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Pumpkin Muffins for the worried Runner

Last night I wanted to bake. The weekend was sort of rush rush once again so I really only had time to bake our weekly Whole Wheat Bread. I wanted a sweet treat that I would not feel bad about eating. I decided to make Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins.

When I started on this real food journey I printed out a recipe on 100 days of real food for Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread and have been waiting for the right time to make it. I know you may be thinking its not pumpkin season but you can buy canned pumpkin year round and I actually have had a can in my cabinet leftover from Thanksgiving. I followed the recipe but added walnuts and then topped each muffin with raisins. My daughter and I are huge fans of raisins so I knew they would be a big hit with her. The muffins turned out perfectly. 

I baked them at 350 for 20 minutes and then removed them to cool in the pans for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. I'm also excited to make pumpkin waffles later this week with what was left in the can.

This weekend wasnt my best weekend for running. I had planned to do 16 on Saturday but broken up into 3 runs. One of the runs was the Run for Clean Air 10k. Things did not work out as planned and I only ended up getting in about 13 miles for Saturday. I was not feeling my best after the race. I ate an English Muffin with hummus and cucumbers at the finish line festival without even thinking hey this isn't whole wheat or hey you need to run more today you shouldnt be eating this right now. When I started my 3rd run of the day I had a major stitch in my side and I just wasnt feeling it. I was doing a 2 mile loop near my house and after the second loop I just called it quits. I tired to not let it get to me but I think it really did. The past few Saturdays I was getting in some really good long runs and I think it really bummed me out only running 13 miles. How nuts does that sound? After all the running was done I did not stretch as long as I normally do and I think that is part of the reason why Sunday's run was a bust too. I also did not follow my eating routine before Sundays run. Needless to say I'm very excited to get out today for my lunch time run. I hope this weeks training goes better. We are only 60 days away from Ragnar. I know that it is going to be a bad ass event. I know if I keep training the way I have been all will be well. I need to understand that not every week is going to be my best week just like not every run is going to be my best run.


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