Woo Hoo! Time to Taper!

This weekend was a combination of equal part mellowness and equal part excitement! The excitement began on Friday night with my beautiful bestie’s birthday party! Mollie turned 26 this weekend and I realized I’ve known her for a lot longer than I thought… Now, were we friends this whole time of knowing each other? NO. Ha. We had some lovely food and some beautiful people over to celebrate.

ALL the COOKIES!

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ALL the PEOPLE!

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It was such a fun night! 🙂

Saturday was on the less exciting side and even included a nap… #YOLO?

And yesterday I read everyone’s comments from Friday’s post and just decided to take it SUPER easy pace wise and just soak up the beautiful day that was happening all around me. I met up with a friend to hit at least 18 miles but we were feeling like even more when we hit 18 so we kept going! 🙂 Love how easy and QUCIKLY running is when you have someone to chat with the whole way. Like seriously, we were at mile 15 and I looked at my watch with SHOCK. Time was flying during this run! If only it always felt that way…

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All the fall beauty certainly aids in motivation, too!

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Now it’s actually time to taper. 🙂 Only a few more weeks til I get to travel to my most favorite city and run in a beautiful race!

#proud.

#BBM2014.

#YOLO

#sorryNOTsorry

I will be in work training all week and this will likely be all you’ll hear from me! Don’t miss me too hard. I’ll be back with a vengeance next week. ❤

What’d you do this weekend?

Do you like cookie cakes? If you don’t, why???????????????/

What’d you do to exercise this weekend?

ALSO, HAPPY VETERAN’S DAY! I’m eternally grateful for the freedom I get every.single.day. ❤

-Meghan

They’re NEWWWWW!

The day of all the days… FRIDAY!

I’m super pumped today because I have some fun things planned for the weekend – pumpkin carving, a massage, and a date night! I can’t wait. 🙂

My plan for this weekend’s long run is roughly 13 miles (though knowing me, I’ll go that extra .1 to say it was a half marathon) and I’m especially excited because I got a new pair of shoes!

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I got these a few weeks ago knowing my old Adidas Boosts were almost done for – and after this past weekend’s 18 miler, I knew it was time to retire them. My knees started killing me (and that’s not a typical ailment of mine unless my shoes are done for). May they rest in peace – they carried me through my first marathon back in March and I know this second pair will get me through my next. Yipee.

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They are literally the exact same shoe but in a different color. I’m thrilled! And last night’s run was proof that I needed a new pair! Granted, it was just four miles and not 18, but still, everything started feeling back to normal. Also I took a rest day yesterday. By rest day, I mean I worked (sat in a desk chair all day), napped and watched TV. So yeah, a rest day it was.

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And as I discussed on my IG picture last night, new shoes = faster pace. Every time I have a new pair I run fast. Funny how that works, right? 🙂 It was also frigid for the first time in a while this year so I whipped out my trusty ear/head/whatever band. Cute. I need to buy more of things like this.

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Last night’s lovely and much needed run was followed by a trip to the store to purchase pumpkins for tonight’s carving but I was totally sidetracked by these:

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You’re darn right I bought them. They.Are.So.Good.

Do you think you go faster with a new pair of running shoes?

What is your favorite cold running gear?

What brand of shoes do you run with? Isn’t it amazing how many different kinds are out there? It’s like there’s a shoe for EVERYONE! 🙂 And Sarah, I don’t know how you work surrounded in all of the wonderfulness that is NEW RUNNING SHOES!! I’d have no paycheck. 🙂 But I see that yours goes to races! 🙂 I don’t blame you!!

-Meghan

P.S. Have a fabulous weekend. It’s an order from this girl.

A Happy Place

I don’t want to jump the gun here and prematurely state my happiness with running lately – nor do I want to jinx myself, but really…. All of my runs over the past few weeks have been truly phenomenal. I feel like I’ve found a perfect rhythm and beat to my pace. I feel like my legs are happy with me and mind is happy with me. My fifteen mile run this past weekend was successful and I’m not feeling any sort of negative repercussions. That’s new and I’d like to keep it that way!

It’s nice that everything feels this way – my last marathon training it was much tougher for me to get through 10 miles than it is nowadays. I guess that’s the beauty of practice and cross training – something I didn’t really take seriously last time.

Running takes me to my happy place, and the weather has played a huge role in that lately. Thank you, Mother Nature. 🙂

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I couldn’t have felt more exuberant and free on this run and I am so grateful to have running as my outlet in life. I could do without the pitch black night time finish, but I’ll take what I can get.

