I had two big things on my to-do list this past weekend. Nine mile run and getting new running shoes.
For some reason 9 miles seems like so much more then 8. I am not sure why. Maybe because it’s really pushing the hour mark and getting close to the 1.5 hour mark (for me anyway) versus the hour which is so easy and breezy…right?
Anyway, I made up my mind this go round of training to use the long runs for their intended purpose – to build endurance. I set out on Saturday morning to accomplish 9 miles nice and steady hanging around the 9 minute per mile mark. It was actually a fairly enjoyable run. I could have used about 5 more degrees of warmth and did without the wind I headed into for the last 2 miles, but despite the weather it wasn’t bad. I finished right about 1:20 so I held the pace where I wanted. I picked it up for the last mile because I was tired of the wind and just wanted to get home. I didn’t have any water (for shame!) or gu’s/gels/candy/noms (meh) for this run. I could have used a drink of water around mile 6 but didn’t really feel thirsty until I was home. I hate carrying more than I have to, and being winter and all there aren’t any public water fountains available for use. Maybe I will plan better for my remaining long runs.
Moving on…Friday night before aforementioned run, I got to spend time with my immediate family. It’s been a while since we have all been together for more then 20 minutes. We went out to dinner and had a great time. I am a nerd, as I alluded to in my last post, but I really love being with my fam. On Saturday night, Mr.BKL and I used a Crowd Cut certificate I had bought eons ago for Chatterbox pub. We both had sammiches and microbrews and all was right with the world. Food and beer tasted good after the long run. We managed to watch two movies this weekend…Toy Story 3 and The Girl Who Played with Fire. Quite a contrast between those two movies; ranging from kid friendly to almost not adult friendly.
And guess what else I accomplished…getting fitted for running shoes! Since I have only worn Nike’s my entire life, save for a few stints into New Balance, this is a whole new world for me. I am nervous. Don’t let me down Mizuno Wave Rider 14's! I’m counting on you.
I went to Marathon Sports in Edina…err Minneapolis? I never know which one I am in around that area. It’s south of Lake Harriet next to Broder’s Cucina Italian. NOM. Oh yeah, shoes. The sales gal was really helpful. As I sort of already knew, she said I have a very neutral stride and high arch but it isn’t too high to be a problem. I tried on 4 different pairs – including the new model of my current shoe, the Nike Moto. I hated it. Good thing I didn’t just order them online thinking they would be the same. I am going to try them out on the dreadmill tonight. What was cool about Marathon Sports was that if you join their email list you get 20% off. That’s a pretty decent savings. Spam away!
I also whipped up a batch (literally) of the best frosting ev-ar. This frosting should only be made in small batches because having any leftover may cause one to eat it by the spoonful right out of the fridge. Not that I would know anything about that. I had this box of pumpkin bread/muffin mix from Trader Joe’s that looked like it needed to be made and I thought frosting would be an acceptable way to take something sort of healthy and make it not.
So I ask you…is a muffin with frosting still a muffin or is it a cupcake? What makes a muffin a muffin, and a cupcake a cupcake? Whatever these are, they are probably better enjoyed as a dessert rather than a breakfast food.
Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
adapted from All Recipes (This is half of the original and when using these amounts it was enough for frosting 12 muffins, 8 mini muffins, and there was still about ½ cup leftover. You have been warned.)
-4 oz. cream cheese softened
-1/8 cup butter, softened
-2 cups powdered sugar
-1/4 t. pure vanilla extract
-1 t. maple extract
Cream butter and cream cheese. Add flavorings. Mix in powdered sugar. Beat until smooth. Frost cookies/cupakes/muffins right away for easier spreading. Or for a stiffer frosting, refrigerate for an hour or so first. Keep refrigerated after that.
And to balance that, I had to share a little random dip I whipped up tonight. Healthy fats and protein = goodness.
I decided to take a picture, but it is probably the least interesting photo ever.
So I added some bling. And a copyright because I know someone will want to steal my artwork. Don’t pretend you didn’t just right click and save.
-1 ripe avocado
-1/2 cup or so 0% Greek yogurt (I used Fage)
-couple shakes of sea salt, cumin, garlic salt and chili powder to taste
Mash avocado and stir in yogurt and seasonings until well combined. Dip!
And that concludes this random post.
Update: I took my new shoes for a 4.5 mile spin tonight. Success! At first they felt a little funny but I knew I just had to break them in a little. I even feel a little less heel strike, but won’t know for sure until I get them outside. The treadmill is not a good indicator of stride if you ask me.