I’ve got a case of the Mondays. But in my case, I’m sad that my weekend is coming to an end. So in reality, you could say I have a case of the Sundays.
This weekend was a blast. Mike was in town and we went out for a co-worker’s birthday Saturday night. Sunday was spent lounging and running errands before he had to head out. Now it’s back to the work thing!
Today was a great day. It was a great day because I had a great run and felt like I could have done it all over again as soon as it was over.
Today was my first “long” run of half marathon training. I feel kind of silly calling this a long run, since it’s still pretty close to my short runs of 3 miles. It was just over 40 degrees when I set out around 11:00 this morning, which I call perfect running weather. I took things slow and tried to hang just under 9 minute miles the whole time. I never felt exhausted or like I was running out of steam. I honestly felt like I could have tacked on 2 or 3 extra miles easily. This is the exact pace I want to be able to keep during my half marathon, so I’m feeling hopeful!
For me, there’s nothing worse than feeling like I just barely scraped by after a run. I loved the optimistic, confident feeling I had at the end of today’s run, and really hope I can carry that into my long runs for the rest of my training.
The rest of the day included:
- hair appointment
- grocery shopping
- picking up new headphones that don’t sound like static in my ears
When I returned home I was ready for a little relaxation. Since it’s spring break season, I decided to get a little tropical in Sioux Falls. I put on my swimsuit and headed down to the hot tub in the pool area of my apartment complex. I was beyond happy to see there was nobody else in there.
I brought down some iced pomegranate green tea and the April issue of Women’s Health to enjoy during my “me time.”
And of course a pen and paper to jot down any notes throughout my reading!
Once I started sweating profusely, I knew it was time to head back up. I was planning on baking something for another co-workers’ birthday after dinner, but I jumped the gun and hopped to it still in my swimsuit!
She requested O Henry Bars, which I had never heard of but recognized them after Pinteresting them.
Look familiar? Here’s the recipe I followed:
O Henry Bars
- 1 stick melted butter
- 4 cups quick oats
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- Combine melted butter with brown sugar and vanilla.
- Mix into oats, add corn syrup. Stir until everything is nice and sticky.
- Press mixture into 9×13 baking sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes, let cool completely.
- Once cooled, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in microwave and spread over the top.
- Refrigerate until chocolate sets.
As you can probably see, mine are not completely set yet, but they look delicious!
My co-worker told me her mom used to make these all the time. I hope mine pass the test!