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When I got home, my lovely roommate, you guys might know her, Rebekah, had baked ANOTHER batch of the muffins from her last post. They were THAT good. They received my seal of approval AND THEN SOME because they were amazing. That NEVER happens!

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(Source.) 

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If I don’t stuff my face with all of them before tonight, they are to be served at a girl’s night we are hosting tonight! Here’s hoping I keep my mouth closed long enough for others to enjoy these! 🙂 (Mollie, Jax, Catherine, Drew, Ash, please send me encouraging texts all day to STAY AWAY til you guys come over!)

And this morning, because we are doing a cute little girl’s night tonight, Rebekah and I got out miserable morning selves to the gym for some fun. I chose the pool for some cross training while my bestie roomie girl focused on other forms of cardio that didn’t involve the pool.

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It’s COLD when it’s this early! 🙂

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CHEERS TO THE WEEKEND! TGIF!

If you guys lived here with us, you’d all be invited to ladies night tonight! Well, unless you’re of the male gender reading this – in which case, LADIES ONLY (yes I am still 12 and like girl night!).

What are you doing lately that makes you happy?

What’s your favorite baked good right now?

What are you doing this weekend?

-Meghan

Banana Bread Muffins

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In keeping my IG word (not sure if that’s a real thing) to Davida The Healthy Maven, I’m posting these banana bread muffins I made last night. Here you go, girl.

Since I’ve been doing this Whole Life Challenge I have been avoiding baking anything sweet or really anything that can be construed as dessert. I’ve done this for a few different reasons:

  1. I suck at baking and literally every “cookie” (I use that term loosely) I’ve made in the past month Meghan and I have deemed “poop cookies.” It’s because they’re super delicious and we want to EAT ALL THE POOP COOKIES!
  2. I can’t have any sweeteners during this challenge (besides Stevia), which includes honey, maple syrup, agave, coconut nectar, and chocolate chips along with all the traditional sugars and sweeteners. Most recipes call for at least a little bit of honey.
  3. I’m trying to get as much out of this challenge as possible and baking high calorie treats all the time doesn’t help me reach that goal any faster. I’m trying to follow the rules. And I’m trying to avoid substituting ingredients in order to get around said rules just so I can satiate my dessert cravings – dessert cravings I didn’t really have until I made this delicious shit last night. Definitely NOT a poop cookie.

So, after all that talk, I decided I needed to make something sweet and delicious anyway, completely ignoring reasons 1-3 above. To be fair, Meghan helped me validate my decision. It’s all her fault. She made me do it. Wahhhh! I’ll shut up now.

I used this Paleo Banana Bread recipe from Elana’s Pantry to start with, but ended up substituting a couple things. Also, I made muffins instead of bread because my bread pan is bigger than hers and I didn’t want to end up with little stubby pieces of banana bread. Stubby poop bread. Yum. These are also completely Paleo 🙂

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Banana Bread Muffins

  • 3 bananas (overly ripe)
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 tbsp grass fed butter (I use Kerrygold) – melted
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 packet Stevia (1 gram)
  • A little less than 2 cups almond flour (think 1 7/8 cups)
  • 1 heaping tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350* and line muffin pan with paper or silicone liners.
  2. Add bananas, eggs, vanilla extract, and melted butter to your food processor and blend.
  3. Blend in cinnamon, stevia, almond flour, coconut flour, salt, and baking soda.
  4. Scoop batter evenly into muffin liners – should make exactly 12 muffins.
  5. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes, or until the tops start to brown.
  6. Remove and let cool.

The bread recipe called for a 55 minute baking time, but since these were muffins it took much less time to bake. I left mine in for 35 minutes and they came out very soft and moist. If you want them a little firmer, bake a bit longer. But don’t burn them. Duh.

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You should make these. I had to use serious constraint when it came to resisting the urge to eat every. single. one. of. these. But Meghan hasn’t tried them yet, so I have to save at least one. That’ll be the true test in finding out whether or not these too go in the “poop cookie” category. Guys, guys, calm down – don’t worry, I’ll come bake poop cookies for everyone. I didn’t realize they would be so popular. Maybe there’s a market in that somewhere? Absolutely not.

I’ll stop being schizophrenic now.

Happy hump day 🙂 This week is going by fast and slow at the same time.

Does anyone want to try some poop cookies?

Does anyone actually make edible desserts? What are they? Will you make them for me?

– Rebekah