Not much snow

Evening all, hope you are all toasty.

Well, living in the south of the UK, we were not expecting much, so it was nice to wake up to an inch of snow this morning. I dutifully cleared it off my car, including the headlights and roof (so it won’t blow off while I am driving). Once out of my little road (I was the first car out for the first bit), the roads were actually clear so it was fine. Well, until the school car park!

Again it was cold, and once home I was trying to decide whether to go to aerobics this evening. My throat is sore so I don’t want to make it worse with all the shouting, but then tomorrow is a planned rest day anyway. The snow has gone mostly, but the stuff left has started freezing, but that is mostly down side roads and on the pavements, so my route to the gym should be clear. I even rang to check it was on (and I was half hoping it would be cancelled as it would make my decision for me). But in the end, I decided to go, as it might help warm me up! I was glad I went, although there were only 5 of us in the class so I think a lot of people decided that their houses were nice and warm, and they didn’t want to go out in this cold weather!

Now in this weather there is nothing better than porridge to warm you up (in my opinion) and lucky me, after sending an email to Dorset cereals saying how much I love their mueslis, they have sent me some porridge to try;

I am excited about trying the flavours, and also thinking that they might be handy to take with me to stockholm next year, as the little packets will travel well and are measured out. Although the marathon starts at 2pm so might have to start having porridge for lunch and doing long runs in the afternoon!

On a totally different note- does anyone get chillblains, or in fact know how to stop them? Every year for the past 5 years or so, I have got them (once they got infected -gross -sorry too much info!). The advice has been thermal socks (but not 2 layers of socks as that can hinder circulation), thick shoes, don’t put feet on a hot radiator, take gingko supplements (I follow the advice to the letter) but I have got them yet again, and my feet have not been warm all day. So any cures please help!!

Gym etiquette

So first of all, a little moan (sorry). At the moment we keep having new people turning up late to body pump. They generally come in after the first 2 or 3 tracks, so then we have to stop and help them get out their equipment while the instructor shows them the set position and everything. It is starting to get annoying as we have to be out on time as there is another class after, and so we end up cutting it fine. So anyway, I would like people, especially if they are new to a class, to get there on time please.

Anyway, body pump was great this evening, I had much more energy and really warmed up- I have been freezing all day. No snow here, (well, a dusting overnight but only on the cars and fences), but it is so cold it would not surprise me if there was.

I also tried some Mulu dark chocolate, with cacao nibs.

It was nice- the cacao nibs added a good crunch.

I hope everyone american is having a good thanksgiving, and that everyone in the UK is looking forward to the weekend 🙂

Laters, dudes.

Weather obsession

Ok so I am a bit obsessed with the weather. Partly it comes from my Dad- he always used to make us be quiet when the weather came on the TV so he could listen. Partly it comes from years of working in Nursery and Reception (outside learning every day) so I need to know what to wear to work. And more recently it comes from my love of running. I like to know the weather at the weekend in advance so I can plan my long run on the better day. I like to know how long the rain will last so when I get home from work I know whether to get out there straight away, or wait for the rain to stop or whatever. And also to know what to wear when I am out there! So I love to watch the weather before I go to bed, when I get up I listen to the weather on the radio, and also watch it on the news. And once snow is forecast, I get a little obsessed with the met office website! Watch this space!!

So snow is possibly forecast for Saturday, but at the moment I am still keeping it for my long run day, so I can get out there before it snows, or before it freezes to the pavements.

Anyway, today after work I wrapped up warm and headed out. I was after my 5 ish mile run, which is 2 big and one small loop near me, but I was feeling pretty good (slept much better last night which might be the reason why) so in the end I did the 3rd big loop. I also decided to pick up the pace in the middle part to push myself, and managed just under 6 miles in 56 minutes (loads to cross the roads etc) so I was pleased with the time.

I had some delicious pumpkin pasta (tofu, pumpkin, spinach, sundried tomatoes all whizzed up, with wholegrain pasta) alongside balsamic baked courgette and beetroot. Delish.

SO, are you obsessed with the weather? Or obsessed with anything else?

Sleep

I would like some more sleep please. And that is all I have to say on the matter.

Onto better news, last week I ordered a load of teapigs goodies;

(the badge says I <3 real tea, which I do!)

and yesterday I tried the licorice and mint for the first time. It was in the jumbo pack and as I loved all the other flavours I decided I would try it. I am not one for herbal teas but it had good reviews. It tasted very much like spearmint- very nice. I could not taste the licorice, but I found it refreshing- think it would be nice in the summer. No picture but I am sure you can imagine what it looks like!

I also used my new pots for lunch today- sliced pear in one, and half a graze mix in the other (dark chocolate buttons, blanched almonds and cherries). Delish!

And after aerobics  (which I had loads of energy for again so that was good) I enjoyed a slice of stollen with cranberries- can you see the marzipan in the middle? It’s the best bit- save it ’til last!

Plus, exciting news- we are getting an extra public holiday in the UK due to a certain marriage- what would you do with your extra day off? The May bank holiday is my birthday weekend anyway so now I have 4 days! Although due to the marathon plan it is going to be a 20 mile run and then probably the other days to recover! See how I am being optimistic here!

Night all 🙂

Nutrition and a winner!

Evening all

So I have always been interested in nutrition. When I was school, for GCSE I did Home Econimics (how old fashioned- now they do food tech) and we had to do modules about which vitamins and minerals were in certain foods, and what illnesses deficiancies caused. We also had to look into specific diets and analyse them (this is when I properly researched vegetarianism and proved to my mum that I could be veggie and healthy). Since then I get a lot of info from magazines, or from sites on the net. But I am looking for a book (not quite “Nutrition for dummies”) which will give me a bit more info on nutrition, specifically vegetarian/ vegan or womens nutrition. I just wondered if anyone had any books they would recommend, as I have trawled through pages on amazon but it is hard to pinpoint exactly what I am after. Thanks.

Onto other things; ny cold is worse today. At the start of the week I earmarked today for a short run, but as the day has gone on I have felt worse, (stomach ache as well as the sore sinuses) so I decided to come home and have a cup of tea instead. I decided that as I am not training for anything, I could be fine but I could make it worse, and I did run Sunday, Monday and do aerobics last night so I am not sitting around every day.

Yet again I thought it was my last chocolate flake teabag, but I have one more. Delish with coconut milk. At the weekend I ordered myself some more as it is so tasty, and Andy told me I have no chance of getting tea for christmas!

I had it with some Mulu chocolate-

The “Silk”, which is meant to be like milk chocolate. I found it very sweet (I only managed 2 squares which I suppose is good as the bar will last), it tasted more like cooking chocolate than normal chocolate. It has an almost crumbly texture, and it is not my favourite. But it was still nice with the tea.

So, on the subject of tea, I need to announce the giveaway winner! I am rubbish at decisions, and it has come to light that if I do another giveaway I will need to do some kind of raffle system, or something, as choosing was very difficult! I appreciate all the recipe links and will have fun making them all (and when I do I will be sure to post them), but the winner is……

The Caramel Apple Spice Cupcakes by Laura 🙂

So well done Laura, I am already wishing I had icing sugar to make them! I did contemplate making them without the frosting, but it sounds like it is important to have all elements, so will have to wait til the weekend!

So Laura, can you email me (emailme@runningcupcake.co.uk) your address and I will forward it on to the teapigs people so they can get your prize out to you. And thanks to everyone else 🙂 It really was such a hard decision!

And finally, while wandering on the blogosphere this afternoon, I came across a Happy Herbivore recipe for fat free, vegan pumpkin pie. It looks amazing, so it is another one I need to try. 🙂

So many recipes, so little time………