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Monday, October 15, 2012



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I was at the doctor's office on Friday afternoon and everyone was a little punch drunk, I suppose like any workplace right before a weekend. I was scheduling with the receptionist at 4:55 and was things weren't very clear. So I called first thing this morning to get more info about the surgery and... no surgery tomorrow! It's the consult appt. Then we'll schedule surgery. Maybe by some miracle, it won't even be needed!

Either way, I'm excited to run tomorrow morning!

  
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ALWYS-LKN-UP 10/18/2012 3:27PM

    WOWSERS!! Get better soon, get better soon, get better soon!!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 10/16/2012 11:53AM

    Hope everything goes well today and you aren't in much pain. Happy running!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 10/16/2012 8:06AM

    eeekkk! Thats one crooked finger. I pray for no surgery. no surgery, no surgery.

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ROXYZMOM 10/16/2012 8:00AM

    Oh my...it's a good thing you finally decided to go!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/15/2012 10:05PM

    OWCH! Hope you don't need surgery! But if you do, speedy recovery! emoticon

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GODIVADSG 10/15/2012 9:55PM

    Oh my.... your in my thoughts. I hope your finger is better soon.

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OPTIMIST1948 10/15/2012 9:06PM

    That is an unhappy finger.

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GRANDMAPATTYV 10/15/2012 7:32PM

    OMG.... I hope there's no surgery! Do you ever run near Randolph and Hamline?

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LIL_EZZY 10/15/2012 3:28PM

    Geez, That is a bad one. (you should have gone to the doctor) LOL!!!!

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COOP9002 10/15/2012 2:37PM

    Hopefully, you won't need surgery.

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WORTHEYMOM 10/15/2012 2:22PM

    fingers crossed for no surgery!

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MYLADY4 10/15/2012 1:44PM

    OK that's impressive. Hope no surgery.

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ELISAJANE57 10/15/2012 1:37PM

    I hope you don't need surgery. Good luck!

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The pinkie injury story

Sunday, October 14, 2012

I know I've whined about this before: spark and apple are not friends. I really wish I could easily upload pics. I emailed some to myself to post on my last blog and they're sideways. I'm sorry! And now I'm typing this on my iPhone. Autocorrect disasters abound!

3 weeks ago today I was all excited about a new 14 mile running route with DH. Not even 2 miles into the run, I trip. On a shoelace, on a sidewalk crack, on my own clumsiness. Who knows?! Basically I landed on my left pinkie finger. My leg was a little scraped, but it was my hand that was in rough shape. Since my legs were fine, I wanted to try to keep going. We cut it short, but still managed 7 miles. Your call: I'm a complete idiot. Or a bada$$!! (OK, fine. A little of both)

DH wanted me to go to urgent care. I went to my parent's instead. My mom used to be a nurse and set it in a little splint. And said it may be dislocated. My dad told me rugby stories of setting ther broken fingers with Popsicle sticks. My mom swears that she said to get it checke out if the swelling didn't go down the next day. It wouldn't be the first time in my life that I ignored advice that I didn't like.

I still couldn't bend it the next day and again DH said, "go see a doctor." And I again ignored him. At this point it is fair to say that I fall in the complete idiot category. To be honest some of this is because of the cost of health care. We've been paying bills for the past 3 years: births of 2 kids then DHs accident. We've had a lot of health care bills and I'm sick of it. I was hoping that this would magically heal itself.

After about a week I knew something was really wrong. The finger looked like a Z. It was that crooked and it still hurt quite a bit. But as we all know, days can go by rather quickly an all of a sudden it's been a week. On Thursday night my mom saw me and she must have noticed when I winced or something. She screamed, "Maura Jeanne! You need to see a doctor immediately."

OK, that did it. When your mom uses your middle name, you know it's serious. I called first thing Friday morning and got x-rayed that afternoon. I will try to get the picture uploaded later. It really is something. They said I won film of the week. Which in some sick way makes me very happy! It's not broken, but I damaged tendons. And the volar plate shifted so now part of the bone is growing in the wrong direction. All that to say: surgery. One of the doctors wanted me to go in immediately. Another wanted to try a bent splint for a week. They gathered a whole team together and compromised. Surgery is Tuesday afternoon. Finger is in a splint now. The splint has it in a forced bend, which is unfortunately very painful.

The good news is that I'm still able to run! Ha! I have a real sickness. I ran 10 this morning with some friends and we ha a blast and there was no pain. And when they were scheduling the surgery and changed it to Tuesday, I said "yes! That's better!" Because I want to run with my group Tuesday morning. See? I have a sick addiction.

