2 Weeks 2 Push It

Crappy.  Is the perfect word to describe my 8.5 mile run this morning.  It was one of those mornings when I thought I did everything right to prepare for a 10 mile run but just couldn’t do it.  I went to bed early, had a light breakfast 2 hours before my run, had a couple “Shot Bloks”, AND it was raining which is my ideal running weather!

(Post-run: soaking wet with extra messy hair :()

But I still felt like crap.  Maybe it’s because I ran the first 4 miles with Mike and we went too fast?  Or because I had app’s late yesterday afternoon and then only had bread and olive oil for dinner since I wasn’t hungry?  Possibly.

Or that I had a couple of glasses of wine yesterday and was therefore dehydrated? 

It doesn’t matter what the reason was, I still need to snap out of it and complete a couple hard runs and speed workouts before my half marathon.  I have less than 2 weeks to get faster and stronger!! 

And in doing so, here’s my workout plan for this week (based on my training program):

  • Monday: Run 60 minutes
  • Tuesday: Boxing.  I finally gave in (that happens after a couple drinks) and agreed to attend a class w/ my friend.  I hope I like it!
  • Wednesday: Run+speed 50 minutes
  • Thursday: Cross-train (elliptical plus strength training)
  • Friday: Run 40 minutes
  • Saturday: Run race pace for 8 miles
  • Sunday: Off

Yup, I have 6 workouts scheduled which probably won’t happen but a girl can dream! 😀

Time to watch the Pat’s game!!  Enjoy your Sunday!

Things That Make Me Happy

So one of my favorite running blogger’s, Amanda did a post on things that make her HAPPY.  She then asked us to list 5 things that make us happy.  What a great idea!  Today has been a long, crappy day but after writing this list I already feel a million times better.  So here we goooooo (in no particular order) 😀

Things That Make Me Happy:

  • My morning coffee
  • Being w/ Mike
  • Curling up on the couch with a glass of wine
  • Jammin’ out to Dave Matthews
  • Peaceful morning runs along the beach

  • Crisp, Fall days in Boston
  • Rocky ♥
  • Girl’s Night
  • Relaxing w/ the Sunday newspaper

  • The beach (specifically Mayflower beach)
  • Anything pumpkin flavored: coffee, cookies, bread, candles…
  • A clean apartment
  • The feeling after a hard, sweaty, injury-free run
  • Chocolate/peanut butter combo
  • A good night’s sleep
  • Running blogs
  • Fresh flowers

  • Pedicures
  • PS Coffee
  • Weekends on the Cape

Yup, I could go on and on but I’m sure I’ve already lost all 4 of my readers!  So now it’s your turn…..

What Makes YOU Happy? 

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Happy Friday!  Ummm how is September almost over?!

Since yesterday was the perfect Fall day, I went out for a 5 mile run and ended up doing 6 just so I could enjoy the beautiful weather. 

And boy was it a hard run grrrr!  I’m definitely out of shape from traveling and had to stop a bunch of times to catch my breath. 😦  But I’ll continue running over the weekend and will get back to where I was before my trip. 

I was also able to kill 2 birds with 1 stone by doing errands on my run.  Bank? Check.  PS pumpkin spice coffee? Check. 😀

Fall Recipes

Alright, let’s talk recipes.  I love pumpkin recipes and have been craving them for a couple weeks now.  Unfortunately the people in Germany and Austria don’t feel the same way as I do.  Either they don’t eat delicious pumpkin recipes or I just didn’t see any?  So yesterday I was determined to bake something paleo, pumpkin flavored, and easy.  I bring to you……

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Muffins (w/ walnuts)

**Inspired by this tasty recipe over at Nutrition Nut On The Run

Ingredients (9 muffins)

  • 1 cup almond meal/flour
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • chopped walnuts for batter and to sprinkle on top (optional)
  • raw sugar for sprinkling on top

Instructions

1) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

2) Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and blend until smooth.

3) Fill paper-lined muffin tins 2/3 full, then sprinkle the top of each muffin w/ chopped walnuts and sugar.

4) Bake for approximately 26-28 minutes.  Let cool before serving and store in an airtight container. 

Enjoy!