Last week I took a little break from running. After running the Seacoast Half Marathon last Sunday, I thought I deserved a little rest. I was feeling great but I wanted to give my body the break. Thursday was a nice easy run. Joanne and I decided to do a 10 miler on Saturday. Neither one of us has any races coming up but we both want to keep our mileage up a little bit since we’ve worked so hard for it. Plus, 10 miles doesn’t really seem very far anymore. If you aren’t a runner you are probably thinking that statement is incredibly crazy.
We decided to sleep in a little bit and leave later in the morning than our usual completely dark run. It felt great to see the sun come up and feel it’s warmth. It was 25 degrees when I left my house. Cold weather running is here and I don’t think it’s going anywhere for the next 4 months. Woo. Hoo. Despite the cold I was feeling really good. I mean REALLY GOOD. My pace was effortless. I wasn’t paying attention to my Garmin. I actually thought I was in the mid 9′s since I was feeling so comfortable until I looked down and saw an 8:30. What? This was an epic run. A #brilliant run.
Unfortunately, Joanne was not feeling the same. Around mile 6, the wheels started to fall off for her. She was slowing down. She just wasn’t feeling it. I tried to slow down to her pace but eventually she told me to go on without her. I felt horrible leaving her but I knew if I stopped I’d be freezing and start to cramp up. We split up around mile 8 and I continued on for 10. Bad runs happen to all of us. It’s just unfortunate that we were on the complete opposite ends of the running spectrum that day.
I need to share a very important lesson I learned Sunday morning. Ron was at the gym and I was home with the kids. I wanted to do a little workout so I thought I’d try a Core Fusion workout On Demand. The workout required light dumbbells. I grabbed the weights and began to follow along as my kids were playing together in another part of the room. As I was doing low lunge with a weight over my head in both hands, A decided to tackle me. Not good. Everything happened in slow motion as I was falling over. I was trying to make sure the weight was far from her so as not to hit her. In the process I dropped it.
Right. On. My. Head.
Five pounds doesn’t seem like much but when it hits your head, it hurts. A LOT. I saw stars. Lots of stars. The first thought in my head was “Please don’t pass out!” My second thought “Am I paralyzed?”
Thankfully, I didn’t pass out. I do have a huge jass lump on the back of my head and a very sore neck. Other than that, it’s all good. I’ve learned my lesson – no dumbbells around the kids yet. Maybe I’ll try again in a year. Till then, only body weight exercises or wait until nap/bed time to pull out the weights.
Before the dumbbell incident, I was busy in the kitchen, restocking the freezer with portable on the go snacks. Brownie Date Balls and Spinach & Pear Muffins are healthy alternatives that freeze well and are good for big and little fingers. I posted a picture of the finished muffins on Instagram and had a few requests for the recipe. I said I’d share so here you go!
Spinach & Pear Muffins
adapted from Weelicious
1/2 C unsweetened organic applesauce
2 tsp vanilla
2 large handfuls of fresh organic spinach
1/4 C Pure Maple Syrup
2 TBSP canola oil
1 C white whole wheat flour
1/2 C whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1-2 very ripe organic pears, cored and chopped
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line or spray mini muffin tin.
- Puree first 6 ingredients in food processor till combined.
- In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients.
- Mix the wet to the dry. Gently fold in pears.
- Fill each muffin tin 3/4 of the way full.
- Bake for 11-12 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool.
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