I know all runners eventually deal with injury. I never thought mine would be with one teeny pinkie finger! I'm a little nervous so I'd appreciate any positive energy or prayers that you've got.

Happy Sunday sparkfriends!

  
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OPTIMIST1948 10/18/2012 4:26PM

    You were a bada$$ for still going but an idiot for waiting so long to go to the dr. Still love you!

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HEIDI-25 10/15/2012 7:51PM

    Sorry that I missed this :( You are totally normal with not going to the doctor in my opinion. You were hoping that on its own that your finger would start feeling better. You gave it time, it did not, and then you got x-rays. I would have done the same thing :D
So a painful splint and possible surgery tomorrow. Good luck and hope that you get back to running quickly. Update if you can soon.

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PINKBEANBOO 10/15/2012 12:08PM

    Your description makes me think I would say "eeewwwww!" and turn my head at your pictures.
Best wishes for tomorrow!

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ON2VICTORY 10/15/2012 11:45AM

    oh sheeesh, that sounds like a major owie for sure.... I hate the auto correct on my IPad... trying to blog from it is a real challenge.

im leaning more toward bada$$ myself.... but even us bad a$$e$ need to know when to go see a doc... glad you are ok though... good thing we dont run on our pinkies or we would be in big trouble..
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WILDASTER 10/15/2012 9:35AM

    Hope it all goes well and that you heal very quickly. My dad was a medic and I always went to him first too. After all we know they love us and won't hurt us and they do it for free!!!



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LIL_EZZY 10/15/2012 5:41AM

    Ouch. You know I would have been the same as you. I put things off that I really don't want to do and hope for the best. Hope your surgery goes well for you. emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 10/14/2012 10:33PM

    That has got to hurt!! Is it your "writing" hand?
And now I guess your husband is saying"told you so"?

I can totally rate to you wanting to still run. Your lucky you didn't hurt your knee worse ...be careful out there!!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 10/14/2012 9:28PM

    Maura Jeanne eh? Pretty name:) I shouldn't admit it but I kinda like your sickness-you're totally addicted and I think it's so cool. You're one tough chick(along with one fast chick)for your finger to be all messed up and you just carry on.(Don't even get me started on private healthcare-would you have been quick to go if you didn't get sent a bill afterwards?grrrrrr-in a nice way of course;) You definitely have to post the x-ray pic-I wanna see, I wanna see-hehe. The surgery part is yuck but since you're so tough, I know it will be breezy and you'll be up and at'er nice and quickly. I hope this bent splint thing magically corrects your finger and surgery is cancelled.


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GRANDMAPATTYV 10/14/2012 7:56PM

    I guess I use my daughters middle names too much... that wouldn't make them sit up and take notice, with that said.... All my positive energ y is being sent your way! I truly believe you are a bada$$ in no uncertain terms!!! Keep us posted! emoticon ~ Patty

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EMMANYC 10/14/2012 5:29PM

    I messed up my baby finger once, too, and also procrastinated when it came to getting medical attention.

More specifically, I fell down a flight of stairs and as a result of the fall, I severed the tendon at the tip of my right baby finger. I also broke a bone in my right hand and sprained my left wrist. I did go to urgent care to get my hand treated initially, but once I got the diagnosis and a splint etc, I didn't follow up.

And didn't follow up ...

And as a result of failing to follow up, my detached tendon retracted into my finger and by the time I went back to the doctor, it was too late. I was told it would require two surgeries, and major rehab to fix it.

So, moral of the story: go to the doctor, and then go back to the doctor. And do your rehab. Even if you think your finger is healing ok, please make sure that you follow through, because without the rehab, you could still end up with a messed up hand.

Hope things get better for you.

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GINGERHAWK 10/14/2012 4:10PM

    Well, I have no idea what a volar plate is but this certainly sounds painful. As for parental use of a middle name, so funny, I guess we all pull that trick out of our hats when we need to! Sending positive vibes your way for smooth sailing on Tuesday.

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/14/2012 2:02PM

    emoticon you're not sick! You're a runner!

Will definitely pray you have a good surgery and a fast recovery! emoticon emoticon

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MYLADY4 10/14/2012 1:48PM

    Yep, you are indeed sick (hahahaha).

Everything should go fine and it probably won't even be a blip in your running.

