From 0 to 60

Last week, I pretty much went from 0 to 60 in terms of training and workouts. And I’m paying for it now! After Tuesday’s 800m workout, I ran easy on Wednesday (4 miles), and then knocked out a tempo on Thursday. Because of a snow storm, CPTC’s outdoor tempo workout was cancelled, so I did the workout on the treadmill.

1 mile warm-up
3 miles @ HM pace (7:19)
2 miles @ 10 mile pace (7:05)
1 mile @ 10k pace (6:45)
1 mile cool-down

Destroyed. That’s how I felt after this workout. Yikes, I haven’t done a track workout AND a tempo in the same week in ages…and my body is letting me know. I actually had to take 30 second breaks after the 3 mile and 2 mile portions – I was sweating buckets and needed to chug some water. I followed up the workout with a 15 minute abs class and a few minutes in the cold plunge pool at my gym (a.k.a. ice bath).

I was so ache-y and sore for the rest of the weekend, that I only ran 4-miles on Friday, 4-miles on Saturday, and took Sunday as a rest day. No long run this week! I’m hoping that my body adapts to twice a week workouts soon, but until the soreness goes away, I’ll be keeping the mileage on the low side. I don’t want to get injured.

I know I haven’t blogged since last Wednesday, but I have a good excuse. I swear! I spent the weekend hanging out with one of the coolest gals on the interwebs and too much fun was had. We spent Saturday and Sunday being snarky, drinking wine (of course), and eating really healthy food. Such as pie and chocolate. And pizza and cupcakes.

I hosted a Figure Skaters and Lumberjacks party on Saturday evening and whipped up some goodies for my guests. Using my go-to pie crust recipe, I assembled a lattice crust apple pie. I don’t really have a recipe for the filling – I just combined about 2 1/2 lbs of thinly sliced apples, some sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg to taste. My favorite apple combo for pie baking is a mix of Granny Smith (tartness) and Empire (good texture/sweetness).

Snack #2 was peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate. So, so easy to make – and they’re gluten free and vegan!

Chocolate-dipped peanut butter balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 16 oz jar of smooth peanut butter (I used PB & Co. Smooth Operator brand)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 6 oz dark chocolate chips (Whole Foods vegan semi sweet chips are my go-to)

Directions:

  • Use a hand mixer or Kitchenaid mixer to blend together peanut butter and powdered sugar until combined.
  • Add vanilla extract until incorporated.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use your hands to form approximately 36 1″ balls and arrange on baking sheet. Freeze for one hour.
  • Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in 30-40 second increments in the microwave.
  • Dip peanut butter balls half way into chocolate. Place on baking sheet. Drizzle remaining melted chocolate on top.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve!

What is your go-to party snack?

How do you deal with training soreness? I have DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) like WHOA.

  • AR

    Also, staging photobombs.

    Also, I can confirm that these desserts are tasty. Oh yes.

    Feel better! I strongly believe wine and cupcakes will help you recover. 🙂

  • i like how you managed to skip over pictures from the party. let me tell ya, i’ve got some good shit on my camera. haha. you are the hostess with the mostess (and a bangin’ figure-skater outfit) and amazing peanut butter balls. um yeah. that’s all.

  • I hate DOMS! This training cycle I started incorporating yoga and it has helped a lot. Also, a short, easy run to shake out the legs. Or sitting on the couch eating cookies and watching TV works 🙂

  • That’s a mean tempo workout – almost as bad as that 2 X 4M beast! I’d be sore too!

    Soooooo jealous of your weekend shenanigans. I tell ya, as soon as I have a paycheck to cash I’m coming up there to play!

  • that’s my favorite apple combo too! mostly because they’re my two favorite kinds of apples.

    my go to party snack? is it bad form to say liquor? no? okay then 🙂

  • I think I read a study that says chocolate dipped peanut butter balls stave off DOMS, but maybe that was in my dreams. My go-to party snack… as in the snack on the table I immediately go to… is tortilla chips. Another ideal recovery food.

    A tempo and a speed workout in the same week again — talk about hitting the ground running!

  • I feel lucky to have tasted both of those delicious morsels AND seen you rocking it in a crushed velvet tutu type contraption.

    I like to foam roll the crap out of soreness, but wine, an ice bath, and cupcakes could also work wonders 🙂

  • I am totally making those peanut butter balls for the super bowl! My go-to party snack is Brie Bites: puff pastry cut up and placed in a mini muffin tin and topped with brie cheese and cranberry sauce. Bake it in the oven and it is oh so delicious. Always a hit!

    I deal with DOMS by stretching a lot and doing light spinning to get the blood flowing. Ice cream helps too.

  • J

    What a workout! That is intense! I need to write that one down and save it up for when I can run higher mileage and run that one!

  • Maureen

    Ice bath, baby. It stinks but it will help you recover more quickly than anything else. Fill tub with cold water (enough so it will be over your hips), get in, THEN add 1-2 party bags of ice. Grit teeth and sit ten minutes, willing time to pass. I wear a hat and a sweatshirt and drink something warm. Best done after the hard workout but wouldn’t hurt now either. Great workouts!!

  • Where’s the Jungle Juice recipe???

  • @sarah – i am coming up with an AWESOME recipe for that bottle of Jim Beam you brought over. just you wait…

  • If only I could bake a pie as beautiful as yours=) and those pb balls looks amazing! I don’t have a go to recipe since I like to try new things all the time. People go sort of crazy for oreo balls though.

  • mary

    i’ve been reading your blog for a while now and that chocolately peanut butter goodness finally inspired me to de-lurk and say hello! i enjoy pretending to be able to relate to at least some of your running stories–though you run MUCH faster, farther, and tougher than me, it’s inspiring! i’ve also used a couple recipes from this site, and since i have a huge sweet tooth those peanut butter balls may be next on the list! thanks for writing such an enjoyable blog.

  • Well, I hope it’s a good one. That bourbon was the genesis of some incredible things.

    ps pie was ridic

  • Maren

    Wow those look amazing!! I’m going to be making them very soon 🙂 I always move move move when I’m really sore! It helps so much!

  • Mmm yummy deserts! I have been so sore lately too! I think it must be the weather….

  • what, no photos of you rocking out on the living room dance floor? disappointing. 🙂

    wine heals soreness. it’s true. my abs were crazy sore yesterday, and three buck chuck helped me forget all about it.

  • Pb balls dipped in chocolate – yum! They sound so simple and like such a treat. Something to keep on hand whenever the sweet urge hits.

    I’ve got major DOMS right now after a killer leg workout. With my half marathon training finished now I can strength train more now. My body knows it was neglected!

  • I don’t see a single lumberjack NOR figure skater-are you sure you didn’t dream such a fantastic-sounding party?!

  • Liz

    I can attest that the pie tasted superb and was made with love.

    -Lumberjack in attendance

  • @Nicole – I heard that there were shirtless men at this party. Alas, my camera did not capture any such thing. Help a girl out?

  • My go-to dish is one called scotcheroos (pb rice krispie treats with chocolate/butterscotch goodness on top).

    People have said they’re like crack. (google it- I know they sound exciting now, right?)

    I agree with the masses on the crack statement. Because if I don’t watch myself, I’ll take out half the pan as soon as they’re done. That is truth.

  • Wow, the chocolate-dipped peanut
    butter balls look delicious. The chocolate placed on the top makes people
    interested in eating it soon. It is really delicious snack that will be
    preferred by many people at the party.