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List Over Half Complete

  1. Buy swimming goggles. June 3
  2. Get in the pool and swim. June 4
  3. Create a training plan for July and August. June 11
  4. Get a class package at Iron North and start spinning weekly. June 14
  5. Swim to the buoys and back at McCreary beach. June 25
  6. Buy a used bike. June 30
  7. Learn how to change a blown bike tire. July 15
  8. Swim 200m in the pool and bike the 20K or so home. July 31
  9. Sign up for the race! Aug 15
  10. Buy appropriate swim wear for Mooneys Bay. Aug 20

So this list is looking good! I was lucky to get a NEW bike for my birthday so there isn’t as much of a learning curve since nothing is wrong with it. I do have an offer from a friend who can show me how to fix a flat. I think I can change #8 to swim 750m continuous and then bike home – it’s great to be able to say 200m isn’t that much of a challenge! Now there’s the question of wetsuit or bathing suit, better start looking into what the temperature of the water normally is around that time of year. I’m always cold in lakes….


Marathon #2 – Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is the big day – my second Full Marathon, 26.2 miles! I feel very lucky, my training has gone very well and the weather is going to be pretty terrific, barring any strange plot twists. I have remained mostly injury free, aside from a few aches and pains here and there. It’s funny, now that I am so close with no real issues, my mind is making stuff up – is that knee thing really a “thing” and did I just feel that ankle thing again? Was that a twinge in my back??

I did a very consistent 18 week buildup, with 5 runs a week. My longest run was 20 miles, 15 of those miles being with a stroller (Doc said that those miles counted for 1.25 so by that calculation I got almost 24 done….)! I missed about a week on vacation which included my first 20 miler so for next time I could definitely do more Sunday “stupid long” runs. I think I found my sweet spot for non-marathon related training though, so I am excited to spend the winter doing moderate miles and adding some fun stuff in the mix.

Last marathon I was all about fuelling, but ain’t nobody got time for that with a kid! I think a banana at mile 19 and water at every station is my “plan” lol…I find if I eat a steak dinner with potatoes and healthy veggies the night before a long run I do well enough…maybe this time I’ll get to find this elusive “wall” at mile 20! 😛

I have heard tell it’s good to have a plan A (everything is working for you), B (something surprises you like a heat wave or rough morning), and C (just not on your game at all). 

Plan A – First 2 miles at 10 min pace, walk at water stations for 30 seconds. Finish the first loop at 9 mins pace, assess how I feel for second loop and continue at that pace or 8:55. This could put me in a place to finish under 4 hours, which would be the ultimate accomplishment!

Plan B – First 2 miles at an easy pace, aim for 9:15 pace at least. If I’m not feeling powerful at the halfway mark, continue with 9:15. At mile 22, increase speed each mile to finish strong (ish). This should get me under 4 hours 10 mins, which would still be incredible.

Plan C – First 2 miles easy, aim for 10 minute miles all the way. That would still bring me in at 4 hours 22 mins, or at least beat my first marathon time of 4:31. Still great.

I can’t wait to see what challenges will come up this race. The distance is to be respected so aside from my lack of fuelling strategy I think I am going in prepared enough to beat my last time. I know from the way I felt last time that a) I could have gone faster and left more out there and b) I never want to have to run for more than 4 1/2 hours again. My feet were killing me!

Coconut Almond Date Bars

I would love to know how to press date paste evenly onto crumbs…but this made a fantastic date BALL recipe! 😀 Ya win some, ya lose some, and then you eat it anyway.

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www.saywhatyouneedtosayblog.comLauren’s Weekly Recipe

In the last few years, food companies have been attempting to make many diet products marketable by recreating tempting treats into a low-fat or low-calorie option. Everything from 100-calorie pack cookies to fat free brownies are highly stocked on the super market shelves and many consumers are buying into the gimmick of “healthy desserts.”

To be honest, I’m not really sure what makes these processed confections “healthy.”  Sure, they may be lower fat in comparison to the real thing, but the ingredients are also being substituted with highly artificial sweeteners that don’t do any favors for one trying to keep their overall health in mind.

I believe in a balanced diet and yes that does include a sweet every now and then.  A great option to feed that sugary craving is to look at natural raw sweeteners.  Surprisingly, there are some foods such as bananas and dates…

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Peanut Butter Banana Coconut Flour Muffins

Thankfully I’m starting to crave healthier foods as I approach the third trimester of pregnancy. I am eliminating flour from my diet again, and white sugar will probably not be far behind. I can’t say exactly where this current muffin flavour craving came from (the heavens probably), but they definitely turned out better than expected. Blog-worthy, as it is these days.

pb banana muffins

Next time I will try adding walnuts or pepitas too. Now, if anyone has recommendations for keeping the top bananas from going grey I’d love to hear it. 🙂

3 eggs
1 Tbsp melted coconut oil
1/4 cup peanut butter
5 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 mashed bananas (save last 1/2 for slices on top)
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 375F. With a hand blender, blend together eggs, coconut oil, peanut butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt.

Mash the bananas roughly with a fork, and add them to the wet ingredients.

Combine the flour and baking powder. Fold wet into dry, careful not to overmix.

Spoon into greased muffin pan, top with slices of banana and bake for 15 minutes.

Next Year’s Garlic


I started three years ago now with one lonely clove of garlic, which provided one perfect bulb and six good sized cloves for the 2012 fall planting. This year I harvested all six bulbs and I now have 23 potential bulbs!


I may have split them too early though (I broke them apart mid September), seems a few of the outer casings were starting to split off the bottom to expose the garlic inside….I hope I do get all 23 next year but we shall see! It’s all a learning process.

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