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ALICIA214 10/14/2012 12:43PM

 


Which just goes to show ...you should listen to your Mama and Hubby.
Hope your surgery goes well on Tuesday.

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10 miler top 10%

Thursday, October 11, 2012

I follow a great blog on Facebook: Run Like a Mother. The 2 women that write the blog and have published 2 books are incredible. Lucky for me, one was running the Twin Cities Marathon and the other was running the 10 miler. I was a little starstruck when I met them at the Expo. Then I went home and read their race goal blog. They recommend having several goals. As for time: have a "everything is perfect" time goal. And have a "everything is normal" time goal. Add a goal unrelated to time: some type of overall race goal. Pretty good advice.

A year ago I was registered for this 10 mile race. I ran a 5K in June 2011 and was slowly building mileage over that summer. I had very little concept of pace or pacing or nutrition or fuel or Bodyglide or lululemon. Someone asked me what my goal was and I said, "80-90 minutes. 80 would be super good for me so I guess I just want under 90." I really had no idea what that meant. When my time was 87:13 (8:44 pace) I was super happy. I had a great run, fell in love with running while training for that race, fell in love with racing that day and even committed to a marathon. Looking back, I can see what a big day it was.

A lot has happened in the past year. Many miles, several races, a marathon. And even with all of that, in September I was getting nervous about my first repeat race. I thought I hadn't gotten any faster. I can run longer distance, but I questioned my speed. I knew with how much work I'd put in, I wanted to see improvement.

All of that to say: my time goal was 85 minutes. That was my "everything is normal" goal. I aimed at 83 for "the perfect" time goal. My first thought for a non-time goal was to have a negative split, something that I didn't know what it was a year ago. (The 2nd half of a run is faster than the first). But wait, that's another time goal!

So, add another goal: soak in the changing leaves, look at the river and take breaths of gratitude that this is my city. TCM advertises itself as "the prettiest urban marathon in the country." I'm lucky to run these streets every week. I reminded myself to high five the kids and to smile.

I am a cold weather runner. But when I woke up Sunday morning and it was 28 degrees, I was a little annoyed at Minnesota. Really, girl? already???! I felt bad for all the people that traveled here for the race. And especially bad for the marathoners that had been training last weekend in 85 degree weather! Oh, MN, how we love you.

The Metrodome was open because it was so cold, which was awesome! I went to the bathroom 3 times. 3! And then ate a GU and got to go wash my hands after. No sticking running fingers. It's the little things:) We walked to the corrals and an announcer said, "4 minutes to start." yes!

I was in Corral 2 of 5 and I assumed that my times had just gotten me into it. Last year I was in 3. I lined up way in the back. whoops. From the very beginning I realized that I may be faster than I thought. I spent the first 3 miles zig zagging around people. Jumping on and off curbs and brushing elbows. This is a packed race. Almost 9,000 athletes.

As we ran up the Franklin Bridge, I took those moments to stare at the Mississippi and pray. Running is spiritual. There was something powerful in those moments for me. I turned my sight back to the 100s of runners ahead of me and had to laugh at all the puffs of breath. It was cold!!

Suddenly we were at mile 5. I had distinct memories of how I felt the previous year at various parts of the race. This was one example. Last year I was tired. I had no concept of how 5 more miles would feel. This year I was like, "crap! I gotta pick it up! We're already half way done!

And pick it up I did. I run Summit every Tuesday with my running group. I was now on incredibly familiar territory. I joined these girls in November so last year I knew the area but my legs didn't have the memories and experience. We got to Lexington and I pushed it. The sun was in my eyes even with my hat on. I had to put my head down, miss the mansions and push it. I saw my sister and stopped to give her a hug. I high fived little kids and pushed it some more. At about 8.5 a friend saw me and jumped in and ran with me for a few blocks. Just the surprise and boost I needed.

And then you see this:


The flag marks the 26th mile for the marathon, so 9.8 for us. The Capitol in the background is a beautiful sight and you finally get a downhill! I ran for it. I'd have smiled if I wasn't trying so hard.

81:54
Can I get a woo hoo??!
1st 5 miles: 8:26 pace
2nd 5 miles: 7:58 pace
average pace 8:12
my division: 79/967 (top 8%)
women: 413/4650 (top 9%)

I met each of my 3 time goals and shocked my socks off with those high percentages. This feels good. I am relatively new runner and was happy when I found out that I seemed to have some natural abilities. I'm also obviously happy to see myself improve. I don't run with a Garmin so I'm not always pace aware. Recently one of my running buddies and DH have both said things to me about how much faster I've gotten. I didn't believe it. Here's the thing, I needed this race to prove it to myself. Running is just as much a mental battle as it is a physical one. It doesn't matter what your pace is. Fast runners, slow runners, average runners. We all have mental toughness.


