Archives for the month of: May, 2012

From time to time I stumble across items that just make perfect sense to me. These items also tend to scream “You need me!” at me. I’m working on self-control in these scenarios. None the less, I thought I’d share a few of the running related products I’m currently craving but not buying.

Stow-N-Go Sports Bra:  As a girl who frequently sticks keys, garage door openers, and ipods in sports bras this seems like a natural evolution to me.

Bluetooth Jabra Sport Wireless headphones:

Really, who likes dealing with wires on the trail?

Run: Chase Me Tank from LuluLemon:

I’m always looking for a tank I’ll actually like running in and I think this one may just be it with the slightly looser fit.

And the Runner’s World LED Armband: Inexpensive and effective.

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I would like to claim that I was naturally driven to run for the sheer joy of it but that would be an outright lie.  While I now enjoy the peace I find in my head while running my reason for starting was totally different. Looking back, I apparently have a pretty strong “oh yeah, I’ll show you” side.

Two years ago, after starting to play soccer again, I found myself in physical therapy for an ankle injury. After an examination the well intentioned PT said “I think you’re just not in shape.” To which I immediately replied some version of “Whaaat, excuse me!?! I go the group power at least twice a week, and spinning twice a week, and I play soccer at least twice a week. I’m in shape.” He clarified “I mean you aren’t in shape enough for soccer.” Basically, strength training and spinning are all well and good but neither are high impact activities. If I expected to play soccer (high impact) I needed to train for it and just playing soccer wasn’t going to get me there. Honestly, it took a little while for that message to sink in and I walked out in a bit of a huff. Fortunately I ended up taking it to heart.

Long story short I jumped back into running. Well, actually jumped in, quit and then started with this couch to 5K plan and worked up from there. My “oh yeah, I’ll show you” side really kicked in that next summer when I ran my first ever race, the Skinny Raven Twilight 12K. I rocked it… well, for me anyway. That night I hit the six mile mark in the time it would normally have taken me to run five miles. I also ran in two more races that summer and so far, I’m on track to run at least that many this year including the 12K coming up sooner than I would like.

Well, this weekend was a success. I completed my long run Friday afternoon, picked up my bib for the upcoming Twilight 12K on Monday and then I made those lovely Honey, Lemon, Lavender Cupcakes I told you about. For the most part this recipe is made just like any other except the step where you make your own lavender sugar. Yum. And, while it sounds hard, it really just involves combining lavender and sugar in a food processor. 

From there, you just mix your ingredients like normal and bake. 

One thing I did notice was that the batter is very thick. I normally fill cupcake liners by pouring the batter out of a large measuring cup but this time I used two spoons and made little balls of batter (like you would with cookie dough) and filled the liners with them.

While the cupcakes were baking I mixed up the frosting and added some violet food coloring. 

And, when all combined they looked like this. 

I followed this tutorial to make the fluffy frosting flowers. 

After enjoying one of these lovely cupcakes I took the dog on a very sunny relaxing run, just what we both needed. How was your long weekend?

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