By Kim Collings
1. Beast Profiles
3. Looking Ahead
1. Beast Profiles
Articles and interviews dedicated to reporting on the amazing people and stories of Your Beast Team!
Full of spunk, smiles, and joy…It’s Miriam McCormick!
What was your first OCR race and what made you decide to try it?
A coworker, JD, had been telling me about OCR races and activities, and I wanted to give it a try. A couple of other coworkers, JD, and Virginia ran with me. That first mile was rough and my feet were already sore, after the first few obstacles I was feeling young at heart. JD and Virginia Talked about various races they had done and things they were doing in OCR. I was beat by the time I finished the race, my feet hurt, but I absolutely loved the mud pit. I crossed the finish line and was hooked. OCR gives me a chance to cut loose and run through the woods. I had planned on doing a 5K, with positive peer pressure I did 10K and was looking forward to the next race. I signed up for my first Spartan race, Washougal.
I made a goal for 2017, to get my first Spartan trifecta and to do some other races. With help and support by friends I traveled to many new places and I was even able to get double Spartan trifecta.
The OCR community is a wonderful group of people who are there to get each other over hurdles and give a positive nudge and push ourselves further.
How has OCR helped you overcome challenges?
One of my challenges was getting out and traveling, OCR helped me with taking a jump and getting out of the mundane weekly routine I was in. I am glad I started doing obstacle course races, the OCR helped get me out of my comfort zone. With the help from friends I was able to do a race in Sun Peaks, Canada. Me, Jodi, Ted, and Brandon did the race together, I am glad they were there too, that race was tough and they made it a wonderful fun day. While training with Ted, he has helped rejuvenate my zest for the outdoors and hiking, and travel.
What do you love most about the OCR Community?
Who inspires you?
What is your favorite OCR memory?
Tell us something about yourself that few people know, whether OCR related or not.
What are your goals for 2018?
2. Beast Nutrition
Cashew Fun Facts*
- April 21st is National Chocolate Covered Cashew Day.
- November 23rd is National Cashew Day.
- Unlike other nuts and seeds the cashew does not grow within the fruit but instead on the outside of it, hanging from the base of a crab apple, called a “cashew apple.”
- The United States consumes over 90% of the world’s cashew crop.
- The colloquial name for the cashew nut comes from the Portuguese name for the nut, caju.
- Cashews are in the same family as poison ivy and poison sumac, and thus why cashews are never sold in their shells.
- Oil from cashew nut shells is used in insecticides, brake linings, and rubber and plastic manufacture. The milky sap from the tree is used to make a varnish.
- There are 8 people in the U.S. listed on whitepages.com with the last name ‘Cashew’
Lemon Cashew Cream Recipe:
This is so amazing! If you are lactose intolerant, this makes a wonderful creamy addition to fruit (works as a great fruit dip at gatherings as well). I’m OK with dairy, so I like to add it to the top of yogurt and fruit. The lemon absolutely pops in this, but you can leave it plain or use other flavors as well like lime, orange, grapefruit, vanilla…..yum!
- 1 cup cashews
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp lemon zest (or more…I zest the outside of an entire lemon)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 cup water
Place cashews in a bowl and cover with water. Soak for at least 2 hours or overnight. Drain. Mix all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Store in a glass bowl or jar. It will still be thin, but will thicken in the fridge. It will last for 5-7 days refrigerated, but you will probably gobble it up before then!
Photo Credit: Miriam McCormick, Kim Collings, http://justfunfacts.com/interesting-facts-about-cashews/
3. Looking Ahead
Feb. 3 – BeastWOD: Marysville, WA
Feb 3 – BeastWOD: Kent, WA
Feb 4 – BeastWOD: Portland, OR
Feb 17 – BeastWOD: Seattle, WA