The second I stopped running I started to shiver and teeth chattered. Chicken broth never tasted so good. DH and I had locked our bikes at a park by the Cathedral the night before so we walked back up the hill and cheered for other finishers. We hopped on our bikes and went up a few miles to watch the marathoners start to come in. What an incredible day.


Can you tell I like purple? I swear those tights look silver in person.

Running has changed my life. It has brought me calm & peace, joy & laughter, muscles & heart health, serenity and giddiness. Run run run.

  
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ANANDA82 10/14/2012 1:10PM

    Great blog! I felt like I was running with you. You're such a great athlete! emoticon

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CRYSBROWN1 10/13/2012 5:16PM

    What impressive times!! Congratulations on your finish! It is always such a great feeling to know that you have improved in the sport that you love!


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    What a wonderful blog. Thanks so much for sharing and killer time. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MICHSTATE 10/13/2012 12:42AM

    WooHoo!!!!! Awesome job Miss Speedie!!!! :-)

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IMSMILEY88 10/12/2012 7:42PM

    That is TERRIFIC!!! What a great race! And, way to go... you met your goals!

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LDRICHEL 10/12/2012 3:41PM

    I love Run Like A Mother!!!! So awesome! Thanks for taking the time to write this awesome recap!!! Love to read these!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 10/12/2012 12:00PM

    Great blog Maura! I found myself smiling and almost cheering you on when you were describing your race. I'm so happy and proud of you! What an awesome accomplishment! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AMSTERDAMAND125 10/12/2012 11:27AM

    I loved reading this!! You should be SO excited about your accomplishments. I'm inspired! And I love reading about such great race days. May you have many more! :)

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GRANDMAPATTYV 10/12/2012 10:55AM

    Maura - I agree with every other comment.... You truly are AMAZING!!! emoticon

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 10/12/2012 10:05AM

    sMiLe, smile, SMILE, SmILE, sMiLe, smile, SMILE, SmiLE, sMiLe, smile, SMILE.

I'll give you a WOOHOO Maura:) You rocked it. I am loving your improvement. Every single race, your time gets better and better and better. You are soooo fast. How much faster do you have to be before you're placing in the top 3? Man, you're fast, girl. Great advice about the 3 goals. You taught me something today about split time. Never had a word for it but that is the way I naturally enjoy doing a long run. 9000 runners? What? That is jammed packed. I cannot even imagine the energy in a large group like that. Great idea to lock up the bikes the night before. LOVE all that running has brought to your life. Yup...run run run!
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PINKBEANBOO 10/12/2012 9:52AM

    Uh, YES. You are a natural. I knew you'd PR. Ha! This is great. Congrats!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 10/12/2012 9:26AM

    emoticon on an awesome run! Those are great times and percentages!

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HEIDI-25 10/12/2012 9:03AM

    Congratulations!! You had a great race! You took time to enjoy it as well :) I would have liked to have met you at the expo on Saturday.

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GINGERHAWK 10/12/2012 8:26AM

    Seriously, you're so darn amazing. Congrats on the race and for just being the awesome person you are! emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 10/12/2012 8:13AM

    Congratulations!!! What a totally awesome run and awesome time!!

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NUOVAELLE 10/12/2012 1:34AM

    What a beautiful race blog! Beautiful descriptions and full of emotions!
Congratulations and thank you for being my inspiration once more!
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LISAINMS 10/11/2012 10:54PM

    Way to go!!

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That monthly goal blog

Monday, October 01, 2012

I didn't put September goals in print because basically my objective was just to get through it. Sept. is a transition month for my family since I'm a teacher. I spend more hours at work than usual and it's just tough. But I did have some goals in mind and the month went much better than usual.

I've realize that I love spark challenges, but sometimes I overdo it. Shocker, I know. Several times I've done loads of push ups just to meet a goal number but then the next month I don't do any because I'm sick of em. Obviously a poor approach to ST. So I decided to track 3 moves, no goal. Just do some whenever I think of it. And then the idea is to beat those numbers this month. Not burning out, just maintaining and building on strength. It's a pretty great feeling when you can do 25 real push-ups, on your toes real. And then it's pretty humbling when you realize how quickly you drop down to 10. Anyway, I want to maintain 15. And I want to get to 10 pull-ups.

