This is why I have to run 12 miles on a Saturday morning

To say this weekend was busy is a bit of an understatement.  We had plans the entire weekend, but we had a great time doing everything we did!

Saturday morning, my alarm was set to go off at 5am so I could go on my long run.  Without fail, Z has a horrible night of sleep whenever I have a long run or race in the morning.  I had to get him back to sleep at 4:30am, knowing I was supposed to be getting out of bed in half an hour.  I debated just staying awake at that point, but then I heard it start pouring rain along with some thunder and lightning.  I decided to get in a tad more sleep and reset my alarm for 5:30.  One press of the snooze button later plus getting myself put together and I was out the door a few minutes after 6.

It was very humid, but still a beautiful morning.  I hoped to run at least 10 miles, but really wanted to go for 12.  It wasn’t pretty, but I made it to 12.  Aside from the first mile, I kept my pace under 10 minutes/mile with an average of 9:48.  My total time was 1:57:38 which beats by previous best 12 mile time of 1:59:59 by nearly 2.5 minutes.  Progress! Not much, but every little bit counts.  And with this run, I have now run over 300 miles so far this year (technically, I’ve run a little more since that is the count since I got my Garmin a couple months ago).  Click on the dailymile badge to see all of my training.

Running Training Log
As soon as I got home, I had to hurry up and shower so I could head to my second sewing class.  Sidenote – I decided to take sewing classes because I have a really nice sewing machine and don’t know how to use it.  Class was a lot of fun and a great learning experience.  I made this super cute pillow!

Just don't look too closely at my beginner's sewing mistakes :)

After class, I had to rush home to put Z down for a nap.  Try as he does, my hubby cannot get Z to sleep.  After I got him down, I had about 2.5 hours to make some desserts for a family dinner we were going to.  I made some yummy treats – mini madeleines (one of my favorite desserts!), chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies and chocolate chunk brownies.

The line-up

The madeleines were my favorite.  Each one is like a little bite of buttery cake.  You can find the recipe I used here and the mini madeleine pan I used here.

Every single one of these little bites of heaven disappeared at dinner!

Deliciousness!

Yummy!

The chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies were a huge hit at dinner because they’re a chocolate cookie loaded with 70% cacao chocolate chunks – rich and delicious! I found this recipe in a cookbook called Cupcakes, Cookies & Coffee Cakes, but the exact same recipe can be found here.

Mmm...chocolate!

The brownies were great too; who doesn’t love a good fudgy brownie?

Mmm...

For Father’s Day on Sunday, I repeated some part of Saturday’s treat line up for our family party – the madeleines and the chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies and added in some peanut butter cup brownies along with my homemade peanut butter cups.  My dad loves peanut butter and peanut butter cups are probably his favorite candy so I tried my hand at making homemade ones.  I made them covered in dark chocolate, milk chocolate and blue white chocolate (needed a little bit of fun color!).  I also made white chocolate cups filled with dark chocolate and reverse peanut butter cups with peanut butter on the outside and chocolate on the inside.

Peanut butter cups!

So there you have it – all the sugary, buttery, delicious reasons why a 12 mile run is necessary on a Saturday morning.  It gives me the freedom to have slightly less guilt when enjoying the goodies I baked.  I know hubby very much enjoyed all the treats I made too which is why he kicked off Father’s Day with a long run himself :).

After our busy weekend, I mixed up some yummy drinks for me and hubby.  Check out the awesome glass from the set given to us by my husband’s cousins (who are also our very dear friends)!

Mojito time! Our favorite summertime drink

Comments

  1. says

    This is great! I didn’t get a long run in this weekend, but that’s often my motivation too! Can’t always say no to the treats, but the miles make the guilt less :)

  2. says

    Great post! I’ve always wanted to make Madeleines but they seem so delicate and difficult! We should start a recipe swap between our blogs! I love to bake!

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