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Less Running & More Recipes

When it comes to running, there's good and there's bad.

The Good: 

I spotted my first bald eaglewhile I was on a run. I took a ton of pictures, but they all look like I took a picture of a speck in the top of a tree.I ran 4 pain-free miles yesterday.I ran 3.5 miles today. I stopped when I felt a slight twinge in my leg, just to be safe.
The Bad: 

I've been running less than usual the last two weeks because one of my legs feels funny when I run - like it is going to give out on me. 
Focus on Other Things

It would be disappointing to not be able to run the marathon I'm training for (5 weeks until race day), but I know it wouldn't be the end of the world. Since I've been running less, I've focused on other things. We had family visiting and someone had to show them the last three years of our vacation photos, complete with commentary, and to make them some Cake Batter Truffles, which I think they liked even better than "Picture Night"!

Plus, I made some c…

Busy in My Kitchen

Today I did some strength training exercises for 15 minutes, rode my bike 6 miles and then I ran 3 miles. The variety made it a fun workout.

I gathered some links to share some of the recipes that I used this week while we had family stay with us.

Rainbow Swirl Cake  - The vibrant colors made for a fun surprise when we sliced into the cake. I put the cake batter into six bowls. Then I added gel food coloring. I dropped the colored batter into the cake pans. So easy! The next photo shows the cake - a new favorite for me.

Fluffy Pancakes  - I accidentally added 1/2 teaspoon vanilla instead of 1/4 teaspoon, but I thought that made them especially good.

Chicken Pot Pie - This is one of my own recipes - a family favorite.

Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps  - I used Shredded Chicken in this recipe. Rather than using a fork to shred the chicken, I used a blender making it easy and quick to shred it.

Lasagna Casserole - This made enough for 9-10 servings - a lot! I served it with the next recipe...


Biking, Salted Caramel & More

Biking In addition to running 53 miles this week, I rode my bike three times. It's a lot of fun and I think it will make me a better runner since it works muscles that are complementary to running. For more on that, read this article: Which Kinds Of Cross-Training Are Best For Runners? At the top of my mind is running my best at the St. George Marathon in 7 weeks.

Push-ups  I've been doing more push-ups lately, as in 20 of them throughout the day with a goal of 5 sets total. Sheri Piers, 20th woman overall at Boston this year, inspired me. Sheri does 6 sets of 25 each day.
Heart Rate Jack Daniels says that it's a good idea to keep track of your individual heart rate, which changes according to weather and other factors. I wore my heart rate monitor during my long run this week. Watching it kept my mind occupied in those last slow miles, especially since I didn't have music to keep me occupied.
Caffeine   Since caffeine may help muscles recover after a hard workout, I adde…

Running, Healthy Food & Cookie Dough

When I'm running, it's great when I see something unexpected like these pigeons that flew round and round the lake and so close to me that I thought they might hit me.

Here's how I exercised this week:

Monday - 8 mile run (hillwork) with Rice Krispies before the run. Strength training in the evening with my husband who helped me out with his 35 pound sandbag. I couldn't do much more than lift the heavy weight high into the air, so I had to get out the regular weights, too.

Tuesday - 13 mile run with Blueberry Banana Overnight Oats before the run. Vanilla Powerbar gel and grape Clifbar fruit rope during the run. I saw an armadillo, rabbit and Cardinals.

Wednesday - Strength training and an 8 mile run with peanut butter on toast first. I stopped to talk with a couple of walker friends about the interesting birds at our neighborhood park: Great Blue Herons, bald eagles (I've only heard about them, so far), woodpeckers and mysterious ones we need to do more research on.


Pre-run Eating & Recipes

This week, I started eating before I run more often than I have been in the last few weeks.The first day I ate before my morning run (cereal and 1/2 banana), I noticed that I didn't have the usual heavy legs in my first or second mile. After having the same thing happen many times, I think that eating first makes me feel better. I've been enjoying my small pre-run breakfasts and my morning runs without heavy legs!

Food I Ate This Week

I have a Pinterest board for recipes that I want to try in the future. I have almost 100 recipes on my Pinterest "Recipes to Try" board. After I try a recipe that I like, I put it on one of my other boards like "Cookies" or "Salads & Vegetables". Here are some foods that I enjoyed this week. You could eat them for breakfast or any time you like!

Single Serving Microwave Granola - Good when you'd like a small amount of granola in a hurry.

Frozen Banana Dessert - I added pumpkin pie spices and walnuts to frozen b…