Well, Hello!

No matter how much time passes, when you get together with an old friend, it feels completely comfortable, like you were never apart. Let’s pretend that’s happening here on the blog, okay? We are old friends after all.

My goal for the month has been to run 5 times a week, with the first four runs being an average of 40 minutes and the 5th run being long. I am doing great with 5 days a week. You can see on my Strava summary that I’ve run 5 days every week for 4 weeks now (the 4th week is only 4 runs because the 5th run will happen today).

However, based on the time, you can see that I only hit my long runs the first two weeks. Last weekend, I was simply too busy…I mean, I just didn’t MAKE time. This weekend, I just am not sure I’m feeling it. We’ll see how I feel later today when I head out. I do love getting those long runs in!

In other news, I’m currently obsessing over finding a pair of short boots that don’t bankrupt me. I cannot get past these boots:

They really want me to love them. Can’t you see them calling my name? However, I hate spending money on trendy shoes. I’m looking for a cheaper alternative. I just haven’t had any luck yet.

Last night, I took both kids shopping and we went to five stores. I seriously think I should be able to put that on Strava as a long run. I did get a leather Coach purse at Salvation Army last night for $3 so that made me feel a little better. Campbell found a really ugly red velour dress for $2. We bought it after making the agreement that it would be a dress up dress and not a leave-the-house dress. She loves it so much she changed into it IN THE CAR. Last night. And she hasn’t taken it off since, even to sleep.

Evan found a nice shirt too and I got Campbell a pair for Keen sandals for next year for $2. Salvation Army is so much fun!

Last night, a store near us had a grand opening, and they had this “Horse Whisperer” guy there. I decided the only difference between him and any other horse trainer is that he puts on a microphone and charges people a lot more. I’ve seen the horse trainer at our barn do very similar things with way less accolades.

Two weeks ago, I did a 10-mile trail run, and the leaves were so stunning. Unfortunately my cell phone camera just doesn’t capture the color.

I’m sure it’s even better today!

What is up in your world? Do you think shopping should be logged into your workout log?

My Daily Heart Attack

Chris mounted a GoPro camera to his handlebars when he and Evan rode mountain bikes on Sunday. He rode behind Evan and took some video of three of the downhills. YIKES.

What does your child/spouse/parent/etc. do that scares you?

A Happy Accident

The other day I was making two things at once. I was putting ingredients for bread in my bread machine, and I was making peanut butter energy balls in another bowl. I measured a fourth cup of oil for the bread, and dumped it in the peanut butter balls bowl! The peanut butter balls are 1 c peanut butter, 1 c. oatmeal, 1/4 c. honey, and a handful of chocolate chips. I had doubled the recipe. And then I dumped in oil!

I didn’t really want to trash that much peanut butter and oatmeal, so I decided to add a couple of eggs and a bit of gluten-free flour, and I baked them as cookies. They weren’t bad! They were a little crumbly, so last weekend I did the same thing, only I left out the oil and flour. They were a better texture. They aren’t sweet like a cookie. They are more like a granola bar. They are also less messy to eat than the peanut butter balls, and just as healthy. (note: By “healthy” I don’t mean diet food. These have a lot of calories. But, usually when I eat them, I’m looking for a lot of calories because I’m about to run, trying to have a little snack before dinner, etc. They also aren’t healthy like a fruit or a vegetable. But, better than a processed granola bar or Power bar.)

The recipe:

1 c. peanut butter
1 c. oatmeal
1/4 c. honey
1 egg
handful choc. chips

I baked them at 350 for 13 minutes.

Have you ever had any happy kitchen accidents?