So, on Saturday I decided to put back my weekend long run to Sunday. I was glad when there was no snow on Sunday morning, but not so happy to see the rain and drizzle. I had some porridge and pottered about (sort of delayed going out) but after a while I had to get out there and just do it!
For most of the run I really enjoyed it- I wore my tennis visor to keep the rain off my glasses, but by the end the rain was coming down harder and I was getting a bit cold. I wanted to go a bit faster today. For the past few weeks my long runs have been slow- I think last week I had no had a rest day for about 5 days or something, and before then I had the end of a cold so kept having to stop to wipe my nose. But on Sunday morning I was feeling good, and I know from doing my Sweatshop runs that I can run faster than I give myself credit for. There is an 8 mile loop that I do, and I was planning on doing that, but recently the last couple of miles of that loop have really dragged, but I didn’t want to find a new route as I enjoy most of it. So I ran out for just over 4 miles, then turned around and came back, adding a little bit on the end to make it up to 9 miles. I finished in 1.36, which is fast for me. Seeing that the 8 mile loop was taking me around 1.30-1.33, and I do 10 miles in about 1.50 usually.
As a bit of bribery (can you bribe yourself?) I had made up some pancake batter so I could have them for lunch when I got home.
For the batter I used:
20g peanut flour
20g wholegrain spelt flour
1 tsp baking powder
40g pumpkin puree
100ml soya milk (for some reason this batter needed more liquid than the last ones- I just add milk until it is a fairly thick batter, but pourable).
I mixed it up and left it in the fridge overnight, so it was easy and quick to cook.
For the banana I just used a banana, 1tsp coconut oil and probably a tbs coconut sugar (although butter/ brown sugar etc would work just as well).
When they were cooking I added on some chocolate chips (the yummy beyond dark ones I picked up on Saturday) as I fancied the peanut butter/ chocolate combo. I also sliced the banana and cooked it in a tsp coconut oil, and added a little coconut sugar to make it go a bit caramelised.
When I dished them up I sprinkled on a few more chocolate chips, added in a little bit of dark chocolate dreams, and sprinkled on a few honey salted peanuts (I fancied a bit of salt after my run, and the salt/sweet combo is very trendy at the moment).
The banana, chocolate and peanut butter combination was lovely, and perfect for a post run meal. Of course normal banana slices would be good (banana and nutella is a wonderful combination) but I wanted something warming, plus I think the cooked banana goes better with the peanut/ chocolate flavour somehow.
Now, the energy team at confused.com have found out that the pancake is one of the cost effective meals you can make, as it is so quick to cook. They have a competition for the most creative pancake recipe, you can check it out here.
I think my favourite topping is cooked apple with mincemeat, but I only have one jar of the mincemeat now so am saving it for a bit.
When I was younger my Mum would always make “real” pancakes (you know the thin ones, and she could flip them in the air too!) and we would have savoury ones first, and then a sweet one for after (orange or lemon juice and sugar). My favourite savoury combination was cream cheese, marmite and cucumber. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! I am tempted to have that at some point this week now…
What is your favourite pancake topping/ filling?