Running Masochist and Orange Shrimp and Broccoli

by Joanne on March 30, 2011

I sure hope that title doesn’t get me a lot of mail that freaks me out.  It doesn’t take much.  

The following quote made me wonder, are marathon runners and ultra runners masochists? – or maybe we just like control in any form we can get it?

By Derek Clayton in “The Masters of the Marathon”

I don’t think you can become an outstanding runner unless you get a certain amount of enjoyment out of the suffering.  You have to enjoy absorbing it, controlling it and – ultimately- overcoming it.

What’s going on at AppleCrumbles that is making us happy?  Here’s the scoop… Hey Lori! Here’s a shout out… guess what kind of bagel tops the pile? ASIAGO CHEESE! *We bought half a doz. but one of those Asiago’s didn’t make it home. Ted, Shane and I couldn’t resist! and YES…even the dog is a fan of Asiago bagels from Panera.

1. A business trip turned out to be a “pleasure cruise” at Panera’s: 1/2 dozen bagels, 2 each of cinnamon raisin, multi grain, and asiago cheese.


2.  A shipment from NutsonLine which brought crystallized ginger for distance running tummy troubles, as well as dry roasted cashews, dry roasted pistachios, and a FREEBIE! some Turkish Figs.

*Did you know that ginger is good for stomach upset?  Keep some with you when you run to ward off tummy troubles.


3.  A much needed delivery from WineTasting


Finally restocked and satisfied!  We’re so happy now. Rolling on the floor laughing


And good for you eats, a quick and easy dinner based on a recipe from EatingWell.


Orange shrimp and broccoli


  • 1 lb raw shrimp, peel, devein and tails off
  • 1 1/2 TBS vegetable base (the paste you make vegetable broth from)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 head/crown of broccoli, washed and cut into smaller florets
  • 3 large fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • the zest and juice from 1 LARGE orange. *If the orange is waxed, rinse under very hot water and wipe clean before zesting.
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Seaweed Gomasio (sesame seeds, seaweed, sea salt) –Optional *OR, simply use plain sesame seeds.

Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat a large baking dish (about 11 x 13) with cooking spray. Mix together the vegetable base, vinegar, oil, orange juice and zest, and basil leaves. In your baking dish, add the broccoli pieces and shrimp.  Sprinkle with salt.  Top with marinade and toss to coat. Place into the oven and cook for about 15 minutes, give it a stir once or twice to keep everything coated. When the shrimp is opaque, the dish is done.

*If you enjoy your broccoli a little softer, par boil for 5 minutes, drain and dry really well before adding to the baking dish with the shrimp.

Sprinkle with Gomasio or Sesame Seeds and serve.


Have you ever tried a macrobiotic diet?

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  • At 2011.03.30 08:33, Sophie said:

    I just gave you an AWARD!! Yeah!!! Come over @ my latest post & pick it up!! You can read why over there too!

    I don’t like these shrimp’s, they are called over here scampi’s! But I love broccoli & the rest of the dish though!

    • At 2011.03.30 12:35, Lori said:

      Hooray for bagels!!

      I keep ginger chews in my bike bag in case I bonk while riding. I love ginger – and my favorite mint is ginger altoids! They are kind of hard to find, though.

      • At 2011.03.30 13:37, claudia lamascolo said:

        All I had to do is see shrimp and then sesame and fell in love!

        • At 2011.03.30 18:22, Jen said:

          Great recipes! And I just recently learned about ginger for stomach issues. Peppermint oil is good too! I found a peppermint oil and ginger pill on amazon and used that for my last long run with great success!
          Thanks for your comment on my blog. Why wouldn’t you make it in your neighborhood in minimalist shoes?

          • At 2011.03.31 07:32, Medeja said:

            Such combination of shrimp with orange and broccoli I havent seen yet. It looks delicious 😀

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