Too corny for you? I’ve got snow, fast running and apple crisp. Not to mention heat coming back on and great friends I’ve been hanging out with. I’ve been spending so much time there that they’re jokingly talking about getting me my own key. Oops? Hahah.
That said, this whole not complaining about the weather thing is *really hard* but I feel like my attitude towards life in general is improving the less I say “I am sooooooo over winter. This sucks. I want to migrate south”. Really. I’ve literally been biting my tongue every time I see cold, wet, gross weather. Partly because I’m really trying to not complain but partly because every time it snows I think that this could be my last. And no that’s not morbid but I’m trying to actually migrate south at some point real soon.
Of course the mention of the weather does come into play with my “tempo” on Tuesday. I woke up to actual snow that morning, which had turned into nice freezing rain/sleet by the time I got out my door to run. This precipitation left my shirt a layer of sheer ice by the end. It felt like I was wearing a bullet proof vest! I didn’t let the slushy roads, nor the cars that decided to slush me, really affect the workout and it went a little something like this:
- Warm up
- Tempo 5.6 miles @ 7:41 average (2.2 @ 7:47, 2.2 @ 7:39, 1.2 @ 735)
- Easy 5.8 miles @ 9:19 – lots of snow!
- Hard 1.2 miles @ 7:42
- Warm down @ 9:00
Total: 16 miles in 137.59 minutes which is an average of 8:37
Funny how the warm down pace is faster than the easy pace. Oops? The run was actually pretty fun I guess. Mostly in hindsight. I was in a FOUL mood during most of the darn thing. Maybe because I had no traction and was slipping over the roads. That said, at some point during the run I just gave into the weather and then, isurprisa!, my attitude turned around and running was fun again. And the “tempo” part (question: what do you call what I did? Tempo isn’t accurate but it feels like the only word I know!) was actually really good. Sure the pace wasn’t where I’d like it but the EFFORT was there. Silly snow making running harder than it has to be.
Anyway. This morning I ran 8 miles as recovery. Mostly because the sleet from Tuesday had turned to sheets of ice overnight. Slipping and sliding. And slushing because it was shorts weather at 36* (ahhhh relativity!) But nothing special overall.
BUT I mentioned in my last post that I made an apple crisp over the weekend with my friend. And that it turned out delicious. So I’ll share it with you. I was actually a little skeptical when I read the original recipe because, contrary to all other apple crisps I have ever made, there are NO OATS in this. My friend even acknowledged that in all other crisps in the “family recipe book” oats are a key ingredient.
I probably shouldn’t have been worried because this girl knows her stuff. It was delicious. I had some Friday night after making it, Saturday morning post- run and then me and her roomie finished it off Saturday before going out and then skiing Sunday (which I’m glad that lots of you haven’t done it yet. I felt so weird for being a ski virgin! Especially as a native New Englander). Essentially this apple crisp fueled my past weekend.
- Apples, sliced, enough to cover bottom of cooking pan (We used Gala)
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup butter (Yes real butter because I was at my friend’s house and that’s what they had)
- Peel apples and slice into a buttered pan (we didn’t butter the pan, nor did we peel the apples) and fill to about 1/2 full of apples slices
- Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over the apples
- Mix the last 3 ingredients (which we actually doubled and used 2 cups brown sugar, 2 cups flour and 1 cup butter. More yummy topping!) and put on top of the apples.
- Bake at 350* for 40-45 minutes. And remember to check that the oven is on bake. Apparently my friend’s roomie (whom I went skiing with on Sunday) likes to broil his bagels in the oven. And we didn’t realize it until 5 minutes into cooking. Luckily no damage done!)
- Serve with ice cream of whipped cream and enjoy!
And now I’m at work dreaming of apple crisp. Better than what I’m really doing. Which isn’t working but rather fire drills all day because there was a fire earlier today in the clinic and the fire department keeps setting off the detectors. Fun.