Muffin Monday and Running Update

Friday morning, I had the most AH MAZE ING massage!  I went somewhere new because I had a gift card, and the masseuse must have had some experience with runners because she was able to work into my IT band and gluts like I’ve never had before.  She also did some wonderful and much needed work to my low back.  I planned the massage to fit in after my 20 miler and with some time before the big race.  I’ve never done that before and it was well worth it!  Although massages are supposed to be relaxing, this one had a few painful moments, and I loved every minute.


Afterwards, I didn’t have time to run Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.





So I rescheduled this weekend’s 12 miler for Monday morning.  Ahh!




Isn’t that a long start to a long day???

I packed up my water belt and hit the road just as the sun was rising.  I had a little difficulty getting my Garmin going.  Can I blame it…it is Monday morning?!  However, it was super frustrating and I ended up starting my run before I loaded the satellites.  Does this happen to anyone else?  Any tips?  It shouldn’t take 10 minutes…right?!




Since my watch wasn’t budging I decided I could stop and get a photo of the smoke coming off of the pond.  I love this view on fall mornings when I drive past on my way to work before the morning’s get too dark, and I never get a picture.




My mom called around mile 6 and talked me through (on speaker phone) the next 3 miles.  I’m not sure of my exact time, but somehow I completed all 12 miles this morning with just a few short minutes left to get ready for work.  And then even more surprising,  survived my work day : )


Total Weekly Mileage

(I counted today’s run even though it’s technically the next week)

27 miles


Countdown to Marathon

13 days!!!


So now that I am on Pinterest, I knew it would be the perfect place to search for something to do with my brown bananas.  I have to say that I like searching Pinterest a little more than the internet when I know specifically what I’m looking for.  I typed in ‘banana muffins’ and came up with hundreds of options.




And now I have a board full of fantastic looking banana muffin recipes.  Including this one for Banana Maple Muffins!




I changed up the spices a bit (because I didn’t have any allspice in the pantry).




The cloves combined with the maple syrup sweetener make this muffin addictingly good!




Perhaps one of the best in town!




Although I may have to bake up some more Pinterest recipes just to confirm this!




Sounds like a fun challenge…huh?!



What is your favorite way to use Pinterest?





Banana Maple Muffins

Adapted from Emma’s Baking Addiction

Yield: 12 muffins



2 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cloves

1 cup mashed bananas (from about 2 large bananas)

3 Tbs vegetable oil

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1/2 tsp vanilla extract



Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Line a 12-tin muffin pan with paper liners or spray with baking spray.  Set aside.

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.  In a large bowl, whisk together the mashed bananas, vegetable oil, sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla.  Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and stir just until combined.

Scoop batter into prepared muffin tins, filling each cup about 2/3 of the way.  Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the tops of muffins bounce back when lightly touched and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Happy Birthday to Me!

Before the wishes begin, I should tell you that it’s not actually my birthday.  That’s a few weeks away.

But my birthday present arrived yesterday…so Happy Birthday to Me!!!




I postponed yesteday’s 11 mile run until today so that I could test out my new gadget.  But instead of setting it up last night and this morning, I spent that time playing with Cooper.  Yesterday, I subbed in a cross training bike ride.  Since I haven’t rode too many miles this summer, I was looking for a long ride.




I rode for almost 2 hours and logged 22 miles, quite possibly my longest ride of the summer.




This morning, I finally left Cooper to open my box.  We’ve got Cooper all set up in our second bedroom as he gets used to us before we give him free rein of the house…which never seemed big until I thought about it from his point of view.  We are trying to spend as much time in there with him, which makes other things, like laundry and opening self ordered birthday presents tough.




Right before my run I tried on my watch and got set up with the basic settings.




It took sooo long to locate satellites that I had almost given up when it finally started working.  With my new watch, compression socks, and water pack, I looked official even if my legs felt tired after yesterday’s long ride.  My new watch was amazing!  At mile one, I knew my pace and it beeped and vibrated to cheer me on.  Note: for time’s sake, I have not set up the heart rate monitor part yet.  Just after mile 3, my watch beeped again.  Confused, I looked down to read a ‘low battery’ warning.  I guess I was supposed to charge the watch first.  I wasn’t sure how much time I had left…was it like the idiot light on my car that would still last the rest of my journey?  Nope…I had about 3 more minutes and my watch was dead.  Luckily, it was an easy route and I wasn’t counting on the watch for distance (1 mile to path + 9 mile path + 1 mile home = 11 miles).  It was also a hot route, but I hit my stride and walked in the door to Cooper meowing from  upstairs.




I meant to stretch, but instead spent most of my afternoon snuggling with kitten (and taking tons of pictures) before running out to do some errands.




Right now…I am feeling as exhausted as our sleeping kitten, so I am off to bed!

See you tomorrow!


Weekly Mileage

Running: 23 miles

Biking: 47 miles