September:
Tricep dips: 195
Push-ups: 260
Pull-ups: 18

This is how much I used to do every week. I'm trying to find a balance. And I haven't done any in the past week because of my silly pinkie finger injury. It's healing so I should be back at it within the next couple days.

Mileage:
Run: 92.7
Bike: 62
Swim: 1 ( yep, 1 mile. I went swimming once and it felt amazing. I wish swimming fit into my schedule right now but I can only do so much. once or twice a month will have to be enough)

I'm happy with these numbers and have no concrete goals for oct. except, keep it up! The Fall has made running magical. I havehad a few really great runs recently (minus the one where I tripped and dislocated mentioned pinkie which is healing crooked). But seriously I love running in this gorgeous weather. My pace has been quite a but faster than normal and I think is because of the heat. I also think tri training made me stronger and faster. As far as my running goes, I couldn't be happier. The Twin Cities 10 mile is on Sunday and I am super excited. No more worries about beating last years time. It's all good!

Weight:
I wanted to lose 0.5 of a pound. I lost 0.2 ha! After how much I went up around Labor Day, I'm good with that. I was with a bunch of running friends this weekend and one made a comment about me being skinny or something. And a good friend jumped in and said it was because I'm not running Twin cities (meaning the full marathon) or Chicago, which most of them are. And it's just so true and we all had a big pout fest about how hard it is to lose or even maintain for that matter, during marathon training. It's a tough battle that's for sure.

I've decided not to take on a 70.3 race at this point. I'm just not ready to commit that much time to training or that much money. My next marathon will be next Fall, which means training starts in June. Which means I have 8 months to lose these 5 pounds that would bring me to my made up ideal "racing weight " ha! Doesn't that make me sound fancy?!

The other thing that makes me feel like a fancy athlete is that I'm going to a training meeting. 4 of the girls I run with and I are getting together to plan races for next season and creating ST plan for the winter based on the Triathletes Training Bible. These women are doing a full Ironman or a few 70.3s. I have lots to learn from these über athletes and I love it.

Nutrition: take away Labor Day fair and bbqs and I had a great month. Such a great time of year for fresh veggies. I am ging to work real hard to grow more of our own next summer. And with this cooler weather I have an easier time sticking to my no snacks after dinner routine. Tea is my secret weapon.

September was good. I have a feeling October is going to be great! Tell me something you're going to do this month.

  
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GODIVADSG 10/8/2012 10:21AM

    I love this blog! You are such an inspiration. Thank you for always being you and being real. It puts things in perspective for me. Way to go on your goal setting. I am thankful you have a group of friends to run with and soak up some pointers and give some pointers! I almost made those pumpkin muffins this morning.... but some over ripe banana's were screaming to be used! Enjoy the fall running and buy some fall winter cycling gear... it is different in the winter! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WORTHEYMOM 10/2/2012 1:44PM

    You are so inspiring! I am just hoping to make it through october with no weight gain LOL. Such a crazy month! Good luck on your run!

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LADYBUG1107 10/2/2012 1:41PM

    I hope that October is as good as september.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 10/2/2012 8:21AM

    Love this.
Yay, you made it through Sept! Phew.
You are so blessed to have some real deal athletes around you to get together and make up a training schedule...HOLA amazing! How did you find these girls?-honestly. I need me some of those friends.
I forgot you hurt your finger. Hope it heals up quick and straight so you can jump back in to your pushups. You're gonna do great at your 10 miler this weekend. Easy breezy.
Tea eh? I know you've said that before.It's such a good idea. You are going to reach your "ideal racing weight". I just know it:)
Happy October to yooouuu, my friend!

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NUOVAELLE 10/2/2012 2:33AM

    One thing I'm going to do this month? Hmmm... Let me think...
I know! I'll be getting motivated and inspired by you and try to follow in your fitness footsteps!!! That's what I'll do!
You are great! Good luck with your race this Sunday!
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LDRICHEL 10/1/2012 11:15PM

    I am going to run my first half marathon!!!! :) Then...MUCH NEEDED TWO WEEKS OF REST!

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LISAINMS 10/1/2012 10:56PM

    I wish I had other female triathletes to learn from! Your goals are great and will get you where you where you want to go.

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REDRUNNERMOM713 10/1/2012 9:18PM

    You blow me away with all that you do! I'm focusing on fitness this month. I've slacked off SOOO bad and need to get back at it again. Good luck on your 10 mile this weekend!

