9 Awesome Benefits of Running (Recipe: Pizza Dough)

There are many, many benefits to running.  I enjoy running for reasons other than the health benefits, so these are just a plus!

1. Running grows cartilage.  Yup.  And running isn’t necessarily bad for your knees.  Research from Australia’s Monash University suggests that the impact of running can increase cartilage production which can safeguard your joints from arthritis.

2. Running beats migrates.  No need for Advil! A study conducted at the University of Gothenburg found that migraine sufferers experienced fewer migraines when they worked out for 40 minutes three times a week over three months.

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3. Running prevents cancer.  Finnish researchers studied 2,560 middle-aged men over 17-years-old and found that the most active men were the least likely to die from cancer.  The more intense the exercise, the better.

4. Running increases brainpower.  University of Illinois researchers exposed mice to three types of brain boosters (savory foods, new toys and exercise wheels) to see how exercises stacks up against other mental stimulants.  The wheel was the only tool that improved cognitive function.

5. Running strengthens bones.  Weight-bearing exercise increases bone density which guards against fractures and osteoporosis according to researchers from the University of Missouri.  High-impact exercise (Hello, Insanity Class!) appears to offer the greatest protective benefit.

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6. Running eases anxiety.  Researchers from Southern Methodist University found that people had significantly milder reactions to stress if they engaged in regular intense aerobic exercise.

7. Running regenerates muscle. University of Illinois researchers found that exercise triggers a type of stem cell to spur other cells to generate new  muscle.  This process could prevent age-related muscle loss.

8. Running sharpens hearing.  Research from Bellarmine University found that very fit women were 6% more likely to have better hearing than less-fit women.  Exercise improves circulation to the ear, which provides a greater supply of nutrients to help preserve hearing.

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9. Running saves your skin. Rutgers researchers found that mice who drank caffeinated water and then ran had fewer skin-cancer tumors than rodents who either just got caffeine or just ran.  The caffeine-exercise combo caused fewer damaged cells to develop.

Courtesy of Runners World

Song in my head: “Could It Be” by Charlie Worsham

One more day closer to picking up my precious pup!!  I did some puppy shopping today getting some of the essentials among other things:

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This is what Callie decided to do to the bed:

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And this is what our living room looks like after about 5 minutes of playing:


Callie is surveying her job well done.  And this is Callie begging for the puppy’s treats as I unpacked them–oh, my LRD:


But I know you all want your puppy fix, so here you go!

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The pups with Mama Rave soon after they were born!  And zonked out after play time!

Quote of the Day:

“Know the limits in everything and you will never know the passion.” -Leonid Sukhorukov

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE pizza.  Especially homemade pizza.  Well, I tried recipe after recipe after recipe of pizza dough.  This is one of the best ones out there.  No lie. And it makes either 2 or 3 smaller pizzas–so you will be seeing several different pizzas this week!

Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough


– 1/2 cup warm water

– 1 envelope instant yeast (2 1/4 tsp)

– 1 1/4 cups room temperature water

– 2 tbsp EVOO

– 4 cups bread flour

– 1 1/2 tsp salt


– Sprinkle the yeast over warm water and let stand about 5 minutes; add the room temperature water and EVOO, stirring to combine.

– Process flour and salt in a food processor; continue pulsing as you add liquid ingredients through the feed tube until dough forms into a ball (you may not need to use all of the liquid); process until dough is elastic.

– Turn dough onto a lightly floured work surface and kneed a few ties before placing it in an oiled bowl and covering it with plastic wrap.

– Let rise 1.5-2 hours (doubled in size).  Deflate dough.

– Place pizza stone in the lower third of the oven.  Heat oven to 500* for at least 30 minutes.

– Divide dough into 2 or 3 pieces and form each into a smooth, round ball.  Cover with a damp cloth and let rest for 10 minutes but no more than 30 minutes.

– Make your pizza!

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