Apparently running does pay. Check out the purty $5 bill I found on my run this morning.
I found it on mile two of a six mile run and it definitely put a little perk in my step for the remaining miles. Nothing makes your day a little better than finding random money on the ground. I took it as a sign that this was going to be a good run (and it was).
There’s still a slight chill in the air so I was able to sleep in a bit before getting my run in (I love not having to worry about beating the heat!). I took my time checking email, drinking a cup of water, and just waking up before taking off.
The other week I was checking my calendar and noticed I have a half marathon scheduled for the weekend of February 2nd. Crap – that’s only a couple of weeks away! I completely forgot about that race. I registered for it months ago because it was ridiculously cheap and I figured I could get myself in half marathon shape before February. hmmm… lots of wishful thinking there.
The 6 miles I ran this morning were the longest I’ve run in a month. They were slow, but they weren’t bad. I felt great at the end, as if I could have kept running. I’ll take that as a good sign that my natural running base is still there.
My plan for the half is to run it easy. I have a lot of friends doing the race and wouldn’t mind pairing up with one and treating it like a fun long run. I ran 6 miles this morning, I’ll run 8-10 next Saturday, and then 13.1 the week after that. It’s not a training plan I would recommend to anyone (don’t try this at home, kids!), but I’m a crazy runner and this is what crazy runners – we don’t listen and like to make up our own rules. Sigh.
I’ll take the $5 as a good sign that maybe I won’t hurt myself in the process (as long as I take it easy I think I’ll be okay – I’m a crazy runner, not a stupid one). If I feel like something’s wrong I can always pull out of the race and cheer on my friends, it’s simple as that.
Alright. Enough run chat. Time to talk about pancakes!
Kodiak Cakes sent me a box of their flapjack and waffle mix and a bottle of the marion berry syrup to sample for the blog. I’ve seen the mix on a few blogs before, but had never tried it myself so I was interested to see how it was.
LOVE that I only needed to add water to the mix. So easy!
We ended up doubling the recipe and the double batter made just enough pancakes for two adults and one dog (Maddie got a mini pancake with her kibble).
The pancakes fluffed up on the griddle and the mix was a dream to work with. No odd lumps or off consistency.
I had two of the fluffy pancakes with cinnamon apples and marionberry syrup.
For some reason I thought the pancakes would have more of a heartier, nuttier texture as other whole wheat or oat based pancakes have, but that was not the case here. The pancakes reminded me more of regular ole buttermilk pancakes than anything else. They were fluffy and light, yet still very filling. Derek (who usually only tolerates whole wheat pancakes instead of actually enjoying them) loved them. He didn’t realize they were whole wheat until I told him after he cleaned his plate.
The marionberry syrup was pretty good, too. I’m not a maple fan and tend to prefer the fruitier based syrups anyway. This one was light and not overly sweet, it was the perfect complement to the pancakes.
Run + pancakes = the perfect Saturday morning!
Have you ever found money on a run?