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GRANDMAPATTYV 10/1/2012 9:11PM

    I'll say it again, you are AMAZING!!

I'm running my first half (walked one in May with my sister.... )

And, like you, just to maintain that weight thing....

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requested muffin recipe :)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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Several people asked for my pumpkin chocolate chip recipe. The modifications I mentioned in my last blog are what I do consistently. Any time I make bread or muffins I use Greek yogurt instead of oil. I've tried applesauce and I like yogurt better. I love Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything cookbook and app.

recipe (my healthier choices)
* 4 eggs (sometimes, I'd use 2 eggs + 2 egg whites, this time I stuck with 4 whole eggs)
* 2 cups sugar (1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup honey)
* 1 (16 ounce) can pumpkin
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil (1 1/4 c plain Greek yogurt)
* 3 cups flour (whole wheat flour)
* 2 teaspoons baking soda
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 2 teaspoons cinnamon (3 teaspoons)
* 1 teaspoon salt (omitted)
* 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (6 oz)

Directions:

1. In large mixing bowl beat eggs, sugar, pumpkin, vanilla and oil until smooth.
2. Mix dry ingredients together and mix into pumpkin mixture. Fold in chocolate chips.
3. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups 3/4 full.
4.Bake at 400 F for 16-20 minutes.

It made 24 delicious muffins. I don't use recipe calculators so I am not sure of calorie count. Sorry about that. At this point, I do my best to live by a whole food approach and appropriate portion sizes and listening to my body.

Let me know if you try them! Or any other good cooking substitutions you like to use.

Happy Fall!
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PROVERBS31JULIA 10/16/2012 12:14AM

    Oooooh these sound yummo!! and win-win because anything chocolate chip, my teenager son will be more likely to try, even as he thinks he's "cool" ignoring all veggies and fruits... (using braces as an excuse.).

Thanks!!

Julia

an
d sorry to hear about your pinkie finger. Ouch!! Dark Chocolate helps with the inflammation though, if it's just as pure cacao as you can get, no sugars or milks/lactose in it....

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AMBER281 10/1/2012 10:50AM

    Sounds yummy!

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MIAMI_LILLY 9/27/2012 3:24PM

    I have a can of pumpkin and chocolate chips just begging me to turn them into these muffins. Thank you for sharing!

For those that want nutritional info, I put it into the recipe calculator for you guys, using all her substitutions..

Calories: 192
Total fat: 4 grams
Saturated: 1.5
Polyunsaturated: .2
Monounsaturated: .5
Cholesterol: 40 mg
Sodium: 206 mg
Potassium: 19mg
Total carbs: 35
Fiber: 2.5
Sugar: 20 grams
Protein: 5 grams

Comment edited on: 9/28/2012 9:03:21 AM

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GODIVADSG 9/27/2012 3:07PM

    Gonna make these this weekend! Much's Gracias !

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LISAINMS 9/27/2012 12:37PM

    I have "How to Cook Everything", it's great! I've converted a lot of recipes to healthier versions. Will give these muffins a try. Thanks!

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NUOVAELLE 9/27/2012 1:55AM

    I'll definitely try this as soon as I find pumpkins in the market. Canned pumpkin is not an easily-found ingredient here.
Thank you for sharing!

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ON2VICTORY 9/26/2012 6:35PM

    Oh dear..... I'm getting hungry....VERY hungry.... Those sound simply awesome.
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WANT2BEFIT10 9/26/2012 3:38PM

    Oh YUM! These sound awesome! I'm grocery shopping tomorrow so I'll be adding the ingredients to my list. Thanks for sharing!

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WORTHEYMOM 9/26/2012 2:54PM

    this would be great for one of my meetings that I have to bring fall chocolate snacks to. Thank you!

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/26/2012 2:47PM

    What a great fall recipe!! I have all the ingredients! Thanks!! emoticon emoticon emoticon They sound so yummy! I think I will try to make them today since I have the day off of work! emoticon

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REDRUNNERMOM713 9/26/2012 2:18PM

    I am SO going to make these this weekend! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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GINGERHAWK 9/26/2012 2:01PM

    Yay, I can't wait to try these! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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HLTHYRNRMOM 9/26/2012 1:52PM

    Thanks! I'm going to try them this weekend!

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LDRICHEL 9/26/2012 1:36PM

    NOM

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RUNNER4LIFE08 9/26/2012 1:36PM

    Ohhh,..... they sound delish! Thanks for the recipe! Will have to try them out.

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