea with the virtual race and you get a medal..i need to check this out.

  4. wendyistakingthelongwayhome March 21, 2016 at 7:34 pm #

    I did a bunch of virtual races last year! It was a fun twist to add to my marathon training!

    • xtinaluvspink March 21, 2016 at 8:56 pm #

      Yeah, I like being able to sprinkle in one or two during training.

  5. Liz March 21, 2016 at 8:39 pm #

    Those scrambled eggs look SO good!! That virtual race sounds so fun!

  6. jillconyers March 22, 2016 at 3:07 am #

    A few years ago I signed up and ran practically every virtual race I read about. It was a fun way to break up training.

  7. Glenneth R March 22, 2016 at 4:32 am #

    the virtual runs often have the cutest medals! congrats! i need to find a new one to do!

  8. Rosey Rebecca March 22, 2016 at 10:46 am #

    Such neat ideas– both the virtual races and the curry oatmeal. I don’t run but I can definitely see how it would be useful if you’re training for a bigger event or if you’re just starting out and are scared to run an actual race! And turmeric in oatmeal sounds so good. Will definitely have to try it!

    • xtinaluvspink March 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

      Thank you! Yes, it’s nice to have an ice breaker of sorts. And turmeric in all the things! Love how healthy it is for us.


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