I hate mushy bananas. I actually don’t really love bananas ever.. which is why I always end up with overripe bananas sitting on my counter.
If you’re in the same boat, I definitely recommend trying this recipe out! Disclaimers: (1) I didn’t have a muffin pan so this is actually more like a crumbly bread and (2) It isn’t exactly the healthiest muffin recipe but it isn’t overly sweet either.. sorry but moderation is key. Plus I ran 20 miles so why not.
Banana Cinnamon Muffin/Bread Thing Recipe
- 1.5 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup butter
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 bananas
Cinnamon topping ingredients
- 1/3 cup flour
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Mash all 3 bananas, leave on the side for now.
- Mix together the dry ingredients (do not include the ingredients for the cinnamon topping) in a large bowl – flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
- Beat the sugar and butter together in a separate bowl. Add in the egg and vanilla, whisk together. Then mix in the mashed bananas.
- Mix the dry and wet ingredients together and scoop into muffin cups or a square baking pan (if you’re like me).
- Moving on to the cinnamon topping. Combine flour, sugar and cinnamon. Mix in softened butter – the mix will become crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over the batter.
- Bake! (20 ish minutes for muffins, 45-60 minutes for bread)
*I recommend going with muffins over bread for this recipe.. next time!
For a week that started with me falling on the ground, I couldn’t have imagined a better ending. Yes, I fell – and I must add that I was only walking to my car in a flat parking lot… Bruised knees but what else is new?
In better news, this week was a peak week with running our first 20 miler in our training!
Monday – Fartleks (4-3-2-1) repeats for 50 minutes.
Tuesday – rest day
Wednesday – 8 miles easy
Thursday – 1 mile warm up, 6 mile tempo
Friday – rest day
Saturday – 20.5 miles!!! #winning
Sunday – XT, rest day
Have you ever looked at the bottom of your reusable water bottle and noticed something gross at the bottom? Well apparently it is mold and it happens to more people than I thought. I thought that I was the only one with this problem.. don’t get me wrong, I wash my water bottles but I could never clean the bottom of a bottle that great. As a result, I’ve gone through many reusable water bottles (a little embarrassing).
And that is how Clean Bottle was born. The bottles are made with a removable bottom for easy cleaning. While it seems like such an easy concept, it is crazy that there isn’t anything else quite like it. The company quickly captured the heart of the cycling world and then appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank!
To be completely honest, I had never heard of Clean Bottle until they reached out to me regarding a product review. I tried the Tritan Square and let me just say, I continue to get compliments all the time. The Tritan Square comes in a unique square shape and seven awesome colors. The bottle is dishwasher-safe, BPA-free and has a lifetime guarantee! The only issue that I have with the bottle is that it doesn’t fit in my car cupholder… BUT I can put it on my passenger seat without it leaking so.. #winning.
Make sure to check out their website for more information. (I believe you can buy 3, get 1 free!).
This past week was one of those weeks where every run was perfect. I ran my fastest tempo. I ran my longest run of the year. I ran the most hills on a run ever. Yet most of all, I received this little piece of inspiration this week, “every day is a gift”, from Momentum Jewelry. I have multiple pieces from them but this one held so much meaning to me this week. (I may or may not have a discount code coming in the next few weeks so stay tuned).
Monday – 6.2 miles on the track
Tuesday – 3.1 miles on the treadmill
Wednesday – 8 easy miles
Thursday – tempo
- 2 mile warm up
- 4 mile tempo
- 1 mile cool down
Friday – rest day.
Saturday – 18 miles, so stoked!
Sunday – 6 mile trail run/hike
I’m baaaack! Well, kind of. The focus last week was to add some miles back in slowly and make sure that I wasn’t pushing any injury too much.
Monday – 5.2 miles, slow and easy.
Tuesday – cross training day.
Wednesday – 3 miles on the treadmill to minimize the impact on my foot.
Thursday – 7 mile progression run.
Friday – rest day.
Saturday – 13 miles, I was planning on 17 with the group but I stopped early to avoid running through the pain.
Sunday – rest day.
Welp, this blog post is long overdue. I was avoiding this recap of last week because I was mostly sidelined with a couple aches and pains. Although it was a rough week, it wouldn’t be marathon training without any injuries, right?
Growing up playing basketball and many other sports, I have run into injury after injury. We were always coached to play through the pain or to suck it up. After years of running, I realized that sucking it up is not the best option at all when it comes to healing injuries (yikes!).
I went for my usual run on Monday, the focus was on hills. While on my run, I felt this discomfort on the top of my foot and my heart dropped a little. Pain meant rest, rest meant no running, and no running meant end of life as I knew it. (That was SO dramatic!)
Part of running is understanding your body and trusting the process. It is so mentally challenging to have to step out of your routine and make yourself rest. Looking back on the past week, I am so proud of myself trusting the process. I may have gained a few pounds from eating the office Valentine’s Day cupcakes without my running to burn it off but I know that my body will thank me in the long term. My foot is not 100% but it is doing much better and I am making sure to take things slow with a lot of stretching and icing.
Lastly, I am trying Active Release Technique treatment on Friday so I am super excited for that. Be sure to look out for my future post on it!
What a fun and challenging week to put in the books. My legs are definitely still feeling it this morning. You will notice that I took more rest days but ran more quality runs this week.
Just a picture of part of our Fleet Feet group having fun on the trail this weekend!
Monday – Speed workout, alternating 400s/800s at tempo.
Tuesday – Rest day.
Wednesday – Easy, 7 miler.
Thursday – 2 mile warm up, 4 mile tempo, 1 mile cool down (WOW! That was difficult.)
Friday – Rest day.
Saturday – 14 miles with the crew!
Sunday – 4 miles, easy – just wanted to enjoy the weather.
Okay, I may have some exciting news if you happen to be looking for something extra to do on March 5, 2017!
What: San Jose 408k Race to the Row
When: March 5, 2017
Where: San Jose, CA or ANYWHERE! (Yes, that is correct. There is a remote option so you can run this anywhere! I will also be running remote and would love to have others join me!)
My discount code: RepresentKH will get you 15% off and the opportunity to run an awesome race with some really awesome swag!
Find more information here: http://run408k.com/
Oops, a little late this week! Ironically, this week’s focus has been on journaling my runs and really paying attention to effort. If you are not already keeping a journal of your training, I highly recommend it. It is also really fun to see your progress!
Monday – Speed workout with FleetFeet, 5x1000s which came to 6.7 miles.
- Warm up for 10 minutes
- Run your first 1000m at marathon pace.
- Recover for 200m
- Run your second 1000m 5 seconds faster than your first.
- Recover for 200m
- Continue to beat each by 5 seconds, repeat until you’ve done 5.
- Cool down for 10 minutes
Tuesday – 3 miles, easy
Wednesday – 3.8 miles
Thursday – 4 miles, TEMPO!
Friday – rest day
Saturday – 12 miles long run at 8:45 /mile!
Another tough week in the books! While last week challenged me with weather, this week challenged me with being sick.
This week I received an important reminder from a friend who sent me this awesome piece from Momentum Jewelry that says, “just breathe”. As runners, we often get caught up in our training when we really need to take a step back. After being out sick for the majority of the week, I needed the extra reminder that I don’t necessarily need to push myself to reach that set pace or that set mileage just yet.
Monday – speed workout with Fleet Feet, 6.6 miles.
Tuesday – rest day.
Wednesday – 3 miles.
Thursday – rest day.
Friday – 3.5 miles.
Saturday – 10 miles.
Sunday – rest day; for as much as I want to be outside, I am making myself rest.