Smith Rock Trail Adventure + Recharged Hot Chocolate

Smith Rock Trail Adventure + Recharged Hot Chocolate

📅November 17th, 2015, 14:22

Achilles/Calf dynamic stretch...aka "Thriller" drill!

We had a fantastic time out at Smith Rock last Sunday for our latest trail adventure run and hike!  There was an amazing group of people that showed up to brave the blustery weather conditions and enjoy the incredible scenery that only Smith can offer. It was stunning out there with one of our first light dustings of snow!  After many different groups finished their run or hike, folks stayed warm and jump-started their recovery with our special “Recharged” hot chocolate and bananas.  Also, Renee Metivier Baillie led the group through a series of good-form drills (featuring the Achilles/Calf Dynamic “Thriller” drill!) to keep our muscles from stiffening up on the ride home.  All in all, it was a fantastic event with great people, fun, and refreshments…what else could you want?


Everyone asked for our recipe for our almond mile “protein” hot chocolate…so without further ado, here it is for you to enjoy all winter long! Don’t forget our next trail adventure is at Horse Butte where we preview the Horse Butte 10-mile race course on Dec. 13th…check out our events page for more details on all our upcoming workshops and adventures. Because everything is better with company!  

Like the pictures? Photographers Ross and Milly of MR Photography took part in our trail adventure and took amazing pictures! Thanks guys!



* Recharged Hot Chocolate Recipe *


  • 1 gallon unsweetened almond milk (or your favorite variety)
  • 1/2 cup honey (the more local, the better)
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (no unhealthy mixes!)
  • 2 tablespoons high-quality protein powder (we used the dark chocolate flavor of the Whole Foods “Plant-Based Nutritional Shake” which has additional nutrients like maca root, flax, and chia added to enhance the health profile)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (good for blood sugar regulation and flavor)
  • dash of sea salt (not only enhances flavor, but needed for muscle contractions)


  1. Heat almond milk to a low boil on the stovetop
  2. Add each ingredient slowly, stirring each one in fully before adding the next one
  3. Add ingredients to taste – this is just a guideline (so feel free to add more chocolate!)
  4. Keep at a simmer for 5-10mins and stir frequently to avoid burning the bottom
  5. Serve and enjoy!  🙂



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